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Southern Company Specialist, (Sr.) Environmental in Atlanta, Georgia

Specialist, (Sr.) Environmental


The incumbent will work a hybrid schedule of 3 days in the office per week and business needs may necessitate a change in schedule.

Position Summary:

Southern Company Gas (SCG) is seeking an experienced Specialist, (Sr.) Environmental interested in environmental permitting of natural gas infrastructure projects in the Southeast US; mostly in Georgia and Tennessee. This position will assist with SCG’s Southern Operations including Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas Company business units. The applicant should have relevant environmental field survey, project siting, utility routing, and permitting experience, with the ability to lead and participate in a cross-functional team environment. The position provides the opportunity to use your environmental knowledge and skills to support complex projects, acquire permits, complete risk assessments, conduct due diligence, and advise multidisciplinary teams on environmental risk and permitting strategies.

Primary responsibilities include working closely with engineering/design teams, construction operations, environmental peers, construction contractors, and external consultants to help obtain and maintain compliance with all required federal, state, and local environmental licenses, permits, and approvals for construction and subsequent operation of the proposed facilities.

The candidate should demonstrate proficient knowledge and experience with biological field survey protocols, cultural resource studies, federal, state, and local permitting, risk assessments, due diligence, and agency coordination. Applicants with experience permitting projects with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404 permits), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation would be preferred.

Job Functions, Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Environmental siting, licensing, permitting, due diligence, and outreach support

  • Identification, management, and mitigation of environmental risk

  • Creative thinker with ability to recommend innovative solutions to environmental challenges

  • Experience with project planning, budget, and schedule management

  • Negotiations with federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agencies

  • Oversight of environmental field studies and consultants, including development/ management of vendor contracts / purchase orders /invoices; ensure sourcing processes comply with corporate procurement and financial policies

  • Effective and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to support multiple projects with multifaceted environmental and regulatory issues and assist in resolving complex environmental matters

  • Maintain current knowledge of, and ensure compliance with, pertinent federal, state, and local environmental policies and regulations as well as company policies

  • Translate regulations and permits into actionable tasks

  • Provide guidance on alternatives to minimize environmental impacts

  • Review, monitor, comment on, and effectively communicate business implications of emerging environmental legislation and regulations

  • Independent decision-making in a fast-pace environment, with minimal oversight

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, Engineering, or related field (Master’s preferred)

  • 4 years of directly relevant experience

  • Valid drivers license

  • Knowledge of environmental permitting and regulations

  • Oral and written communication skills as well as analysis, problem solving, compliance, leadership, and process efficiency skills

  • Knowledge and experience with construction storm water regulations and erosion control practices

  • Experience with wetland and stream determination and delineation surveys

Working Conditions

  • This position will be in an office and field environment. Project field visits are required during all types of weather (hot, cold, wet).

Disclaimer : This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Environmental & Forestry

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: ASC2000149