Principal Environmental Scientist
Hawaiian Electric Company Inc - Honolulu, HI

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Job Function: The Principal Environment Scientist manages the operations of the Water & Hazardous Materials Division in the Environmental Department to develop, implement and manage environmental programs, to provide project management and program management in support of environmental compliance and permitting programs and to provide strategic environmental regulatory and technical expertise in the planning, permitting, design, construction and operation of electric utility facilities. Fundamental Responsibilities: * Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises and directs the operations of the Water & Hazardous Materials Division to provide regulatory and technical expertise, to develop, implement and manage environmental programs, and to provide project management and program management in support of the environmental compliance and permitting programs of HECO, MECO and HELCO. * Develops division mission, strategic plans and goals, work programs and operating forecasts, and allocates division resources based on intra-departmental, inter-departmental and inter-company prioritization of existing and forecasted projects and programs. Procures outside consulting and contracting services as necessary to augment in-house resources to achieve/maintain project and program scope, schedule, deliverables and budget.

  • Evaluates progress and performance of the division staff and the results obtained, and implements actions necessary to develop staff. Recruits, directs, guides, develops, trains, supervises, evaluates and motivates subordinates. * Meets, discusses, coordinates and negotiates with parties inside and outside of company to maintain/expedite progress on division assignments. Serves as an environmental technical and regulatory consultant to HECO, MECO and HELCO.
Leads/serves on internal and external task forces and advisory groups on environmental matters. * In support of continuous improvement goals and objectives, initiates, assigns, reviews and approves projects and studies to improve existing practices, procedures, programs, policies and training curricula and materials. Provides leadership and serves as a role model for continuous improvement behaviors. Mentors, recognizes and rewards continuous improvement behaviors in division personnel and others.

  • Maintains current knowledge of local, state and federal regulations and policies to determine their impact on present and future Company operations. Supervises the preparation of reports to satisfy regulatory requirements. Works with regulators on the interpretation of laws, regulations and policies to obtain reasonable compliance conditions. Represents the utility on regulatory and legislative matters related to designated areas of environmental responsibility.
  • Develops permitting strategies for new generation projects to maximize operational flexibility. Presents environmental considerations in cross-functional teams tasked with planning and design of generation additions. * Manages the identification of permitting requirements, supervises preparation of permit applications, and provides follow-up to insure permit issuance with reasonable conditions. Supervises and directs preparation and delivery of testimony and other technical information needed for regulatory, legislative and public hearing processes.
  • Oversees assigned compliance monitoring programs for all facilities with permit and other regulatory requirements and supervises efforts to ensure compliance. Supervises environmental audits. Insures follow-up on findings and recommendations. Fundamental Requirements Knowledge Requirements: * Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental management, environmental technologies, environmental regulations, project management and program management associated with electric utility facilities and systems normally acquired through extensive professional environmental management experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant science, public health, or engineering discipline. Graduate degree strongly preferred. * Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and procedures as related to environmental management of electric utility facilities and systems. * Intermediate to advanced level of computer and software knowledge including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software.
Skills Requirements: * Demonstrated supervision and leadership skills and demonstrated ability to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult or confrontational issues. * Demonstrated interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of the company and with consultants, contractors, governmental agencies, community groups and customers. * Demonstrated communication skills, including effective writing, presentation and listening skills. * Strong analytical, organizational, time management and problem solving skills to manage simultaneously a variety of projects, programs and assignments.

  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and to adapt to rapidly changing priorities. Experience Requirements: * Extensive (7 to 10 years) of relevant professional environmental management experience including supervision of environmental professionals. ****************************************************************************************************************************** ABOUT HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and its subsidiaries, Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) and Maui Electric Company (MECO), provide electricity for 95% of Hawaii's residents. Established in 1891, Hawaiian Electric is an investor-owned utility and remains one of the few locally owned and operated major companies in Hawaii.
Company Mission Our mission is to provide secure, clean energy for Hawaii. Company Vision We are a recognized model electric utility and a dynamic energy leader committed to a sustainable clean energy future by: * Providing exceptional service to our valued customers; * Being one of the safest and best places to work for our employees; * Partnering with our community to make Hawaii a better place to live; and * Remaining a financially successful company for all stakeholders. For more information about Hawaiian Electric Company, please visit our web site at http://www.heco.com ***************************************************************************************************************************************** TO APPLY for this job, please visit us at: careers.heco.com . Please login to your iRecruitment account, or register today if you do not have one.

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