Regulatory Specialist - Houston
Natural Resource Group - Houston, TX

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Senior Regulatory Specialist- Houston
Natural Resource Group, LLC (NRG) is seeking a Regulatory Specialist to contribute to the growth and success of our Houston office. This individual will assist primarily with task and project management on energy-related capital development and compliance initiatives, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-regulated pipelines, midstream oil and gas projects, and electric transmission lines. This senior level specialist will also manage the technical, regulatory, and subcontractor aspects related to the development and operations of energy projects located in the Gulf Coast region and throughout the United States. These projects are often fast-paced, multi-faceted, and geographically diverse, allowing a talented person to exercise both task and project management skills (based on their level of experience) and broad exposure to regulatory, public outreach, engineering, and right-of-way issues.

The primary role of this position includes project technical support which may include, but is not limited to: preparing and reviewing permit applications where required by federal, state or local environmental regulatory authorities for energy facility development, expansion, maintenance or decommissioning; evaluating regulatory requirements and negotiating and advising clients on permit conditions; maintaining records of compliance with permit conditions; preparing and reviewing technical project documents (e.g. Resource Reports, Environmental Impact Statements), including writing, word processing, building tables and spreadsheets, tabulating and manipulating data; assisting with field reconnaissance efforts and site visits to collect data and evaluate and document compliance with regulatory requirements; developing project plans and schedules; assisting with the development of project management reporting, such as monthly progress reports; and conducting agency consultations. The regulatory specialist will also act as the liaison for external project team members, such as clients and other contractors associated with the projects. The successful candidate should also have experience in business development including successful outreach to new and existing clients for work opportunities and experience preparing cost estimates and proposals.

Project work will involve travel (up to 30 percent of the time) for agency meetings, project team meetings, and/or to conduct site visits or compliance reviews, environmental training, or field work.

The position will require a candidate who is accustomed to working both independently and on project teams and has the capacity to manage priorities and tasks in order to work on multiple projects concurrently.
Required Qualifications (Skills, Experience and Education)
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in environmental studies or a natural science field of study, and a minimum of 8 years of applicable work experience. Individuals with a Master’s degree and/or greater than 10 years of applicable experience will be given top consideration. Consulting and/or field experience as well as experience working with regulatory or natural resource management agencies is required. Experience marketing new and existing clients is considered a plus.

Ideal candidates will have experience in providing high-quality customer service, will be able to provide evidence of strong writing skills and experience in writing National Environmental Policy Act documents, and will have experience conducting desktop and online studies or research on a wide variety of natural resource or resource planning topics. Other desirable skills include map interpretation (e.g., National Wetlands Inventory maps, U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, soils maps, aerial photography), familiarity with engineering drawings (e.g., site plans, alignment sheets, blueprints), and/or familiarity with field survey techniques. Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite software.