[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Researcher Scientist, Air Pollution Control Division, Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 3 06:39:34 MDT 2016


    Physical Science Researcher Scientist I - 01007


    $4,373.00 - $5,388.00 Monthly


    Denver, CO

    Department of Public Health & Environment

    6/13/2016 11:59 PM Mountain

    *This announcement will remain open until June 13 , 2016, or until
    we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever occurs
    first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications

    *Make a real difference . . .*
    Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a
    better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with
    opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado
    Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking
    diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic
    position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of
    Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health
    of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

    If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider
    joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public
    Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking
    and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek
    Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path.
    In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we

      * Employee wellness programs and facilities
      * Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a
        wide variety of subjects
      * Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and
        bike racks
      * Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the
        State system
      * Strong, yet flexibleretirement benefits
        a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined
        Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
      * Medical and dental health plans
      * Paid life insurance
      * Short- and long-term disability coverage
      * 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
      * Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
      * Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters
        degree programs
      * Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
      * A variety of employee resource groups

    We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and
    providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we
    encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    Program. For more information, go

Description of Job

    The Work Unit:
    The Meteorology and Prescribed Fire (MPF) Unit reports current
    statewide air quality levels to the public, performs air quality
    forecasting for a variety of purposes, and issues air quality health
    advisories. The Unit performs climatological analysis of air
    pollution episodes, and studies air quality from a variety of
    perspectives. The unit is responsible for prescribed fire smoke
    management permitting and compliance consistent with state statute
    as well as Air Quality Control Commission regulations.

    What You'll Be Doing:
    This position is located in the Air Pollution Control Division and
    works as part of a Department-wide team that is dedicated to
    protecting Colorado's public health and environment. The position
    functions as an air quality scientist and forecaster; however, the
    position may perform other duties, as necessary and as assigned,
    that are consistent with the purpose of the Unit in support of the
    Division. The position exists to apply scientific research methods,
    theory, and principles to the identification, study, and solution of
    air pollution problems; issue air quality forecasts and pollution
    advisories statewide; apply and validate meteorological methods for
    forecasting air pollution levels; develop spatially and temporally
    complex models of air pollution within subregions of Colorado;
    research the climatology of air quality episodes; apply mathematical
    and computer models of air pollution dispersion to predict impacts
    of proposed activities, including wildland fire and emergency
    response situations; communicate the results of this work in
    reports, publications, and presentations. Among other duties, the
    position collaborates with others to report current statewide air
    quality levels to the public and issue statewide air quality
    forecasts and health advisories for a variety of purposes.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal 

    _Minimum Qualifications_

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
    bachelor's degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other
    natural science that included at least 24 semester (36 quarter)
    hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a
    minimum of six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and
    thermodynamics; six semester hours of analysis and prediction of
    weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale); three semester hours of
    physical meteorology


    One year of professional experience in forecasting air quality
    and/or weather conditions

    *This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience
    section of your application.  "See Resume" will not be accepted.  In
    addition, part-time work will be prorated. *


    A combination of work experience and training demonstrating
    competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through
    completion of the required education may be substituted for the
    *A copy of your transcripts must be submitted at the time of
    application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.*

    _Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies_

    The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly
    desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the
    successful candidate:

      * Graduate degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or other
        natural science
      * Ability to recognize weather patterns affecting air quality and
      * Skill and ability to complete accurate forecasts in a timely manner
      * Knowledge of research methodology
      * Knowledge and experience writing technical reports
      * Weather forecasting experience in Colorado
      * Air quality forecasting experience
      * Course work or experience in atmospheric chemistry
      * Wildland fire smoke dispersion experience
      * Experience with air quality dispersion models and meteorological
      * Experience providing real-time atmospheric emergency response
        support using dispersion models
      * Working knowledge of atmospheric emergency response procedures
      * Education and/or experience in computer programming
      * Education and/or experience with applied statistical methods,
        including regression analysis and multivariable methods
      * Knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite and relational
      * Ability to work under pressure and strict deadlines
      * Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to
        a writing to a wide range of audiences
      * Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

    _Conditions of Employment_

      * Shift Work Required: The division issues air quality forecasts
        every day of the year, including weekends and holidays.  The
        person in this position must be willing and able to work
        weekends and holidays on a rotating schedule.
        On-Call Status Required: Must be willing to be on-call in the
        event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical
        attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to
        report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location.
        During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

Supplemental Information

    *A complete application packet must include:*

     1. A completed State of Colorado application.
     2. A resume and a a cover letter describing the extent that you
        possess the education and experience relating to the
        requirements AND preferred competencies for this position.
     3. If using education to qualify, or to demonstrate completion of
        preferred coursework, a copy of your college/university
        transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your CO Jobs
     4. Technical writing sample.

    The Selection Process

     1. All applications that are received by the closing of this
        announcement will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications
        in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum
        qualifications proceed to the next step.
     2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired
        and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative
        analysis process.  Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis
        for this position may be a structured application review, which
        involves a review of the information you submit in your
        application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against
        the preferred qualifications.
     3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule
        an interview with the hiring manager.

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