American Electric Power Transmission Line Siting Specialist Principal - AUSTIN, TX in Austin, Texas



Transmission Line Siting Specialist Principal - AUSTIN, TX

Job Description:

Transmission Project Siting departmen t

Position Summary: This role is responsible for coordinating the siting; environmental studies and permitting execution for multi-million dollar electric transmission line and substation projects. Projects can range from small scale to hundreds of miles in length traversing multiple states. Understand the full range of issues related to the successful siting and permitting of a transmission project and will be accountable for making sound recommendations and decisions. Areas of required expertise include environmental (cultural, natural and visual resource assessment), utility corridor siting (utility regulatory requirements, stakeholder interaction, and permitting requirements) and project management.

Principal Accountabilities:

  1. Ensure that transmission siting/environmental/permitting activities are performed in accordance with the policies, practices and standards of the Company and regulations and procedures as required by federal, state or local regulatory agencies.

  2. Organize the environmental studies and permitting activities to meet in-service dates and ensure compliance.

  3. Oversee the oversight of outsourcing related to siting/environmental/permitting.

  4. Work interdependently with a multidisciplinary project team to identify buildable, cost effective routes and facilities which minimize environmental impacts.

  5. Serve as liaison with AEP Environmental Services on all environmental aspects of the projects.

  6. Determine siting/environmental/permitting risks, tasks, scopes, and cost estimates.

  7. Prepare environmental assessments and studies for transmission facility projects.

  8. Coordinate regulatory and local zoning applications (writing, exhibits, testimony, interrogatories, schedule, etc.)

  9. Develop and monitor schedules to complete siting/environmental/permitting tasks and manage identified risks.

  10. Participate in stakeholder meetings and public workshops.

  11. Prepare testimony and testify before federal, state and local agencies concerning transmission routing and substation siting.

  12. Organize and facilitate project meetings related to siting/environmental/permitting.

  13. Evaluate the impact of proposed legislation and regulations on transmission projects and provide input to the development process.

  14. Build networks that extend through AEP and other companies, and regulatory agencies.

  15. Improve standardization and process development.

  16. Make presentations to civic groups, property owners, regulatory agencies, and AEP employees.

  17. Perform other duties as requested or assigned.

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Austin, TX

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Minimum Requirements:

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science or related field.

Four to six (4-6) years experience as a Transmission Line Siting Specialist Sr or equivalent.

Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office computer applications is desired

Excellent written, organizational, presentation, oral communication and time management skills. The ability to handle multiple projects and assignments is critical.

Additional Information: May require extended hours to accomplish assigned tasks to meet requirements and schedules.

Some overnight travel to facilities and projects (field work) is required periodically. Position requires some travel and exposure to situations which require knowledge, understanding, and adherence to applicable safety procedures, and ability to hike one to three miles.

20 to 30 % of travel time associated with this position.

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