Senior Environmental Specialist – Cultural Resources

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At SDG&E, we are committed to the community we call home, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people we serve in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our commitment means 40% of the energy that SDG&E delivers to customers comes from renewable sources, exceeding California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. We are modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure safe and reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. Learn more about our commitment to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy HERE.

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Primary Purpose:

Provide a high-level of cultural resource environmental guidance and support to internal clients, peers, project teams and executive management to protect cultural resources and meet compliance and operational objectives. Cultural resources (i.e., pieces of pottery, stone tools, bones, human remains, rock drawings, historic buildings) may be found during company projects that involve trenching, grading, ground disturbance, replacing equipment on a line or during vegetation management work. Review and assess projects for potential impacts and permitting. Advocate the company position with government agencies to provide flexibility to company operations while meeting environmental compliance requirements. Routinely analyze and interpret existing and proposed legislation and regulatory requirements affecting company operations in collaboration with the law department when needed. Develop strategies to mitigate the impact to company operations. Develop compliance programs, procedures, trainings and presentations to support business objectives to ensure compliant operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts analysis of potential cultural resources impacts to existing and proposed company operations. Acts independently managing multiple jobs/projects concurrently providing technical support for environmental impacts to projects, development of permits, reports and related environmental standards and technical training materials. Identifies, provides justification for and implement short and long term strategic solutions for existing processes. As needed, develop new processes.
  • Provides a high level of technical expertise on cultural resource management compliance requirements to support peers, internal business partners and executive management involved in company projects. Develops strategies (i.e., develop scope of work; financial forecast, manage consultants) to minimize impacts to SDG&E’s project work schedule and financial goals. Develops and provides relevant training to support compliant operations.
  • Reviews, conducts research, interprets, monitors and prepares an analysis of existing and/or proposed federal, state and local regulations and pending legislation in collaboration with the law department when necessary on issues related to cultural and archeology compliance to prevent lost revenues, unfavorable regulatory decisions or operational delays.
  • Collaborates and negotiates directly with regulatory, jurisdictional and permitting agencies (i.e., Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of Defense (DoD), US Forest Service, California Public Utilities Commission, California State Parks and Local Municipalities) and Native American Tribes on projects, permits, and various types of plans, reports, agency inspections, and other compliance issues as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned (no more than 5% of duties).


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management or closely related field.
  • 5 years – Experience and a demonstrated history of increasing responsibility work in cultural resources. 
  • Experience in preparing and obtaining discipline specific permits. 
  • Experience leading complex projects with multiple discipline team members. 
  • Experience preparing and authoring plans and reports to meet cultural resource compliance requirements.
  • Requires a thorough knowledge of related environmental or scientific disciplines.
  • Must have advanced project management and leadership skills and be extremely thorough in; identifying, analyzing, and evaluating all potential financial, environmental and operational impacts of projects and regulations on company operations.
  • Requires the ability to anticipate and/or recognize complex problems and propose innovative and strategic solutions using the most current physical and environmental planning concepts and technologies.
  • A thorough understanding of federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Equally adept at working independently/autonomously (with little oversight and/or support) or as part of a team or group.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and multi-tasking skills to manage and/or participate in multiple projects, often simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills to interact with clients, consultants, subject matter experts, legal, and regulatory inspectors/agencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communications, including briefing/presentation skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office and other standard software programs.
  • Proficient in (or able to quickly learn and use) different compliance software, emissions databases, and/or reporting tools.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree, Archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management or closely related field. 
  • Some knowledge of Historic Architecture is desired.
  • Experience collaborating and coordinating with Government Agencies and Native American Tribes and representatives. 
  • Experience working with ArcGIS and Esri mapping software. 
  • Experience developing or implementing cultural resources sections of CEQA/NEPA documents is desirable.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification by the Register of Professional Archaeologist (RPA) is desired.
  • Must meet or exceed the Secretary of Interiors’ Qualifications Standards for Archaeology and Historical Preservation.
  • California Driver’s License


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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