Manager /Director, Environmental and Permitting

United States /
Development – Environmental & Permitting /
Full-time, remote
Company Overview

Intersect Power is a team of friends driven to preserve our planet for future generations through low-carbon energy and infrastructure solutions. Founded in 2016, the privately held clean energy company develops and owns some of the world’s largest clean energy resources serving customers in retail and wholesale energy markets across North America. The company is redefining the scope of the clean energy industry by enabling new pathways between clean electricity and the broader economy to enable the deep decarbonization of our economy. We are on an aggressive growth trajectory and are staffing key positions.

About this Position

The Environmental and Permitting Manager will be responsible for procuring, managing, and interpreting early-stage site environmental diligence, managing environmental permitting strategy for between 3 and 5 projects at different stages of development, prosecuting environmental reviews and discretionary permits, and managing pre-construction environmental compliance for greenfield renewable energy projects (including wind, solar PV, energy storage, and hydrogen) primarily in the Southwest and Midwest regions of the U.S. The Environmental and Permitting Manager will work cross-disciplinarily with team members across business, finance, communications, biology, policy, and real estate. This position will report directly to the Vice President, Environmental and Permitting and work closely with Development Specialist, Development Manager, and project Real Estate, Community Engagement, Engineering, Project Finance, and Construction leads.

Responsibilities and Duties

    • Prepare, submit, and coordinate agency approval of applications for discretionary permits and other entitlements critical to project viability and success
    • Direct the work of a network of external consultants in the scoping of biological, cultural, and other resource surveys and the preparation of diligence documents (including legal counsel for permit opinions and guidance) necessary for environmental permitting and financing processes
    • Drive coordination with a network of geographically dispersed internal colleagues in the preparation of land use permit applications and environmental documents to ensure a complete and accurate scope of work is captured by environmental approvals
    • In partnership with the development team, review zoning, floodplain, biological resources, wetlands, cultural resources, permitting fees, entitlement processes, community attributes and other site-specific considerations, and make strategic recommendations to support early-stage project development and minimize, manage, or mitigate environmental risks
    • Attend site visits in the field related to site assessment, community engagement, agency review, and construction
    • Research and clearly/comprehensively summarize land, environmental review, and permitting requirements for early stage project jurisdictions
    • Represent the company at local, state, federal land use planning and zoning meetings and industry association discussions, and communicate key take-aways for internal teams
    • Participate in coordination of public meetings and project hearings, including developing key content for informational collateral 
    • Prepare and present materials to external external stakeholders, including local, state, and federal agencies, elected officials, project communities, environmental NGOs, and Native American tribes
    • Prepare and provide permit compliance documentation to regulatory agencies 
    • Manage and keep up to date project permitting schedules and budgetsDevelop internal presentation, communication, and approval materials for executive management and other internal stakeholders 
    • Review draft permit requirements, maintain project obligation tracker, and complete permitting exhibits for contracts with project engineering, procurement, construction contractors 
    • Careful review of documents critical to a successful permitting and financing process
    • Provide ongoing support to the Vice President, Environmental & Permitting

Knowledge and Skills

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Meticulous attention to detail and quality of work product
    • Excellent organizational and project management skillsIndependent and self-directed, but unafraid to ask questions where needed 
    • Proven ability to plan, prioritize, and execute in a timely and accurate manner
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic, and cross-disciplinary environment
    • Ability to summarize complex issues, identify opportunities or next steps with limited guidance
    • Familiarity with land use planning, environmental laws and regulations, including NEPA, ESA, MBTA, and BGEPA
    • Ability and willingness to travel within the United States approximately twice per quarter, or as required

Experience and Education

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Political Science/Government, Geography, Economics or other related field 
    • Relevant Master’s degree plus five (5) years (Manager) or eight (8) years (Director) of work experience in land development or environmental consulting, with at least two (2) years’ (Manager) or five (5) years' (Director) specific experience leading the permitting of major wind and solar energy projects in the U.S.; additional relevant work experience may substitute for a Master’s
    • Experience working with local, state, federal land management, wildlife, and regulatory agencies, environmental NGOs, or Native American tribes
    • Experience in permitting of other technology based energy facilities, transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and other energy infrastructure a plus

    • *A note on qualifications: Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role

Physical and Sensory Requirements

    • Position requires some travel for company-wide meetups: ~5 weeks total through a calendar year. 

    • Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email hr@intersectpower.com
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