Job Open in Fort Collins for C+D Recycling and Market Development

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Gary Liss

Dec 14, 2021, 11:39:42 AM12/14/21
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Gary Liss

Sent: December 14, 2021 8:00 AM
Subject: Please share Job Announcement - Sr Specialist, Environmental Compliance

Hi friends,


I wanted to let you know the City of Fort Collins is hiring for a new position on our Waste Reduction and Recycling team. Please share this message with your networks / anyone you think may be interested in this new role.


This is a full-time permanent position with benefits and will focus on construction and demolition recycling compliance and recycling market development. The hiring salary range is $60-70k and the posting is open until 12/28. Full details are included at the City of Fort Collins website and below.


Many thanks,



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Caroline Mitchell

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Waste Reduction and Recycling Program Manager

City of Fort Collins

970-221-6288 office
970-689-8462 mobile





POSITION TITLE:  Sr Specialist, Environmental Compliance   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req5100
DEPARTMENT:  Environmental Services
View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $52,190.00 - 86,984.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 12/28/2021.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, motor vehicle report and drug test required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry's growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 2 Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America: American Water Works – June 2021
  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance - March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance - Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance 
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability 
  • Wellness program, workout facilities 
  • Employee/family onsite health clinic 
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

The Environmental Compliance Senior Specialist is a new position in the Waste Reduction and Recycling team within Environmental Services that will support compliance with construction and demolition (C&D) recycling requirements and engage in C&D recyclables market development. 


Recycling compliance elements: This unique position works with the Waste Reduction and Recycling, Building Services, Code Compliance, Planning, and other departments within the City and supports compliance with C&D recycling requirements in Fort Collins Building, Land Use, and Municipal Codes. This position supports compliance through proactive education, documentation review, in-field inspections, and enforcement. It helps to develop or revise code language to ensure it is enforceable, and occasionally makes presentations to City Council, construction and demolition project crews, and other groups. 


Market development elements: In addition to C&D compliance, this role also works to develop C&D recycling markets in Colorado. This may take place by participating in state- or regional-level market development projects, as well as through individual efforts. 


It is anticipated this position will spend 75-80% of its time on C&D recycling inspections and compliance efforts and 20-25% of its time in market development activities (however, this is a new position, and the ratio may adjust over time). The ideal candidate must work well independently and be motivated to develop and maintain interdepartmental and industry relationships, be strategic, have a passion for the environment, support the City’s commitment to equity in process and outcome, and be comfortable in a compliance role. This is a full-time position with benefits. The anticipated hiring salary range for the position is $60,000 - $70,000.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Build relationships and educate the regulated community about environmental requirements in order to promote voluntary compliance.
  • Enforce requirements through combination of documentation and field inspections.
  • Create and/or participate in regional and state-wide collaborations
  • Understand, interpret, apply, and articulate environmental requirements in municipal code, building code and land use code.
  • Participate in development of new or updated environmental regulations from a compliance perspective.
  • Create, update, and maintain environmental regulation implementation and enforcement plans as necessary.
  • Work closely and coordinate with City staff in other departments including Community Development and Neighborhood Services, Utilities Environmental Regulatory Affairs, City Attorney’s Office, and Environmental Services staff.
  • Maintain accurate electronic files of active, ongoing, and previous cases.
  • Support the development of meaningful metrics, gather the information for them and report on them on a quarterly to annual basis
  • Work with a variety of agencies and individuals throughout the inspection/investigation process and maintain effective relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Provide timely, professional customer service, to assist customers in understanding how to comply with requirements and provide follow-up to ensure compliance.
  • Support the City's commitment to equity in process and outcomes.
  • Compile and prepare documentation of investigations to be used in the event of court proceedings.
  • Provide clear and articulate witness testimony in the event of court proceedings.
  • Maintain situational awareness and observation skills while performing field inspections.
  • Take appropriate, effective action as required, including inspection, notification and enforcement of environmental codes.
  • Present and provide outreach to various City or neighborhood meetings, construction companies, and property management companies, etc.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently, at times, with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and use appropriate problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of the construction and demolition industry
  • Proven ability to conduct education and outreach regarding recycling and environmental topics, including presentations and trainings.
  • Ability to facilitate connections between work groups and within stakeholder groups
  • Ability to envision implementation and enforcement of potential requirements and plan for their enforcement once adopted
  • Ability to read, interpret, apply, and articulate relevant City codes & ordinances, including but not limited to construction & demolition recycling, multi-family and commercial recycling, residential recycling, trash hauler hours of collection, smoke opacity, air quality, and fugitive dust.
  • Ability to build court cases and provide accurate testimony during hearings or other meetings.
  • Ability to apply deductive reasoning in bringing cases to resolution. Ability to take unbiased enforcement action; including issuance of civil/criminal citations.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to apply appropriate time management skills to handle variable workloads.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and understand development plans including site/landscape plans and architectural elevations helpful but not required
  • Ability to use GIS, digital photo, Excel, Accela database, and word processing software.

Required Education


Education Level


Bachelor's degree in construction management, sustainability, natural resource management, public relations, planning, or related field from an accredited college of university.


Experience Requirements

  • Minimum three years experience in construction, management, environmental enforcement and/or environmental enforcement and outreach experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.


The content in this posting was created for recruitment purposes. To view the full job description click the link below.


Sr Specialist, Env Compliance


The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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