Energy Specialist

Arapahoe County

Centennial, CO United States

Arapahoe County's Public Works and Development Department is an American Public Works Association Accredited Agency, the first County in Colorado to obtain this status.  Within the Department of Public Works and Development (PWD), we are seeking an Energy Specialist to join our team in the Planning Division.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a commitment to excellence and a desire to serve the Arapahoe County community as part of our dedicated and dynamic team.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: All candidates interested in this position are asked to submit a cover letter and résumé as part of your application.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until Sunday, March 10, 2024.


The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

This position is responsible for management and coordination of all energy-related activity associated with solar energy and oil & gas development within unincorporated Arapahoe County.  Specific duties performed by the position include: 

  • Performs a variety of complex professional duties associated with the review and administration of energy-related planning cases. Serves as project manager, primarily under general guidance of the Development Review Planning Manager, for these complicated land development applications from the pre-submittal meeting through final documentation.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC), natural resources agencies of the Federal and State Governments, Arapahoe County residents, and the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners on matters related to energy development in Arapahoe County.
  • Develops and implements programs, systems, and processes required to review, inspect, track, and report all energy development activity in unincorporated Arapahoe County.
  • Prepares and presents recommendations to residents, energy stakeholders, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Conducts site inspections and other activities to ensure site development complies with permit requirements, site plan designs, and/or conditions of approval.
  • Acts as the Local Governmental Designee (LGD) for Arapahoe County as part of the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC) process.  Responds to ECMC plan and permit applications, advocating for mitigations and siting options that minimize surface disturbance, address land use conflicts, and reduce impacts of energy development.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and County adopted codes governing the planning, siting, and development of energy facilities.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and best management practices associated with solar and oil & gas development.
  • Ability to interpret and apply zoning regulations applicable to energy development.
  • Ability to formulate and provide technical advice to boards, developers, contractors, and landowners.
  • Ability to write, develop, and deliver effective presentations before large public gatherings, boards, and commissions.
  • Ability to represent the County at a variety of professional meetings and to represent both technical and policy-level positions with respect to land development and related planning goals and requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a personal computer, standard office equipment, and a variety of software applications.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Geography, Environmental Science/Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or other related field is required.
  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience that includes solar and/or oil & gas planning, project management, project reviews, or land use entitlements is required.
  • Master's degree in a closely related field is preferred and may be substituted for two years of required work experience.
  • Certification as a Certified Inspector through ECMC at the time of hire is preferred, but not required. 

An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be considered. All candidates are encouraged to apply who are interested in this position and who meet the above-listed requirements or a combination thereof.  Having the “preferred” education or certification is not required in order to be eligible for the position, so please don’t let that discourage you from applying.

Behavioral Competencies (required for all positions within Arapahoe County Government):

  • Accountability
  • Accessibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity

Pre- and Post-Employment Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of a Colorado Class "R" driver's license or ability to obtain within two weeks of appointment.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background and motor vehicle checks.

The Energy Specialist position is expected to work evenings on occasion to support the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission, in addition to occasional community meetings. This full-time position is exempt per FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. However, Arapahoe County offers the option to work a hybrid schedule with some days teleworking and some days working in-person at the office. This position may also be eligible for flex-work scheduling.


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, meaningful work, and a flexible and supportive work environment.  Some of the benefits of working for PWD include:

  • 15 days (120 hours) of paid vacation per year
  • 13 paid holidays (104 hours) and 1 additional floating holiday (8 hours) per year
  • 12 days (96 hours) of paid sick leave per year
  • Flexible and remote work schedules available
  • Training and development opportunities to help you grow in your professional career
  • Comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans – see benefits tab for more detail

Work Environment:

  • Work is generally confined to a standard office environment with some site visits required and travel to other County office locations as needed.
Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range

Contact Information

Ava Pecherzewski, AICP
Development Review Planning Manager
United States
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