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Permitting & Environmental Specialist

Corporate Office, 15445 Innovation Dr, San Diego, California, United States of America Req #533
Monday, January 27, 2020

EDF Renewables North America, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, is a leading North American independent power producer boasting over 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of services. Our mission is to deliver renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Scope of Job:

Will spend approximately 100% of time managing project permits, implementing environmental compliance, and pursuing new or amended permits for renewable power generation, storage and power transmission projects for EDF Renewables under direction of the Director Environmental Strategy. Will assist Environmental Strategy Director and project Asset Managers with permit compliance, contracting, consultant management, and record-keeping on operating renewable power projects throughout the US.


20% Takes direction from Environmental Strategy Director to develop scopes of work, oversee work of environmental consultants, prepare permitting documentation, support permit and environmental due diligence reviews, prepare status reports, budgeting, and contract oversight.

20% Supports permit compliance activities, including assisting Asset Managers with fulfilling permit compliance requirements, documenting permit stipulations, managing impact mitigation measures, and reporting for operating renewable power projects in all regions of US.

10% Interfaces with public agency staff on permitting and environmental compliance matters.

10% Under supervision by Director Environmental Strategy responds to internal environment-related or permitting inquiries by project owners, and in support of financing and third-party due diligence.

10% Develops and implements strategies for obtaining or amending federal, state, county and city permits for wind, solar, and energy storage projects.

10% Produces periodic reports, including tracking and timely filing compliance reports with government agencies.
10 % Supports internal risk and environmental screening processes for projects and M&A opportunities.

5% Assists in interpretation of policies and advises Asset Managers on policies and procedures necessary for permit and regulatory compliance.

5% - Other duties as assigned



Requires: Bachelors in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Biology, City and Regional Planning, or related field.

And a minimum of 2 years’ project management experience required obtaining, maintaining, or revising land use permits, zoning permits, or environmental impact assessments, for large power, energy, or industrial development projects. 

Experience with solar or wind energy project development and construction is desirable.

Experience with NEPA, ESA, state Endangered Species laws, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Section 404 (wetlands), and clean water regulations desirable.


Requires knowledge of:

  • Siting and licensing permits, land use permits, and environmental regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal stakeholders, external consultants, and government regulators.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and manage permitting activities independently with little supervision.
  • Writing, presentation, and verbal skills required

Physical Requirements:

Travel is required, potentially involving standing, walking, driving.  Occasional site visits and inspections at operating wind and solar generation facilities includes walking on unpaved/uneven surfaces, steep terrain, and stairs. Otherwise, normal office environment requires frequently operating a computer and other office equipment, moving about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

Working Conditions:

80% of time is spent in the office environment, utilizing computers (frequent use of various Microsoft software/programs), phones, and general office equipment. 20% of time is spent outside of the office visiting operating renewable power sites, working with government agencies and stakeholder groups, inspecting and documenting compliance measures at operating renewable energy projects, in additional to attending various conferences and meetings.  

Reasonable Accommodations:
Reasonable accommodations may be provided by EDF Renewables to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions, as defined per Company policy.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Corporate Office, 15445 Innovation Dr, San Diego, California, United States of America