Sr Environmental Scientist

Date: Nov 24, 2023

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

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.


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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)



Responsible for managing programs and projects in support of environmental compliance and permitting for the Companies which may include, but are not limited to, environmental audits, environmental compliance training program, Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) environmental metrics, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) analyses.  Provides environmental technical, regulatory, and tactical guidance in planning, implementing, and executing environmental compliance strategies and programs.



  • Provides regulatory and technical expertise, develops, implements, and manages environmental policies, programs, and management systems. Provides project and program management in support of the environmental compliance programs, emergency preparedness programs, and other corporate or division initiatives.  Leads project teams comprised of individuals internal and external to the Division to manage and execute assignments.  In consultation and collaboration with Air Quality & Noise Department and Water & Hazardous Materials Department Principal Scientists and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Manager, develops work plans with scope, schedule, deliverables, and budgets for assigned programs and projects.  Procures outside consulting and contracting services as necessary to augment in-house resources to achieve/maintain project and program scope, schedule, deliverables, and budgets.  Meets with parties inside and outside of the Company to maintain/expedite progress on assigned projects and programs.  Facilitates resolution of technical conflicts or issues between stakeholders.  Provides clear and comprehensive reports to management.  Provides leadership and guidance to less experienced scientists and specialists within the Department and in operating areas.  Builds effective working relationships and serves as a liaison to other departments or process areas within the Company, providing guidance and fielding questions to add value and improve operations as it relates to its alignment with Company vision. Appropriately represents the Environmental Division as a partner and valued advisor.
  • Serves as a technical and regulatory expert to the Companies for assigned program areas.  Maintains current knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes, regulations, and policies for assigned program areas to determine their impact on present and future company operations.  In consultation with internal personnel, including Environmental Facility Representatives, designs and implements compliance programs, and provides training as appropriate to operating personnel.  Monitors relevant legal proceedings and court decisions.  Incorporates changes in regulatory, legislative, and internal requirements as appropriate into policies, programs, and procedures for assigned program areas.  Maintains progress charts/schedules and periodically meeting with team members to ensure annual department goals and objectives are met, including achievement or progress towards key performance metrics. Develops and trains audit team members.  Provides continuous feedback to team members.
  • Coordinates the collection, processing, and validation of environmental data and ensures timely preparation and submittal of environmental reports to regulatory agencies, internal customers and in response to external customer requests, including selection and management of consultants and contractors.
  • In support of continuous improvement goals and objectives, leads and participates in projects, studies, and strategic planning to improve existing practices, procedures, programs, policies, and training curricula and materials.  Provides leadership and serves as a role model for continuous improvement behaviors.  Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned.
  • 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.
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) License preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge in air quality, water and hazardous materials and related power plant engineering 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 multiple years of experience in professional environmental management.
  • Intermediate to advanced level of computer and software knowledge including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and software.
  • 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 principles, principles, procedures, tools, and desired behaviors.


Skills Requirements

  • Positive leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills for preparation of technical reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • In-depth analytical, investigative, and computational skills. Ability to apply problem-solving techniques to resolve problems and issues.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, and exercise independent judgment and initiative within established policy and guidelines.
  • Ability to be proactive, self-starting, and remain flexible in a demanding work environment, while adapting to rapidly changing requirements.
  • Ability to apply tact, courtesy, and discretion in difficult and sensitive situations.
  • Ability to be a self-directed learner.
  • Mature time management, planning, directing and organizational skills to complete multiple tasks efficiently timely, and accurately in order to meet division goals or deadlines.
  • 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.
  • Ability to position the division to add value, connecting internal customers with solutions they need and want, and create a greater overall satisfaction and engagement.
  • 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, and improve standard work through structured problem solving.
  • May be required to qualify for specific certifications in the area of environmental responsibility, such as hazardous waste operations and emergency response certification.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple years (5 to 7) of experience in technical and regulatory matters within the areas of environmental responsibility.
  • Experience in utility industry highly desired.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Pearl City – Oahu

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Sr Environmental Scientist [Req ID 8708] position is $103,500.00 to $134,400.00. 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

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.


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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;
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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).”

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