Southern California Edison Environmental Science, Advisor (Wetlands and Waters Regulatory) in Rosemead, California

Job Description

Are you looking to make a difference in your career? We’re working on smarter grids, cleaner energy, and tools to help people manage energy more efficiently.

About You...

You are inspired to work in a company that is forward facing. You want to play a big part in making meaningful decisions that directly impact the environment. You thrive when using your wetland delineation, environmental regulatory, and permitting expertise. At the end of the day, you desire to build real change—for the better for everyone. Does this sound like you?

About Our Team …

Get ready. You’ll join our Operational Services team, which impacts the success of every area of SCE. We are the safety, sustainability, and compliance steward of SCE. We help SCE sustain a safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy grid. We strive to provide efficient and effective strategies and service by partnering with numerous internal and external partners. Our team relies on the functional knowledge and skills of our team of employees to ensure that SCE is doing the best to meet and exceed every safety, environmental, and compliance standard.

The Job …

The Water Quality group within the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is embarking on an exciting time in handling regulatory compliance and meeting the State’s Clean Energy Initiatives supporting interconnection with renewable energy sources, enabling customers with local energy choices, and improving reliability of our electrical grid. The group is passionate about protecting water quality and water/wetlands resources, and strives to develop innovative approaches in applying regulatory compliance strategies.

Serving as the Environmental Science, Advisor (Wetlands and Waters Regulatory) you will represent the company with direct agency coordination with federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Regional Water Quality Control Boards and/or State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) at local and Region/State office levels.

You will be our lead subject matter expert and permitting strategy developer for our team, supporting and collaborating with multiple Organizational Units in Generation, Transmission & Distribution (T&D) major projects, Corporate Real Estate Facilities, and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) programs in Wetlands and Waters Clean Water Act 401/WDR/404 and CDFW 1600 permitting compliance.

Detailed stuff you’ll be doing …

  • Developing and implement company-wide Corporate Standards & Procedures, with requirements and guidelines for compliance and protection of waters and wetlands.

  • Establishing internal processes and strategies for waters permitting, impact analysis, avoidance measures, and develop creative solutions to operational challenges.

  • Assessing compliance throughout the service territory.

  • Leading external consultants performing desktop review, field support (i.e. jurisdictional delineations), and permitting deliverables including development of consultant guidelines, procedures, and templates to maximize efficiency and ensure quality of work.

  • Leading water permitting strategies related to dredge and fill activities, including programmatic measures/agreements.

  • Analyzing and interpret regulatory changes in the waters and wetlands space for potential impacts and guidance to SCE Organizational Units.

  • Representing SCE and lead agency negotiations and coordination for external engagement efforts supported by ESD, project and programmatic permitting, and/or enforcement actions.

  • Develop and lead training sessions, collaborate with multi-disciplinary partners, benchmark with other utilities and/or industries, provide compliance oversight, conduct site assessments, attend job walks, support on-call emergency support on a rotating basis throughout the year.


Qualifications you need …

You have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, in Biology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Hydrogeology, Natural Sciences, or a related discipline. You have eight (8) or more years of experience performing complex environmental or regulatory analyses, consulting, and/or compliance implementation. You have three (3) or more years of experience in environmental compliance and permitting work related to waters. Strong agency relationship skills, and ability to interface effectively with environmental groups and agencies.

Other stuff that will set you up for success …

  • Experience in regulatory permitting in California (including: USACE, RWQCB, and CDFW)

  • Experienced jurisdictional water and wetland delineator (i.e., minimum 40-hr Wetland Delineation course).

  • GIS data and tools proficiency.

  • Effective resource and project planning, critical decision making, results delivery, teamwork, strong work ethic, influencing and negotiation skills, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, and the ability to handle stress and engage in continuous learning.

  • Strong commitment to safety values and safe work practices.

You should know …

  • Relocation is available for this position, and who wouldn’t want to live in beautiful Southern California?

  • You are legally authorized to work directly as employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

  • This position may require additional on-call support and after hours duty.

  • We offer a fantastic Total Rewards Package that includes things like a wide selection of health plans, preventative health reimbursement, 401(k) savings plan with company match and automatic company contributions, tuition reimbursement, professional development, volunteer programs, employee assistance program, electric service discount, and many more perks.

Why Edison?

The people here at Edison don't just keep the lights on. Our mission is so much bigger. We are fueling the kind of innovation that is changing an entire industry, and quite possibly the planet. You’ll have a chance to grow your career and make a difference in the world.

SCE serves a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. As a company, we have big dreams and we know nothing big is ever accomplished alone. Join one of the nation’s leading electric utilities in making sure California, and all of us who live here, shine bright.

At SCE we celebrate our differences. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.