Environmental Scientist

Date: Nov 24, 2023

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96817

Company: hawaiianel

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Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.


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The P JA ADMINISTRATION Department of the P ENVIRONMENTAL Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: PROFESSIONAL)



Provides technical and regulatory expertise in permitting and compliance requirements for designated area of environmental responsibility.  Develops and implements environmental compliance training programs for electric utility facilities.  Provides environmental technical and regulatory knowledge in support of the planning, permitting, design, construction, and operation of electric utility facilities.



  • Designs and implements environmental compliance programs, including environmental review of facilities, to satisfy environmental requirements in cost-effective manner and provides technical support and coordination with regulatory agencies to enable operating departments to comply with environmental regulations and permit conditions in a cost-effective manner.
  • Reviews and interprets existing and proposed regulations and permit conditions in consultation with regulatory agency personnel and provides training to operating personnel.  Assists in tracking and interpreting legislation.
  • Prepares permit applications and testimony on projects requiring environmental approval.
  • Coordinates the gathering, processing, and validation of environmental data and insures timely preparation and submittal of environmental reports to regulatory agencies and customer requests, including selection and management of consultants and contractors.
  • Prepares requests for proposal for consultant services, evaluates proposals and makes recommendations.  Manages consultants to insure timely delivery of quality work products.
  • Contributes to the preparation or review of environmental assessments and impact statements in designated area of environmental responsibility, and coordinates and contributes to environmental stewardship programs, as appropriate opportunities arise.
  • Functions as project manager for assigned projects within functional area of environmental responsibility.  In support of continuous improvement goals and objectives, participates in projects and studies to improve existing practices, procedures, programs, policies, and training curricula and materials.  Serves as a role model for continuous improvement behaviors.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and procedures in designated area of environmental responsibility as related to environmental management of electric utility facilities.
  • Working knowledge in designated area of environmental responsibility of the principles and practices of environmental management, environmental technologies, environmental regulations, project management, and program management associated with electric utility facilities and systems, normally acquired through several years of experience in professional environmental management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant science, public health or engineering discipline.  Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Intermediate to advanced level of computer and software knowledge including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database software.
  • Working knowledge of company contract management and contract administration policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement principles, procedures, tools, and desired behaviors.


Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including effective written, oral and listening communications skills, and interpersonal skills, in order to work effectively with all levels of the company, with consultants and contractors, governmental agencies, community groups, and customers.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment, while adapting to rapidly changing requirements.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to handle confrontational, difficult, and/or sensitive issues.  Ability to handle such issues with professionalism while using tact, courtesy, and discretion.
  • Demonstrated in-depth analytical, investigative, and administrative skills for such tasks as preparing and monitoring project requirements and resolving cost and time constraints, and conflicting priorities.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license.  Must meet the standards for frequent required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy.
  • May be required to qualify for specific certifications in designated area of environmental responsibility, such as hazardous material spill response training or SCUBA certification. 
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement skills including the ability to identify improvement opportunities, constructively participate in improvement teams, develop, and apply standard work, and improve standard work through structured problem solving.


Experience Requirements

  • Several (3 to 5) years of experience in technical and regulatory matters within the designated area of environmental responsibility.



Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Honolulu – Oahu

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Environmental Scientist (+8708) [Req ID 8709] position is $84,000.00 to $107,200.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.

The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at http://hawaiianelectric.com.

Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

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