Consumers Energy Company’s Environmental Services Department provides planning, permitting, operational compliance, policy, and strategic support for electric and natural gas utility operations serving approximately 6 million customers in Michigan. The Environmental Services’ Land and Water Management team is seeking an experienced Environmental Analyst / Environmental Engineer to join our team. Environmental Analysts/Engineers within the Land & Water Management team serve a unique and diverse role. The team supports all business areas, from electric and gas construction and renewable energy development to environmental policy and sustainability. Team members serve as project managers and compliance experts while providing environmental law and policy interpretation and contributing to corporate strategy. Successful candidates should be able to balance technical and field support with conservation and sustainability vision.
The successful candidate will join a team who routinely collaborates with internal business partners, other Environmental Services staff, government agencies, and other external stakeholders.
The Environmental Analyst / Engineer will support regulatory compliance at new and existing Consumers Energy facilities. This role will provide expertise on environmental compliance, develop regulatory strategies, analyze permit conditions, independently manage data and analytics, manage, and monitor environmental projects, and provide technical assistance to business partners. Primary responsibilities will include oversight of compliance and strategy for the following water-related environmental program areas, at a minimum:
National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System (NPDES) permits and technical support.
Water Withdrawal (Michigan’s Part 327)
Safe Drinking Water Act, including Underground Injection Control
Groundwater quality protection (Michigan’s Part 22)
Additional responsibilities and functions include:
Completing regulatory reporting at monthly, quarterly, and annual intervals to support regulatory compliance.
Reviewing company investments, strategic decisions, and construction projects for environmental compliance and sustainability.
Leading cross-functional teams to achieve compliance objectives, direct strategic discussions, or achieve breakthrough results.
Develop solutions for environmental water quality issues based on investigations, tests and monitoring results and upon request from various company operations (like generation facilities)
Review and interpret water related and other environmental regulations, proposed regulatory changes, and polices to assess impact and ensure compliance.
Represent the company as a liaison on water related environmental issues with regulatory agencies and industry peers, including industry trade associations and associated work groups
Develop, coordinate, and effectively conduct water and chemical related environmental training.
Perform water and other related media analysis, trending of data, special tests, and investigations for business partners needs
Ensure NPDES permit and other media assigned regulatory compliance by monitoring, reporting, developing and implementing procedures and strategies. Share accountability for compliance with business partners.
Natural resource and wildlife permitting processes at the local, state, and federal level under all applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations.
Project management and oversight of utility projects and operations to ensure design, installation, operation, & maintenance meet regulatory requirements, minimize risks, improve sustainability and maintain public respect.
Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, or other Science relevant to the role as described.
2-4 years of experience in a relevant field.
Experience interpreting new and existing environmental laws & regulations applicable to utility operations and natural resource protection, including but not limited to Michigan’s Act 451 and applicable rules, Clean Water Act
Proficiency in computer applications applicable to specific work field/discipline, i.e. data management for several disciplines, water quality-based effluent & mass balance calculations, water treatment additive processes, etc.
Ability to be self-motivated to plan, prioritize, and manage multiple projects and assignments.
Understanding of the environmental implications of decisions and recommendations and ability to achieve business success goals in balance with environmental protection/stewardship opportunities, environmental regulations and design, operation, and maintenance of company environmental assets.
Can make systematic decisions, can make decisions under pressure, build a consensus, make difficult/unpopular decisions, ability to consider impact of decisions while working to minimize negative impacts.
Works well in groups and individuals on all levels within and outside the company. Helps resolve conflicts, facilitate meetings, is flexible and open-minded; focuses team on strategies and goals.
Master’s Degree in a relevant field or discipline
Experience in a leadership role in the environmental field
Established relationships with local, state and federal permitting agencies
Strong written, oral, and communication skills
Ability to build strong, collaborative work relationships with business partners, team members, and leadership to build consensus, promote continuous improvement, and improve results.
Experience in the utility industry, including knowledge of distribution and transmission systems, renewable energy development, and/or natural gas storage.
Working knowledge in the following regulatory areas: Hydroelectric operations, Underground Injection Control, or industrial water management
Manage environmental projects and/or tasks in a collaborative setting with multiple disciplines. Prepare environmental and permitting documents in compliance with applicable governing statutes and implementing regulations; provide planning support in the design of major infrastructure projects and supporting agency involvement, permitting, and public participation activities. Manage large task assignments and small-scale projects, perform complex environmental analyses and studies, oversee and review work by other staff, contractors, and consultants, Interface with government agencies and the public.
Hours and Travel
This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 85% of time spent in the office or specific field locations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to seventy-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.