Compliance Specialist

NAES Corp.

Roanoke Rapids, NC

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At NAES, you’ll find engaging and challenging career opportunities in the power generation, renewable energy and industrial construction industry. At every level of the company, we share a common goal: To instill confidence in our clients through our steadfast commitment to safety, integrity and quality of work.

NAES is the largest independent operator of power facilities in the industry, operating more than 190 power plants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the UK that span all technologies and provide over 50 GW of capacity. With the strength of 4000 people, our growing family of companies now addresses the entire life cycle of power generation and other industrial plants.

NAES is committed to supporting a culture with unique perspectives and backgrounds. We value individual differences in each other in an effort to create a brighter future in the power generation industry. We strive to attract and retain employees by offering an inclusive work environment, competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package (including retirement) and promotional opportunities.

Opportunity Summary

We are looking for someone who is passionate about maintaining compliance and environmental excellence in a power plant/regulatory environment. The ideal candidate will be able to spread their passion and enthusiasm to the rest of the team at the facility. This position manages the entire program for the site. Key responsibilities are focused on implementing and maintaining environmental activities for the facility and providing support in this area to plant management. 

Here's a look at some of the things you'll be doing:

  • Coordinate, oversee and implement daily environmental programs, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, local and site permit and regulatory requirements.  Maintain detailed knowledge of the permits and programs of the EPA, DEQ, and Dominion.  Serve as the site expert in those areas.  Ensure all activities related to environmental compliance are carried out correctly, on time, and accurately.  Maintain close and immediate communication with the plant management team and Dominion environmental personnel when irregularities arise.
  • Air permit reporting – in accordance with Title V permit requirements enforceable by NC DEQ and U.S. EPA, with responsibility of oversight of QA/QC activities, reviewing and compiling monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual air reports. Tasks include monitoring, recordkeeping, interpreting data and submitting reports on-time.
  • Wastewater program – maintain wastewater regulatory compliance requirements per Industrial User Permit (IUP). Tasks include coordination of discharge sampling and analyses, review of results, preparation of monthly DMRs, inspections, recordkeeping and updates to Slug/Spill Plan. 
  • Facility Response (FRP) and Spill prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans – manage facility’s oil management program as Environmental Coordinator role.  Maintain active oversight of operating procedures, control measures for spill control, discharge prevention and countermeasures, equipment inspection/testing and oil training requirements.  Communicate and coordinate with all internal parties on spill response and reporting. 
  • Perform duties related to handling hazardous materials and wastes in accordance with applicable regulations
  • Provide support to the Owner for interface with local environmental regulators to include preparing for and coordinating inspections, responding to information requests, supporting strategies for and negotiations of permit modifications and renewals, and preparing routing compliance reports and communications.
  • Maintain various facets of the company’s Environmental Compliance Tracking System (ECTS)
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Safety is a core value of NAES and as a condition of employment, all employees are expected to be mentally alert and work safely always.  Additionally, employees are required to adhere to all safety warnings and posted safety signs whenever on company property.  Furthermore, employees must follow all NAES safety rules and procedures.  Effectiveness in carrying out this responsibility is part of the evaluation of each employee’s performance.

Working Relationships

The Compliance Specialist reports to the Plant Manager and maintains a close working relationship with NAES corporate Environmental Support Services as well as Client corporate contacts.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Power plant environment. Physical requirements include standing for extended periods of time, stair and ladder climbing and lifting up to 50 pounds.  Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, fire resistant clothing, etc.).  Work with hazardous materials may be required.

Position will require extended working hours and varied shifts at times with the possibility of weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, workload and plant conditions.  Callouts will periodically be required.

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program.  This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post-employment random drug screening.  There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an environmental-related field preferred
  • Experience in environmental compliance for operating facilities is desired. This experience will preferably come from a power plant or power-related industry to understand plant operations so that opportunities to reduce environmental risks and costs can be aggressively sought and proposed.
  • A general knowledge of power plant operations is desired, including the interrelationship of environmental impacts and compliance with operation and maintenance functions
  • General knowledge of major environmental legislation involving air, water, hazardous materials and waste management with at least one specialized area of knowledge at the regulatory requirement level desired
  • Experience using continuous emissions monitoring (CEMS) software desired (Rosemary uses Stackvision)
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills and an ability to present facts, conclusions and recommendations in written communications, both in formal and informal formats
  • High proficiency in multiple Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong oral communication skills are essential. Key point-of-contact for meeting with regulators during compliance visits. Must be able to deliver training material in a manner that is easily understood by participants.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a record of building consensus among internal and external parties
  • Ability to perform and manage multiple varied tasks in an industrial environment and to identify and analyze potentially complex compliance risks promptly
  • Valid driver's license required


NAES is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law.