Energy Specialist (Hybrid Work Schedule Option)

Arapahoe County
Denver, Colorado
Feb 08, 2024
Feb 22, 2024
Position Type
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Arapahoe County's Public Works and Development Department is an American Public Works Association Accredited Agency, the first County in Colorado to obtain this status. Within the Department of Public Works and Development (PWD), we are seeking an Energy Specialist to join our team in the Planning Division. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a commitment to excellence and a desire to serve the Arapahoe County community as part of our dedicated and dynamic team.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, meaningful work, and a flexible and supportive work environment. Some of the benefits of working for PWD include:
  • 15 days (120 hours) of paid vacation per year
  • 13 paid holidays (104 hours) and 1 additional floating holiday (8 hours) per year
  • 12 days (96 hours) of paid sick leave per year
  • Flexible and remote work schedules available
  • Training and development opportunities to help you grow in your professional career
  • Comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans - see benefits tab for more detail

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: All candidates interested in this position are asked to submit a cover letter and résumé as part of your application.

The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

This position is responsible for management and coordination of all energy-related activity associated with solar energy and oil & gas development within unincorporated Arapahoe County. Specific duties performed by the position include:
  • Performs a variety of complex professional duties associated with the review and administration of energy-related planning cases. Serves as project manager, primarily under general guidance of the Development Review Planning Manager, for these complicated land development applications from the pre-submittal meeting through final documentation.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC), natural resources agencies of the Federal and State Governments, Arapahoe County residents, and the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners on matters related to energy development in Arapahoe County.
  • Develops and implements programs, systems, and processes required to review, inspect, track, and report all energy development activity in unincorporated Arapahoe County.
  • Prepares and presents recommendations to residents, energy stakeholders, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Conducts site inspections and other activities to ensure site development complies with permit requirements, site plan designs, and/or conditions of approval.
  • Acts as the Local Governmental Designee (LGD) for Arapahoe County as part of the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC) process. Responds to ECMC plan and permit applications, advocating for mitigations and siting options that minimize surface disturbance, address land use conflicts, and reduce impacts of energy development.

Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and County adopted codes governing the planning, siting, and development of energy facilities.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and best management practices associated with solar and oil & gas development.
  • Ability to interpret and apply zoning regulations applicable to energy development.
  • Ability to formulate and provide technical advice to boards, developers, contractors, and landowners.
  • Ability to write, develop, and deliver effective presentations before large public gatherings, boards, and commissions.
  • Ability to represent the County at a variety of professional meetings and to represent both technical and policy-level positions with respect to land development and related planning goals and requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a personal computer, standard office equipment, and a variety of software applications.

Behavioral Competencies (required for all positions within Arapahoe County Government):
  • Accountability
  • Accessibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Geography, Environmental Science/Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or other related field is required.
  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience that includes solar and/or oil & gas planning, project management, project reviews, or land use entitlements is required.
  • Master's degree in a closely related field is preferred and may be substituted for two years of required work experience.
  • Certification as a Certified Inspector through ECMC at the time of hire is preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be considered. All candidates are encouraged to apply who are interested in this position and who meet the above-listed requirements or a combination thereof. Having the "preferred" education or certification is not required in order to be eligible for the position, so please don't let that discourage you from applying.
Pre- and Post-Employment Additional Requirements:
  • Possession of a Colorado Class "R" driver's license or ability to obtain within two weeks of appointment.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background and motor vehicle checks.

Work Environment:
  • Work is generally confined to a standard office environment with some site visits required and travel to other County office locations as needed.

Physical Demands:
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position .
  • Spends 70% of the time sitting and 30% of the time either upright or walking.
  • Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs.
  • Occasionally uses cart, dolly, or other equipment to carry in excess of 20 lbs.
  • Occasionally climbs, stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls and crouches while performing office or work duties.
  • Verbal and auditory capacity enabling constant interpersonal communication through automated devices, such as telephones, radios, and similar; and in public meetings and personal interactions.
  • Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery or equipment.
  • Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other work-related equipment.

Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently : Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly : Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.

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