BSC is seeking a permitting specialist to support our project managers and technical teams with local, state, and federal permitting throughout New England. Responsibilities will include working with project managers in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment to develop regulatory approach/strategy, draft applications and petitions, and provide technical review and QA/QC for a variety of projects. Successful candidates should be strong in technical writing, communication skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize under pressure/aggressive client schedules. Some responsibilities are as follows:
- Ensure transmission siting/environmental/permitting activities are performed in accordance with the policies, practices and standards of our clients, and per the regulations and procedures as required by federal, state or local regulatory agencies.
- Conduct or participate in public meetings and informational hearings, as needed.
- Work interdependently with a multidisciplinary project team to identify build-able, cost effective routes and facilities which minimize environmental impacts.
- Determine siting/environmental/permitting risks, tasks, scopes, and cost estimates.
- Assist in and prepare environmental assessments and studies for transmission facility projects.
- Coordinate regulatory and local zoning applications (writing, exhibits, testimony, interrogatories, schedule, etc.)
- Organize and facilitate project meetings related to siting/environmental/permitting.
- Develop and monitor schedules to complete siting/environmental/permitting tasks and manage identified risks.
- Participate in stakeholder meetings and public workshops.
- Assist in preparing testimony and testify before federal, state and local agencies concerning transmission routing and substation siting.
- Assist in evaluating the impact of proposed legislation and regulations on transmission projects and provide input to the development process.
- Build networks that extend through other companies, and regulatory agencies
The successful applicant will be involved in a wide variety of energy, transportation, and public/private sector projects and will be familiar with environmental laws and regulations and their regulatory mechanisms in various New England states (specifically MA, RI, NH, CT and VT). Existing relationships with New England regulators, working groups, and related organizations is a plus. Preference will be given to applicants with direct experience with New England state wetlands programs, federal Clean Water Act programs, Clean Air Act, biological and/or cultural resources, planning, and/or socioeconomics, including: MA Wetlands Protection Act, USACE Section 404, 10 and 408, Section 401 WQC, MEPA, Chapter 91, MA CZM, NEPA, FERC, EFSB, DPU, and municipal planning and zoning.
Job Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science/Biology/Ecology, Natural Resources, Environmental Policy/Law, or a J.D. in Environmental Law. Approximately 8 to 12 years of post-degree experience in permitting, siting, planning, and/or project management is also ideal.