Environmental Scientist I (813)

New York Power Authority
White Plains
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
The Environmental Scientist supports Authority staff to ensure that the Authority meets its environmental regulatory obligations and licensing commitments related to fishery issues and other environmental program areas in a sound and cost-efficient manner. The incumbent ensures coordination of all attributes of environmental compliance associated with Authority projects and programs in such topical environmental areas including, but is not limited to, fisheries, stream and wetland protection, threatened and endangered species, and FERC licensing.

* Intermediate level position.

* Incumbent typically independently performs almost all assignments with instructions only related to general results expected.

* Employ environmental and engineering principles and practices to assess and ensure environmental compliance of utility operations, project permit requirements and licensing commitments.

* Incumbent will typically work unassisted in a particular program area of expertise.

* Prepare original study scopes, conduct independent analysis of study results and evaluate study reports in their particular area of expertise.

* Establish and or maintain on-going relationships with a diverse array of regulatory agency staff members for the purpose of sharing technical information and acquiring insight to agency interpretations related to area of expertise.

* Work within the EH&S management structure to provide support, direction and overall coordination with larger project and facility aspects and goals.

* Seek out and work with the Law Department, Licensing, Energy Services, Engineering, Project Management and others as appropriate to provide support to accomplish specific tasks within one or more areas of expertise.

* Maintain currency with evolving state and federal agency regulatory requirements regarding environmental issues and hydropower licensing so as to communicate complex regulations and related environmental management issues to Authority management that could impact Authority operations and/or budgets

* Ensure application of sound environmental management principles to technical issues and in-field or in-facility activities.

* Support implementation of best management practices at the Authority's facilities that respond to the findings of natural resources studies or are required by permit provisions.

* Ensure that work conducted on Authority property is conducted in an environmentally sound manner, meeting all regulatory requirements in a cost-efficient manner. The intent of this responsibility is to create value for the Authority through compliance with regulatory requirements while minimizing the adverse effect on Authority operations.

* Document regulatory requirements and manage the process of informing outside audiences (including agency personnel, landowners, government officials) of the Authority's work and the conclusions drawn therefrom.

* Develop scopes of services, review bid proposals, evaluate the suitability of proposed vendors and participate in contract negotiations for a broad suite of environmental services; maintain current Trustee approvals; provide quality assurance oversight of vendor services through feedback from other departments.

* Review and interpret State and Federal Regulations in the areas of responsibility that may affect Authority operations including the preparation of applications to attain/maintain the permits for compliant operation under all applicable regulations and statutes.

Required Skills

* Ability to develop consensus for action in an operating and/or construction environment.

* Ability to review and comprehend environmental regulations and advise specific actions to senior colleagues.

* Ability to work with colleagues to coordinate environmental compliance efforts related to issues from Authority Operating Facilities, Business Units, the regulatory community (including but not limited to NYSDEC, NYCDEP, EPA, and DOT) and Authority customers as required.

* Ability to conduct field studies with the use of (or supervision/monitoring of the use of) GPS, GIS tools, nets, trawls, electrofishing equipment and other similar sampling and data acquisition tools.

* Demonstrate experience in or knowledge of fish biology and fisheries management so as to accomplish components of larger, multi-disciplinary tasks related to electric utility, hydroelectric projects, steam projects, transmission projects or similar industries.

* Approximately 30% travel primarily within NY State

Required Experience

* Bachelor's degree with 3 - 5 years of experience -- or no degree with equivalent experience (5 -10 years) -- in fisheries, fisheries science, the management of fish and wildlife resources or comparable field.

* An advanced degree and/or Professional Certification in a related field, is preferred.

* Experience in a variety of other utility industry issues, FERC licensing, transmission line siting, utility ROW vegetation management and environmental permitting with particular expertise in one or more specific environmental area.