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Regulatory Specialist Lead

Seattle  WA

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At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.


We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.


Primary Responsibilities

HDR currently has an opening for a Hydropower Regulatory Specialist and Assistant Team Lead to join our Pacific Northwest team.


HDR currently has an opening for a Hydropower Regulatory Specialist to join our Pacific Northwest team to act in a team leadership role and serve in a Project Manager or Deputy Project Manager role on projects. Do you want to work with a collaborative, hard-working team dedicated to long-term clients and challenging projects? Come work with our experienced team of hydropower and environmental professionals to support clients in hydropower licensing.

This position will be a part of delivering HDR's regulatory and FERC licensing services for hydropower projects regionally and nationally. The candidate shall be able to provide project management of small to mid-size environmental and regulatory projects and function as a task or study lead on larger, complex projects.

We are looking for a candidate that is team oriented, client focused, and flexible.  This person will play a key role in supporting project managers in coordinating internally and workload planning for the overall team. Our team members are strategic advisors and technical reviewers, coordinating all technical and regulatory components of the FERC licensing process for consistency with overall strategic direction and client needs. Activities include preparation for, and participation in, regulatory agency and public meetings/hearings as required by the various permit/approval processes and client coordination, agency consultation, and follow-up.


This person will work in partnership with the team lead to provide direction and operational support for a team of 10 and will be directly responsible for developing, mentoring, and supervising 2-4 staff. 


An ideal candidate would have experience with federal, state and local permitting. Experience with FERC hydropower licensing is required.


A candidate with demonstrated experience as a deputy PM or technical lead and enthusiasm to serve in a supervisory and mentoring role is preferred. Strong communication skills, superior technical writing, and ability to work with staff in multiple office locations are necessary.


Knowledge of the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest preferred.


Preferred location is Washington - Seattle or Idaho – Coeur d’Alene. Other locations with HDR offices may be considered, including Idaho – Boise, Washington-Bellevue, Washington-Spokane, or Oregon - Portland.


Required Qualifications  

Master’s degree in environmental science, planning, policy, natural resource management, recreation planning, shoreline management, hydrology, engineering, or related field is strongly preferred.


BA/BS degree will be considered with demonstrated work experience at equivalent level. 


A minimum of 5 years of relevant environmental permitting and/or project/team management experience is required, with at least 3 years of experience with FERC hydropower licensing or compliance. Candidates with senior level FERC project and team management experience are also highly encouraged to apply.


Candidates will need to travel for specific project assignments. Amount of travel dependent upon office location.



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. 


 At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.


USA: We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law. 


CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.


AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.


At HDR, health and safety matters.

  • For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy 

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Please apply at: https://hdr.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=146786&lang=en#.W0eUXWZAW3g.link

Posted July 12, 2018

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