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Environmental Specialist

Chicago IL

Job ID: 2017-1828


For over 125 years ...

Sargent & Lundy has provided comprehensive consulting, engineering, design, and analysis for electric power generation and power delivery projects worldwide. With a highly experienced staff solely dedicated to the energy business, we have the ability and know-how to take on the smallest tasks as well as the largest projects.

Our Environmental Permitting & Licensing team actively supports numerous environmental compliance and permitting projects affecting the power generation, transmission and distribution, and natural gas industries. We are seeking an Environmental Specialist with the ability to identify regulatory requirements, prepare environmental permit applications, conduct compliance evaluations, and interact with regulatory agencies to support a broad range of power-related projects. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work independently while managing multiple tasks and supporting multiple project teams.



Apply professional environmental knowledge and skills to support project team and client needs for defining, evaluating, and implementing environmental compliance and permitting projects

Identify the environmental requirements as they apply to electric power related projects, including electric power generating projects, substations, transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and compressor stations

Review environmental regulatory requirements as they apply to specific projects, and work with our project engineers to ensure projects are designed and developed using criteria that recognize all relevant environmental requirements

Prepare permit applications and interface with federal, state and local permitting agencies

Travel to client offices and plant site locations, and act as a liaison between project team members, clients, and regulatory agencies on a wide range of environmental projects

Participate in industry conferences, prepare published articles and papers, and conduct internal and external presentations summarizing regulatory requirements

Participate in knowledge sharing through Sargent & Lundy's "Communities of Practice"



Essential skills and experience:

This position requires a BS in Environmental Science, Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Natural Resources & Conservation, or related field

Familiarity with environmental laws and regulations that apply to large industrial facilities, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act

Three or more years of specific experience in at least one of the following fields:

Conducting federal and state environmental impact assessments, wetland delineations, or threatened and endangered species surveys;

Preparation of environmental plans such as wetland mitigation plans, threatened & endangered species mitigation plans, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), or Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans

Preparation of environmental permit applications, such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 wetlands permitting, Section 401 Water Quality Certification permitting, or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permitting

Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills

Ability to interact and multitask with project team members, clients, and regulatory agencies


Valued but not required skills and experience:

Experience conducting environmental site assessments

Familiarity with ArcGIS to develop interactive maps showing critical environmental resources such as wetlands, critical habitats, and other sensitive receptors. Certification or coursework in GIS is a plus

Familiarity with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards




Posted November 1, 2017

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