Natural Resources & Renewables Lead

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.     Summary The Natural Resources Lead/Renewables oversees the land associated with 14 hydro facilities including Ludington Pumped Storage.  This role ensures the Company is in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydro licenses including the land management plan.  Additionally, is unique in that it is one of a few that works through the development, construction, and operations of wind generation. This position will manage four employees:  CWEP Wind Land Manager, Gratiot Farms Wind Land Manager, Hydro Land Manager and Hydro Forester, and any future hires to support wind land management. Also will manage temporary wind land manager contractors hired to assist with construction.   Job Description/Responsibilities Manage all of the land associated with 13 river Hydros and the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant.  Manage approximately 16,000 acres including the Company's Hydro forestry and recreation assets. Regularly meet with FERC, USFS, MDNR, USFWS, and other local/State/Federal commissions and organizations.  Develop and manage all construction projects associated with recreation including contractor management and construction oversite. Implement and manage Hydro GIS/GPS systems, including forest inventory, webGIS, and all handheld devices. Represent land management as part of FERC relicensing of Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Manage the land resources, including leased recreation sites, timber, and the lease for the barrier net dock area with Oxy-Chem associated with the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Provide public relations, media, and marketing support for Hydro and develop Hydro related volunteer events. Manage all landowners for the Lake Winds Energy Park, Cross Winds Energy Park, and Gratiot Farms and potentially up to five more wind farms as part of the 2018 RFP for wind. Develop and manage current wind farm complaint process for both Lake Winds and Cross Winds Energy Park, and any process developed for new wind assets.  Propose and review all uses of landowner property and the parcels to be acquired for the development of specific facilitiesassociated with the wind farm (laydown, O&M building, and substation). Conduct allland management activities for Lake Winds Energy Park (CWEP and Gratiot handled by employee's managed by this position) including complete wind farm facility evaluation/landowner consent, crop damage evaluation/negotiation, and assist CE/EPC on all phases of wind farm development,construction, and operations.   Requirements/Qualifications 5 or more years of Natural Resources experience.  A Bachelor's degree in the applicable field of study.  Less than a Bachelor's degree may be acceptable if accompanied by extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance. Real Estate Salesperson License.   The following experience / skills may set you apart from other applicants: Higher level education / certification, including surveying experience. Previous supervisory experience.    Planning/Zoning, Federal, State, and Local Government experience.       Experience with FERC, USFS, DNR, and USFWS.   Essential Functions: The Natural Resources Lead/Renewables supports the planning, technical analysis, general management, negotiations, transactions, customer services and auditing of a wide variety of technical and business functions and technical processes of specific operating and support areas throughout the company. Duties will fluctuate between projects, departments and offices. Lead and/or assist with technical support for the plans, reports, impacts, contracts, schedules, estimates, data collection, observation, and field investigation. Provide technical, non-engineering support services with accuracy, on time and under budget. Use computer assisted applications software and equipment to prepare technical support documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard procedures for projects. Become familiar with business and technical plans and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately.  Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public.  Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders.  Attend internal and external meetings.  Provide technical support services in a legal and ethical manner.  Regular attendance is expected.
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Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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