Technical Project Manager
The Penobscot River Restoration Trust (Penobscot Trust) www.penobscotriver.org is hiring a Technical Project Manager to manage and oversee dam removal activities including construction oversight, design coordination, permit compliance and other technical matters associated with the historic Penobscot River Restoration Project.
The Penobscot Project, one of the most innovative large-scale river restoration projects in the country, will improve access to historic river habitat for 11 species of sea-run fish, including 1000 miles for endangered Atlantic salmon, while maintaining energy production. As part of the Penobscot Agreement, the Penobscot Trust owns three hydro-electric dams, holds the state and federal permits to remove the two closest to the sea (Veazie, Great Works) and build a fish by-pass at a third (Howland) to reconnect important inland river habitat to the Gulf of Maine, providing a wide array of ecological, economic, cultural, recreational and other benefits to Maine’s largest watershed and the region. Removal of the Great Works Dam is underway with work on Veazie and Howland planned over the next two years.
The Penobscot Trust seeks a highly motivated and experience consultant or individual to work as a Trust employee or contactor over a period of approximately 18 month, with potential extension/renewal. The Technical Project Manager will be based in the vicinity of Old Town, Maine.
Responsibilities: The Technical Project Manager will perform and coordinate time sensitive, high priority tasks to ensure appropriate means, methods and outcomes related to technical aspects of the Penobscot River Restoration Project including removal of the Veazie and Great Works Dams and construction of the Howland Dam Bypass Channel.
Specifically, the Permitting and Design Coordinator will:
• Serve as the Penobscot Trust’s technical representative responsible for managing and coordinating engineering design, construction, permit compliance, and related activities for the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
• Work with the Executive and Deputy Directors and key staff and consultants to track and coordinate the technical implementation of the project including dam removals, bypass construction and related construction and technical matters.
• Work with the Executive and Deputy Directors, key staff, Project Partners, and consultants to complete design process for Veazie Dam removal and the Howland Dam bypass.
• Represent the Trust on technical matters in public and regulatory settings throughout project implementation.
• Oversee and coordinate a team of engineering and environmental consultants, lawyers, and biologists working on technical aspects of project implementation.
• Coordinate with state and federal agencies and with partner organizations to identify and resolve issues relating to technical matters, design, permitting, and related activities.
• When necessary and pertaining to project implementation, provide input on technical matters such as fisheries restoration and monitoring.
Key management responsibilities will include:
• Oversee and manage consultants for design, engineering, fisheries, and environmental matters. (Will work closely with Deputy Director on these activities).
• Coordinate permit- and design-related legal work undertaken by the Trust’s attorneys.
• Serve as Trust’s contact with state, federal and local agencies on technical and compliance matters.
• Coordinating matters concerning Howland Dam and bypass.
• Assist Trust in matters with town officials and the public.
• Assist Trust in key communications regarding technical matters for Trust’s fundraising for permitting and implementation.
• Provide technical and strategic advice and input to the Trust on above matters.
• Extensive project management experience, especially on water resource related design and construction projects strongly preferred.
• Familiarity and experience working with State of Maine and Federal environmental and land use regulations (e.g., ESA, CWA, MWDCA, Maine Site Law) and permitting agencies (e.g., Maine DEP, US ACOE, FERC).
• Proven effectiveness working and communicating with contractors, engineers, designers, natural resource professionals, land owners, government agencies and regulators, and the general public.
• Candidate should have competency with a variety of technical matters including but not limited to: dam removal and/or in-water heavy construction, infrastructure, hydraulic modeling, applicable physical and/or life sciences (e.g., anadromous fish ecology, geomorphology, hydrology/hydraulics, and/or river restoration).
• Candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly with both technical and non-technical people.
• Strong organizational skills and proven ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and competing projects and responsibilities are a must.
• Proven field skills and willingness to work on site in all conditions and settings.
• Adaptive and flexible; willingness to accommodate changes in work conditions, schedule, and other developments.
• Proven administrative and management skills including scheduling, contract development, and management, budgeting, and reporting.
• Solid computer and information technology skills including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and other software for managing, presenting, and disseminating information to diverse audiences.
• Competent working with communication technology in a field/remote setting.
• Action oriented with ability to work in a fast-paced, time-critical, evolving, and highly strategic work environment.
• Experience and comfort working both independently and on interdisciplinary teams.
• Proven leadership and comfort making recommendations and decisions with discretion.
• Willingness to travel within the region is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
• Civil/Commercial/Industrial construction inspection, management and/or estimating.
• Experience with applied habitat restoration, especially aquatic systems, and/or scientific monitoring design.
• Knowledge of Northeastern U.S. coastal and riverine ecosystems and life histories and habitat requirements of migratory fish and other riverine species.
• Understanding of state, federal and local regulations that apply to work on and around the Penobscot River and its species.
• Candidates must possess a Masters degree, or have equivalent experience in project management, engineering, construction management, marine science, fishery biology, ecology, hydrology, water resource management, earth science, or any other aquatic habitat restoration related field.
To Apply: Please submit an electronic cover letter and resume to George Aponte Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: “Technical Project Manager.” Applications for this position must be received before the closing date of August 5, 2012. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate in the cover letter how their knowledge and experience fulfill requirements of the position. We anticipate interviews will be conducted mid-August, and hope to fill the position soon thereafter.
Contract fee/salary is commensurate with experience. The Penobscot Trust is an equal opportunity employer.