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Consumers Energy Senior Environmental Analyst in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

Consumers Energy Company’s Environmental Services Department provides planning, permitting, operational compliance, policy, and strategic support for electric and natural gas utility operations serving approximately 6 million customers in Michigan. The Environmental Services’ Land and Water Management team is seeking an experienced Environmental Analyst or Environmental Engineer to join our team.

Environmental Analysts/Engineers within the Land & Water Management team serve a unique and diverse role. The team supports all business areas, from electric and gas construction and renewable energy development to environmental policy and sustainability. Team members serve as project managers and compliance experts while providing environmental law and policy interpretation and contributing to corporate strategy. Successful candidates should be able to balance technical and field support with conservation and sustainability vision.

The successful candidate will join a team who routinely collaborates with internal business partners, other Environmental Services staff, government agencies, and other external stakeholders.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Environmental Analyst / Engineer will support various company departments in the application of environmental project assessment, natural resource permitting, and compliance at new and existing Consumers Energy facilities. This person may also manage various land and water environmental protection and regulatory programs.

Knowledge required for this position includes the following areas:

  • Experience interpreting new and existing environmental laws & regulations applicable to utility operations and natural resource protection, including but not limited to Michigan’s Act 451 and applicable rules, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

  • Natural resource and wildlife permitting processes at the local, state, and federal level under all applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations.

  • Project management and oversight of utility projects and operations to ensure design, installation, operation, & maintenance meet regulatory requirements, minimize risks, improve sustainability and maintain public respect.

Additional responsibilities and functions include:

  • Completing regulatory reporting at monthly, quarterly, and annual intervals to support regulatory compliance.

  • Reviewing company investments, strategic decisions, and construction projects for environmental compliance and sustainability.

  • Leading cross-functional teams to achieve compliance objectives, direct strategic discussions, or achieve breakthrough results.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant environmental, natural science, or applicable public policy field.

  • 7+ years of relevant experience

  • Strong written, oral, and communication skills

  • Ability to build strong, collaborative work relationships with business partners, team members, and leadership to build consensus, promote continuous improvement, and improve results.

The following skills may set you apart:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in a relevant field or discipline

  • 3-5 years experience in a leadership role in the environmental field

  • Working knowledge of rulemaking at the state or federal level, including participation in public hearings and comment processes and overall policy development and implementation.

  • Established relationships with local, state and/or federal regulating agencies

This position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience relevant to the responsibilities listed above.

Essential Functions

Manage environmental projects and/or tasks in a collaborative setting with multiple disciplines. Prepare environmental and permitting documents in compliance with applicable governing statutes and implementing regulations; provide planning support in the design of major infrastructure projects and supporting agency involvement, permitting, and public participation activities. Manage large task assignments and small-scale projects, perform complex environmental analyses and studies, oversee and review work by other staff, contractors, and consultants; Interface with government agencies and the public.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with approximately 80-85% of time spent in an office setting, and 15-20% in specific field locations. During construction season, travel to active project sites may be necessary.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to twenty-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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