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Environmental GIS Specialist

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Apex Clean Energy

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Charlottesville, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Company Description

Apex Clean Energy was founded with a singular focus: to accelerate the shift to clean energy. Through origination, construction, and operation of utility-scale wind, solar, and storage facilities, distributed energy resources, and green fuel technologies, Apex is expanding the renewable frontier across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 250 professionals uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information about how Apex is building the energy company of the future, visit

Apex strives to excel in every phase of project realization, from origination and financing to construction and asset management. Our mission-driven team seeks determined, resolute individuals who strive to innovate and go above the call of duty, and who will relentlessly do their part to help accelerate the shift to America’s clean energy future.

Job Description

We are currently seeking an Environmental GIS Specialist to support our national portfolio of utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects. This position reports to the Vice President of Environmental Permitting and is based in our Charlottesville, Virginia office. This position works closely with a group of 5-10 environmental professionals to support environmental permitting and regulatory compliance for the development, construction, and operation of the Projects.

Primary responsibilities include managing geospatial data via ArcGIS resulting from studies completed by environmental contractors, providing visually appealing and informative maps for internal and external use (site visits, agency meetings, stakeholder presentations, permit applications and conservation plans), completing resource assessments of potential greenfield sites or project acquisitions, managing project tracking software for environmental project management (i.e., Smartsheet), enter and track purchase requests/change orders through internal approval system, manage permit compliance for operating projects (i.e., environmental studies, agency reporting, etc.). Work will focus on wildlife, cultural, wetlands, and Phase 1 ESAs, but may include other permitting and compliance disciplines.

The ideal candidate has strong GIS skills and is committed to renewable energy. He or she must be a highly motivated and self-driven individual with strong attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and strong problem-solving skills. Working knowledge of ArcGIS software (including ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro) to design informative and concise maps detailing project site plans, resource impacts, and potential environmental hazards is critical to success in this role. Candidates must be able to work out of our corporate office in Charlottesville, VA, and must be willing to travel occasionally to project sites.

  • Hours: Full Time
  • Type: Exempt
  • Department: Environmental Permitting
  • Travel: 0 - 10%
  • Environment: Office Environment

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages geospatial data resulting from field studies and other risk assessment work products provided by consultants to ensure high quality and effective development work
  • Use ArcGIS software to design informative and concise maps detailing project site plans, resource impacts, and potential environmental hazards
  • Supports Environmental Managers to incorporate environmental data into informative maps
  • Interfaces effectively with Apex’s Development, GIS and Project Management (engineering) departments to ensure that accurate environmental constraints data is available for project design
  • Creating, developing, and maintaining web GIS content, including map services, feature services, web maps, and web applications, with ESRI products, to support discipline specific GIS.
  • Assist Environmental Managers with data capture, digitization, data mining, and quality control of data required to perform project specific GIS requests.
  • Completes work products as appropriate; such as desktop and field based environmental risk reviews for siting and acquisitions; USFWS Tier 1, Tier 2 Risk Reviews, and ECPG Stage 1 reviews; BBCS development in coordination; PowerPoint presentations for agency meetings; construction compliance plans and training materials
  • Attends industry events to improve knowledge of renewable energy permitting and to represent Apex’s interests
  • Facilitate data conversions from AutoCAD to ArcGIS file formats. Experience with AutoCAD is helpful, but the majority of work will be performed in ESRI’s suite of GIS products
  • Support Environmental Managers with impact analyses for wildlife and environmental constraints
  • Prepare applications and respond, as necessary, to federal, state, and local government requests
  • Travel to sites, minimal
  • Other duties as assigned


To succeed as an Environmental GIS Specialist at Apex Clean Energy, you’ll need to display excellence within the following criteria:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Resources, or a related discipline from an accredited university or college or 1 - 3 years of professional experience in a GIS related field or discipline
  • Professional experience using ArcGIS software to design informative and concise maps
  • Familiarity with environmental risk reviews
  • Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong organization skills and ability to handle time to meet frequently changing deadlines in a rapidly changing environment
  • Articulate with the ability to assist with management, client, and public presentations
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong passion for renewable energy
  • Exemplary standards of safety, honor, ethics, quality, communication, and productivity
  • Willing to work from our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA (post COVID-19).

Additional Information

What Apex Can Offer You

  • A mission-driven, energetic environment
  • Collaborative and driven professional workforce committed to supporting your ideas and feedback and accelerating your potential
  • Ongoing support and guidance such as on-the-job learning, hands-on experience, and mentorship
  • Training, strategies, and tools to support your personal and professional growth
  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals committed to making an impact as an organization
  • Opportunities to volunteer and give back to our local communities
  • Exceptional benefits such as medical and dental; 401(k) with corporate match
  • Base and bonus commensurate with experience
  • Responsible Paid Time Off plus standard company holidays
  • Benefits Offered: comprehensive high-deductible health plans, dental and vision insurance plans, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, flexible spending arrangements, company paid parking and cell phone, fitness and wellness corporate discounts

Apex Clean Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.