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Hydropower Regulatory Specialist/Project Manager

Portland, Oregon, US
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Hydropower Regulatory Specialist/Project Manager for our Portland, OR office. The following locations will also be considered: Seattle, WA, Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT; and Sacramento, CA. Full-time remote employment is also possible for an experienced candidate. Be involved in projects with our Hydropower Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client's objectives and solves their challenges.

WSP currently has an opening for a Hydropower Regulatory Specialist/Project Manager to join our Pacific Northwest team to serve in a Project Manager or Deputy Project Manager role. Do you want to be a part of a team that is committed to long-term clients and difficult projects? Join our skilled team of environmental and hydropower professionals to support customers with hydropower licensing.

This position will play a significant role in delivering regionally and nationally WSP's regulatory and FERC licensing services for hydropower projects. The chosen applicant must be an accountable self-starter with the capacity to handle projects on their own and collaborate as an integral part of a diverse team of regulatory experts, scientists, and engineers. The Senior Regulatory Specialist will oversee small to medium-sized projects.

Responsibilities Include

* Project planning and scoping - identify strategies and implementation plans from project inception through completion; build teams and budgets to effectively meet scope and plan and budget regulatory and technical project approaches.
* Project management - maintain regular communication with clients regarding project/task scope, schedule, and budget management; provide team leadership to document project proposals, draft related environmental analysis, planning and drafting environmental management/mitigation plans, and supporting or leading consultation with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in complex permitting efforts, preferably related to FERC hydropower licensing. Provide strategic and technical reviews of all project deliverables for consistency with client objectives, regulatory requirements, and project scope.
* Technical/regulatory writing and document development - create and provide review of technical documents in support of regulatory permits, environmental and regulatory document drafting; consistently apply and interpret regulatory requirements to meet permitting requirements (e.g., FERC license process documentation).
* Agency and stakeholder consultation - preparation for, and participation in, regulatory agency and public meetings/hearings (virtual or in person) as required by the various permit/approval processes, and client coordination and agency consultation.
* Business Development - support business development activities; participate in industry conferences and activities, lead technical responses to RFPs and provide subject matter expertise/support to WSP's marketing team for proposal development.

A candidate with demonstrated experience as a project manager, deputy project manager or technical/task lead and enthusiasm to serve in a supervisory and mentoring role is preferred. The Regulatory Specialist will have strong communication skills, superior technical writing, and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple simultaneous tasks and work with team members across multiple office locations.

An ideal candidate will have experience with federal, state and local permitting. Knowledge of FERC hydropower licensing or similar regulatory and consultation processes is required.

Candidates will need to travel for specific project assignments. Amount of travel dependent upon office and client location.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

* BA/BS degree in environmental science, planning, public policy, natural resource management, hydrology, engineering, recreation planning, wildlife ecology, or related field with minimum of 7 years' demonstrated power-industry and regulatory/permitting experience.
* Demonstrated experience managing technical study report development and management or mitigation plans for environmental projects.
* Working knowledge of FERC-relicensing processes and documentation requirements.
* Minimum of 7 years' relevant environmental permitting, regulatory process management, and/or project/team management experience.
* Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
* Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
* Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

* Master's degree in environmental science, planning, public policy, natural resource management, hydrology, engineering, recreation planning, wildlife ecology, or related field.
* At least 3 years of experience with FERC hydropower licensing, application of environmental and regulatory requirements and compliance preferred. Candidates with senior level FERC project and team management experience are also highly encouraged to apply.
* Experience managing subconsultants and large, diverse teams.
* Familiarity with the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest preferred

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