Natural Resources Environmental Associate, Pattern Energy – Houston

Published 21:40 on January 2, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:10 on January 7, 2019  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

Pattern Energy is looking for an natural resources environmental associate for their Houston-based office.


Pattern Energy is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America and parts of Latin America. The company focuses primarily on wind and transmission, with limited investments in other generation technologies.

The Pattern Energy team has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for its customers, partners, financial supporters and the communities in which it works, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

Pattern Energy operates in the United States and Canada, with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York and Toronto. Pattern Energy Group LP’s corporate headquarters are in San Francisco.


This position will be part of an environmental team that is responsible for environmental permitting of projects in the US, Canada, Latin America and other foreign markets. The team provides permitting services to the wind and solar development group. This position will be heavily focused on solar permitting and development. Work will include but is not limited to working with local, state and federal agencies to facilitate and obtain the necessary permits/authorizations needed to construct our solar, wind, storage and transmission projects. Includes the creation and implementation of mitigation strategies for multiple environmental resources.

Key Accountabilities

The key responsibilities will include as a minimum the following:

  • Manage permitting activities throughout the site development process for a pipeline of solar and wind projects including: permit applications, site control, layout planning, scoping and review of environmental studies, State and Federal agency consultations, tribal meetings, and community relations.
  • Advises Project Managers, company Development Directors and others regarding the environmental permitting of projects from planning phases through implementation
  • Supervises the work of project environmental consultants, managing project schedules and budgets and ensuring quality of documents
  • Assists with the preparation of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and state environmental documents, including EISs, EAs, and other federal, state, and local environmental permits as needed
  • Peer-reviews drafts of permits applications, studies, scopes of work, and reports for environmental permitting and studies
  • Oversees the preparation of environmental studies for the siting and permitting of wind generation facilities
  • Develop strategies to mitigate environmental impacts of wind energy projects from project inception through post-construction
  • Responds to internal environmental-related inquiries in support of Power Purchase Agreement bids, project financing, and third-party due diligence
  • Establish and maintain sustainable relationships and good communications with consultants, vendors, sub-contractors and project stakeholders;
  • Coordination with Operations Environmental Director on implementing post-construction monitoring at sites.
  • Creation of an environmental/permitting compliance matrix for handoff to Construction/OPS Group.
  • Attends agency meetings as needed, and leads strategy meetings in preparation
  • Develops and maintains strong collaborative relationships with key allies, stakeholders, and regulators
  • Provides training and guidance to staff regarding environmental affairs, permitting, and siting
  • As needed support for Operations compliance.


Experience/Qualifications/Education Required

Educational Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree a plus
  • 2+ years’ experience in energy project development, (preferably solar in addition to wind)

Additional Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability in developing energy projects through complex permitting environments to construction/financing.
  • Travel to field sites for varying lengths of time is required, including possible foreign travel.
  • Must possess strengths in the following:
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
    • High level of attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication and organizational skills. Must possess strong communication skills, including first-rate drafting and editing abilities.
    • Capacity to manage multiple projects at the same time
    • Ability to quickly gain working knowledge of key and emerging issues in wind and solar power siting and permitting.
    • Knowledge of NEPA, Clean Water Act (CWA), and renewable energy permitting is preferred.

Technical Skills

Working knowledge of Windows-based business software applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
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