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Environmental Specialist/Engineer - Land & Water Policy

Company: The Southern Company
Location: Birmingham
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Environmental Specialist/Engineer - Land & Water Policy


Environmental Specialist/Engineer - Land & Water Policy

Southern Company Services (SCS), Environmental Policy & Engagement


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 land and water media areas. Areas of responsibility could include support of the ongoing and long-term coal combustion residual (CCR) program, effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) rulemakings affecting operational and retired coal plants, emerging renewable waste stream policy development, underground injection of existing and future waste streams, hazardous waste management and transportation regulations, tracking of emerging contaminants regulations, and support of natural resources and permitting groups within SCS EA. The position will be filled as an Engineer or Environmental Specialist at an exempt level 3 to 6 depending upon candidate qualifications.


* Lead certain (land or water) system environmental land or water governance activities, including leading and arranging meetings, agenda preparation and facilitating dialogue.

* Track, analyze and communicate federal environmental regulatory developments and their impact to the Southern Company.

* Represent Southern Company in external forums and industry groups, including Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Utility Solid Waste Activity Group (USWAG), Utility Water Act Group (UWAG), Cross Cutting Issues Group (CCIG) and others.

* Support Southern Company's Washington DC office and provide policy impact analyses of both regulatory and legislative developments.

* Support preparation of various environmental policy, regulation and 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.

* Support preparation of environmental aspects of financial disclosure documentation on behalf of Southern and Operating Companies.

* Participation in public meetings on behalf of Operating Companies as a regulatory subject matter expert, as requested.

* Support company stakeholder engagement and stewardship activities, as requested.

* Support company project permitting and siting activities, as well as consulting on various ongoing Operating Company compliance efforts.

* Travel to meetings may be required (up to 25%).


* 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 environmental compliance, policy analysis or related activities is preferred.

* Experience with power utility operations and environmental compliance activities preferred.


* Demonstrated knowledge of environmental statues, including, but not limited to, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Clean Water Act (CWA).

* Demonstrated knowledge of utility operations, renewables and associated waste streams, power generation wastewater effluents, coal combustion residual (CCR) management, groundwater monitoring and corrective action, solid and hazardous waste management (generation, handling, storage, transportation and disposal), environmental monitoring and remediation, wastewater management, underground injection control (one or more preferred).

* Ability read, comprehend and communicate business impact of complex environmental regulations.

* 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 to build strong and trusting relationships with peer groups and customers.

* Problem-solving and decision-making skills.

* Listening, consensus-building and comfort formulating and representing consensus opinion on behalf of customers.

* Ability to assume new responsibilities and develop subject matter expertise on previously unfamiliar topics.

* Demonstrated ability to work independently without day-to-day direction.

* Team-oriented and willingness to work across environmental media as needed.

* Comfort working in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Teams) and with remote working applications.


* Must consistently demonstrate the behavior of Our Values - Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

* Must think strategically, display customer focus, and communicate effectively.

* Must be able to work in a team environment with diverse disciplines and backgrounds.


* Competitive Pay

* Excellent benefits packages which includes:

* Medical and dental coverage

* Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

* Performance-sharing plan

* 401(k) plan with a generous company match

* Bonus opportunities

* Tuition Reimbursement

Please submit an updated resume with your application.

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, 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.


Job Field: Environmental & Forestry

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

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: SCS2009456

Keywords: The Southern Company, Birmingham , Environmental Specialist/Engineer - Land & Water Policy, Other , Birmingham, Alabama

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