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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
45.17-56.46 
Location:
Middletown , California
Country:
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Utilities
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), a California Joint Action Agency, was established in 1968 by a consortium of locally owned electric utilities to make joint investments in energy resources that would ensure an affordable, reliable, and clean supply of electricity for customers in its member communities. NCPA members include municipalities, a rural electric cooperative, and other publicly owned entities for which the not-for-profit agency provides such services as the purchase, aggregation, scheduling, and management of electrical energy.

The Compliance Manager stays current on relevant environmental health and safety compliance laws as they apply to the Geothermal Facilities, and provides the guidance and support to staff and management on these matters. With minimal direction, the position develops, monitors, and administers compliance requirements with all regulatory agencies including California Energy Commission, Bureau of Land Management, Water Boards, Air Districts, EPA, Cal EPA, OSHA, Office of Emergency Services, NERC, etc, assuring that the facility is receiving current and up to date information from these agencies as required.  Maintains related records for the Geothermal facilities and trains, develops and assists the facilities in their effort to maintain compliance.  Oversees the Geo safety programs and provides safety training for staff.  May perform other duties as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Environmental Program and Compliance:

  • Maintains compliance and reports associated with the California Energy Commission conditions of compliance during operations.
  • Manages and assures compliance with all necessary permits relating to air, water, waste, etc. and variances to any operating permit when required.
  • Responsible for the preparation and submittal of all Geothermal facility regulatory compliance reports as required, and oversees regulatory and program management aspects of the regulatory programs.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of all safety and environmental health regulatory requirements for the generation facilities to coordinate and perform plant environmental support functions.
  • Develops audit plans for each of the facilities to ensure compliance with all environmental, laws and regulations.  Conducts annual audits as required and provides recommendations for compliance.
  • Monitors changes in the laws and regulations to ensure environmental compliance in the Geothermal facilities.
  • Primary contact with outside regulatory agencies on behalf of the Geothermal Facilities.
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Participates in the NCPA Safety Committee, and chairs the Geothermal Safety Committee providing guidance and support as needed.
  • Manages, organizes and presents safety-training programs for Geothermal facilities.
  • Manages and maintains safety records and recordkeeping for all Geothermal facilities.
  • Recommends and implements improvements to the safety program to ensure effectiveness and compliance with regulations for all Geothermal facilities.  Takes proactive measures to prevent accidents, injuries, illnesses and environmental incidents.
  • Directs investigations and participates in on-the-job accident investigations including lost time accidents and filing incident reports for all Geothermal facilities.
  • Interacts when necessary with CalOSHA concerning safety codes and regulations on behalf of the Geothermal facilities.
  • Oversees the updating and rewriting of the generation operating procedures as they pertain to safety.  Ensures MSDS documents/information and personal safety equipment are available for the employees at the facilities.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of all safety and health regulatory requirements for the geothermal facilities.  Interprets and applies safety and environmental rules, and answers questions for peers, management and staff.
  • Develops audit plans for each of the facilities to ensure compliance with all, health and safety laws and regulations.
  • Audits all Geothermal facilities for compliance with safety and health requirements each year.
  • Monitors changes in the laws and regulations to ensure health and safety compliance at the Geothermal facilities.
     

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities, but may provide direction to other staff and consultants.
  • May coordinate activities with other staff, consultants or regulatory personnel when completing above assignments.  Provides technical support for plant and process improvements.

Competencies:

  • To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget.
  • Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. 
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering is preferred or other closely related degree from a four-year college or university may be considered; and a minimum of three years to five years related progressively responsible EH&S professional compliance experience and/or training in environmental regulations and compliance and industrial hygiene; or equivalent combination of education and experience in electric generation or closely related field.  Requires a thorough understanding of geothermal power plant operations, and knowledge of State & Federal occupational health, safety and environmental programs and regulations, and demonstrated experience developing EH&S programs and presentations. 

Strong leadership and facilitation skills are required, and must have demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective work relationships.  Excellent problem solving skills, verbal and written communication skills, and must be able to work on multiple projects at one time while meeting deadlines.  High proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.  Must be able to work effectively and accurately without supervision.  Some travel will be required.

Language Skills:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, consultants or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  Ability to initiate and prioritize work with limited direction. 

Computer Skills:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Access Database software; Excel Spreadsheet software and Microsoft Word Processing software.  Additionally, ability to use CMMS, Internet, and CEMS is required.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • California Driver's License and insurance for car travel within Northern California.
  • EH&S certification is helpful.
  • Other Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of environmental laws, OSHA requirements and safety regulations. 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required.
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