Wednesday , April 17 2024

Southern Company Internships – Environmental Specialist

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Job Description:

This position in the Environmental Policy and Engagement group of SCS Environmental Affairs (EA) supports overall environmental regulatory assessment and development, policy analysis and strategy development across natural resources media areas. Areas of responsibility could include supporting policy around utility infrastructure siting, development, and operations, including considerations for wildlife interactions, water resources, and conservation planning. Additional initiatives could include strategy around the deployment of natural climate solutions, development of conservation research projects, and supporting the general priorities of the Southern Company subsidiaries. The position will be filled as an Engineer or Environmental Specialist at an exempt level 3 to 6 depending upon candidate qualifications.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support company stakeholder engagement and conservation activities, as requested.
  • Support Southern Company’s Washington D.C. office and provide policy impact analyses of both regulatory and legislative developments.
  • Lead company-wide environmental governance activities, including leading and arranging meetings, agenda preparation and facilitating dialogue.
  • Participation in public meetings as a regulatory subject matter expert, as requested.
  • Represent Southern Company in external forums and industry groups, including Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Utility Water Act Group (UWAG), Energy Wildlife Action Coalition (EWAC), Cross Cutting Issues Group (CCIG) and others.
  • Support preparation of environmental aspects of financial disclosure documentation on behalf of Southern Company and its subsidiaries.
  • Track, analyze and communicate federal environmental regulatory developments and their impact to Southern Company and its subsidiaries.
  • Support company project permitting and siting activities, as well as consulting on various ongoing subsidiary compliance efforts, as requested.
  • Support preparation of various environmental policy strategy documents, including Federal testimony, responses to legislative inquiries, comments on regulatory proposals, Public Service Commission testimony, earnings call preparation, Board of Director updates and responses to data requests.

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of utility operations, renewable and/or linear infrastructure development, wetland permitting, wildlife interaction and mitigation, conservation planning, and natural climate solutions and carbon sequestration (one or more preferred).
  • Listening, consensus-building and comfort formulating and representing consensus opinion on behalf of customers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without day-to-day direction.
  • Team-oriented and willingness to work across environmental media as needed.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental statues, including, but not limited to, Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA),
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Ability to build strong and trusting relationships with peer groups and customers.
  • Strong written communication skills, including ability to prepare concise, accurate and timely summaries of regulatory developments.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including ability to speak in public and facilitate internal and external meetings.
  • Ability read, comprehend, and communicate business impact of complex environmental regulations.
  • Ability to assume new responsibilities and develop subject matter expertise on previously unfamiliar topics.

Qualification & Experience:

  • B.S. or B.A. in Engineering, Environmental Science, Policy or related degree required.
  • Experience reading, interpreting, and communicating complex, regulatory, or legal material (i.e. articles, reports, regulations, policies, etc.) required.
  • Previous experience with natural resource policy analysis, evaluating implications, and engagement or related activities is preferred.
  • Experience with power utility operations and environmental compliance activities preferred.

Job Details:

Company: Southern Company

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Mobile, AL, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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