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Senior Environmental Specialist - Prospecting/Early-Stage Development

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Date: Jun 4, 2022

Location(s): San Francisco, CA, US, 94108 Reno, NV, US, 89510 Burlington, CO, US, 80807 White Hills, AZ, US, 86445 Enterprise, NV, US, 89124 San Francisco, CA, US, 94561 House, NM, US, 88121 Peetz, CO, US, 80747 Las Vegas, NV, US, 89019 Peetz, CO, US, 80747 Calhan, CO, US, 80808 Flagler, CO, US, 80815 Reno, NV, US, 89510 Las Vegas, NV, US, 89115 Coolidge, AZ, US, 85128

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  59745 


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

The position requires working from a home office located in California or the southwest (NV, AZ, UT, NM, CO).  This position is in the Environmental Licensing & Permitting Section of the Corporate Environmental Services Department supporting site prospecting and early-stage project development for NextEra Energy Resources and other NextEra Energy affiliates.


The position provides the opportunity to use your environmental knowledge and skills to help evaluate and acquire permits for renewable energy projects.  You will advise multidisciplinary teams on environmental site constraints and permitting strategies to facilitate development of a broad range of energy projects including wind and solar; energy storage such as batteries, hydrogen and hydro; as well as transmission lines.


Primary responsibilities include working closely with site prospecting and development teams to search out and evaluate potential project sites as well as complete early stage federal, state and local environmental licensing and permitting throughout California and the Southwest. The successful candidate will have experience evaluating critical environmental constraints for renewable projects as well as applying for and supporting permits from land use agencies at the county, state, and federal levels.  A qualified candidate must also demonstrate a solid track record for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act as well as the National Environmental Policy Act.   A well-rounded understanding of associated environmental regulations such as Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Historic Preservation Act are also important for this role.    


The applicant must have relevant renewable energy project experience with the ability to work collaboratively to support multiple projects with multifaceted environmental and regulatory issues.  Applicant must be willing to travel as needed.  Many sites will be remote and will require off-road vehicle access and/or hiking to complete site evaluations.  Field mapping and GIS skills are necessary to successfully execute this position.


The successful candidate must maintain current knowledge of pertinent national and state level environmental policies and regulations, have the ability to effectively interface with internal and external customers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders, and be able to assist in resolving complex environmental matters. He or she must help maintain good working relationships with local agency staff as well as Non-Governmental Organizations working in the vicinity.

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 Project Mgmt 
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 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.


NextEra Energy does not accept any unsolicited resumes or referrals from any third-party recruiting firms or agencies. Please see our policy for more information.


Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland