Permitting Specialist


Job Summary:

Responsible for evaluating federal, state, local, and railroad permitting requirements and gaining permits for utility, projects.

Supervisory Responsibilities:



  • Provide support to ongoing and new development projects focused on, but not limited to, permitting and regulatory needs.
  • Research federal, state, local and railroad authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for utility installations to confirm permit requirements for public right-of-way and private easements.
  • Read and interpret surveys, plats, property descriptions, deeds, etc.
  • Obtain third party consents for various infrastructure development, renewable energy, telecommunications, and other rights-of-way projects.
  • Responsible, with limited supervision, to ensure effective administration and control of all third party/crossing documentation including the management of renewals and expiries.
  • Track permit statuses, key milestone dates and related metadata.
  • Maintain project line lists and databases.
  • Obtain and manage receipt of third party consents as part of third party programs.
  • Form and maintain strong, professional relationships with permitting authorities.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent negotiating skills with regulators and the public regarding permitting of land development projects
  • Perform multiple tasks with a strict and complete deadline, successfully
  • Create relationships with permitting jurisdictions
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact across multiple business units and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong documentation, file management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and meet critical deadlines and timelines
  • Ability to interpret survey/construction plans, maps and legal descriptions
  • Valid Driver’s license – required

Education and Experience:

  • Degree in engineering technology, science, or any other degree, specialized training, or experience, that makes the individual uniquely qualified to perform the job responsibilities (preferred)
  • In lieu of Degree – High School/GED and 2 years of related work experience
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS and AutoCAD applications
  • Experience in interfacing with national and local agencies
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and submitting compliance reports
  • Experience obtaining regulatory approvals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and State Historic Preservation Office.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Vision to allow prolonged periods of computer work
  • Vision to allow differences in colors, shades and brightness
  • Light to moderate lifting is required
  • Must be able to tolerate moderate noise (business office with computers, phones, printers, and light traffic)
  • Must be able to traverse all necessary terrain at a job site
  • Must be able to ride in a vehicle up to four hours to travel to and from job sites.
  • Must be able to work in different temperatures and changing weather conditions.
  • Must be able to traverse and inspect all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching.
  • Exposure to characteristic construction site dangers.