Initially as the project advances through various federal and state permit processing phases, the Senior Environmental Engineer is to perform a variety of technical work associated with the processing of the federal and state permits as well as serving as a positive Company representative in the mine area that maintains company standards when work is being conducted as project site and continues to develop constructive relationships in the surrounding mine communities. As the project moves through permit approvals and into construction and toward operational start-up, the focus of the role will be to support the establishment of standard environmental operating procedures.
The role will initially be located in the company office in Reno while permits are being processed and approved. The role then moves to the mine site area as construction progresses toward operational start-up.
Examples of day-to-day responsibilities during permit processing:
– Work with environmental consulting organizations to prepare various studies, maintaining an understanding of status, ensuring quality of work, supporting the consultant to ensure quality completion.
– Handling federal and state inquiries concerning permits that have been submitted so as company responses are thorough, timely and consistent.
– Using a hands-on approach, be the company representative when work is taking place at the project site. This contemplates establishing clear standards and expectations of contract organizations for their work execution on site and in the community. This responsibility will grow as permit and final investment decisions are being concluded.
– Maintain positive relations on a day-to-day basis with local area leaders, such that positive relations are maintained and enhanced and set-up senior leaders for success when they visit the area.
As the project becomes operational:
– Establish onsite environmental operating procedures in the areas of;
o Collection of environmental samples and data for compliance.
o Weekly and quarterly environmental inspections (i.e. waste and storm water inspection)
o Updating and maintaining plans, permits and standard operating procedures
o Analysis of lab data, quality-control checks, environmental databases
o Establishing environmental support systems.
o Quarterly water pollution control permit reports.
o Environmental training plans and conduct training for employees, contractors and visitors to the mine site.
o Ability to respond to site for environmental incidents if needed.
– Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Mine Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science required. –
– Excellent verbal, written, presentation and interpersonal skills required.
– Strong organizational skills required.
– At least 5 years of experience working at an operating mine preferred.
– Potable Water Certification and water sampling is a plus.
– Air Quality experience with Class II Operating Permit and Class I Mercury Operating Permit preferred.
– Water sampling experience preferred.
– Hazwoper, RCRA and DOT certifications for waste inspections and disposals preferred.
– Ability to lift 40 pounds, walk on uneven, sloped, wet and icy grounds consistently and safely.
– Expected to wear Personal Protective Equipment as needed in active mining areas.
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