Openings at National Grid Renewables

Permitting Associate

Job Title
Permitting Associate
Job ID
Bloomington,  MN 55437
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National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, is a leading North American renewable energy company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located in the regions where it develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects. As a farmer-friendly and community focused company, National Grid Renewables develops projects for corporations and utilities that seek to repower America’s electricity grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable future. National Grid Renewables is part of the competitive, unregulated Ventures division of National Grid and has a portfolio of solar, wind, and energy storage projects located throughout the United States in various stages of development, construction and operation.

National Grid Renewables develops high value, competitive renewable energy projects. Our focus on communities and farmers means it’s not just about projects, but about the people we work with, both outside and inside our organization. National Grid Renewables Team Members embody our foundational culture of being entrepreneurial, creative, and nimble and take pride in supporting National Grid’s vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future for all.

Position Description
National Grid Renewables is seeking a Permitting Associate to prepare/obtain and ensure compliance with land use, environmental, and construction related permits for utility-scale solar and wind projects. This role will cover all stages of environmental planning and analysis for development projects, ranging from initial greenfield site diligence through environmental surveys and acquisition of any required federal, state, or local permits.

  • Assist land-use and environmental permitting processes, including:
    • Researching and understanding local, state and federal laws
    • Manage/prepare permit applications
    • Representing National Grid Renewables at stakeholder meetings
    • Assist with local law/code amendment processes
  • Manage environmental review and permitting processes including wetland, endangered species, and archaeological/cultural
  • Obtain proposals for environmental surveys, manage consultants providing technical support, review deliverables
  • Track and schedule permit tasks and provide regular updates to manager and project team
  • Assist with preparation of project budgets
  • Conduct site review of greenfield sites to inform project planning
  • Support project mapping and planning
  • Provide support through project financing and construction to ensure permit compliance
  • Develop and support project planning initiatives

  • B.A., B.S., in environmental studies or closely related field
  • 1-3 years of environmental permitting experience
  • Familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act, permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, and state Public Utility Commissions preferred  
  • Familiarity with state and local government processes, including zoning
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment in both team and individual settings
  • Must be flexible and detail-oriented with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Up to 20% travel required
  • Experience with the following software:
    • Microsoft programs
    • ESRI ArcMap
    • Google Earth Pro

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
  • Renewable energy development experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish effective working relationships and articulate issues and subject matter to process owners while being a team player
  • Skills/Attributes:
    • Strong writing skills
    • Achievement driven
    • Energetic
    • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects
    • Loyal and committed to the organization
    • Pursuit of personal growth
  • Advanced degree

The position offers a competitive salary plus performance-based bonuses. A strong benefit package is also offered including health and dental insurance, as well as disability and life insurance. 
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference check, a background check. National Grid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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