Transmission Siting Permitting and Environmental Planner I, II, III or Senior
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: IRC39145
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and implement schedules, budgets, and work plans for the environmental and permitting aspects of capital construction and maintenance project.
Coordinate the routing/site selection process including documenting the related steps that make up the alternative routing/site methodology.
Coordinate the local and federal land use permitting for electrical infrastructure including coordinating with local governments and federal agencies, preparing applications, presenting findings, and providing testimony.
Coordinate the environmental compliance and related permits, concurrences and approvals including planning, development and finalization of environmental reports and studies.
Develop, coordinate and implement public involvement and inter-agency scoping meetings.
Develop and implement environmental compliance monitoring programs to ensure projects are implemented in accordance with environmental regulations, permit stipulations and agency conditions.
Develop and implement plans that detail how proposed transmission capital construction projects will be constructed, operated and maintained. Includes, but is not limited to, Plans of Development, Construction, Operation, Maintenance Plans, and other related plans.
Provide land use permitting and environmental support to Transmission Maintenance activities.
Provide awareness training for employees and contractors regarding environmental compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other federal, state, and local regulatory and permitting requirements.
Establish and maintain productive relationships with land management and regulatory agency representatives including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S Army Corps of Engineers: U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management: Bureau of Reclamation; state wildlife, historic, and environmental offices, and County environmental and land use staff.
Assist in training other Transmission Siting and Environmental Planners.
Represent Tri-State on technical committees on siting, land use permitting and environmental issues as assigned.
Present findings and report conclusions of siting, permitting and environmental matters to the public.
Prepare Requests for Proposals (RFP) and evaluate proposals for environmental studies and services from outside consultants; prepare technical provisions and evaluate bidders.
Prepare environmental sections of construction contracts to include relevant Tri-State Environmental Protection Measures and applicable permit conditions or stipulations.
Monitor, coordinate, and evaluate contractor performance and budgets for siting, permitting and environmental services and studies.
Assist and/or prepare letters/reports/papers to address Tri-State's concerns on proposed legislation, regulations, and management plans as they relate to the construction, operation, and maintenance of existing and future facilities.
Prepare reports and special projects, as required.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree in physical or biological sciences or related area, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Possess strong working knowledge of NEPA, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, among others specific to transmission-related projects.
Strong/expert knowledge of laws, regulations pertaining to national siting, land use, and environmental policy clean water, endangered species, land management, weeds, migratory birds, raptor protection, wildlife protection, historic and cultural protection.
Ability to visit field locations and make field inspections.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written, particularly with regulatory agencies and construction/maintenance staff and contractors.
Working knowledge of computers and corresponding business software, including word processing and spreadsheets.
Strong public speaking skills required.
Eight (8) years of related experience in siting, permitting and environmental compliance, including two (2) years of experience in a lead or coordinator role.Note: Those with less experience will be hired at the Transmission Siting Permitting and Environmental Planner I, II or III job grade level, as appropriate.
Willingness to travel up to 25 percent of the time on an annual basis. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
GPS and GIS experience.
Experience working in the field, including in inclement weather and operating all-terrain vehicles.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent may be exposed to construction noise, fumes and dust associated with large industrial operating equipment and exposure to outdoor elements when traveling to various sights. Most duties are performed indoors at a desk, operating office equipment.
About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.