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Environmental & Safety Specialist

Oswego, NY 

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

Job Purpose

Provide technical, administrative and strategic oversight for all Environmental / Safety programs by directing these programs to ensure the station is managed is in compliance with all company procedures and applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Essential Functions


  • Administer station, fleet, and corporate policies and procedures and provide technical guidance to ensure compliance with all Federal, State and local environmental regulations and permits.
  • Escorts environmental / Safety regulatory inspections on any site visits and inspections.  Facilitate pre and post meetings with the regulatory inspectors.  Document and communicate any corrective actions and/or potential notice of violations to facility management.
  • Effectively maintains high level for knowledge and understanding of environmental / Safety regulations and how they apply to the facility in the areas of air, water, and solid waste management.
  • Maintain effective safety programs to ensure an injury free workplace.
  • Maintain OPA 90 regulations as they pertain to a large oil facility.
  • Understanding of Coast Guard regulations and conduct drills and inspection tours.
  • Be familiar with NYSDOH radiation requirements.
  • Station primary point-of-contact for environmental internally and externally. Coordinate communication and act as the point-of-contact with Corporate Environmental / Safety personnel.   
  • Conduct research on various technical and environmental topics and prepare reports or briefings.
  • Provide technical support to others to aid completing their responsibilities. 
  • Manage implementation of company programs designed to ensure environmental compliance by NRG personnel on related procedures.
  • Work independently and take initiative under the direction of Plant Management and Corporate Environmental /Safety on various projects relating to air, water and other environmental issues.
  • Interface with all levels of employees inside and outside the company; provide flexible and proactive approach to work with multiple personnel to complete projects.
  • Maintain site records and generate required reports for all areas of occupational health and safety. 
  • Manage all aspects of environmental compliance delegated to the station under various laws and regulations including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Toxics Substance Control Act, 
  • Provide or arrange environmental /Safety training for station personnel as needed using bot computer based system and Instructor held classes.
  • Support other duties as delegated by Management.



Minimum Requirements


  • High School diploma AND
  • 3-5 years’ experience in environmental field and industrial operations


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science or related discipline.
  • 5 years or more experience in environmental field and industrial operations
  • Experience in the power industry
  • Licensed Environmental Professional / Safety CSP or ASP




  • Ability to effectively supervise, train and direct others (peers, employees, contractors/vendors). 
  • Ability to work independently and within both unionized and non-unionized team settings.  
  • Knowledge of power plant processes and equipment preferred.
  • Knowledge of plant operations and the associated environmental compliance issues preferred.
  • Project management skills.
  • Employee relations skills, especially in a union environment.
  • A self-starter, energetic and committed team player.
  • An ability to form and effectively communicate (both verbally and in writing) views and recommendations succinctly and with appropriate support.
  • Capable of critical, analytical thinking.
  • Possess an interest in, and aptitude for, solving problems in a practical, business-oriented manner.
  • Work independently and track multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with environmental regulations and agency interaction
  • Demonstrated ability to get things done and produce quality product.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess or ability to obtain and maintain various federal, state and local environmental operator certifications 


Computers and Databases


  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Environmental tracking databases


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

This position is a combination of work in office and industrial settings.  Must be able to wear required personal protection equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, goggles, face shields, hearing protection, respirators, fall protection harnesses, and other PPE as required.  Duties require extensive manual dexterity in usage of computer terminal and keyboard, while sitting for long periods of time preparing budgets, work scopes, testing and outage schedules environmental compliance documents, and other reports as needed. 

May be required to perform equipment  or site inspections by climbing vertical ladders in excess of 20 feet and stairways in excess of 50 feet, using step stool, kneeling, bending, walking over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, walking long distances, open grating, up and down staircases.  The compartments where certain equipment may be located may exceed temperatures of 130°F.  May be required to prepare and conduct training, including mentoring individuals one-on-one.  In conducting training, may be required to carry training materials, and to stand for extended periods of time.

Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, and to operate standard office equipment.  The position occasionally bends, stoops, reaches, pushes and pulls drawers to retrieve file information and lifts and carries boxes that typically weigh less than 10 pounds.  This position requires travel within New York and also may require some domestic travel to attend meetings and training.


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Posted May 4, 2021

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