EHS Compliance and Permitting Specialist

Kinder Morgan
June 12, 2021
Houston, TX
Job Type


Position Description

Responsible for supporting the compliance of water and waste programs associated with
federal, state, and local regulations as well as Company requirements across multiple
natural gas transmission, gathering, treating, and associated pipeline facilities
in east Texas and northwest Louisiana. Focus on waste and water compliance
management, SPCC, non-hazardous/hazardous waste management, and Tier 2
reporting. *Position job title will be assigned, depending on the qualifications, skill sets and experience of the successful candidate.*

Position Requirements

  • Timely and accurate compliance reporting to include, but not limited to compliance monitoring for water permits, permitting renewals, regulatory reporting, preparation and submission of Discharge Monitoring  Reports (DMRs), auditing compliance with policies and procedures, recordkeeping,  and regulatory rule/regulation tracking.
  • Assists with the implementation of compliance programs, procedures, and policies associated with federal, state, and local water and waste regulations.
  • Actively participate in the development of permitting strategies and their implementation. This includes storm water permits and development of SPCC and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans.
  • Maintain effective contact with all levels of employees, management and applicable Federal, State, and Local regulatory agencies and consultants.
  • Provide oversight to field personnel conducting water sampling and waste management activities.
  • Provide internal consulting and support to operations, engineering and management staff, providing prompt and efficient response to Operations personnel requests.
  • Maintain a periodic field presence including conducting site inpections, training, and verifying compliance.
  • Periodically conduct and document third party waste disposal company audits to determine acceptable use by the Company.
  • Carry a company cell phone and be on call 24/7, within assigned geographic operations area, and as necessary to support peers.
  • Act as the environmental liaison/coordinator during emergency response incidents. Make necessary spill and release notifications to appropriate state and federal agencies
  • Assist in analyzing and evaluating compliance issues related to operations and develop/implement corrective action to resolve potential problems.
  • Coordinate and participate in periodic EH&S assessments, inspections, and audits. In addition, participate in incident investigations and support the preparation of relevant documentation.
  • Must accept supervision and work cooperatively with others.
  • Participate in budget development, cost tracking and forecasting of EHS cost centers and responsibilities.
  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Environmental Studies, natural science or closely related field is required. 
  • A minimum of 5 years (10+ years for Senior) of previous successful work experience in an environmental compliance position (consulting, industry or agency) is required. Previous experience in the midstream, gas processing, or pipeline industry is preferred.
  • Must demonstrate an advanced working knowledge of water and waste regulations. 
  • Experience in compliance with environmental permits, spill prevention plans (SPCC), storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP), and plan development is required.
  • Candidate must be able to interface effectively with governmental agencies, third parties, and contractors.
  • A high level of technical skill (including mathematical calculations, pollution control theory, and interpretation of analytical analysis) is required, including the ability to be innovative and creative while utilizing technical resources to address complex compliance issues related to liquid petroleum transfer and storage.
  • Potentially, must meet the criteria to obtain and maintain a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) as required by the United States Coast Guard-Department of Homeland Security regulations.
  • Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license and must maintain a satisfactory driving record as determined by the Company.

Competencies, skills, and abilities:

  • Clearly communicate orally and in writing in English.
  • Must be proficient in the use of computer and applications (Microsoft Office, database, and internet search engines).
  • Ability to perform job duties with little or no supervision.
  • Proven ability to be an independent thinker and creative problem solver.
  • Ability to work under pressure, at a fast pace, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with regulatory agencies and peers and managers with self-confidence, poise, and professionalism.
  • Successful completion of background check and drug screen upon job offer.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand; walk, sit, ascend/descend stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects and manipulate analytical meters;   reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

  • Position can be based in Houston, TX or may be located within east Texas operations. Travel to assigned facilities 25-40%.
  • Position is generally assigned a daytime schedule but may be required to work extended hours to include nights and weekends.
  • Must be available for 24 hour call-in to support Emergency Responses.
  • Tasks are performed indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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