Water Quality Permit Writer

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Denver, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier 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 contribute to its mission 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 at CDPHE. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
  • Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • ?Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Medical and dental health insurance plans
  • State-paid life insurance and short-term disability and optional employee-paid long-term disability
  • 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer and parental academic leave, and educational leave

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Description of Job
Work Unit

This position is in the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD), Permits Section, Industrial and Natural Resource Extraction Permits Unit . 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. This Permit Unit 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, guidance, 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.

About the position

  • Retrieve, manipulate, and analyze complex surface water quality and quantity data sets, along with water quality effluent data associated with permitted facilities.
  • Evaluate and interpret state and federal and state statutes, regulations, and policies to determine surface water quality and technology based requirements for point source discharges, for either a specific facility/site or for a sector/classification of discharges.
  • Evaluate and issue discharge permits for stormwater at mining sites.
  • Evaluate framework requirements to determine procedural requirements, including the appropriate type of permit action and associated process requirements.
  • Write detailed and data-driven permit documents.
  • Participate and run public 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 site characteristics.
  • 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 biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering, hydrology, watershed science or closely-related field.


  • One year of water quality or quantity related experience.


  • Experience in water quality or quantity will substitute for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.
  • A graduate degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering, hydrology, watershed science or closely-related field will substitute for the bachelor's degree and two years 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

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, analyze, and summarize water quality or quantity data and to report findings of analysis.
  • Experience applying water quality requirements related to industrial and/or domestic wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal Permit Regulations and/or experience with the Clean Water Act and Colorado Water Quality Control Act.
  • Knowledge of hydrology, including Water Quality Analysis and Surface Water Flow Modeling.
  • Knowledge of Stormwater flows and/or characteristics
  • Strong knowledge of Excel software and applications.
  • Manipulating large water quality or quantity datasets
  • Holds self accountable for high-quality and timely results
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail when completing work tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and easily consider new approaches
  • Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others

    Conditions of Employment

    • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or convictions of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
Supplemental Information
Salary: Although the full salary range is posted, the target hiring salary for this position is between $4743- $5929.