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Environmental Analyst / Engineer (SR ENGINEER II)

Date: Jan 3, 2019

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy


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 the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

Consumers Energy Company’s Environmental Services Department (Department) is a team of professionals who provide 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 Section is seeking an entry level Environmental Analyst / Engineer to support land and water protection through regulatory compliance, natural resource permitting, and Geographic Information System (GIS) services for a variety of electric generation and distribution, and gas transmission, storage, and distribution projects.  The successful candidate will join a team who routinely collaborate with internal business partners, other Environmental Services staff, and local and state governmental agencies.   


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 programs.  Knowledge required for this position includes the following areas: 

  • Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Utilization for environmental assessments/evaluations (creating maps, graphs and dashboards using GIS software and related programs);
  • Experience with ArcDesktop, including building shared resources (e.g., map book templates, shared queries);
  • Experience in ArcOnline and associated ESRI platforms (like Survey 123, Collector, or Dashboard);
  • Demonstrated ability to develop shared, mobile data platforms, and maintain GIS data integrity;
  • Experience in wetland regulations and environmental compliance and reporting, including basic knowledge of Michigan’s natural resource protection regulations (like Michigan Part 91, 301, and 303); and
  • Basic knowledge of wildlife and habitat management principles, permit application preparation, and field inspection/compliance procedures.


Additional responsibilities and functions include:

  • Compiling geographic data from a variety of sources including, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.
  • Facilitating increased use of GIS related products and tools among environmental staff.
  • Sharing accountability for environmental compliance with business partners.
  • Collaboratively making recommendations to implement environmental solutions involving engineering, design, operation, and maintenance of company assets with a focus on sustainable practices/concepts.
  • Developing solutions for environmental issues based on investigations, tests and monitoring results.


The selected candidate will be expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experienced conducting natural resources assessments (e.g., wetland delineations, wildlife surveys) and preparing environmental permitting applications for local, state and federal agencies
  • Ability to build strong, trustful, collaborative work relationships with business partners, staff and leadership to promote continuous improvement and impactful results.
  • Strong written, oral, and communication skills.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and oversee multiple programs and assignments.
  • Understands the environmental implications of decisions and recommendations, and strives to achieve business success goals in balance with environmental protection/stewardship opportunities, environmental regulations and design, operation and maintenance of company environmental assets


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET Accredited Program OR a Bachelor Degree in a technical field (ie, environmental management, resource development, management, fisheries and wildlife or one of the natural science disciplines) may be acceptable for placement within the Environmental Analyst job family
  • 2+ years of applicable experience, which may include high level non-exempt experience.


The following skills and experience may set you apart from other candidates:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field or discipline
  • Established relationships with local, state and federal permitting agencies
  • Electric generation / distribution and gas distribution and transmission utility experience
  • Experience with integrating ArcGIS products with other project management and/or compliance software programs (e.g., Enviance, ProjectWise, etc.)


The selected candidate will be placed at the level appropriate with the successful candidate’s experience and education.


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 85% of time spent in the office or specific field locations.


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

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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