Environmental Specialist (Durango)

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Durango, CO (30+ days ago)3.5

Department Information

About CDOT
Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit https://www.codot.gov/ to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
10 paid holidays per year
Medical and dental plans
State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
Choice of 2 retirement plans
401K and 457 plans
State paid Short Term Disability coverage
Credit Union Membership
Work life programs
Tuition reimbursement programs
To learn more about our benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits


Description of Job
This position is located in the Environmental Planning Unit in The Colorado Department of Transportation's Region 5 office in Durango, CO.

Analyzes and evaluates the social, economic and natural environmental impacts of minor, intermediate, and major transportation projects.
Serves as the Region's authority in wetlands and provides expertise on wetlands issues. Acts as the Region's wetlands coordinator; provides assessments, surveys, wetlands determinations and delineations; develops mitigation and monitoring plans and prepares and reviews Wetlands Finding Reports;
Determines NEPA analyses level for upcoming projects, and manages small, intermediate, and complex NEPA projects; ensures all applicable permits and ordinances are incorporated into project plans.
Represents CDOT in meetings with local governments, committees and citizens and responds to inquiries and concerns on environmental issues.Project management:
Manages and monitors environmental and transportation studies, support work and services as required to maintain schedules, deadlines and quality control.
Manages consultant contracts including oversight of consultant work, scheduling and budget control.
Collaborates with designers and staff personnel to define project impacts and mitigation.
Interviews and negotiates with various stakeholders to identify and carry out mitigation measures. Stakeholders may include landowners, public agencies, open space conservation organizations, realtors and others.
Coordinates with local public agencies and tribes on project planning issues and expenditures of funds for enhancement. Ensures that project requests are in accordance with all applicable statutes and regulations as well as with guidance for the Transportation Commission.
Negotiates agreements with other agencies.
Reviews and determines the adequacy of data, reports and studies provided by environmental, engineering and planning staff. (Examples of the types of data, reports and studies may include analyses of impacts to environmental, social and economic resources, traffic/accident data, access issues, feasibility studies and engineering design alternatives.)
Researches/reviews technical reports, program guidelines, specifications and other documents as necessary to determine the best plans/practices for each unique project within the parameters of all applicable guidelines, rules, etc.
Examines and analyzes project design information to determine the potential impact on environmental, social and economic resources.
Abides by all safety regulations policies and procedures and wears all required personal protective equipment.
Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:
Monday – Friday, daytime hours
35% daytime travel during business hours to project sites, meetings
5% overnight travel
Required to drive CDOT vehicles

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, or closely related field that provided a sound basis of the theories, principles and practices required to perform the major duties AND three years of full-time professional experience with processes/projects related to wildlife, threatened and endangered species, environmental site assessments, planning, and current NEPA compliance.

This experience must be specifically documented on your application.

SUBSTITUTIONS: A combination of progressively responsible professional work experience with processes/projects related to wildlife, threatened and endangered species, environmental site assessments, planning, and current NEPA compliance that provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge as that acquired in the required education may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis.

A Master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, wildlife biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, or closely related field may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of the professional work experience.

NOTE: A legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. 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 credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Candidate will be an Environmental Professional with the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Major Responsibilities section.
Working knowledge of CDOT and FHWA procedures related to biological resources, threatened and endangered species, wetlands and overall NEPA compliance.
Preferred Qualifications: United States Fish and Wildlife Certifications to Conduct Surveys for Threatened and Endangered Species (i.e. Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Mexican Spotted Owl, etc.)
Working knowledge and success in contributing towards project delivery for NEPA clearances.
Extensive knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the best practices, techniques, and State and Federal regulations related to threatened and endangered species and other sensitive habitats such as wetlands.
Extensive knowledge and success in completing threatened and endangered species assessments, and wetland delineations.
Broad knowledge of environmental resources.
Experience reading and interpreting construction plans and designs.
Strong project management skills.
Experience managing consultant work and contracts.
Excellent planning, organizational, prioritizing skills and experience
Strong analytic thinking, problem solving, reasoning, decision making skills and research. .
Excellent written and oral communication skills including facilitation, presentation/public speaking.
Ability to present technical information clearly in oral, written, graphic or other forms.
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy.
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
Ability to partner with other professionals and other staff members with sensitivity to their needs and priorities.
Negotiation to find mutually acceptable solutions; building consensus through give and take
Working effectively in both independent and team situations.
Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner.
Time management ability to work under tight deadlines and ability to adapt to changing assignments.
Fluency in Global Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel), SAP, and software, and the ability to quickly learn new software.
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 differed 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 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, 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, education 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.
Supplemental Information
Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. 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.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)
3) Detailed, Chronological Resume (please attach to your online application or you may email it to melanie.vigil@state.co.us)
4) A Cover Letter (please attach to your online application or you may email it to melanie.vigil@state.co.us)

Requirements for the resume: Please upload your resume as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to melanie.vigil@state.co.us. Please label all pages with your full name. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your resume should contain the following information:

Education and Training
Work Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent experience, and must include:
Beginning and ending dates of assignments, including promotion dates
Official position title/working title, including specialty area or unit, you held within the organization/company
The name of the organization or company
A brief description of your job duties

Requirements for the cover letter: Please upload your cover letter as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to melanie.vigil@state.co.us. Please label all pages with your full name. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts 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, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

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.

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.
The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain 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 as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, 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.

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 www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. 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.

ADA Accommodations: To request an accommodation, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement as soon as possible to be timely for the assessment process. Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to participate in the hiring process. The person making the request may be asked to provide additional information regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed which will be kept confidential. Advance preparation may be required so requests for accommodation need to be timely for each part of the assessment.


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