Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Environmental Engineer or Environmental Planner-(Air Quality) I, II, III or Senior (IRC28233) in Westminster, Colorado

Responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations, focusing on air quality, in the operation of Tri-State facilities and its subsidiaries and in planning, directing and coordinating projects. Interpret environmental laws and rules as they apply to Tri-State. Obtain necessary permits and approvals for Tri-State facilities and its subsidiaries, prepare applications, revisions, modifications, and negotiate favorable permit conditions. Provide pro-active technical environmental compliance support as well as appropriate awareness training for Tri-State and its subsidiaries' employees. Coordinate the planning, developing and finalizing of environmental studies/reports and coordinate environmental testing as required. Monitor, interpret, and apply state and federal environmental regulations and requirements related to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Provide pro-active environmental compliance support to generation and transmission operations. This position summary is for an Environmental Engineer position. Responsibilities for an Environmental Planner are similar but may vary in overall responsibility.

NOTE: There is one position available and this position will be filled as an Environmental Engineer I (NB18), Environmental Engineer II (NB20), Environmental Engineer III (NB22), Senior Environmental Engineer (NB23) OR Environmental Planner I (NB17), Environmental Planner II (NB19), Environmental Planner III (NB21), Senior Environmental Planner (NB23). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES(Duties listed below are for a Senior level position. Duties for a I, II or III are similar but may vary in overall responsibility, accountability and scope.)

  • Ensure compliance with air quality specific environmental laws by obtaining necessary permits and approvals for generating facilities, preparing applications, procuring monitoring equipment as required, developing accounting systems, calculating emissions, complying with regulatory recordkeeping and reporting requirements and auditing operations for compliance.
  • Monitor, interpret, and apply newly promulgated and emerging environmental regulations and requirements for the CAA and other regulations as applicable.
  • Provide pro-active environmental compliance support to generation and transmission operations.
  • Coordinate the planning, developing and finalizing of environmental studies and reports and coordinate emission testing.
  • Obtain all required environmental agency air quality approvals to construct, operate and maintain facilities, including air quality construction permits and Title 5 air quality permits.
  • Request proposals for air quality related studies and services from outside consultants; prepare technical provisions and evaluate bidders.
  • Monitor and direct the work of consulting engineers during environmental related engineering and/or equipment installation projects.
  • Interface with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other environmental regulatory agencies as necessary.
  • Assist in the administration of schedules and budget preparation and review for environmental projects, as well as the annual functional area budget.
  • Coordinate and assist in conducting self-evaluations of Tri-State facilities and its subsidiaries.
  • File or provide for filing of, environmental reports required by government agencies.
  • Represent Tri-State on various technical committees on environmental issues, as assigned.
  • Make technical presentations for board and management meetings, including expert witness appearance, as required.
  • Provide technical environmental engineering expertise to support personnel at Tri-State facilities and its subsidiaries, as required.
  • Prepare reports and special projects, as requested.
  • Develop and update, as necessary, plans for Tri-State facilities and its subsidiaries to comply with environmental laws.
  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Perform other related duties as assigned

SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:

  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
  • Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Training

  • Education requirements for Environmental Engineer: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering or related area.
  • Education requirements for Environmental Planner: Bachelor's degree in physical or biological sciences or related area, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Extensive experience and applied knowledge of applicable environmental laws and implementing regulations including strong working knowledge of permitting, monitoring and calculations, recordkeeping and reporting and compliance auditing specifically related to air quality
  • Ability to obtain Professional Engineer (P.E.) license, if required.
  • Working knowledge of government environmental laws and regulations including CAA and knowledge of industry codes applicable to power production, i.e., EPA. Knowledge of NRC, SARA, CWA, RCRA, TSCA, and DOT helpful but not required.
  • Extensive knowledge of environmental engineering practices and principles relating to power production facilities, to include thermal power equipment and pollution control equipment.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in power generation and transmission construction, operation, and maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work around hazardous materials and high voltages.
  • Working knowledge of an interconnected system desired.
  • Must be proficient with use of personal computer hardware and software.

Experience:

Requirements for Environmental Engineer:

  • Experience requirements for a Senior Environmental Engineer:Eight (8) years experience with environmental compliance, focusing on air quality, preferably in electric utility operations.

  • Experience requirements for an Environmental Engineer III: Five (5) yearsexperience with environmental compliance, focusing on air quality, preferably in electric utility operations.

  • Experience requirements for an Environmental Engineer II: Two and one half (2 1/2) yearsexperience with environmental compliance, focusing on air quality, preferably in electric utility operations.

  • Experience requirements for an Engineer I: Zero to two and one half (0 to 2 1/2) yearsexperience with environmental compliance, focusing on air quality, preferably in electric utility operations.

Requirements for Environmental Planner:

  • Experience Requirements for a Senior Environmental Planner: Eight (8) years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or planning, including one year of experience in a lead or coordinator role.

  • Experience Requirements for a Environmental Planner III: Five (5) years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or planning, including experience in a lead or coordinator role.

  • Experience Requirements for a Environmental Planner II: Two and a half (2 1/2) years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or planning.

  • Experience Requirements for a Environmental Planner I: Zero to two and a half (0 to 2 1/2) years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or planning.

Other:

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time on an annual basis. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • None

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.

Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to an office environment and office equipment indoors, will occasionally travel to multiple locations dependent upon work, and may be exposed to dust and electrical risks, and may occasionally work around large industrial operating equipment.

Job Title: Environmental Engineer or Environmental Planner-(Air Quality) I, II, III or Senior (IRC28233)

Location: Westminster, CO, US

Base Location: Headquarters-Westminster, Colorado

Currency: USD

Amount of Travel: Up to 20%

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran