Eversource Energy Environmental Specialist in Berlin, Connecticut
Job Description Summary:
We have an opportunity for an Environmental Specialist to join our team at our corporate headquarters in Berlin, CT. The Environmental Specialist will be responsible for ensuring Eversource’s work on energy infrastructure projects, including the construction and maintenance of electric transmission and distribution lines and natural gas pipelines, is performed in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to rare, threatened or endangered (RTE) species and their critical habitat, and in accordance with Eversource’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
The Environmental Specialist will be responsible for assessing the impact of all phases of the transmission and distribution utility projects on RTE species and their habitats and advising Eversource permitting specialists, engineers and construction crews on best management practices to minimize potential habitat impacts. The Environmental Specialist will be the main liaison with CT DEEP NDDB program to coordinate and efficiently obtain regulatory required NDDB determinations. The Environmental Specialist will conduct pre- and post-work environmental assessments, attend public meetings and hearings, and provide oversight of contracts and consultants for such services. The Environmental Specialist must have the ability to translate and transfer applicable RTE species BMPs into real world construction practices enabling successful, on time completion of energy infrastructure projects.
Technical Knowledge/Skills: Requires experience in managing or conducting RTE species and habitats impact assessments under state or Federal Permitting Programs (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, CT DEEP Natural Diversity Database, etc). Clear understanding of state utility regulatory permitting programs, siting utility facilities regulations, environmental and land planning regulations. Must have technical writing skills, including the ability to recognize and resolve problems in technical communications; and have the ability to work independently and professionally with project teams, their attorneys, outside consultants, other utilities and regulatory agency staffs. General knowledge of applicable regulatory, engineering, and construction procedures; knowledge of the energy delivery power system; and the ability to utilize information technology and the use of Eversource Energy's office automation systems is required. Excellent communications skills; and the ability to "think on your feet" are required.
Wildlife Skills: Knowledge of Connecticut’s habitats, and habits and ecology of Connecticut’s RTE wildlife and plant species. Knowledge of principles and practices of Best Management Practices for wildlife species including measures taken to avoid negative impacts to species from habitat manipulation and other activity with the potential to cause negative impacts. Ability to identify plants and plant/community associations.
GIS Skills: Familiarity with and ability to utilize ESRI ArcMap software. Familiarity with and ability to utilize existing and new spatial data as available, including but not limited to those data available through CT DEEP and UConn CLEAR. Ability to interpret aerial photography. Ability to analyze spatial data in combination with Eversource project activities and listed species location data.
Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze spatial data in the context of Eversource activity types and wildlife species vulnerability to those activities. Analysis must factor in habitat requirements and location on the landscape as it relates to known species locations in order to determine potential impacts to the species or its habitat from project activity.
Education: A Bachelor's degree in Biological/Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource, Ecology, or related field required.
Experience: A minimum of six (6) years in RTE permitting process is required for specialist level.
License: Valid driver’s license required.
Certifications: Professional certification (PWS, CPESC, CESSWI, Forester, CWB, CFP) highly desired. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 40-hour wetland delineation and regulatory training preferred. A working knowledge of GIS required.
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Eversource Energy is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, or protected veteran status.
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