The Environmental Specialist performs scientific and professional level office and field work to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations for the Southwestern Power Administration’s (SWPA) resources protection program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.
Provides interpretation, advice, and guidance regarding the application of and compliance with applicable Federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, directives, and standards regarding environmental and cultural resources, including, but not limited to:
Develops and reviews documentation, correspondence, publications, records, reports, research, studies, analyses, appraisals, operating procedures, manuals, scopes of work, orders, plans, and mitigation measures for actions and obligations associated with environmental and cultural resources.
Conducts environmental related training for Southwestern Federal and Contractor personnel.
Leads/conducts and documents the annual Environmental Management Systems (EMS) audits that may include site assessments, physical inspections, interviews, and record reviews.
Secures permitting and approvals from and supports negotiation of contracts and agreements with applicable regulatory bodies and stakeholders.
Assesses impacts, monitors compliance requirements, and provides ongoing oversight for projects and their effects on the natural environment and cultural resources. Conducts site assessments, inspections, monitoring, and other reasonable and sufficient means.
Monitors and accomplishes goals and objectives ensuring compliance with legal requirements.
Develops and maintains document management resources and other tools for maintaining accurate records and tracking program requirements.
Manages and maintains public or stakeholder facing website(s) or other tools for communications or program performance.
Coordinates and administers activities associated with compliance, conservation, and sustainability practices, processes, and procedures in at least three of the following technical environmental and cultural resources protection initiatives: surface water and drinking water quality and contamination prevention; solid and hazardous waste management and disposal; air quality and greenhouse gas emissions management and pollution prevention; waste water collection and disposal; management of threatened and endangered species, wetlands and floodplains, resource protection areas, and forest and wildlife corridors; energy conservation; resource recycling/conservation; storm water management; land use planning; and construction design review.
Prepares, reviews, and presents reports, presentations, and/or briefings to communicate changes in legal, regulatory, scientific, and/or technological requirements, best practices, and/or developments to projects.
Participates in the development and negotiation of contracts and/or agreements that should contain provisions associated with environmental and cultural resources protection.
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in Science, Environmental Science or Engineering or similar fields preferred and a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in environmental regulatory compliance and a professional credential, license or certification, or equivalent combination of education / experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION
U.S. Citizens / Green Card only due to government or federal requirement
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Knowledge in environmental compliance assurance and environmental sciences
Knowledge in the effects of waste material on water quality and land quality and the interactions of waste with the environment and public health
Knowledge of laws, codes, regulations, and policies affecting operations and programs
Ability to perform mathematical compilation and analysis
Ability to examine, interpret, and apply scientific, legal, technical, and complex guidelines, documents, records and reports
Ability to produce concise, accurate and impartial reports, narratives, summaries and recommendations
Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, scientific and technical terminology into terms understandable to the general public
Ability to work independently within established guidelines, prioritize and coordinate activities, and meet critical deadlines
Ability to perform work assignments related to environmental inspections, compliance, monitoring, regulation, and research
Ability to work cooperatively with others; build and maintain constructive relationships with those encountered during course of work; respond effectively and tactfully to hostility, confusion or concerns expressed by others
Ability to collect, process, evaluate, and summarize scientific and technical data and ideas to make effective decisions and develop appropriate solutions
Ability to develop, prepare, and present studies and reports to governmental boards, civic organizations and other groups
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.