Environmental Analyst and Review Specialist
March 17, 2014
Job Duties: This is an entry-level position performing its duties under close supervision requiring a high level of professional expertise to analyze utility proposals and to develop policy recommendations. The position analyzes the environmental impacts of utility proposals that may be controversial and makes recommendations regarding the need for further environmental review. The position focuses on impacts to the biological and physical environment. It coordinates environmental reviews with Commission staff as well as other agencies. In addition, this position is responsible for assisting in the streamlining and improvement of the environmental review processes. The work products provide a basis for Commission decisions ultimately affecting all or some portion of Wisconsin ratepayers and the state's physical and biological environment (e.g., as a result of the biological impacts of emissions from coal-fired power plants). This work c an influence utility construction practices and routing policies for the entire state. Work may also influence state legislation and current, unresolved issues at a regional and national level.
Special Notes: Employment will require a background check.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of biological sciences. Skill in establishing and maintaining professional contacts. Ability to successfully perform all assigned tasks under close supervision. Skill in dealing with the affected public and their particular concerns, sometimes in an adversarial setting. Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally in a clear, concise and correct manner. Ability to maintain and establish effective working relationships with agency staff, utility representatives, and the public. Working knowledge of computers and computer programs for the purpose of analyzing data, developing text and communicating with both utilities and the public.
This position involves evaluating how proposed major utility construction projects would affect their surrounding landscape. Typical projects include power plant construction affecting hundreds of acres and new power lines or gas pipelines that affect a swath of land over tens of many miles. Our target applicant would have a background knowledge in the composition and dynamics of native communities, how those communities respond to changes, an understanding of rare species protection and management, and be able to understand a project area from the ability to evaluate potential impacts at a detailed level as well as at a landscape perspective.
Job Application Deadline:
March 30, 2014