Job Posting


Company / Agency

Town of Erie

Contact person

Brittni Wilts

Position Closes

Mon, July 3rd 2017

Experience Level

Mid 2 (4-8 Years)



Salary Range

$60,870.77/yr. - $73,161.98/yr.

Job Description

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 this possible.

The Town of Erie is currently accepting applications for Environmental Planner. Under general oversight of the Director of Community Development, the Environmental Planner performs a variety of environmental and natural resources analyses, sustainability impact reviews and serves as a liaison and resource for oil and gas/energy issues, recycling and sustainability programs for the Town and the community.

The below list is intended to be illustrative of the responsibilities of the position and not all encompassing. The Town may change these duties at any time.

  • Serves as a liaison between the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), natural resources agencies, Town residents, and the Town Board on matters related to oil and gas industry.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the programs, systems and processes required in overseeing the review, tracking, and reporting of all energy activity within the Town. 
  • Reviews and processes local approvals for oil and gas development applications in accordance with the Town of Erie Municipal Code.
  • Reviews and coordinates responses to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) permit applications to insure all terms and conditions of oil and gas development are met. Develops recommendations regarding the advisability of issuing the permits and corresponding term of any permits issued. 
  • Provides technical knowledge and advice in the area of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, waste and recycling, public health, and other sustainability-related concepts.
  • Develops marketing strategies and materials to promote the sustainability efforts of the Town and the community.
  • Receives, investigates, documents, and reports on citizen complaints of environmental issues. Investigates and follows-up on all inquiries and maintains records of issues.
  • Works as the Town liaison for landfill operations reviewing CDPHE documents and equivalent state documents.
  • Reviews any incoming permits applications for any environmental impact.
  • Coordinates and oversees the work of outside experts who may assist Town staff on specialized issues.
  • Researches, analyzes and makes recommendations to management concerning land use issues.
  • Works closely with Town and outside utilities. Serves as Town liaison with environmental and regulatory agencies on the state and federal level.
  • Conducts noise, light, odor and other environmental tests as needed and upon complaints.
  • Works closely with the public and provides education and information concerning the energy industry, Town projects and any remediation issues that are planned.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

To be considered for this position you must have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science/Engineering, Natural Resources Management or a related field.
  • Five years of responsible experience of environmental planning, natural resources management, land management or a related field.
  • Some experience/exposure to the energy industry with specific knowledge of land use within the oil and gas industry.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • AICP certification preferred
  • Vehicle Operator's License and a satisfactory driving record.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and the ability to track and map issues.
  • Knowledge of land use issues concerning oil and gas issues to include drilling, hydraulic fracturing and their environmental impact on communities.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes.
  • Knowledge of reclamation of sites and environmental impact issues.
  • Knowledge of oil and gas drilling operations, as well as COGCC operations.
  • Strong knowledge of 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
  • Skill in the methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of construction and construction sites and public infrastructure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to handle sensitive public relations as well as internal personnel issues.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of personal computer equipment and software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and other products as required by job.

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 working 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.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life & AD&D
  • Voluntary Life & AD&D
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Vision
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time-Off & Holiday Pay
  • Free membership to the Erie Community Center


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