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Land Planner-ESC-Fresno

I'm Interested Date posted 01/13/2021

Requisition ID # 75165 

Job Category : Real Estate / Facilities 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Shared Services

Job Location : Fresno

Department Overview

Land and Environmental is focused on protecting and managing PG&E’s land rights and rights-of-way (ROW), environmental permitting, and compliance by engaging our employees to better understand our clients' businesses and provide superior customer service. Aligning our operations and team with the client organizations we support with: planning, execution and overall service delivery.

The Land and Environmental Management, Long Cycle team is responsible for providing land and environmental support to the Company’s electric transmission lines.  We establish goals related to safety, customer service, affordability, land management and environmental compliance that require a collaborative, cross-functional effort of employees across the company. Together, we will become the leading corporate services organization and the leading utility in U.S.

Land and Environmental is focused on protecting and managing PG&E’s land rights and rights-of-way (ROW), environmental permitting, and compliance by engaging our employees to better understand our clients' businesses and provide superior customer service. Aligning our operations and team with the client organizations we support with: planning, execution and overall service delivery.

The Land and Environmental Management, Long Cycle team is responsible for providing land and environmental support to the Company’s electric transmission lines.  We establish goals related to safety, customer service, affordability, land management and environmental compliance that require a collaborative, cross-functional effort of employees across the company. Together, we will become the leading corporate services organization and the leading utility in U.S.

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Position Summary

This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.

The Land Planner is responsible for providing land-related technical project support for the construction, operation, and maintenance of PG&E facilities. Some of those responsibilities include, but are not limited to: acquisition of routine governmental permits and ensure ESA/CESA compliance for PG&E projects; under the direction of senior staff, is responsible for the land component of regulatory filings; ensures electric transmission projects are in compliance with CPUC’s G.O. 131-d, including the preparation and filing of Notices of Construction (NOC); perform routing and siting; ensure FERC license compliance; develop and monitor land-related project budgets and schedules; perform recreation facility operation and maintenance; perform property management of hydroelectric watershed lands; negotiate the acquisition of essential permits and clearances from regulatory agencies; research and analyze public records and regulatory requirements; present projects to the public via information programs or public hearings; analyze local development plans and policies for impacts to PG&E operations; provides guidance, technical direction, and legal liaison to local Land Service offices.

This Land Planner position will be a part of the Land & Environmental Management Wildfire Response team focusing on hardening our distribution Facilities and supporting the vegetation management along our Transmission and Distribution electric facilities.

Job Responsibilities

1. Permitting/Notifications: Obtain all permits and clearances required for the construction, operation and maintenance of PG&E’s facilities. Contribute to the development of project descriptions. Coordinate cultural and ES studies for permit acquisition and work with ES to develop protection and mitigation measures. Work with revegetation contractor and Construction to implement permit conditions. Acquire permissions from landowners or coordinate with R/W Agents to negotiate for new rights. Work with Land Engineering for survey and document preparation. During and upon project completion, ensure permit conditions have been met.

2.Regulatory Filings: Under the direction of senior staff, may be required to; support environmental, land engineering, and acquisition teams responsible for completing land component of CPUC/CEQA compatible filings for electric and gas transmission construction projects; negotiate project scope of work with the project sponsor or project manager; prepare contract Specifications and/or Request for Proposals (RFP) to contract the performance of environmental studies, investigations, and preparation of the Proponents Environmental Assessment (PEA) for inclusion with PG&E's application to the CPUC; monitor the work of the Consultant.

3. Review and Compliance: Review routine gas and electric projects in regards to permitting issues and/or ESA/CESA and cultural resource compliance. As necessary, coordinate ESA/CESA studies and recommendations with ES. Review routine electric transmission projects to ensure compliance with GO 131-D, including the preparation and filing of Notice of Constructions (NOC).

4.Routing and Siting: Under the direction of senior staff, perform routing and siting for new/relocated PG&E gas and electric transmission facilities. Includes identification of corridors appropriate for installation of new facilities, siting of fee property acquisitions, compatibility with local land uses, engineering requirements, environmental constraints, public concerns, and development of land project schedules and cost estimates. Under the guidance of senior staff, consults with Technical Services clients such as, but not limited to, General Construction, CGT, Transmission Engineering, Transmission Planning, Hydro Generation, and Law Department to determine the appropriate level of

Technical Services involvement.

5. FERC Compliance: Ensure compliance with FERC License conditions in all matters related to recreation, land rights and land management. This includes unauthorized uses within the FERC boundary or Hydro fee lands, boat dock management, leases and licenses, new developments, negotiations with property owners and governmental agencies. Provide recreation operation and maintenance management for improvements within the FERC boundary through contract management and coordination with Hydro. Ensure all public facilities are safe for the general public and comply with the FERC license and the recreation contract. Monitor watershed lands for the protection of significant and sensitive cultural and natural resources.

6.Research and Analysis: Research and analyze PG&E and public records to assess land rights, land uses, and constraints; regulatory jurisdictions; local, state, and federal permit requirements; develop strategies to mitigate public concerns regarding the construction, operation, and maintenance of PG&E facilities. Provide assistance to Real Estate Strategy relative to local approvals required for the sale or purchase of PG&E property. Extrapolation of Hydro Lands information to satisfy information requests from the Land Stewardship Council. (I thought we had agreed to remove)

7.Land Rights: Investigate, provide guidance, technical direction and legal liaison to LSO staff on land issues. Ensure adherence to company policy regarding development and uses within the FERC boundaries. Represent the company at public meetings regarding company policies.

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • BA/BS with emphasis in Land Use/Environmental Planning, Recreation Management, Business or related resource field or the equivalent in education or experience
  • Applied knowledge of CEQA/NEPA and the CESA/ESA, FERC and other resource laws

Desired:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong team-building and facilitation skills
  • Strong organization skills; goal oriented, ability to manage concurrent responsibilities
  • Familiarity with CPUC G.O. 131-d compliance

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