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Water Quality Permit

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Colorado State Denver , CO 80201

Posted 3 months ago

Water Quality Permit Writer-232



Water Quality Permit Writer-232


$55,800.00 - $81,684.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number



10/9/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off

  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees

  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and

  • A variety of employee resource groups

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities

  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects

  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

Description of Job

Work Unit

This position is in the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD), Permits Section, Permits Unit 3. This Permits Section exists primarily to develop and issue discharge permit actions (new, renewal, modification, termination) for discharges of pollutants from point sources to waters of the state. The Permits Unit 3 has an industrial discharge focus, which includes writing discharge permits for power plants, oil and gas operations, coal mining, metal ming, and various other industrial process water. Further, this Unit regulates discharges of stormwater at mining sites. The Unit also develops industrial preliminary effluent limits (PELs) and provides compliance assistance and general public assistance for industrial discharges, which includes regulatory interpretation of statutes, and other state and federal regulations. In addition, the Unit participates in the development of statutes, regulations and policies related to the issuance and enforcement of such activities.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Retrieve, manipulate, and analyze complex surface water quality and hydrology data sets, along with water quality effluent data associated with permitted facilities.

  • Analyze site conditions as they relate to water quality and flow for industrial sites (e.g. mines, power plants, etc.)

  • Evaluate and interpret state and federal environmental statutes, regulations, and policies to determine surface water quality and technology based requirements for point source discharges, including stormwater, for a specific facility/site or for a sector/classification of discharges.

  • Evaluate permitting framework requirements to determine procedural requirements, including the appropriate type of permit action and associated process requirements.

  • Write detailed data and regulatory-driven permit documents.

  • Participate and lead public and stakeholder meetings on permitting actions when necessary.

  • Provide testimony, if needed, to defend requirements focused on factual information associated with the permit determination.

  • Conduct periodic site visits to verify and document site characteristics to support permitting actions.

  • Answer general and specific questions from the regulated community and the public on permit requirements, regulations, and policies via meetings, conference, phone calls, and e-mails.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in hydrology, biology, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering, watershed science, or closely-related field.


  • One year of experience in surface water hydrology or environmental water permitting


  • Work experience in hydrology, water quality protection, or water quality permitting may substitute for the education on a year-for-year basis.

  • A graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in hydrology, biology, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering, watershed science, or closely-related field will substitute for the bachelor's degree and one year of experience.

The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. "See Resume" statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

A copy of your college/university transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies

The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Knowledge of hydrology, including Water Quality Analysis and Surface Water Flow Modeling.

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, analyze, and summarize scientific or environmental water quality data and to report findings of analysis, with an emphasis on surface water quality, or surface flow data, including industrial stormwater.

  • Experience applying or complying with surface water quality requirements related to industrial and/or domestic wastewater treatment facilities, including industrial stormwater.

  • Knowledge of State and Federal Water Permit Regulations and other Water Quality Guidance Material and/or experience with the Clean Water Act and Colorado Water Quality Control Act.

  • Strong knowledge of Excel software and applications.

  • Manipulating large water datasets.

  • Holds self accountable for high-quality and timely results.

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail when completing work tasks.

  • Excellent customer service skills, including with difficult customers.

  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and easily consider new approaches.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  • A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.

  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.

  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your application.

  • If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your application.

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from .

  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.

  • Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

  • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.

  • A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: . Phone: . The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

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Water Quality Permit

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Colorado State