Environmental Affairs Specialist/Engineer

Birmingham, AL

Environmental Affairs Engineer/Specialist


The Southern Power Environmental Affairs Engineer/Specialist position is responsible for strategic leadership, project management, and technical support for utility scale electric power generation projects across multiple technologies, including wind, solar, battery storage, fuel cells, and gas/oil-fired combustion turbines/combined cycles. Major job responsibilities include project management for due diligence associated with project acquisitions (including pre-construction and operational facilities); interpreting regulations and providing guidance and environmental compliance support to affected facilities; interfacing and effectively negotiating permit conditions with state and federal regulatory agencies; reviewing and approving environmental construction and operational permits and plans; identifying risks and developing risk mitigation strategies for acquisitions and greenfield/brownfield development projects; and managing environmental budgets. The successful candidate must be capable of managing and prioritizing multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment including managing technical consultants, managing project budgets, providing technical review and guidance for contracts, permits, and other environmentally related documentation, and effectively communicating and interfacing with site managers at generation facilities, other internal organizations, and a broad array of external stakeholders.

Job Requirements: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

  • Bachelors (or higher) degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, or other relevant discipline required

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in utility scale electric power generation projects

  • Familiar with environmental rules and regulations, permitting, or compliance and reporting

Prior work experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • Work experience collaborating with and/or managing external stakeholder relationships

  • Direct experience in areas such as project management, development, environmental, consulting, regulatory agency or operations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with groups and one-on-one

  • Proven ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple deliverables by engaging with internal and external teams

  • Ability to recognize diverse opinions, reduce conflict and promote an inclusive work environment

  • Knowledge of electric utility business, environmental, operations, engineering or legal principles

  • Project management skills and business acumen with the ability to concurrently manage numerous tasks on multiple projects

  • Ability to research, analyze, and self-teach new and challenging material and synthesize data and information from a variety of resources to formulate timely business strategies

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Demonstrate Our Values: Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance

  • Ability to develop a positive culture, lead by example, and serve as a role model for ethical and compliant professional behavior

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with regulatory agency personnel and other external stakeholders

  • Demonstrate ability to provide outstanding service to clients/customers

  • Adaptable and flexible in a rapidly changing environment

  • Promotes collaboration with internal and external groups

  • Critical thinker, self-starter, takes initiative to proactively solve problems and persistently manage processes toward successful outcomes

Southern Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 55 facilities operating or under construction in 14 states with more than 12,500 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 5662

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Power