Water Quality Investigator - Denver International Airport

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 02, 2022
Full Time Aviation or Harbor Criminology and Forensics Water and Wastewater Treatment

Job Description

About Our Job

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed,at a city site and/or in the field at least two days a week, and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the third-busiest airport in the United States and one of the top ten busiest airports in the world, connecting our community globally through flight and business. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $33 billion for the region annually and employing nearly 30,000 people. At DEN, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We celebrate individuality and uplift all races, ethnicities, gender identities, national origins, ages, abilities, religion, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We know that our diversity makes us stronger, and we strive to keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of all that we do.

This position in DEN’s Sustainability Division is part of the Environmental Services water team. This team supports DEN in achieving its environmental objectives and compliance obligations, which includes meeting the highest attainable use for receiving waters at DEN, meeting the requirements of the DEN Individual industrial stormwater permit, meeting its Metro wastewater contribution permit obligations, and staying compliant with Denver’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. Aircraft deicing and activities associated with deicing have been identified as DEN’s most significant environmental risk. The primary means of mitigating this risk is DEN’s deicing waste (DIW) system. The DIW system, a structural control, is extensive and includes infrastructure to collect deicing waste at areas where aircraft deicing occurs. It includes valves, piping and pump stations that direct and convey flow to storage ponds, as well as a series of valves and piping that controls the discharge of deicing wastewater to the sanitary sewer system. This position presents an opportunity to support one of the largest DIW systems in North America while also performing work to support other water programs at DEN.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Operating DEN’s deicing waste system including the discharge of deicing waste to the sanitary sewer system
  • Investigation of illicit discharges to storm and sanitary systems
  • Stormwater and wastewater sampling to ascertain effluent and pollution levels, including new requirements for sampling PFAS
  • Review of engineering and architectural plans to support DEN’s deicing waste system, including on-site review of system attributes and construction installation
  • Contribute expertise to DEN’s environmental sustainability programs including an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is certified to ISO Standard 14001:2015

About You

We are looking for candidates for some or all the following skills and experience:
  • The ability to work safety in an industrial environment that may include work in confined spaces, exposure to chemical and other hazards, and work in extreme weather conditions
  • The ability to identify goals for work assignments and obstacles to achieving those goals. The ability to generate alternative solutions, consider risk, and evaluate and choose the best alternative to perform work
  • Mathematical ability to perform computations related to flow and organic load of deicing waste, and experience with Excel spreadsheets to store, track, and analyze data
  • The ability to read and interpret written material, including technical materials such as product manuals, engineering drawings, operating manuals, and regulatory materials such as rules and regulations and environmental permits
  • Mechanical aptitude, including an ability to troubleshot DIW equipment, perform repairs, and identify circumstances where maintenance teams at DEN should be brought in (e.g., plumbing, electrical) or where outside contracted support will be needed for specialty work
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders at DEN
  • The ability to not only work by yourself and get the job done with minimal direction and supervision, including solo shifts, but also the ability to closely work with other team members
  • A willingness to work 4 ten-hour days that may include one weekend day as well as overtime or off-shifts to meet business needs, most likely during the winter deicing season

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have the following minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED Certificate required plus college level course work in chemistry, algebra, and geometry
  • Experience: Two (2) years of experience working with and explaining rules and regulations pertaining to storm and sanitary sewer systems which must have included experience interpreting engineering and architectural drawings and working with mapping systems
  • Experience Equivalency: Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement

FBI Background Check: FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony convictions and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance and be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.

Snow / Emergency Duties: Denver International Airport is a 24/7/365 team operation. If weather conditions warrant or an emergency crisis occurs, all DEN employees can be required to work extended hours and/or shifts.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CN2098 Water Quality Investigator
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$23.00 - $34.50

Starting Pay
Based on education and experience

Denver International Airport

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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