Regulatory Specialist

  • HDR
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Oct 09, 2019
Full time Energy Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities 

HDR currently has an opening for a full-time Regulatory Specialist to join our Pacific Northwest team. This position will support HDR's regulatory and FERC licensing services for hydropower projects regionally and nationally. The primary duties of the Regulatory Specialist will be to work with a team of regulatory experts, scientists and engineers to prepare licensing documents, perform consultation with agency and stakeholder representatives, and support project management activities. Key responsibilities include providing project and administrative support for hydropower licensing and compliance activities, organization and coordination of complex document development activities, management of timelines and deliverables, document review and editorial tasks and consistent collaboration with project leads.  The ideal candidate will be capable of serving at an assistant project management level role for environmental and regulatory projects and function as a task or study leader on larger projects.  The desired applicant should be a responsible self-starter, excel at synthesizing technical, policy, and regulatory information in clear and concise written and verbal presentations, and willing to learn and expand their regulatory knowledge base and mentor colleagues.  We are looking for a candidate that is team-oriented, client-focused, and flexible.  Experience with federal, state and local permitting is preferred. Experience with FERC hydropower licensing is required. In addition to the required regulatory experience, a technical background in one of the following areas is desirable: terrestrial resources, water quality, hydrology, recreation management, or land use/shoreline resources. Knowledge of the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest is desirable. 


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Public/Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Engineering, Hydrology, Biology, Wildlife, Aquatic Science, or other Natural Science required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Technical writing, document management, and administrative experience are required.
  • Professional communication skills and the ability to coordinate and interact with co-workers and client staff is required.
  • 10+ years of experience in permitting, NEPA, or FERC studies and regulatory documents/power industry.
  • Experience with MS Office Suite required.
  • Periodic overnight travel may be required.
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, problem-solving, critical thinking, and research abilities are necessary.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.  

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