Duke Energy Lead Environmental Specialist (Charlotte/Raleigh) in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Position Summary

Working under general direction, provide subject matter expert support for the implementation of the company’s surface water program to ensure compliance with federal, state and local environmental requirements as well as corporate environmental policies and procedures. Maintains current knowledge on environmental laws and regulations and a working knowledge on the scientific and technical aspects of the program and how these may impact company operations. Evaluates and reviews proposed and existing regulations, standards, codes and guidelines to determine their impact on the implementation of the company’s surface water program and related facility operations and when required, comment to regulatory authorities. Manages the implementation and/or provides oversight on the implementation of new and existing regulations under the Clean Water Act, specifically CWA Section 316(a) and (b), Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG), water quality criteria and standards, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Provide technical guidance to other staff and facility personnel working in area of expertise. Applies specialized technical expertise to develop, implement and maintain programs, systems and procedures. Recommends improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment to minimize potential environmental, health and safety risks. Provides regulatory interpretation and technical advice.


  • Serves as subject matter expert on regulations under the Clean Water Act to ensure consistency, quality, and compliance across multiple facilities and regions

  • Manage the corporate wide implementation of the 316(b) Rule for existing facilities, interface with the modeling and analytics, engineering, permitting, scientific, specifically fisheries, organizations and others as required, provide consultant oversight with regards to budget, performance and schedule, and communicate project status to affected entities

  • Manage the compliance aspects of the implementation of the Steam Electric Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG). Work with the permitting and engineering organization to determine appropriate measures, schedule and permit application requirements

  • Provide support to the NPDES permitting groups on the implementation, review, and impacts of Federal water quality criteria and state water quality standards

  • Develop periodic reports as required and participate in investigations as required

  • Develop and maintain procedures and programs to assist facilities in complying with environmental laws and regulations and develop training materials as required

  • Tracks regulatory changes, legislative activities and industry standards and as needed identify changes to the company’s program

  • Provide regulatory interpretation and technical guidance in area of expertise

  • Participate in and supports environmental compliance and management system audit

  • Supports Duke Energy on various internal/external industry committees and organization

  • Supports accomplishment of work unit goals and enhances company reputation through effective planning, organizing, communicating and scheduling of environmental work activities

  • Supports the department’s routine and special projects in order to accomplish business objectives

Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science, hydrology, other science, , environmental or other related field of study and 8 years of experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in engineering, science, environmental or other related technical field.

  • Regulatory agency experience or experience representing an organization on complex issues with regulatory agencies at the state and/or federal level.

  • Specific Requirements

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (hardhat, safety glasses, clothing, ear plugs, fall protection, etc.) as needed

  • Experience in supporting environmental compliance at multiple facilities/regions within multiple regulatory jurisdictions in particular experience with CWA Section 316(a) and (b), Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG), water quality criteria and standards, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

  • Working toward Professional Certification as a Professional Engineer, QEP, PMP, etc.

  • Expert knowledge of environmental regulatory compliance requirements, regulatory development and implementation, as well as the permitting process as applied to Clean Water Act regulations

  • Detailed knowledge/understanding of electric generating facilities and their water systems

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex systems and processes to comply with environmental laws and regulations, permit conditions, corporate policies, goals, and targets

  • Very strong collaboration, communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills with a customer-oriented focus. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with upper management

  • Demonstrated ability to lead personnel from diverse groups working toward a complex goal or objective

  • Experience with assessment of analytical data and preparation of technical reports

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet multiple deadlines

Specific Requirements

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (hardhat, safety glasses, clothing, ear plugs, fall protection, etc.) as needed

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Regardless of your skill set or specific interest, we're looking for the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our people make us great - and we're always looking for more. Find your career path today at Duke Energy, where it's more than a career - it's a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Duke Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the laws set forth in the Department of Labor EEO Poster and Supplement.