Staff Environmental Permitting and Compliance Specialist (Richmond, VA)

  • ERM
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • Feb 16, 2018
Full time Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


ERM is seeking a Staff Environmental Permitting and Compliance Specialist in our Richmond, VA office to assist with environmental impact assessment and regulatory compliance for energy facilities and energy-related development projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern US. This position will focus on midstream oil and gas projects, electric transmission lines, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-regulated natural gas pipeline projects. Projects are often fast-paced, multi-faceted, and geographically diverse. The position will require the candidate to work both independently and on project teams, and to possess the capacity to manage varying priorities and multiple tasks to work on concurrent projects and meet project deadlines. The candidate will have the opportunity to serve as a project team resource, task manager, on multi-disciplinary projects depending on experience and qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity for an environmental professional looking to advance their career with a global environmental leader.


  • Assist in preparing permit applications where required by federal, state or local environmental regulatory authorities for energy development, expansion, maintenance, or decommissioning projects.
  • Perform project delivery activities such as report writing, data collection and survey field work, data and literature review, and development of recommendations for clients.
  • Assist with the development of project plans and schedules, set up projects in project management software, and assist with the development of project management reporting, such as monthly progress reports.
  • Participate in agency consultations, project meetings, and client communications.
  • Collaborate with other ERM practitioners to execute impact assessment and capital project permitting (ERM services broadly include environmental impact assessment, routing studies, land planning, facility siting & permitting, and risk assessment and water resources management).
  • Travel up to 20% of the time, for agency meetings, project team meetings, or to conduct site visits, environmental training, or fieldwork.
  • Build strong collaborative relationships with other ERM employees.


  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in environmental studies, planning, geography, civil or environmental engineering or related natural resources science field of study.
  • 1 to 5 years of environmental impact assessment and natural resources permitting experience, including consulting for private-sector clients.
  • Working knowledge of key natural resource regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act is preferred.
  • Some experience with federal, state, and local permitting in Virginia is preferred (VDEQ, VDGIF, VMRC, USFWS, USACE etc.).  Similar experience in surrounding states is a plus.  
  • Experience conducting desktop and online studies or research on natural resource or resource planning topics, Geographic Information System, map interpretation (National Wetland Inventory, U.S. Geological Survey, aerial photography).
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite software.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and prepare concise and accurate technical documents.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative member of a project team.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, which includes being comfortable and effective at communicating complex technical knowledge and concepts to other staff, clients, regulatory agencies, and project stakeholders. 

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