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Senior Environmental Specialist

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Date: Jun 19, 2022

Location(s): Juno Beach, FL, US, 33408

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  60757 


NextEra Energy Resources is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power and renewable energy from the wind and sun in North America.


Position Specific Description

This position is in the Environmental Licensing & Permitting Section of the Corporate Environmental Services Department supporting new development opportunities for NextEra Energy Transmission and other NextEra Energy affiliates throughout the US.


We are seeking an experienced Senior Environmental Specialist with a passion for environmental due diligence and permitting of electric transmission projects. The applicant must have relevant environmental siting, routing, and permitting experience, with the ability to lead, with some direction, environmental functions for new corporate transmission development opportunities and acquisitions. The position provides the opportunity to use your environmental knowledge and skills to support competitive proposals, acquire permits, complete risk assessments, conduct due diligence, and advise multidisciplinary teams on environmental risk and permitting strategies.


Primary responsibilities include working closely with development teams, environmental peers, and external consultants to help prepare competitive proposals, and for awarded projects, to obtain all required federal, state, and local environmental licenses, permits, and approvals for construction.


The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with aquatic, biological, and cultural surveys and studies; federal, state, and local permitting; risk assessments; due diligence; and agency coordination, such as federal and state fish, wildlife, and game departments; state historic preservation officers; public utility regulating agencies; USDA; USACE; among others. 


The job location is Juno Beach, Florida.  However, remote, regionally appropriate home-based locations or other NextEra office locations may be negotiated. Routine travel (up to 50%) may be required.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • 5+ years of directly relevant experience
  • Advanced knowledge of environmental permitting and regulations
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills as well as analysis, problem solving, compliance, leadership, and process efficiency skills


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

  • Environmental siting, licensing, permitting, due diligence, and outreach support
  • Identification, management, and mitigation of environmental risk
  • Creative thinker with ability to recommend innovative solutions to environmental challenges
  • Experience with project planning, budget, and schedule management
  • Negotiations with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies
  • 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
  • Effective and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders
  • 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
  • Interface with internal and external customers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders
  • Maximize operational flexibility and environmental benefits for costs incurred
  • 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
  • Assist with development of strategy and communicate environmental requirements to management
  • Independent decision-making in a fast-pace environment, with minimal oversight
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned
  • Schedule flexibility with the ability to work extended hours as needed

Job Overview

Employees in this job are responsible for providing expert environmental support for new and existing facilities including due diligence, permitting, regulatory compliance, regulatory interpretation and development, and interface with Federal, State, and Regional agencies.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

•   Supports the company's compliance with environmental requirements
•   Performs comprehensive environmental due diligence reviews
•   Assists with facility compliance audits
•   Conducts environmental licensing and permitting activities
•   Supports environmental aspects of company operations, such as, compliance, reporting, monitoring, remediation, and environmental permitting functions
•   Monitors and analyzes environmental policies and regulations that affect the company and its customers
•   Provides the necessary support to staff to resolve environmental matters
•   Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

•  Bachelor's Degree
•  Experience: 5+ years

Preferred Qualifications

•  None


Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Full Time
Job Category:  Environmental/Chemistry/Rad Protection
Organization:  NextEra Energy Resources, LLC 
Relocation Provided:  No


Where permitted by applicable law, NextEra Energy requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on or before the first day of employment.


NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


NextEra Energy and provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.


NextEra Energy 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.


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