Energy & Environmental Program Specialist

Town of Erie

Erie, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $81,957.00 - $114,739.00
Deadline Apr 19, 2021
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Why work for the Town of Erie? 

The reasons people call Colorado home often include a passion for the outdoors, a diverse and dynamic community and the contemporary pace to life that appeals to all ages! As you'll soon discover, the Town of Erie offers the best of all of these and without a doubt is one of the top places to consider when making your next career move. With majestic mountain views and progressive civic vision, we provide a genuine small-town feel with modern amenities. Our residents enjoy a high quality of life. It is our employees who have been instrumental in creating what Erie is today and continue to shape what it will be in the future. The Town of Erie is an organization that has established an outstanding reputation for quality and excellent customer service. Each individual employee contribution is what makes that possible. We invite you to join our team today!

What you will be doing: 

Employee should enter the job with an overall understanding of the local and regional status of energy regulation and will be expected to work in collaboration with other neighboring communities, regulatory bodies, and experts to develop sufficient knowledge in the role. Under general supervision, will perform professional and technical work in the interpretation, enforcement, and development of the Town of Erie oil and gas regulations. The incumbent will provide written comment on statutory initiatives and regulatory development associated with oil and gas facilities and operations that potentially affect the Town. The incumbent exemplifies the characteristics of a collaborative, innovative, and resilient work culture and along with the leadership team, models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the department.
The incumbent provides holistic services to the public by seeking ways to develop, implement, or integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions, and agencies. The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies, regional partners, and the public in delivering effective and innovative services and communications.

Summary of Duties

Oil and Gas

  • Serves as a liaison between the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), various state agencies, local governments, Erie Board of Trustees, and Erie residents on matters related to oil and gas exploration and production operations within the Town and adjacent to the Town’s boundaries.
  • Reviews and coordinates responses to the COGCC permit applications to ensure all permitted conditions and terms of oil and gas development within the Town are met. Develops recommendations regarding the advisability of issuing the permits and corresponding term of any permits issued.
  • Fulfills all responsibilities of the Local Governmental Designee (LGD) for the Town as part of the COGCC review, referral and permit process.
  • Steward Erie’s oil and gas inspection, oversight, and monitoring programs including air quality, noise, soil gas, and site inspections. This is accomplished by using independent judgement, and in coordination with consultants as necessary, to review, interpret and analyze oil and gas operators’ compliance data, including applications, permits, leak detection, air quality, water, and soil testing data. 
  • Provides recommendations related to the promulgation of legislative and regulatory requirements by independently reviewing and providing comment, interpreting potential impact(s) to the Town, determining compliance strategies and required documentation, and in some cases, writing regulatory language. The legislative and regulatory process may also require the incumbent to provide expert testimony at rulemaking or other hearings.
  • Provides oil and gas related investigations, communication and correspondence as a subject matter expert to the public, Town Administration, and the Board of Trustees. Regularly attends meetings to represent Strategic Initiatives with Town Administration, Board of Trustees, COGCC, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), consultants, and oil and gas operators.


  • Develops and maintains systems and processes to track and report on oil and gas activity within Erie, including well sites permitted (date, location, type, etc.), this may also include the development of processes to develop and maintain GIS data.
  • Provides all information necessary to post to Town website to keep public and other interested stakeholder informed of oil and gas activity etc.
  • Prepares a variety of reports - tabular and narrative - as required.
  • Prepares staff reports and presentations for Town Administration and the Board Trustees related to Oil and Gas Facility permit applications.


  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the areas of land use, regulatory agencies, natural resource policy, or a similar field. An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be sufficient.
Education and Training: Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Public Policy and Administration, Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering, or a related field.

Knowledge of: Relevant federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes. General knowledge of oil and gas drilling operations, as well as COGCC, CDPHE, and AQCC regulations and operations; Air quality and noise monitoring best practices and limitations; Geographic Information System (GIS) programs to enable the individual to add minimal functions and use for directional and location information; Industry best practices related to all aspects of oil and gas exploration and development; Understanding and working knowledge of construction, construction sites and public infrastructure; Reclamation of sites and environmental impact issues; Land use planning, administration of zoning regulations, analysis of development applications for compliance with development standards, compatibility with surrounding land uses, and land use mitigation methods.
Abilities: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Ability to handle sensitive information and situations as well as know when to pass these on to Management.
Environmental Factors:
Work is generally performed in a standard office environment but will also involve field work. Office work will include frequent to constant use of a personal computer.  Field work will involve working outdoors in all weather conditions, work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, potential exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and risk of electrical shock. Worker must wear a hard hat and other safety equipment at construction sites. Work may involve competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines.
Physical Factors:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time and occasionally lift storage boxes of 20lbs or more. Physical aspects of field work include climbing, stooping, crawling, and a considerable amount of walking.

Town of Erie Benefits: 
The Town of Erie offers a comprehensive benefit package and pays a major portion of the employee premium to make these benefits more affordable for you. Coverage of these benefits begin the 1st of the month following date of hire for benefited employees regularly working an average of 30 hours per week. Each year you will have the option of changing your elections through open enrollment.
Designated full time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Robust Medical, Dental and Vision plans including spouse, domestic partner and family coverage options
  • Supplemental Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Aflac Plans 
  • Employer paid Basic Life/AD&D
  • Voluntary Life/AD&D
  • Employer paid Short Term Disability
  • Employer paid Long Term Disability
  • Employer paid Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan with a 5% employer match and immediate 100% vesting in your deferral contributions AND employer contributions
  • 3 ½ Weeks of Paid Time Off per year (increases with years of service)
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Robust extended sick leave and family sick leave program including parental leave for birth and bonding
  • Employer sponsored wellness program, including employee-based fitness classes
  • Education reimbursement up to $2,000 per year
  • Free membership to the Erie Community Center
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Discount Program through Benefits Hub

To be considered for this position you must apply on the Town of Erie's website.

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