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Environmental Compliance Scientist/NEPA Planner


Tempe, AZ, US

Date:  Jul 18, 2024

Requisition ID: 17418


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

At SRP, we foster an inclusive work environment and believe everyone should have a fair chance to work, regardless of who they are. That’s why we value teams with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to help SRP deliver on its mission of providing reliable, affordable and sustainable water and power.


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



The successful candidate will provide natural resource planning, compliance and scientific services to support SRP’s operation and maintenance and new construction of water and power systems and infrastructure.  The candidate must have ability to work in a project manager role and lead multi-department teams in support of complex and/or highly technical environmental compliance and permitting activities with a focus on energy generation, transmission and distribution projects. The position will coordinate closely with SRP internal teams and agencies to prepare state and federal lease and rights-of-way applications for energy projects, which include applications on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands. The position will direct teams and contractors in preparation of permit applications and develop, coordinate, and implement SRP programs necessary to support compliance obligations.  This position requires a working knowledge of multiple environmental and land-use laws and regulations, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Arizona Native Plant Protection Act, Clean Water Act Section 404, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and an understanding of the Arizona power plant and transmission line siting and Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) process. Work will also include review, analysis, and the development of corporate strategies and responses to emerging state and federal environmental laws, regulations, guidance, and policies. The position may provide litigation support, including preparation and review of the technical content for legal filings, participation in development of legal strategies, and participation in negotiations with regulatory agencies and/or other entities to resolve litigation matters.

What You'll Do

  • Provide leadership and direction on project teams to address natural resource regulatory requirements for power and water infrastructure projects, with a primary focus on siting, construction and on-going operations and maintenance of SRP’s power system.
  • Assist SRP leadership and departments with developing strategies and early planning to inform federal and state siting and regulatory compliance.
  • Coordinate with various departments, governmental agencies and consultants to prepare lease and rights-of-way applications, NEPA and associated compliance documents, and determine and implement project compliance and mitigation requirements.
  • Develop, execute and oversee agreements and contracts with consultants and agencies to prepare environmental planning documents, scientific studies and other technical reports.
  • Prepare and maintain environmental compliance project schedules and budgets, and work closely with water and power project managers to integrate compliance needs into overall project timelines and resource needs.
  • Prepare and conduct written and oral reports and presentations to SRP executive leadership, stakeholders and the public.
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to review, analyze and develop comments concerning proposed federal and state natural resource laws, regulations or policies that could impact SRP’s water or power operations.
  • Engage with state and federal agencies, universities, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations to continually build and improve upon your knowledge of wildlife science, natural resource regulations, and technical skills related to SRP’s ongoing and future water and power operations.

What It Takes To Succeed

Master’s degree preferred in science or engineering.


This position requires a high level of coordination, communication and project management skills, including:

  • The ability to manage multiple projects at one time, resolve complex permitting challenges and maintain project timelines
  • An understanding of power utility infrastructure and operation and maintenance requirements including fossil and renewable generating facilities substation, transmission and distribution systems and associated right-of-way is beneficial to provide and manage compliance and permitting processes
  • The ability to successfully develop and manage relationships within SRP, agencies, and stakeholders
  • Strong analytical and writing skills to assess scientific and technical resource information, and ability to direct and prepare technical reports and environmental documents
  • The ability to summarize and clearly communicate complex scientific and regulatory information to SRP leadership, internal teams, and the public
  • Occasional travel for projects, training and regulatory program meetings will be required


Minimum of 10 years’ experience as an environmental scientist, environmental engineer, chemical engineer, biologist, archaeologist, chemist, or equivalent.


Experience as an environmental scientist, environmental engineer, chemical engineer, archaeologist, chemist, biologist or equivalent.

Desirable candidates will have:

  • Prior project management experience
  • Water or power utility natural resource permitting and compliance experience


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution plus an additional 18 graduate level college credits in an area of specialty.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas, OPT, or other employment-related visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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