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Environmental Permitting & Compliance Specialist
Title:Environmental Permitting & Compliance Specialist
Subsidiary:Liberty Power (formerly Algonquin Power)
Department:Project Development & Construction
Location:Oakville, ON
Zip/Postal Code:L6J 2X1

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.


Mandate: The successful candidate will support the Manager - Environmental Permitting - Construction with duties related to environmental planning, permitting and construction of wind and solar projects for Liberty Power in Canada and USA (wind and solar). This role directly relates to construction, however, duties will be assigned as it relates to project development as needed.

Job Functions:

  • Regulatory Planning
    • Consultation with government agencies and regulators. Including, but not limited to: email, letters, report submissions, report review, report summaries, conference calls and in person meetings in support of securing project permits
    • Provide support and assistance to environmental consultants including document management, archive information, report submissions and review
    • Review, interpret, summarize and understand regulations, program rules, reports, directives from government agencies
    • Understanding, interpretation, scoping and presentation of environmental science impacts of renewable energy projects (wind and solar) as well as understanding of and permitting impacts related to the following categories:
      • Wetlands
      • Watercourses
      • Flora and fauna
      • Noise, shadow flicker and visual
      • Species at Risk
      • Cultural heritage
      • Archaeological
      • Decommissioning
      • Public roads and infrastructure
  • Permitting
    • Support, manage and oversee local, provincial/state and federal permit submission and approval processes
    • Collaborate with internal project managers, construction managers, engineers etc. to understand and permit project impacts with various agencies
  • Construction
    • Support the project construction team with construction compliance activities. Activities may be, but not limited to:
      • Co-ordination with contractors; review and communicate compliance requirements as necessary
      • Provide guidance to the Construction Manager and Director of Construction as it relates to environmental compliance
      • Managing on site environmental consultants and scopes of work
      • Reviewing, writing, editing compliance submissions
      • Site environmental compliance audits/inspections as required
  • Administrative
    • Logistical planning for public and agency consultations (ie: open house planning)
    • Manage project websites
    • Budget tracking

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a college diploma or university degree in an applicable area of study (environmental science, regulatory and permitting practices).
  • Minimum 3 years of post-secondary work experience in permitting and project coordination or project management role
  • 3-5 years working experience in the renewable and/or power generation industry preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability and flexibility to travel within Canada and the United States as needed.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honour this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition consultant.

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