Environmental Specialist (Ref ID:739)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Brownsville, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future. Leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities.

NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit www.next-decade.com.


The Environmental Specialist plays a crucial role in ensuring environmental management and compliance on an active LNG construction site. Your primary purpose will be to work collaboratively with the Construction team to deliver quality environmental outcomes and to adhere to regulatory standards. This position will be based at the RGLNG Project Site in Port Isabel, TX.


The Environmental Specialist is charged with performing a wide array of tasks related to environmental compliance at the RGLNG Project site. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Implement programs and procedures to assure the compliance of the construction site with applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations
  • Conduct site inspections: Involves physically walking construction sites to observe stormwater BMP’s and implementation of approved Erosion and Sedimentation Control plans and permit requirements
  • Inspect environmental performance and address any potential violations and concerns
  • Complete and organize all written reports documenting observations and action items needed
  • Communicate observations with project personnel to expedite a response plan for needs or concerns
  • Maintain and track compliance obligations
  • Develop and deliver environmental training
  • Educate site staff on permit requirements
  • Prepare and submit required environmental reports to regulatory agencies in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work with various Contractors to ensure environmental compliance
  • Audit project plans and requirements (e.g., stormwater, SPCC, waste, air)


Minimum experience required for the position:

  • 5+ years of related experience.
  • Preferred experience on FERC regulated project and experience with TCEQ

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State requirements for LNG Terminals
  • Well versed in stormwater, SPCC, and waste
  • Experience with compliance management systems to track and trend compliance tasks and commitments
  • Proficient use of Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), Teams, SharePoint and digital cameras, scanners and printers.
  • Must have strong written and verbal skills (English language)
  • Ability to communicate with various disciplines including Construction, Craft, and Engineering and teams

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Environmental Sciences, Engineering or related

*In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Work Environment

  • Must be able to wear all necessary PPE equipment to perform job functions.
  • Operates in a complex construction environment.
  • Exposure to indoor and outdoor weather conditions.
  • Not necessarily protected from weather and temperature changes. Possible exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions.
  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts and electrical circuits.
  • Exposure to constant or intermittent sounds of a pitch level sufficient to cause marked distraction.
  • Routinely uses standard office and field communications equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers w/scanner and fax, and radios.

Able to meet the following physical demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Ability to drive to other Company work locations as required.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas of the facility, including being physically capable of traveling to a designed muster point during emergency situations.
  • Stand and/or sit continuously and perform job functions for a full shift.
  • The incumbent is required to have fully mechanical motion and usage of all extremities.
  • Physically able to walk, stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, twist, lift, push, pull, climb, balance, crouch, handle, and lift items weighing up to 20 lbs. without assistance.
  • Visual acuity corrected to perform job functions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be able to clearly communicate with others via radio, phone, and verbal methods.
  • May be required to enter confined spaces.
  • May be required to work at elevated heights and access elevated structures without assistance.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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