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Colorado Springs Utilities Environmental Scientist in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Environmental Scientist

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory

Pay Range $60,944 to $76,190

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 10/13/21

Environmental Scientist

Who We Are...

Colorado Springs Utilities, a four-service utility provider with a 100-year reputation of integrity, gives you an experience unmatched by other utility companies. We continuously strive to stay ahead of the business curve with our established priority to update and incorporate state-of-the-art technology and provide a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy. In fact, we were recently awarded the Diamond Designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA), recognizing our utility for having some of the highest ratings in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements among the more than 2,000 public utilities in the nation. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy nature at its finest while residing in the sixth most desired place to live in the United States (according to U.S. News & World Report, 2021).

Why should you apply to this role?

Our Laboratory Services Department is seeking an Environmental Scientist to join the General Chemistry group in performing analyses on source, drinking, power plant cooling, ground, and wastewater samples. You will have the opportunity to analyze environmental samples and interpret data for our water and wastewater treatment plants, all while working in one of our progressive laboratories. You will also work alongside a dynamic and highly skilled group of scientists whose priorities include evaluating, testing, and producing the cleanest drinking water in the region while keeping environmental protection at the forefront of our efforts. If you have progressively responsible environmental laboratory testing and analysis experience and are excited to leverage your testing and analytic skills, this may be the opportunity for you!

What will you be doing?

  • Preparing, testing, and analyzing drinking, source, and wastewater samples in compliance with applicable standards (e.g., ASTM, EPA, SM) in support of the SDWA and CWA

  • Providing technical expertise through developing analytical procedures and program manuals, training others in environmental testing, analysis, and instrumentation, and developing new methods and instruments for testing and analysis

  • Preparing monthly quality control reports and performing instrument maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting

  • Conducting research and testing in response to special projects and requests for chemical analysis

  • Gathering, generating, entering, and validating a variety of water source data into various databases

Please note that working occasional holidays and weekends is required for this position.

Who you are...

  • Relevant and progressively responsible environmental laboratory testing and analysis experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a closely related field; coursework in and/or knowledge of microbiology and organic chemistry is highly valued

  • Knowledge of standard methods and procedures for chemical testing, and analyses of water and wastewater samples, including quality control measures

  • Skill in instrumentation operation, maintenance, and development is highly valued

  • Experience with SDWA and CWA plant processes is beneficial

  • Knowledge of water and wastewater collection, distribution, and treatment principles

  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and EPA regulations

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 72D, 72E 43E1, 43E2, 43E3, 43EX, 4B031, 4B051, 4B091, 4B0X1 6460, 6463, 6465, 6467 9631, 9684

Colorado Springs Utilities offers a comprehensive benefits program to help you and your family protect your health and financial security.

  • Medical – Select from three medical plans including a Health Savings Account compatible plan

  • Voluntary Wellness Program – Earn incentives, gift cards, and gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two plans including orthodontia coverage

  • Vision Insurance – Voluntary plan covering a full range of vision care services

  • Health Savings Accounts – Tax-advantaged savings account used for healthcare expenses

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Tax-advantaged spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent daycare expenses

  • Disability Insurance –Short-Term and Long-Term coverage provides income replacement for illness or injury

  • Life Insurance – Term life coverage with the option to purchase supplemental coverage

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, personal leave, sick leave, holidays, jury and bereavement

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase additional vacation time

  • Pension – Colorado PERA retirement plan funded by both employees and the organization.

  • Retirement Saving Programs - Supplement your pension with PERA 401(k) or PERA Roth 401(k), ICMA Roth IRA, ICMA 457 or 457 Roth plan

  • Educational Assistance – Financial assistance for qualifying courses

  • Additional Benefits - Employee Assistance Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory