- WVPA Corporate Office - Engineering & Operations Department
- IN, USA
- Full Time
Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) is a not-for-profit electric cooperative and wholesale provider of electricity to our owner-members. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, we were created out of the need for reliable, affordable electricity in America's heartland. Our members are 23 electric distribution cooperatives (which makes us a co-op of co-ops), and their members include over 300,000 homes, businesses and farms in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. As a not-for-profit co-op, our members are our owners, so we aren't influenced by shareholders and old practices. We are guided by the seven cooperative principles that govern all co-ops and values that are important to us, like teamwork and putting family first. We are a Deliberately Different kind of power provider- built for stability and growth and focused on the future. And that's good news for the people and businesses who depend on us.
Not only has WVPA grown to serve the wholesale power needs of local distribution cooperatives in a three-state area, we are founding members of Touchstone Energy®, the National Renewables Cooperative Association (NRCO), and ACES, one of the nation's largest electricity traders. But we're not finished setting the pace, in fact, we are just getting started. And that's why we need bright, hard-working people who share our commitment to our members and to shaping the future. To learn more about us, visit wvpa.com.
This position ensures regulatory compliance with environmental laws and regulations for the operation of generation, transmission & distribution facilities, and the planning & coordination of projects through the application of environmental laws. In addition, this position will also support the environmental needs of the Wabash Valley Power Association membership located throughout Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
The Environmental Engineer will be responsible for:
• Monitoring and ensuring compliance with existing environmental laws, regulations, and permits. This includes hands-on day-to-day environmental responsibilities for various generation, transmission & distribution facilities, including landfill gas, natural gas and other renewable sources of power generation.
• Actively participating with staff in the acquisition of required environmental agency approvals, permits, and permit renewals for existing facility construction, operation, and maintenance related projects.
• Monitoring emerging environmental regulatory & legislative issues and the development of recommended courses of action as they relate to environmental compliance.
• Assisting with strategic planning with respect to environmental compliance including the need for pollution control devices and permitting strategies.
• Representing WVPA and affiliated companies before environmental regulatory agencies dealing with regulatory issues including, but not limited to, permit negotiations, compliance issues, and environmental rulemaking.
• Working with the Manager of Environmental Affairs to represent the Company on various industrial groups addressing environmental issues of common concern. Such organizations could include, but are not limited to, Utility Air Regulatory Group, Utility Water Act Group, Indiana Utility Work Group and/or the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
• Assisting with environmental updates to executive staff and other Company officials, as appropriate and requested.
• Assisting with environmental audits of affiliated facilities, generally under the direction of Company Counsel. Such duties necessarily involved generally deal with confidential attorney-client privilege information.
• Excellent project management ability: Able to develop plans that are effective in attaining established goals; garners resources and defines processes to complete project; manages progress and implements mid-stream changes, as needed.
• Influence and persuasion ability: Able to convince others in both positive and negative circumstances; uses tact when expressing ideas or opinions; presents new ideas to authority figures; responds to objections successfully.
• Strategic planning ability: Able to demonstrate an understanding of the business marketplace and develop distinctive strategies to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage for the enterprise; anticipates strategic risks and develops appropriate contingencies and manageable action steps.
• Problem solving ability: Able to apply systems thinking to generate solutions; focuses on process rather than isolated events; obtains multiple assessments of a situation and identifies trouble spots; evaluates alternative solutions.
• Effective communication skills: Able to clearly present information through the spoken or written word; reads and interprets moderately complex information; conveys information effectively; listens well.
• Technical expertise: Able to competently deal effectively with air, water, and/or solid waste issues typically encountered in the electric utility industry. Air expertise is particularly valued as the industry is particularly subject to air regulatory programs.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science or similar field preferred or a minimum of 5 years progressive experience in environmental affairs, environmental project management, and environmental permitting/compliance. An advanced degree and prior electric utility experience is preferred.
CULTURE AND BENEFITS:
At Wabash Valley Power we have diverse employment opportunities such as information technology, accounting, marketing, engineering and operations. Our company is big enough to provide training and professional development to further your career goals, yet small enough that you can maintain a personal connection with fellow employees. Employees are our most valuable assets, so we put employees first by offering an excellent benefits package, wellness benefits, and we throw in some fun activities along the way. Learn about us and the rest of our values when you apply online at wvpa.com.