Colorado residents: Environmental Protection Intern (Enforcement Specialist)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $4,590.00 – $6,720.00 Monthly

Location: Denver, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number: FAA01659-01/26/23

Closing: 2/8/2023 5:00 PM Mountain

Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents. 

This announcement may be used for multiple vacancies and may be extended.

Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .
Do you desire 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 position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Coloradans. Our mission is to advance Colorado’s health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.
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, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Extensive 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
  • Strong, yet flexible 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
  • 11 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Master’s degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and a variety of employee resource groups

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:!/pslf/launch

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.
Description of Job

Work Unit 
The clean water enforcement unit is responsible for ensuring the regulated community complies with the requirements of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and its implementing regulations. The work in this unit is implemented in cooperation with other units in the division and ranges from informal compliance assistance services to formal enforcement activities. Unit staff achieve the goals of the unit by reviewing self-reported and field-generated data, comparing the information to established enforcement criteria in order to determine appropriate compliance or enforcement responses, developing formal enforcement cases, calculating penalties, determining measures that allow for a return to compliance, and negotiating settlements.
Job Description 
As an Environmental Protection Specialist (EPS) Intern, this position performs job duties under the supervision of the work group lead or unit manager and does not have unilateral decision making authority. The position will conduct multi-sector compliance oversight and formal enforcement work for the division’s clean water program. The position evaluates instances of noncompliance with the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and determines the appropriate compliance and/or enforcement response. The position also provides guidance to the regulated community regarding the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and applicable regulations and permits.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications & Substitutions

To be considered for this position, you must meet one of the following options for consideration.

Option 1Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Geology, Hydrology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related science.
Option 2Appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year -for-year basis.

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 and experience interpreting or implementing state water quality regulations (eg. Colorado Water Quality Control Act and its implementing regulations)
  • Professional experience in water quality or a related environmental field that included
    activities or responsibilities associated with regulatory compliance
  • Ability to analyze data and providing recommendations
  • Outstanding skills and abilities in oral and written communications
  • Knowledge and experience providing compliance assistance
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledgeable and highly experienced with MS Office Suite
  • Knowledgeable and highly experienced in Google applications, specifically Gmail and Google drive
  • Knowledge and experience writing technical and/or legal documents
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all partners
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in or with a team 
  • Experience working with local agencies and regulated entities
  • Excellent organizational skills; the ability to set, track, and accomplish priorities, goals, and timetables to achieve maximum productivity, knowing the status of activities at all times

Conditions of Employment

  • A pre-employment background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  • This position requires independent travel to and from work locations in the performance of job-related duties (most of the travel is conducted via a State vehicle). 
  • Travel to conduct field work up to 5% of the time, may include some overnights.

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 your 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: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.Supplemental Information

A complete application packet must include:

  1. A completed State of Colorado application
  2. A cover letter not to exceed two type written pages, double-spaced describing how your schooling/experience/interests aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position? 
  3. Transcript(s) if using education as minimum qualification
  4. Answer to supplemental questions

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

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.

ADAAA Accommodations:
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. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, 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 our ADAAA Coordinator at or call 303-692-2060, option 5.

Agency: State of Colorado

Department: Department of Public Health & Environment

Address: 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, Colorado, 80246

Phone: 303-692-2060






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