Job Objective: Coordinates a variety of environmental and regulatory activities in support of upstream and midstream operations, involving wildlife and habitat permitting and compliance. Helps develop and promote environmental management systems, policies, procedures, training, and programs. Lead and develop wildlife spill response efforts and preparedness. Promotes Environmental Stewardship throughout the company.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Secures environmental approvals and other environmental related authorizations. Includes coordination with internal teams to define scope, preparation and submission of application/requests, working with agencies and other stakeholders, negotiation of mitigations and compensation requirements, and other activities necessary to secure the required authorizations for operation.
Responsible for understanding and implementing local/state/federal regulations as they pertain to wildlife emergency response requirements and procedures.
Ability to serve in a lead ICS position such as wildlife branch director/deputy branch director for drill or actual response scenarios.
Develops and implements best management, operation, and maintenance procedures/practices related to wildlife and habitat compliance.
Develops and implements streamlined methods for collecting, managing, and analyzing environmental data systems, to include database(s) development/management, information digitalization, creation/maintenance of responsive and automated processes for notifications, incident awareness, compliance reporting and multi-faceted, complex, analysis capabilities.
Coordinates with field personnel, trust agencies, and others to assure that required data are collected, reviewed for accuracy, input into data management systems, and reported per permit requirements.
Serve as a scientific and policy technical counsel to include review of technical papers and research pertinent to Hilcorp operations; represent Hilcorp on technical committees/meetings; and, advise company on risk/needs/validity of relevant scientific information and potential impacts from operations and recommendations on addressing these issues.
Lead and participate in internal investigations of environmental issues and events.
Responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting environmental training for office and field personnel.
Coordinates with subject matter experts to provide solutions for technical questions related to any aspect of environmental permitting and compliance.
Manage/advise wildlife and habitat issues as they relate to external affairs, community engagement, Alaska Native Organizations, and subsistence.
Assists with due diligence and environmental remediation efforts.
Assists in maintaining the company’s environmental records.
Adheres to the company’s values – integrity, ownership, urgency, alignment, and innovation.
Supports company vision and mission.
Other Job Responsibilities:
Maintains employee confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional associations.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Other duties as assigned by management.
Environmental Scientist (biology or ecology background preferred).
Fifteen+ years’ experience in biological/ecological sciences including a background in regulations, permitting/authorization, and compliance requirements, preferably in Alaska.
Ability to lead and develop wildlife emergency response and preparedness efforts.
Working knowledge of Incident Command Structure and state/federal regulations and response documents pertaining to wildlife emergency response requirements and procedures.
Technical scientific background with emphasis on Alaska wildlife, particularly MMPA and ESA species on the North Slope and Cook Inlet and issues pertaining to marine biology and ecology, biological oceanography, arctic ecology, marine mammals, and oil and gas uses of the Outer Continental Shelf.
Demonstrated successful working knowledge of and relationships with the oil and gas industry, local, state, and federal agencies including NMFS, USFWS, ADFG, BOEM, BSEE, North Slope Borough, wildlife co-management groups, as well as NGOs, Universities, and others.
Previous experience working effectively with Alaska Native communities to include an in-depth understanding and sensitivity to the traditional subsistence relationship between Native Alaskans and subsistence species.
Ability to identify programmatic and systematic deficiencies, optimize systems/processes, and maximize efficiencies.
Exceptional proficiency in wildlife and habitat data management including ability to create/manage databases, with front-end user platforms and multiple end use analyses and reporting capabilities.
Capable of contract management and oversight of environmental compliance related projects.
Experience serving as a scientific and policy subject matter expert to include review of technical papers and research; sitting on technical committees/meetings; and, advising risk/needs/validity of relevant scientific and policy information and potential impacts from organizational decisions and recommendations on addressing these issues.
Excellent writing and other communication skills.
Excellent people skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to translate complex information into an organized and presentable manner.
Ability to complete multiple, diverse tasks of differing priorities. Ability to accurately solve problems.
Ability to travel to remote locations via large and small planes, helicopter or boat, and ability to don and doff immersion suit.
Ability to work in Arctic conditions.
Required: Bachelor’s Degree (Environmental science or biology/ecology) from an accredited four-year university or college.