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Environmental Engineer/Specialist - Compliance (Water)

Birmingham AL


This position is responsible for assisting with and/or administering programs that ensure compliance with water related environmental laws, regulations, and permit requirements; providing training and presentations on environmental compliance; interpreting regulations; providing guidance and support to affected facilities or departments; preparing water permit applications and/or reports when needed; conducting and interpreting studies and field investigations; determining compliance status; developing and coordinating compliance programs and plans across multiple departments; and interfacing with regulatory agencies.

This position is critical to maintain the current and expanding level of environmental compliance responsibilities that affect all of Alabama Power Company’s (APC) 14 hydro facilities and 12 reservoirs. This position will support Environmental Affairs in complying with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license requirements and in relicensing activities by reviewing reports, attending public meetings, participating in negotiations, obtaining 401 water quality certifications from ADEM and performing endangered species act consultations. The successful candidate will build relationships with stakeholders and regulatory agencies including but not limited to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. This position may also support APC hydro with shoreline permitting, NPDES permitting, SPCC plans and site inspections, and on call rotation for hydro support. Finally, this position may support implementation of a compliance tracking software for the department.


Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:


Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology or other relevant field.


Experience, Skills and Abilities

Experience preparing documents and/or demonstrating compliance with regards to National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act (including NPDES, 401 water quality certifications and SPCC), National Historic Preservation Act, and/or other environmental water permitting experience would be a plus.

Results oriented and proactive in maintaining compliance with all environmental laws and regulations.

Ensure compliance by monitoring/evaluating data and working with numerous departments within the company.

Experience with regulatory approval processes.

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with regulatory agency personnel and with internal customers.

Communicate environmental requirements and compliance information through trainings.

Develop environmental compliance strategies, policies, procedures, and guidelines for new regulatory requirements.

Strong analytical, problem-solving, and computer skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Behavioral Attributes

To put safety first.

To develop and maintain effective working relationships.

To promote open communications and teamwork with peers.

To take initiative to solve problems.

To teach one’s self new and challenging material.

To provide outstanding service to clients/customers.

To be a positive team player, flexible to changing priorities, and seek opportunity for process improvement.


Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at


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.


Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time


Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203


Req ID: APC2006133



Posted March 18, 2020

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