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Environmental Scientist/Senior Environmental Scientist

Date: Jan 4, 2022

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, 87109

Company: TECO

Ignite your career with New Mexico Gas Company!

 

By joining the NMGC family, you can count on a safety-focused work environment, competitive pay and benefits and opportunities for training and personalized development to ignite your career.  We embrace diversity and the inclusion of all; our difference, unique perspectives and talents are our strengths and integral to the success of our company.

 

New Mexico Gas Company is a member of the Emera family of energy companies which also includes Tampa Electric, TECO and Peoples Gas.

 

Title: Environmental Scientist/Senior Environmental Scientist
Company: New Mexico Gas Company
Location: Wyoming
State and City: New Mexico - Albuquerque
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days

 

The Company requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, with the exception of employees who apply for and are deemed eligible for an exemption from the requirement based upon a legally recognized medical disability or religious belief, the accommodation of which does not cause an undue hardship (such employees are subject to COVID testing and masking requirements).

 

This position is open to internal and external candidates, and will close Tuesday, 01/25/2022.

Placement in either level is based on skills, experience and education of the successful candidate.

 

Preference:

Experience in Facilities and Waste Managment

 

Environmental Scientist

 

SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, coordinates assigned environmental planning, permitting, and compliance activities and projects.  Consults with other departments, contractors, agencies, and organizations on environmental risk..

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Informs and advises peers and department management on project status, direction and environmental risk
  2. Coordinates and appraises the work of environmental consultants and contractors
  3. Assists in the review of legislation, legal, and regulatory issues
  4. Consults with other departments and organizations on environmental issues and constraints
  5. Interacts with regulatory agency personnel on a regular basis
  6. Participates in due diligence assessments for multiple types of transactions associated with real property and operational assets
  7. Scopes and determines needed work product for specific issues
  8. Interprets laboratory/field analytical results and compares to regulatory requirements
  9. Participates in environmental audit programs
  10. Coordinates and responds to spills and wildlife emergencies

 

COMPETENCIES:

  1. Working knowledge and understanding of the environmental laws and regulations governing the utility industry
  2. Knowledge of corporate policies, environmental management systems, and regulations and how they affect their work and others
  3. Familiarity with engineering principles and engineering requirements of projects/operations
  4. Knowledge of GPS, mapping and sampling/field collection protocols
  5. Stays abreast of emerging environmental issues and their potential impact on company operations
  6. Ability to work on several complex projects or issues at same time
  7. Understanding of project management techniques
  8. Ability to organize and run productive meetings
  9. Must have ability to provide and accept constructive criticism
  10. Ability to resolve conflicts
  11. Ability to review and comment on proposed regulations, laws, and stipulations

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelors degree with two to four years of environmental-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must at all times possess a valid driver's license and meet the acceptable driving record requirements of the Company.

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, scientific journals, operating and maintenance instructions, regulations, and procedure manuals

Ability to write reports and correspondence

Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry and statistics

 

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software

Understanding of Geographic Information Software (GIS)


ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Ability to solve multi-faceted problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.  Ability to collect and analyze multiple data sources.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Ability to stand and/or walk up to 2/3 of the time and sit up to 1/3 of the time.  Manual dexterity required and the ability to talk, see and hear.  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting and climbing.  Some travel required.  Exposed to outside weather conditions during fieldwork and construction environments.  Exposure to wildlife.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Field/office environment.
 

 

Senior Environmental Scientist

 

SUMMARY:

Under limited supervision, coordinates and manages projects involving environmental planning, scoping, compliance, and permitting for all company operations.  Analyzes environmental permitting and regulatory approval needs for existing and proposed facilities and projects.  Ensures environmental compliance during construction projects for the Company and its subcontractors. Ensures the execution and integration of environmental requirements for construction, interpreting specialized requirements (legislation, permitting, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)).  Evaluates and applies scientific principles and methodologies suitable for achieving desired objectives; resolves noncompliance on site.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provides environmental technical support and assistance to project personnel, engineering leads, construction supervisors, management, and onsite representatives during construction
  2. Selects, schedules, directs, and assesses the work of environmental contractors and consultants
  3. Participates in meetings with customers, project team members, and contractors/subcontractors to advise them of environmental requirements that may affect construction, project design, schedule, and cost
  4. Provides recommendations and input for revising procedures, work processes, and other quality improvement measures
  5. Conducts environmental compliance inspections of project construction activities to monitor compliance with environmental requirements including contractual commitments, permits, and the projects
  6. Interfaces and negotiates directly with regulatory agencies on requirements, stipulations, and corporate needs
  7. Works on several detailed and complex projects and issues at once, coordinating, analyzing, tracking costs, and minimizing Company’s environmental risk
  8. Interfaces with the public on sensitive environmental issues and educational programs
  9. Manages investigations, related to air, water, or hazardous waste issues
  10. Participates in activities regarding Company involvement in environmental lawsuits; functions as primary interface with legal counsel on related issues
  11. Directs and participates in due diligence assessments for multiple types of transactions associated with real property and operational assets
  12. Reviews and comments on environmental laws, regulations, and legal issues; participates in stakeholder processes
  13. Develops, implements, and manages Company environmental policies and programs (e.g. auditing and environmental management systems)
  14. Obtains necessary permits for Company activities/facilities and provides compliance support
  15. Manages project budgets, tracks costs, and advises management on project performance, direction, or economic risk
  16. Guides and directs the work of other scientists and project team members

 

COMPETENCIES:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of environmental regulations and laws
  2. Working knowledge of gas utility industry
  3. Familiarity with engineering principles and engineering requirements of projects
  4. In-depth understanding of Company policies and direction and the ability to incorporate into project goals
  5. Ability to review long and detailed regulations, stipulations, and interpret financial or legal risk to the corporation
  6. Ability to develop, write, and implement Scope of Work (SOW), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Corrective Action Plans (CAP), Health and Safety Plans (HASP), etc.
  7. Ability to perceive emerging legislative and regulatory issues that have the potential to impact to the utility industry
  8. Ability to manage investigations related to air, water, soil, and hazardous waste
  9. Familiarity with EPA approved methods for characterization of air, water, soil, and waste (EPA-SW-846). Including the proper methodologies for collection and submittal for laboratory analysis
  10. Ability to work on very complex long-term projects and issues and respond quickly and accurately
  11. Ability to provide scientific and technical guidance, support, coordination, and oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry or the public
  12. Processing and reviewing environmental permits, licenses and related materials
  13. Reviewing and implementing environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirementS
  14. Proficient in project management techniques, skills, and ability to implement quality control procedures
  15. Strong facilitation skills for meetings and negotiating sessions internally and externally
  16. Effective time management skills; ability to schedule and track several complex projects at once
  17. Ability to effectively practice conflict resolution
  18. Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with various groups

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelors degree with five to seven years of environmentally related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must at all times possess a valid driver's license and meet the acceptable driving record requirements of the Company.

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  1. Expert listening skills and the ability to apply effective communication techniques
  2. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, scientific documents, operating and maintenance instructions, regulations, and procedure manuals
  3. Ability to write complex and publishable reports and presentations
  4. Ability to communicate scientific and technical information to various groups via oral briefings, written documents, workshops, presentations, conferences, or training sessions
  5. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers ,employees, the public, or other organizations
  6. Ability to positively frame difficult issues and persuade listeners

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to calculate and apply basic mathematic operations such as algebra, geometry, statistics, and unit conversions

 

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software

Advanced computer skills are vital, especially knowledge of computer modeling, digital mapping, and understanding Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology

 

ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of abstract variables in situations where little or no standardization exists. Ability to formulate and communicate complex data collection strategies.

 

DECISION MAKING:

Leads the decision-making regarding interpretation of laboratory/field analytical results, spills, and unintended damage to natural or cultural resources and or wildlife and habitat

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Regularly required to stand and/or walk up to 2/3 of the time and sit up to 1/3 of the time.  Manual dexterity required and the ability to talk, see and hear.  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.   Occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting and climbing.  Some travel required, including driving.  Exposed to outside weather conditions during fieldwork and construction and compressor station environments.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Field/office environment.

 

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) offers a competitive Benefits package!!

  

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs and more!

  

NMGC and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our NMGC customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.

 

New Mexico Gas Company, Inc. (NMGC) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  

NMGC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

  

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at NMGC will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

 

 

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

  

  

ADA policy
It is the policy of NMGC to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.

  

Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.

 

Employment for this position will be contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment requirements, which include a background screen and drug test.  Also, pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 


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