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Environmental Protection Specialist II - Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Fort Morgan, Platteville or Milken CO

Job Number: PHA-00127-10/19

Closing: 11/20/2019 5:00 PM Mountain



If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

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

This position, which is required to maintain a home office within three miles of Fort Morgan, Platteville or Milken, Colorado is responsible for conducting inspections to evaluate locations for regulatory compliance; reviewing reclamation related variances for technical adequacy, including evaluating operator submittals regarding surface reclamation procedures, weed control and specific rule variance requests; responds to public complaints by engaging with the complainants and inspecting the locations; works with the Orphan Well Program to prepare procedures and bid documents for orphaned well reclamation; manages contractor work to reclaim orphan well locations; and conducts vegetation compliance evaluations through point intercept vegetation transects by species.


Specific duties include but are not limited to:

This position is responsible for conducting inspections to evaluate operator reclamation and stormwater compliance with rules. The position develops, designs, reviews, and/or monitors reclamation activities/plans and stormwater management programs at proposed permit areas, active and inactive well sites, and orphan wells, including conducting environmental assessments of flora, fauna, soil conditions and hydrological conditions and negotiating with operators and surface owners to identify and implement the most effective reclamation and stormwater management methods. Reclamation activities and stormwater management programs are designed and monitored to ensure they are in compliance with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) rules and orders. Inspections are also conducted to ensure compliance with permits and any site specific conditions of approval (COA) and may recommend additional conditions of approval for future oil and gas locations and wells. The position reviews oil and gas operator factual review requests assessing legitimacy and written responses; creates documentation including, GPS site information on the locations and overlaying the information with aerial photography, GIS aerial photo documentation (including historic), directly commenting on operator submittals (e.g. reclamation plans, stormwater management plans). The position decides on specific sample locations; collects the soil samples for agronomic analysis; interprets the soil results; and plans for any actions required. The position conducts quantitative and qualitative vegetation monitoring at a species level, including collection of the data for quantitative vegetation monitoring in order to assess compliance with the rules. The use of quantitative vegetation analysis using the point intercept method is required.

The position conducts inspections at the request of the Permitting, Engineering, Financial Assurance, and Environmental groups and Enforcement to gather information in support of their activities and investigations; collects and interprets agronomic soil samples for the reclamation group and at the request of other groups; collects initial "screening level" samples (soil, oily waste, etc.); and provides technical knowledge and guidance to the regulated community on implementation and applicability of COGCC Rules. The position works with local governmental agencies to provide information to public on oil and gas operations, practices and procedures, and COGCC Rules, orders, and policies

The position reviews oil and gas locations by using the COGCC database including historic documents, current status of the location information and data for each location and makes assessments; enters the inspections and other required data into a COGCC database; makes decisions on appropriate corrective action date based on agronomic conditions at the time of the inspection.

The position responds to, investigates, and resolves complaints; provides technical knowledge and guidance to the regulated community on implementation and applicability of COGCC rules, in particular to new rules or amended rules in the 200, 300, 600, 900, 1000, 1100, and 1200 Series rules related to reclamation, stormwater management, monitoring, remediation, and protection of public health, safety, welfare, and the environment including wildlife resources.

The position can initiate formal enforcement procedures by recommendations; writes NOAVs; responds to operators NOAV responses, review AOCs; conducts additional inspections; prepares presentations for operator or commission meetings for the enforcement actions.

The position assesses field conditions for reclamation plans orphan wells and stormwater needs; collects soil samples for agronomic analysis and interpret the results; creates detailed and comprehensive reclamation and stormwater plans for the orphan well locations. Orphan well projects also includes tracking costs, approving invoices, and insuring that projects proceed in compliance with state procurement rules. The position conducts public meetings to disseminate information to interested parties, local, state, and federal agencies; makes presentations to the COGCC Commission regarding the status of the projects and the final results and conclusions; directly manages 3rd party contracts to conduct the work; monitors the locations to ensure that the locations abide by the COGCC rules for passing final reclamation; recommends a course of action to move the location to final reclamation standards if the locations are not progressing as expected.

The position performs other duties as assigned.


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.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Range Management, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Ecosystem Science or another field of study directly related to the assignment and two years of experience in intermountain west plant identification by species and vegetation monitoring by species; environmental sampling (e.g. soil sampling); and experience with reclamation/restoration. Must have familiarity with oil and gas operations. Must be fully proficient with computers and willing and able to work with a variety of computer programs and databases.



Work experience demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may substitute for the education. NOTE: Information must be supported in the application materials. A master's or doctorate degree in one of the fields of study above will substitute for up to one year of the required experience; however, there is no substitute for at least one year of the specific experience.


Conditions of Employment

Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire

Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver's license

Successful candidates must be willing and able to furnish a copy of their driving record at the time of interview

Must be willing to maintain and work out of a home office within three miles of Fort Morgan, Platteville or Milken, Colorado.

Must be willing and able to drive to individual well locations, potentially during inclement weather conditions, with some sites accessible only by unimproved roads

Must be willing and able to possibly hike up to two miles to well sites, which could require crossing fences

Must be willing and able to travel with multiple continuous overnight stays for work, meetings, and trainings, inside or outside the inspection region.

Must be willing and able to exert at least 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects

Must be willing and able to tolerate exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather

Must be willing and able to tolerate proximity of moving, mechanical parts

Must be willing and able to occasionally respond to complaints on weekends


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with or willing to certify per 14 CFR part 107 for small unmanned aircraft systems (drones)

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required

Experience performing and/or overseeing reclamation

Experience developing and/or implementing reclamation plans

Experience designing, implementing or overseeing stormwater management programs


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Posted November 8, 2019

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