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Environmental Specialist

Vacancy Number: 20921
Location: Lake Charles
Date Posted: May 16, 2018

Environmental Specialist – Lake Charles, LA


The Environmental Specialist is a contract individual that reports directly to the Environmental Manager and will support the HSSE Department.  Under general supervision, implements programs, policies, procedures and processes in support of client’s environmental strategies, including but not limited to: chemical and hazardous waste management, pollution prevention and waste minimization, permitting assistance, air, water and waste compliance issues, aspects of environmental management systems, and assistance with other general environmental tasks. Also, maintains good working knowledge of a wide variety of environmental regulations and issues, as well as proposed changes. The Environmental Specialist is responsible for performing environmental tasks to ensure efficient and accurate reporting and compliance with the various federal, state and local regulatory requirements in-support of the LNG Facility.  Other duties may include conducting training and assisting in auditing, providing technical advice to operations/maintenance, assisting in the preparation of presentations and technical reports, as well as interpretation of data.


Possess a general understanding of LNG (or other cryogenic hydrocarbon liquids) transportation, storage and processing including safety, environmental, maintenance, operations, governmental regulations and associated codes and standards. Familiarity with environmental, designs and specifications, and requirements/regulations to develop and operate LNG facilities.  Understand the various applicable Federal, state and local environmental laws, regulations, codes, standards, and permits required to develop and operate an LNG terminal, including but not limited to:  DOT, OSHA, USCG, NFPA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Natural Gas Act, RCRA, EPCRA, SARA reporting, SPCC, CERCLA TSCA, and participation in emergency response planning, techniques and reporting.


1.            Assist the Environmental Manager with accomplishing various tasks related to environmental permitting, routine inspections, and participating in and overseeing environmental information documentation to facilitate the operations and/or environmental projects related to an LNG facility.

2.            Monitor, audit, and prepare reports to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, permit conditions, site-specific conditions, requirements, policies or other authorizing documents required by Federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

3.            Conduct, collect, and oversee environmental permitting, testing and data collection for air, water and waste required to comply with any and all Federal, state and local environmental regulatory development and/or operational permits and conditions/requirements.

4.            Interface with Federal, state and local agencies, and assist with the communication and coordination of company activities including field visits, and environmental inspections with federal, state, and local agencies and outside organizations.

5.            Audit and assist with the management of environmental files at the LNG terminal.  Document and report environmental conditions to HSSE Director as needed or as requested for environmental performance.

6.            Support clean-up and mitigation efforts involving spills/releases to the environment and may perform initial notifications to Regulatory Agencies.

7.            Participate in investigations of environmental incidents, and root cause analysis of environmental issues.

8.            Update management on any deviations related to permit conditions or environmental performance for the LNG facility. Seek continuous improvement in alignment with corporate and facility performance goals.

9.            Support data entry in Company Compliance Management System and assists in development and maintenance of other sustainability programs as requested.

10.          Participate in planning and execution of work events that are unusual or have a high potential for environmental impacts.

11.          Evaluate and identify Federal, state and local permit requirements and assist in the development and execution of permits and/or execution strategy.  Assist with the review and oversight of all new regulatory initiatives ensuring compliance with existing regulations.  Assist with the review of major capital projects and other projects to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.



1.            Education and Certifications:  Bachelor Degree preferred in Applied Science, Engineering, Environmental Science or other equivalent education, with no less than five (5) years of progressive experience in environmental compliance.

2.            Experience: Minimum of five years of environmental or regulatory compliance experience.  Experience in Water and Waste compliance preferred.


a.            Strong leadership and administrative abilities are required of the Environmental Specialist.

b.            Familiar with Local, State, and Federal Environmental and Regulatory permitting.

c.             Knowledge of water/waste reporting and management and/or have the ability to learn and obtain necessary skill/knowledge requirements within timeframe designated by management.

d.            Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 

e.            Organized and able to manage multiple activities and programs timely and with a high degree of accuracy. 

f.             Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills. 

g.            Current knowledge of Federal, state and local environmental laws, policies and issues.

h.            Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite consisting of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

4.            Must maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in good standing status.


There are no direct reports. However, the Environmental Specialist is considered a leading role model in setting the company’s environmental, culture and developing similar environmental consciousness in all employees.


The Environmental Specialist has a high degree of aptitude in their field and requires moderate supervision.  The Environmental Specialist shall be empowered to recommend corrective actions as needed and will document the corrective actions that may have violated company policy or laws and regulations pursuant to facility regulatory requirements, permits or authorizations.


•             Must be willing to travel to/from off-site facilities a minimum of 15 percent of time for day trips to the corporate office or offsite training. 

•             While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, work at height above ground on stairs and catwalks, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear, smell, type and write.

•             Must be able to board a ship via a gangway, climb to the top of a tank (200+ steps), scale vertical steel ladder up to forty feet or more in height, and lift and move objects weighting up to 30 pounds.

•             While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work indoors and outdoors, and exposed to year around weather conditions, ocean environment, noise, and occasionally process gases and vapors.

•             Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

•             Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations or as required.

Competentia is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or regulation.

Competentia, participates in E-Verify as required by law.

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