Specialist II, III Environmental

Virginia Beach, VA

Southern Company Gas (SCG) is seeking an experienced Environmental Specialist interested in environmental compliance and permitting for energy infrastructure projects in Virginia. This position will provide environmental support and expertise for SCG’s Virginia based business unit, Virginia Natural Gas (VNG). The applicant should have relevant environmental permitting, inspection, and field survey experience, with the ability to lead and participate in a cross-functional team environment. The position provides the opportunity to use your environmental knowledge and skills to support complex projects, acquire permits, complete risk assessments, conduct due diligence, and advise multidisciplinary teams on environmental risk, compliance, and permitting strategies.

Primary responsibilities include working closely with engineering/design teams, new business groups, construction operations, environmental peers, contractors, and external consultants to help obtain and maintain compliance with all required federal, state, and local environmental regulations, licenses, permits, and approvals for construction and subsequent operation of the proposed facilities.

The candidate should demonstrate proficient knowledge and experience with biological field survey protocols, erosion control and stormwater inspections, federal, state, and local permitting, and agency coordination. Applicants with experience permitting projects with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404 permits), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission would be preferred.

The job will be based at VNG’s corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Due the nature of this position, a hybrid work model (office and remote work) should be expected.

Job Functions, Duties & Responsibilities (List is not exhaustive and may be supplemented)

  • Stormwater and Erosion Control inspections, permitting, due diligence, and outreach support

  • Identification, management, and mitigation of environmental risks

  • Creative thinker with ability to recommend innovative solutions to environmental challenges

  • Experience with project/task planning, budget, and schedule management

  • Oversight of environmental field studies and consultants, including development/ management of vendor contracts / purchase orders /invoices; ensure sourcing processes comply with corporate procurement and financial policies

  • Ability to support multiple projects with multifaceted environmental and regulatory issues and assist in resolving complex environmental matters

  • Maintain current knowledge of, and ensure compliance with, pertinent federal, state, and local environmental policies and regulations as well as company policies

  • Translate regulations and permits into actionable tasks

  • Provide guidance on alternatives to minimize environmental impacts

  • Review, monitor, comment on, and effectively communicate business implications of emerging environmental legislation and regulations

  • Independent decision-making in a fast-pace environment, with minimal oversight

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, Engineering, or related field (Master’s preferred)

  • 3+ years of directly relevant experience

  • Knowledge of environmental permitting and regulations in Virginia

  • Oral and written communication skills as well as analysis, problem solving, compliance, leadership, and process efficiency skills

  • Knowledge and experience with construction stormwater regulations, erosion control practices, and inspections

  • Experience with wetland and stream determination and delineation surveys

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, Engineering, or related field

  • Experience: 3+ years

Preferred Qualifications

  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ESC and SWM Inspection Certified

Working Conditions

  • This position will be in an office and field environment.

  • Project field visits are required during all types of weather (hot, cold, wet).

  • Travel will be required travel for the position. Most travel will consist of single day events; however, overnight may be required based on project location within Virginia. There may be an occasional out of state trip, but this would not be frequent.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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 Identification: 3674

Job Category: Environmental & Forestry

Job Schedule: Full time

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