Position Title:  Environmental Specialist

Location:  Fort Morgan, CO

 This is a full-time position


Position Overview

The Western Sugar Cooperative has a dynamic and challenging opportunity for an experienced Environmental Professional at its facility in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  Working in a heavy manufacturing environment, this position’s primary function is to manage a team of personnel responsible for operating the site’s wastewater treatment plant while maintaining compliance with permits and regulations that stretch across multiple media.  The ideal candidate will be extremely driven, organized, and motivated to learn.  They will write and drive best management policies, assist in high priority permitting projects, develop scopes for capital projects, and coordinate the completion of day-to-day tasks required by the site’s air, water, waste, EPCRA, and sustainability programs, with a large focus on wastewater.  The position reports directly to the Cooperative’s Environmental Director with a dotted line of accountability to the Factory Manager.


Essential Functions

  • Certified Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) with oversight of a Class B wastewater treatment works and associated sludge handling system
  • Routinely review and fully comprehend all facility environmental permits and applicable federal and state regulations
  • Ensure compliance with environmental obligations set forth in facility’s agreement with the State
  • Evaluate daily compliance with facility Title V air permit limitations using the site’s Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS), process historian (dataPARC), and air monitoring records
  • Coordinate with Environmental Director to schedule and develop test protocols for required air emissions testing and performance evaluations related to the site’s Parametric Emissions Monitoring System (PEMS)
  • Assist in the development of permit applications
  • Routinely verify all required monitoring and recordkeeping is being performed as required by permits
  • Develop, routinely review, and update Best Management Practices (BMP) Plans for all environmental programs
  • Perform routine sampling of environmental media as required by permits to monitor quality and effectiveness of BMPs
  • Coordinate the effective implementation of the site’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan
  • Routinely audit environmental programs to identify gaps, and lead initiatives to improve areas of deficiency
  • Provide permitting guidance to facility Management for the construction of new equipment and expansion and/or modification of operations
  • When necessary, collaborate with all internal and external stakeholders, including Management, Regulatory Agencies, public officials, neighbors, and local emergency planning committees in a way that upholds the company’s reputation and standing in the community
  • Facilitate new hire and ongoing training for employees in accordance with internal best practices and permit requirements
  • Ensure all compliance deadlines and necessary corrective action are met in a timely manner
  • Identify when prompt notifications to Regulatory Agencies are necessary, and prepare and submit notifications in a timely manner, with oversight from the Environmental Director
  • Prepare or coordinate the submittal of all routine environmental reports including: Stack Test Reports, Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), Annual Stormwater Report, Biennial Hazardous Waste Report (if necessary), Title V Semi-Annual Deviation Reports, Title V Compliance Certification, Annual NSPS Subpart Db Report, Greenhouse Gas Report, APEN updates, Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report, SARA Title III (Tier 2) Report, and any other report required by environmental permit, regulation, or order
  • Manage facility’s community hotline and report calls internally in accordance with facility’s procedures
  • Engage employees in actively participating in Environmental improvement and Sustainability projects
  • Prepare and manage annual budget for facility’s environmental related expenses
  • Track compliance in Dakota management software program
  • Responsible for data entry and QA/QC
  • Performs all tasks in accordance with environmental, health, and safety policies and procedures, and is responsible for maintaining job-specific certifications and/or licenses as assigned


Skill & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in science or engineering
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in environmental compliance management
  • Willing to study for and obtain a Class B wastewater operator license, valid in Colorado
  • Familiar with both Federal and State Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and EPCRA
  • Proficient in critical thinking and multi-tasking high priority projects in a proactive manner
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Computer competent (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other Office 365 applications)
  • Detail oriented, and proficient in comprehending complex regulatory language
  • Friendly, results oriented, and collaborative


Work Relationship: Reports to both the Environmental Director and Factory Manager


Employment Requirements: Must be 18 years old or older


Travel Requirements: There are no regular travel requirements for this job



Position Type:      Non- Union Status: Non-Exempt Wage Range: $70,000 to $100,000 Location: Fort Morgan, Colorado
Benefits:  Medical, Vision, Dental, LTD, Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP),  401K  with match opportunity and the Company also contributes an additional 6% discretionary amount into each employee’s 401(k) at the end of the calendar year. Vacation, Salaried Continuance Plan, Holidays, and Paid Sick Leave if required by applicable State Law.


Please apply by sending resumes to hr@westernsugar.com


It is the policy of The Western Sugar Cooperative not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to the following:  recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training, layoff and termination.

Western Sugar Cooperative is a Drug Free workplace