Senior Land Planner-ESC (San Ramon)

Location
San Ramon, California
Salary
Competitive
Posted
11 Jan 2017
Closes
15 Jan 2017
Ref
53921557-E01
Sector
Oil and Gas
Category
Sales/Marketing
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursuesand hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status,marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Environmental Management Team includes a staff ofapproximately 300 land managers, surveyors, land rights and acquisition specialists, resource scientists, and environmental planners.
Our goal is to ensure that PG&E's lands are well-managed and our property rights are protected, that we work closely withstate and federal regulators to protect the unique landscapes and environmental resources found on these properties, and that we acquire and comply with all environmental permits required to conduct activities on these properties. Our work requires close integrationbetween our team of planners, land specialists, and environmental scientists, as well as with law and environmental policy and the gas, electric, and generation lines of business we support.

Position Summary

This job is represented by Engineersand Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective
bargaining.

The Senior Land Planner is responsible for providing land-related technical project support for the construction, operation, and maintenance of PG&E facilities,typically working on projects of a more complex nature. As a senior member of multi-disciplinary project teams, the position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following: provide technical support for FERC relicensing, recreation facility operation andmaintenance, perform property management of hydroelectric watershed lands, and license compliance for PG&E hydroelectric facilities; perform feasibility studies and ensure ESA/CESA compliance and cultural resource compliance for complex gas and electricprojects; perform routing and siting for PG&E facilities; develop and monitor land-related project budgets and schedules; support land project teams responsible for the land component of regulatory filings; perform environmental assessments of projectalternatives; negotiate the acquisition of complicated or sensitive permits and clearances from regulatory agencies; research and analyze PG&E/public records to develop strategies for the construction, operation, and maintenance of PG&E facilities; presentprojects to the public via information programs or public hearings; provide guidance, technical direction, and legal liaison to LSO staff on land issues; and analyze federal and state legislation and local development plans and policies for impacts on PG&Eoperations; monitor the work of contractors.

Qualifications

Minimum:

- BA/BS with emphasis in Land Use/Environmental Planning, Land Surveying, Business, Recreation Management or related resource field, or the equivalent in educationand/or experience.
- If qualifying education is not in Land/Environmental Planning the candidate shall have successfully completed the core courses for the Land Use and Environmental Planning certificate program or equivalent in content and hours of continuingeducation courses or seminars; or possess a certificate in Land/Environmental Planning; or have an AICP certification; or PLS License.
- Minimum thirty months experience in Land Planning, Environmental Analysis, Resource
Management or equivalent.

Desired:

- Applied knowledge of CEQA/NEPA and the CESA/ESA, FERC and other resource laws.
- 10 years' experience in Land Planning, Environmental Analysis, Resource Management or
equivalent.
- Certificate from a Land Use /EnvironmentalPlanning program, AICP certification, or California
PLS license.
- Experience with gas pipeline permitting
- Strong written and oral communication skills; strong team-building and facilitation skills; strong
organization skills; goal oriented,ability to manage concurrent responsibilities.

Responsibilities

- Routing/Siting and Feasibility Studies: Lead role in the routing and siting for new/relocated PG&E gas and electric transmission facilities and fee properties. Assumes leadrole in the development of alternatives for siting and locating electric and gas transmission facilities utilizing environmental and regulatory planning documentation and consultation with local planning agencies. Perform necessary studies to incorporate engineeringrequirements, environmental constraints, public concerns, and existing and proposed land uses into an alternative site analysis. Develop alternative site costs and schedules and evaluate site risks including anticipated regulatory approval processes andtimelines.
- Regulatory Filings: Assemble and lead environmental, land engineering, and acquisition teams responsible for completing land component of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) filings forelectric and gas transmission construction projects. Negotiate project scope of work with the project sponsor or project manager. Prepare contract specifications or Request for Proposals (RFP) to contract environmental studies, investigations, and preparation of theProponents Environmental Assessment (PEA). Monitor the work of the Consultant. Coordinate the preparation of the PEA with the regulatory attorney and prepare filing on behalf of PG&E for submission to the CPUC. Conduct public meetings and participate as awitness in public hearings at the CPUC. Meet with local, state, and federal government representatives to communicate project justification. Negotiate conditions and clearances in support of the PEA and filing with the CPUC. Responsible for cost and schedule of theland project team.
- Permitting/Notifications: Acquire complex discretionary permits and clearances required for the construction, operation, and maintenance of PG&E's gas and electric transmission facilities. Coordinate cultural and ES studies for permitacquisition and work with ES to develop protection and mitigation measures. Negotiate permit conditions with agencies to ensure that the most cost and time effective solutions are attained for PG&E projects. Includes developing and implementing publicinformation programs appropriate for each agency application. Secure permissions from landowners and/or coordinate with R/W Agents for the acquisition of new land rights. Coordinate survey and document preparation with Land Engineering. During construction andafter project completion, ensure permit conditions have been met. Coordinate and monitor the work of contractors acquiring permits.
- Review and Compliance: Review complex gas and electric projects in regards to permitting
issues and/or environmentalcompliance. As necessary, coordinate environmental studies and
recommendations with environmental specialists. Review complex electric transmission projects to
ensure compliance with GO 131-D, including the preparation and filing of Notice ofConstructions
(NOC). As necessary, consults with Law Department regarding GO 131-D compliance.
- Research and Analysis: Research and analyze PG&E and public records to assess land rights,
land uses, and constraints, regulatory jurisdictions, andlocal, state, and federal permit
requirements. Develop strategies to mitigate public concerns regarding the construction, operation,
and maintenance of PG&E facilities. Provide assistance to Real Estate Strategy relative to local
approvalsrequired for the sale and purchase of PG&E properties.
- Miscellaneous: Consults with Technical Services clients such as, but not limited to, General Construction, CGT, Transmission Engineering, Transmission Planning, ISTS, Hydro Generation, and LawDepartment to determine the appropriate level of Technical Services involvement. May be required to provide expert guidance and technical direction and legal liaison to local Land Service Offices. May perform the duties of lower classifications.