Colorado residents: Orphaned Well Program Environmental Specialist (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission)

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

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Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.
We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado’s natural resources for today – and tomorrow.
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.

 In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans
  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Employee Wellness programs
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system 

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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is to regulate the development and production of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources.  

Adherence to our mission results in:

  • The protection of public health, safety, welfare, environment and wildlife
  • The efficient exploration and production of oil and gas resources 
  • The prevention of cumulative impacts from oil and gas development
  • Cooperative relationships between COGCC and local governments as well as state and federal agencies with oversight of oil and gas operations

The COGCC seeks to serve, solicit participation from, and maintain working relationships with all those having an interest in Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources. Description of Job


Note: The Orphaned Well projects are located statewide and are often in remote locations. This may require overnight travel and remote work from the field for extended periods. The projects are performed in several phases.  

This position is responsible for design and implementation of environmental investigations and remediation activities and for ensuring that this work complies with COGCC’s Rules, Policies, and industry professional standards.  In many situations, orphaned wells and locations do not meet current COGCC and industry standards because of lack of maintenance since the sites were operational or lesser standards that were in place at the time of construction.  These projects often involve complex situations requiring development of new procedures to return the locations to conditions that are protective of public health, the environment, and wildlife resources.  This position plans, organizes and conducts environmental site investigations and remediation on a variety of routine projects and projects with higher complexity requiring unique designs.  For complex projects, policies, precedents, or standard practices exist, but they may be inadequate, and this position is responsible for interpreting existing policy objectives and formulating specific technical solutions unique to each project. To increase efficiency with a high volume of work, this position is responsible for developing new tactical plans for environmental work contractor master agreements related to oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) waste disposal.  This tactical initiative is critical to the success of the Orphaned Well Program and the agency’s mission to prevent and mitigate adverse environmental impacts.  

The position develops budgets and schedules staff for deployment at multiple, concurrent projects.  This position assigns work tasks, monitors work flow, work quality, and budgets for projects statewide; work includes responding to and investigating complaints related to orphaned sites, alleging impacts to public health, safety, welfare, and the environment.  Site investigations include preparing work plans, collecting samples for laboratory analysis, collecting field data, making scientific observations, interpreting analytical results, compiling data, preparing comprehensive reports, and making presentations. This position also procures third-party contractors, consultants and experts to assist with site work.Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. This announcement does not include a residency waiver. 

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Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Geology, Hydrogeology, or a closely related field, AND two years of work experience which must have included familiarity with oil and gas drilling and production field operations; performing environmental assessments at oil, gas, and injection well sites and facilities; designing, evaluating, and implementing remediation plans for soil and ground water contamination due to oil and gas operations; and monitoring remediation activities and evaluating results at oil and gas operations remediation sites.  


Additional experience with an emphasis in natural resources, environmental, or engineering will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis, but not the two years of the required experience

Please noteThe 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.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s License  
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado including the Department of Natural Resources must have concluded employment in good standing 
  • This position has statewide responsibility.  Periodic travel to all areas of Colorado is required to conduct field inspections, meet with contractors or landowners, and conduct pre-bid meetings
  • With proper engineering controls, administrative controls or personal protective equipment and training, must be willing and able to work near hazards, such as proximity to moving, mechanical parts, petroleum hydrocarbons, or toxic or caustic chemicals  
  • With proper personal protective equipment and training, must be willing and able to work in all types of weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions, noise and atmospheric conditions 
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  
  • May need to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, and handle objects                                                  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills,
  • Experience accessing public files on the COGCC “COGIS” system 
  • Experience designing, evaluating, and implementing remediation plans for soil and ground water contamination due to oil and gas operations
  • Experience meeting with contractors, landowners, and conducting pre-bid meetings
  • Proficiency using Google Suite software 


It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, 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, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered 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 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 under Rules. Supplemental Information

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.
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 Applicant Checklist

 Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online Application for Announced Vacancy 
  • 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 online  application.
  • A current resume uploaded as an attachment to your online application
  • 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.
  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

The Assessment Process
The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness. Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review.  Utilizing your detailed on-line application, cover letter, resume and transcripts, the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit in comparison to all other applicants for this position.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.  â€śSee Resume” or “See Attached” will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.
  • Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  

Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments. 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 in future steps in the assessment process.

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.

The Department of Natural Resources 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, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at [email protected]ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Anna Kargobai-Murray at [email protected] at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you will are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S.  Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at

Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical HelpIf you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.  Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.