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AES Environmental Compliance Senior Project Manager in California

Are you ready to be part of a company that's not just talking about the future, but actively shaping it? Join The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a Fortune 500 company that's leading the charge in the global energy revolution. With operations spanning 14 countries , AES is committed to shaping a future through innovation and collaboration. Our dedication to innovation has earned us recognition as one of the Top Ten Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company in 2022. And with our certification as a Great Place to Work , you can be confident that you're joining a company that values its people just as much as its groundbreaking ideas.

AES is proudly ranked #1 globally in renewable energy sales to corporations, and with $12.7B in revenues in 2023 , we have the resources and expertise to make a significant impact as we provide electricity to 25 million customers worldwide. As the world moves towards a net-zero future, AES is committed to meeting the Paris Agreement's goals by 2050. Our innovative solutions, such as 24/7 carbon-free energy for data centers, are setting the pace for rapid, global decarbonization.

If you're ready to be part of a company that's not just adapting to change, but driving it, AES is the place for you. We're not just building a cleaner, more sustainable future - we're powering it. Apply now and energize your career with a true leader in the global energy transformation.

POSITION : Senior Project Manager, Environmental Compliance (full-time)

DEPARTMENT : Environmental Compliance

REPORTS TO: Director or Manager

LOCATION : California and Remote as needed

The candidate for this position will support project teams and directly oversee environmental and permitting compliance on the construction of PV solar and battery storage renewable assets in the West Region (CAISO, WECC, and related ISOs) of the United States. The candidate should be able to collaborate and communicate effectively in a team environment and exercise project authority over construction teams, consultants, and project team members. The candidate must be able to work independently and be self-driven to accomplish goals and objectives while maintaining oversight of several renewable energy construction projects at a time.


  • Facilitate conservation land acquisition in fulfillment of permit requirements to mitigate for project impacts in accordance with the California Endangered Species Act and California Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Develop site specific vegetation plans to establish and maintain appropriate vegetative cover encompassing all local, state and federal permitting requirements as well as project specific needs.

  • Prepare and implement invasive management plans; ability to determine needs for application of herbicide

  • Perform audits of contractor workmanship and quality control and assurance on the application of the developed plan, reporting any variation from the plan to the project team

  • Coordination of Dual-Use and O&M long term maintenance plans

  • Develop environmental compliance programs for construction projects encompassing all local, state, and federal permitting requirements.

  • Manage and perform field audits, reporting, and monitoring for construction projects and renewable energy facilities.

  • Review and manage technical reports and filings providing quality assurance and quality control of project documents focusing on compliance with permit conditions and regulations.

  • Work closely with EPC and contractors to ensure project compliance providing guidance, interpretation, and process requirements

  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies on the project’s behalf

  • Act as a subject matter expert across multiple departments in development and execution teams on project planning, scheduling, and resource management

  • Review and manage, consultants, cost proposals, invoicing, work plans, and execution strategies

  • Responsible for department budgets, accruals, and accounting controls

  • Manage multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines

  • Develop, present, and distribute training materials and documents related to environmental and permitting compliance

  • Create handoff materials and support a transition from development to construction and construction to O&M

  • Support the stakeholder relations team in interactions related to the public

  • Mentor junior staff members and delegate responsibilities


  • 7+ years of project management experience with multi-disciplinary environmental and permitting compliance scopes with a deep understanding of cross-functional teams related to developing and constructing renewable assets

  • Deep knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agency laws, regulations, and permitting requirements

  • Detailed knowledge of erosion and sediment control and stormwater regulations, compliance strategies, and environmental engineering

  • Experience in environmental auditing and or regulatory audits

  • Advanced knowledge of multimedia compliance including NEPA, USACE, CWA, DEQ/DEP, DOT, SPCC and waste management, water quality, construction, and industrial/municipal stormwater, air quality, T&E species, USFW, and Historical Resources

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field is preferred

  • Experience in providing leadership to diverse project teams on high-pressure, high-visibility projects.

  • Advanced computer skills with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, and Power PowerPoint as well as geospatial software


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize and delegate

  • Leadership and strong ability to work in a collaborative environment

  • Understanding of project risk management

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet timelines

  • Conscientious and detail-oriented with demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail

  • Good judgment and sound decision-making skills

  • Staying current with relevant technology and innovation


  • Adherence to AES safety rules and safety performance expectations

  • This position is performed in both an office and field environment

  • Ability to lift 25lbs

  • Up to 30% of time may be dedicated to traveling and in the field in varying environmental conditions including inclement weather and steep grades

  • Some night and weekend work may be required for this position

  • May periodically require travel and stays outside of CA or home state

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $115.000 and $148.750/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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Our people are our energy and have transformed AES into the type of energy company that the world needs today and in the future. Coming from all walks of life, our people share a passion for improving lives by advancing the energy sector through innovation, collaboration and action.

We are working in an industry that requires new thinking and ways of working together to create solutions that are both economically and environmentally viable, not just one or the other.

We are looking for passionate people to join us in our mission to accelerate the future of energy.

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