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Arizona Public Service Natural Resource Specialist I - Flagstaff, AZ in United States


The * Flagstaff Office* has an opportunity for a * Natural Resource Specialist I.* As the Natural Resource Specialist, you will assist APS Forestry and Special Program's vegetation management operations to ensure that the department's projects comply with the company's overall goals and objectives and all applicable laws and regulations. You will have frequent communication and negotiations with public land agencies to acquire approvals for vegetation management activities in a compliant, timely and cost-effective manner. Depending on specialty, you may be required to conduct field surveys for threatened, endangered and sensitive plant and animal species and address habitat concerns. You will research threatened, endangered and sensitive species life history and apply applicable mitigations to projects to protect and preserve these species and their habitats. You Will perform in-field inspections concerning the effectiveness of field operations which may include evaluating work performance and the company's compliance with applicable laws, industry standards, environmental regulations involving SHPO, USFWS, USFS, NEPA, FERC, DOT, ANSI, OSHA, Arizona Pest Control Commission requirements, APS safety standards and the APS Vegetation Management Manual. Environmental factors: Subject to work hours outside of a normal work schedule and outdoors during inclement weather situations. Periodically prone to dangers inherent to work sites including exposure to sharp, high-speed rotating equipment, electrical fields, falling and flying debris, difficult terrain, pesticides, and animal, insect, and snake bites. Involves driving throughout the service territory and frequent overnight travel. Additional duties may include evening and weekend duty.

Minimum Requirements

  • BS in Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Wildlife or related environmental sciences with 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Must have adequate academic credentials to satisfy requirements of U.S.D.A. Forest Service to conduct cultural resource and/or biological assessments concerning threatened and endangered species.
  • ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist certifications, USFWS Sub-permittee registration and applicable Arizona State Pesticide certification preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Computer experience using ArcGIS, ESRI products, MS Word, and Excel.
  • Must have an aptitude for public relations and interpersonal communications and demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork and environmental stewardship.

Major Accountabilities

  1. Under daily supervision and daily review, responsible for providing input regarding plans and programs which have a significant impact on the performance of the business unit.
  2. Provide support to overall directives and performance expectations in compliance with the company's Accident Prevention Manual and labor contract.
  3. Conduct habitat and species-specific field surveys and research, as necessary, to support biological assessments surveys on company rights-of-way to meet agency and federal regulatory requirements pertaining to the Endangered Species Act. Prepare Biological Assessments and Biological Evaluations.
  4. Oversee and/or conduct cultural resource surveys on company rights-of-way to meet requirements of the State Historic Preservation Office.
  5. Author biological assessments and archaeological reports in support of the division's work plans and goals.
  6. Assist in providing technical expertise, instruction and assistance to field personnel.
  7. Maintain up to date knowledge of environmental and industry regulations and technology through professional reading attendance at seminars and participation in professional organizations.
  8. Participate in implementation and continuation of the company's FAC-003-4 Reporting and compliance.
  9. Develop and maintain GIS applications.

Please note: This positing will close January 5, 2020. Resumes will be reviewed in early January. You will be provided an update of your application after January 5th. Thank you.

Export Compliance/EEO

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Pinnacle West”) provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

Job ID: 20190906

Location: Flagstaff

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular