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Principal Environmental Scientist - Air Quality & Noise

Date: Mar 6, 2023

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


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.



The P JB AIR QUALITY & NOISE Department of the P ENVIRONMENTAL Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Manager Supervisor)



Plans, organizes, coordinates, and supervises the operations of the department to provide regulatory and technical expertise. Develops, implements, and manages environmental programs and provides project and program management in support of the environmental compliance and permitting programs for the company. Provides strategic environmental technical and regulatory knowledge, expertise, and guidance in the planning, permitting, design, construction, and operation of electric utility facilities. Leads and implements continuous improvement best practices to enhance and achieve operational excellence with a safety mindset.



Department & People Management

  • Develops department mission, strategic plans and goals, work programs and operating forecasts, and allocates department resources based on intra-departmental, inter-departmental, and inter-company prioritization of existing and forecasted projects and programs. Procures outside consulting and contracting services, as necessary, to augment in-house resources to achieve/maintain project and program scope, schedule, deliverables, and budget.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises, and directs the operations of the department to provide regulatory and technical expertise, to develop, implement, and manage environmental programs, and to provide project and program management in support of the environmental compliance and permitting programs for the company.
  • Positions the department to add value, connecting internal customers with solutions they need and want, and creating greater overall satisfaction and engagement. 
  • Evaluates progress and performance of the department staff and the results obtained, and implements actions necessary to develop staff. Recruits, directs, guides, develops, trains, supervises, evaluates, and motivates department personnel.

Environmental Regulatory Advisor & Technical Knowledge

  • Meets, discusses, coordinates, and negotiates with parties inside and outside of the company to maintain/expedite progress on division assignments. Serves as an environmental technical and regulatory consultant. Leads/serves on internal and external task forces and advisory groups on environmental matters.
  • Maintains current knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations and policies to determine their impact on present and future company operations. Supervises the preparation of reports to satisfy applicable regulatory requirements. Works with regulators on the interpretation of laws, regulations, and policies to obtain reasonable compliance conditions. Represents the utility on regulatory and legislative matters related to designated areas of environmental responsibility.
  • Develops permitting strategies for new generation projects to maximize operational flexibility. Presents environmental considerations in cross-functional teams tasked with planning and design of generation additions.
  • Manages the identification of permitting requirements, supervises preparation of permit applications, and provides follow-up to insure permit issuance with reasonable conditions and operational flexibility. Supervises and directs preparation and delivery of testimony and other technical information needed for regulatory, legislative, and public hearing processes.
  • Oversees assigned compliance monitoring programs for all facilities with permit and other regulatory requirements and supervises efforts to ensure compliance. Supervises environmental audits. Insures follow-up on findings and recommendations.

Continuous Improvement

  • Provides leadership and serves as a role model for continuous improvement behaviors. Promotes teamwork, reinforces and mentors continuous improvement behaviors in department personnel and others. Continuously improve the safety, quality, efficiency, timeliness, and cost of all work processes within assigned span of control.
  • In support of continuous improvement goals and objectives, initiates, assigns, reviews, and approves projects and studies to improve existing practices, procedures, programs, policies, and training curricula and materials.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant science, public health, or engineering discipline. Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge in air quality and related power plant 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 extensive professional environmental management experience.
  • Intermediate to advanced level of computer and software knowledge including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Working knowledge of company budgeting, forecasting, and personnel systems, policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of company contract management and contract administration policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of SafeStart principles and best practices to achieve a safe workplace environment.
  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement deployment system, principles, procedures, tools, and desired behaviors.

Skills Requirements:

  • Demonstrated supervision and leadership skills and demonstrated ability to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of the company and with consultants, contractors, governmental agencies, community groups, and customers.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including effective writing, presentation, and listening skills.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, time management, and problem solving skills to manage simultaneously a variety of projects, programs, and assignments.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and to adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for State of Hawaii drivers’ license. Must meet the standards for frequent driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.
  • Ability to travel to neighbor island subsidiaries, as required.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement skills including the ability to identify improvement opportunities, lead improvement teams, develop and apply standard work, improve standard work through structured problem solving, and sustain improvement changes.

Expereince Requirements:

  • Extensive (8+) years of relevant professional environmental management experience including supervision of environmental professionals.


Role: Manager Supervisor 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: HECO Alii Place  – Oahu

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Principal Environmental Scientist - Air Quality & Noise [Req ID 7814] position is 113,600.00 to 147,600.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. The hiring supervisor is KARIN A. C. KIMURA.


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


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.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


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.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii