Wind Farm Support Specialist - Maui
First Wind - Maui County, HI

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The Company

First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind energy projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has developed and currently operates wind energy projects in the Northeast, the West and Hawaii. First Wind is committed to the communities it works with to achieve the most efficient and economic wind generation projects in North America.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this position is to support the efficient and safe operation of the wind farm through a combination of duties and responsibilities, including, but not limited to: oversight of third party contractors; written and verbal communications and reporting to management; and hands-on activities, such as roads and rights-of-way maintenance, equipment maintenance, electrical switching operations, and support to the Habitat Conservation Program. Duties and responsibilities must be carried out in compliance with all codes, regulations, and contracts.

Principal Responsibilities

· Fifteen per cent of responsibilities will be to direct the daily activities of Wildlife Technicians and ensure the fatality monitoring and vegetation management requirements are met on schedule.

· Ten per cent of responsibilities will be to communicate regularly and effectively with the Senior Wildlife Biologist and Operations managers.

· Twenty-five per cent of responsibilities include systematic searches three times per week using ATV’s in 250 acres of designated management areas to document downed wildlife (birds and bats) in accordance with established protocols and in compliance with state and federal permits.

· Twenty-five per cent of responsibilities include using mowers to regularly maintain the 250 acres of designated management areas to ensure a consistently high level of fatality detection.

· Fifteen per cent of responsibilities include conducting quantitative field trials to assess the monitoring effort, downloading and analyzing bat detector data, recording detailed field notes, and maintaining digital data bases, all of which are subject to federal and state wildlife agency review.

· Ten per cent of responsibilities include maintaining animal traps to decrease mongoose and cat numbers around the fatality monitoring plots.

· Serve as one of First Wind’s on-site representatives to ensure that work performed by third party contractors is being done in compliance with contract requirements and meets necessary quality and safety standards.

· Perform and/or supervise all necessary maintenance and repairs to site grounds, roads, and rights-of-way.

· Perform inspections of site mechanical and electrical equipment and systems, environmental mitigation measures, and infrastructure to identify operational or maintenance concerns and to ensure compliance with environmental and regulatory requirements.

· Perform and/or supervise maintenance and repairs to certain site mechanical and electrical equipment.

· Perform electrical switching operations, as needed, to support the maintenance of the wind turbines and wind farm.

· Participate in the solicitation and review of bids from third party contractors for supply of goods and services.

· Maintain accurate and detailed daily and weekly logs and reports for site activities, incidents, and events.

· Maintain all site vehicles per required maintenance schedules.

· Support the Habitat Conservation Program

· Conduct all activities in such a way to minimize equipment downtime and costs and maximize electrical generation and revenue.

· Comply with all safety, regulatory, environmental and administrative procedures at all times.


· Prior experience in one or more related fields is strongly preferred (wind turbine operations and/or maintenance, earth moving equipment operations, electrical substation and switchgear operations and/or maintenance, mechanical equipment operations and/or maintenance).

· Prior experience with personal computers and familiarity with basic business software, such as Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word) and Adobe Acrobat.

· Valid driver’s license; able to pass a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical and associated requirements.

· 24/7 on-call availability.

· Comfortable working at heights and the ability to perform essential physical functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation; this includes climbing 300’ wind turbines, lifting 50 lbs. above head, and meeting the weight requirement of safety gear, 310 lbs. or less.

· Technical 2 or 4 year college degree, vocational training, or relevant job skills certification, is strongly preferred.