Water Quality Specialist/Program Support

To Apply see: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/3905712/water-quality-specialist-program-support

This position is covered by the Partnership Agreement between the State of Colorado and Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (COWins).
New employees to the State will be paid biweekly. There are 26 biweekly pay periods in a year.
About CDOT 
Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives?  Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future! Also, check out our excellent benefits package!
CDOT for All
CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service?

The eligible list created from this announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.
Description of Job

About the Work Unit
CDOT’s Division of Transportation Development (DTD), Environmental Programs Branch (EPB) assist and support CDOT construction, maintenance and planning activities with compliance of state, federal and local regulations, executive orders, interagency agreements and CDOT policies, which support the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. To accomplish this purpose, personnel are assigned to the Environmental Programs Branch who are trained in various scientific and administrative disciplines. The staff in this program establishes CDOT’s policy for environmental issues, conduct scientific investigations, develop mitigation strategies to avoid or minimize harmful environmental impacts, prepare professional reports and guidance documents, and conduct interagency negotiations, which result in necessary approvals to complete CDOT activities. EPB also ensures that environmental issues are addressed in each of the Department's five decentralized Engineering Regions.

About the Position
The Water Quality Specialist/Program Support position will participate in the development, implementation, and coordination of CDOT’s water quality (WQ) training program and provide support to CDOT’s statewide water quality programs including the Public Education and Outreach (PEO) program within the limits set by their supervisor. Position administers training development, delivery and tracking for water quality classes at CDOT, which includes working in CDOT’s Learning Management System (LMS) and the CODOT H2O training portal.  
This position is part of a team that manages the implementation, evaluation and updating of class materials for the Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor Training Program and other water quality courses, such as Stormwater Management Plan certification. The Water Quality Specialist/Program Support serves as a liaison between work unit staff and program stakeholders by gathering questions and providing information on technical program issues or matters.  
The duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide support for the CDOT’s seven (7) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs under the guidance of program managers; this could include helping with technical support, document review and preparation or contractual support including invoice review and processing;
  • Utilize knowledge of CDOT’s MS4 permit requirements and lead annual report preparation by gathering and tracking all MS4 permit required information and then writing CDOT’s MS4 Annual Report with guidance from the Statewide Water Quality Manager;
  • Support the development, testing, and data tracking responsibilities in water quality management software systems;
Training Support
  • Identify training issues from student and region evaluations and comments, and alerting the relevant program manager; Assist with the management and implementation of water quality training courses, including the Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) Certification and the Stormwater Management Plan Certification Training Programs;
  • Keep the water quality training webpage(s) and links up to date in coordination with the Landscape Architecture, Water Quality Programs and the website organizer;
  • Update Training Coordinator Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as necessary, in coordination with and at the direction of the Water Quality programs and Landscape Architecture Section;
Public Education and Outreach Program Support
  • Become the Subject Matter Expert in CDOT's Public Education and Outreach (PEO) program, including updating program documents;
  • Work on education and outreach activities that must address the impacts of stormwater discharges on water bodies, the steps the target audience can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff, and water quality impacts associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste;
  • Learn and stay current on federal, state and local regulations and permit requirements related to PEO program;
  • Track CDOT PEO activities to maintain compliance with the MS4 Permit and for the MS4 annual report using various applications and programs;
  • Participate in and attend activities sponsored by other organizations such as those from the Stormwater Permittees for the Local Awareness of Stream Health (SPLASH) in support of the PEO program;
Other Support
  • Attend meetings and take notes on behalf of CDOT, such as those for state water quality issues including impaired waters and watersheds, and the Colorado Stormwater Council (CSC), etc.; Share notes taken from these meetings with relevant CDOT staff;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Work Environment:
  • Your schedule will primarily be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday but we are flexible to meet your work/life balance needs while ensuring CDOT business needs are met. You may work a hybrid schedule with a combination of in-office and remote work.
  • Travel to training locations, inspection and collection sites. Some overnight travel may be required.
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications 
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology, natural resources, natural sciences, environmental science, hydrologic science, environmental engineering, water resources science, watershed science or another field of study closely related to the main job duties

One (1) year of environmental work experience that includes 6 months of stormwater experience.

Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required Bachelor’s degree but not for the specific experience.  
A Master’s or Doctorate degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for the undergraduate degree and one year of the required professional experience.  

Please note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
College Transcripts: If you are using education to qualify via the substitution, a legible copy of your official or unofficial college transcript(s) or a foreign credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts must show the name of the school and that a degree was conferred. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or foreign credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment screening which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information in the supplemental information section
  • A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position
Preferred Qualifications
The exceptional applicant will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
  • Demonstrates success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Time in State service with experience related to the duties of this position;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Knowledge of Watershed Protection Control Regulations; Colorado Discharge Permit System Regulations; and impaired waters regulations;
  • Experience with managing and tracking training and materials;
  • Experience with outreach programs;
  • Polished written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Analytical thinking, research, and problem solving skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to partner with professionals, consultants, stakeholders and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities;
  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and team situations;
  • Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite and the ability to learn other software systems.


Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist 
Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  1. A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green ‘APPLY’ button at the top of this announcement)
  2. A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)
  3. A cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement. 
  4. A chronological resume.
  5. If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
  6. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from “state.co.us” and “info@governmentjobs.com addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado’s website.

The Hiring Process: 
  1. 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.  
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
  • Part, 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.
  • Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications sections as listed above.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list. 
  1. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement 
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants.  If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement applicant.     
Employment Screening
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization.  As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction.  In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.
 Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT.  Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at www.InfoCubic.com.  Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.
 The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.  The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks.  CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying.  The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources.  The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at 303.866.3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Discrimination and/or harassment against any person is prohibited because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity or any other protected class recognized under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). This applies to all employment decisions.
ADAAA Accommodations 
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Angelita Sims at Angelita.Sims@state.co.us or 303-757-9225.
Former State Employees
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

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