Director, Environmental Permitting

EDF Renewables
Organization Summary

EDF Renewables North America, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, is a leading North American independent power producer boasting over 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of services. Our mission is to deliver renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.

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Location in MN
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40 hours per week

Primary Duties

The Director, Environmental Permitting provides strategy and leadership for key aspects of environmental risk assessment and mitigation in renewable energy siting, permitting and operations. The primary role is to identify risks and develop and implement permitting strategies for greenfield development projects and M&A opportunities, as well as to provide support for development leads, financing, operations and asset management, as directed.


  • 35% - Provide expertise and functional direction on overall environmental risk screening and assessment, and permitting risk, strategies, requirements and mitigations for both internal greenfield and potential M&A projects. Leads agency & NGO engagement and negotiations, scoping of data collection, permit preparation and submittals, and negotiation and resolution of complex permitting issues. Seeks creative strategies aligning regulatory requirements and internal best practices that meet EDFR’s core values while keeping in focus the commercial needs of the project.
  • 25% - Develops relationships with and represents EDF before key state, federal and local regulatory bodies, including environmental and energy siting boards. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of environmental policy, regulation and compliance that affect permitting and impacts on project siting and compliance.
  • 10% - Support project Final Investment Decisions by creating robust environmental and permitting risk evaluation documentation for senior management. Serve as the internal SME for responding to third party financing inquiries regarding environmental or permitting matters.
  • 10% - Participates in regional and national environmental forums on behalf of the industry, assisting in shaping environmental regulations and renewable energy policy. Interfaces with other in-house environmental professionals companywide to develop best practices and maintain a knowledge bank for traditional and nontraditional environmental permitting.
  • 5% - Support development and origination leads with project RFP responses by creating offtaker-facing environmental and permitting summaries and risk evaluations.
  • 5% - Develop a robust national network of environmental consulting firms and contractors for environmental studies and permit-related work. Coordinate engagement of consultants and scopes of with development team, including assisting with competitive solicitations from vendors.
  • 5% - Documents and coordinates implementation of regulatory compliance requirements up to and during construction of the project
  • 5% - Other duties as assigned (Do not delete from job description)
  • B.A. or B.S. in environmental science or environmental studies, environmental engineering, or closely related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience.
  • Extensive expertise with federal, state, and local permitting requirements and obtaining regulatory approvals. This can include work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, state wildlife agencies, state siting boards and PUCs, and other relevant state and county agencies, with preference to work completed in the energy industry.
  • Experience in collaborating with multiple sectors of a project team and managing environmental contractors.
  • Communication, verbal and writing skills are required; candidate shall be able to communicate professionally with appropriate detail.
  • Excellent negotiating skills with regulators and the public regarding the environmental permitting of land development projects.
  • Experience coordinating environmental efforts for multi-state linear projects.
  • Ability to multi-task; adapt quickly; work well under pressure, both in large teams and one-on-one; and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to analyze, organize, and interpret data from multiple sources and translate that information into direct, easy to understand written deliverables.
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully influence outcome with a high level of collaboration.
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