Archuleta County
  • Development Services
  • Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
  • 23.47 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Archuleta County is seeking a Full-time, qualified Water Quality Specialist for our Building and Planning department. Entry wage is $23.47 per hour.

As a Full-time employee, you would be eligible for excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 401(a) retirements plan, County will match employee contribution, up to 7%, paid holidays, PTO, county paid Long-term disability and $50,000 of life and AD&D insurance.


Incumbent is devoted to performing inspections and investigations in wastewater systems, water quality, and other related areas. Conducts compliance inspections; reviews applications, plans and designs; writes reports and document activities; investigates complaints; determines areas of non-compliance; recommends a course of action; assists in the resolution of issues; conducts sampling. Performs complex and high-profile investigations and inspections; provides mentorship to other specialists and Water Quality Division staff; demonstrates leadership within the Development Services Department; resolves issues; and conducts training for the public and professionals. Accomplishes work with minimal supervision, utilizing knowledge, experience, and independent judgment.


Receives direct supervision from the Water Quality Manager.




The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The administration retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

Works independently with minimal supervision.

Serves as subject matter expert and provides technical support in the identification, evaluation and mitigation of issues related to on-site wastewater treatment system permit applications.

Utilize professional training, experience, and judgment to protect the public health and environment on behalf of Archuleta County Board of Health.

Investigates routine and non-routine complaints; evaluates and determines non-compliance issues and impact related to environmental health regulations, rules, and standards; recommends corrective actions and works collaboratively to resolve problems within established standards and guidelines.

Receive Onsite Wastewater Permit System (OWTS) applications, open file, update online systems, assemble design review packets, confirm receipt, track payments.

Reviews applications, plans, and designs to ensure compliance with State and local regulations. Assists in reviewing variance requests.

Performs complex and high-profile inspections regarding compliance with environmental health regulations and rules which may include evaluation and investigation of issues related to on-site wastewater systems and water quality.

Completes data entry of inspection results and compliance actions into electronic databases, ensuring complete and accurate records.

Performs environmental sampling and testing, using appropriate methodology and QA/QC. Transports or ships samples to laboratories for analysis.

Conducts environmental health training for the public and professionals; responds to inquiries and information requests; conducts research to gather information as needed. May represent Archuleta County on various committees and community groups, as assigned.

Initiates appropriate enforcement actions when necessary relative to inspection or investigation findings and works collaboratively to resolve problems within established practices. Recommends compliance actions and works with Program Manager to determine appropriate escalation of enforcement actions. Assists in preparing enforcement documents such as notices of violation, hearing notices, and compliance plans.

Prepares and maintains a variety of reports, activity documentation, and related correspondence for official use and for public information.

Serves as a witness in enforcement cases in administrative hearing or criminal/civil proceedings.

Serves as mentor and provides guidance and training to less experienced staff members.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying.

Education: Bachelor's degree in a physical, biological, sanitary, or environmental science or related field preferred.

Experience: Two years of experience as an Environmental Health Specialist I preferred.

Licenses & Certifications: Certifications recommended by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment acquired within 6 months of assignment.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles, techniques, practices, and procedures as related to environmental health, on-site wastewater treatment systems, and/or water quality.

Basic principles and practices of quality control, qualitative, and quantitative research.

Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and public health principles.

Personal protective equipment, personal safety methods, and policies.

Customer service principles.

Modern office technology.

Ability to:

Gathering data, analyzing findings, and applying logic and reason; applying consistent quality control methods; providing attention to detail in assignments.

Performing inspections to gather environmental health related data; determining and documenting non-compliance issues and recommending corrective actions to supervisor.

Performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner; ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.

Writing and maintaining accurate reports, records, logs and files.

Coordinating deadlines and prioritizing competing demands.

Comprehending reference books and manuals.

Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations, and standards.

Providing exceptional customer service in-order-to promote and maintain a positive public health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and the communities we serve.

Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications.

Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interactions with coworkers, supervisors, the general public, and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

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