Southern Company Environmental Assessment & Permitting Engineer / Specialist - Air Quality in Birmingham, Alabama

Environmental Assessment & Permitting Engineer / Specialist - Air Quality


Southern Power is a premiere wholesale energy provider with one of the nation’s largest renewable energy portfolios. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, as the company is rapidly growing and evolving. With 46 facilities operating or under construction across 11 states, this position is critical to supporting Southern Power’s continued growth. The position is responsible for providing project management leadership and air permitting technical support during the evaluation, selection and development of new build sites. Other responsibilities may include performing environmental due diligence work on project acquisitions. The successful candidate must be capable of managing the air feasibility, modeling, and permitting scope of a capital project, which includes managing consultants, securing air permits, and developing relationships with the agencies.

Major Job Responsibilities Includes

  • Conduct due diligence for proposed new build projects, which includes overseeing the initial air feasibility study, modeling and permit strategy development

  • Identify and mitigate air permitting risks and operational risks for potential gas build opportunities

  • Oversee and obtain air permits for proposed new build projects, including emissions quantification, control technology evaluations, air quality analyses and modeling, and compliance assurance

  • Provide air permitting technical review, support, and guidance to Generation Siting team

  • Manage/coordinate consultants to conduct air studies and prepare air permit applications

  • Develop and manage regulatory relationships

  • Develop effective working relationships across all SPC departments

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply!


  • Bachelor degree from accredited institution required (engineering or other relevant scientific discipline)


  • Three to five years of experience in air quality engineering and regulations in a consulting, industrial, or agency setting in the following areas:

  • New source review (PSD and non-attainment)

  • Air emission control technology (BACT and LAER) reviews

  • Emissions Inventory

  • Title V or operating permits

  • Experience with air modeling is a plus

  • Understanding of federal and state air quality regulations and policies as well as emerging regulatory programs

  • Experience with gas-fired "electricity" generating facilities is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to concurrently manage numerous tasks on multiple projects

  • Strong customer focus with the ability to find optimal solutions to complex issues

  • Exceptional analytical, strategic thinking/planning, problem-solving skills

  • Ability to take initiative to proactively solve problems and persistently manage the process until successful outcome is achieved

  • Excellent teamwork with strong organizational and communication skills

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. #LI Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Power

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2006723