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Natural Resources and Stewardship Specialist / Engineer

Southern Company Environmental Affairs – Environmental Policy & Engagement
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This position within Environmental Affairs will lead company efforts on environmental stewardship through a strategic approach consistent with Southern Company’s commitment of being a national leader in conservation. The position will also serve as an expert in natural resources policy, permitting, mitigation, and landscape and wildlife conservation in support of our subsidiaries. The Environmental Specialist/Engineer will support Southern Company’s subsidiaries relative to federal and state natural resources regulations, including protected species, wetlands, and cultural resources. The position will represent the Company in industry trade groups, present at conferences and forums, and engage employees across numerous functional areas at all Company subsidiaries.

  • Lead the Company’s natural resources and stewardship engagement efforts by collaborating with Company subsidiaries and key stakeholders (i.e. eNGO, regulatory agencies, and private landowners)
  • Continue to grow the Company’s position as a nationally recognized conservation leader 
  • Manage requests from subsidiaries and provide system-wide strategies and analysis relative to natural resources policies, legislation, litigation and regulations
  • Share expertise and showcase the Company’s leadership through presentations and briefings


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Preferred disciplines: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, or Engineering
  • Postgraduate degree in these fields of study highly desired
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, confidence in representing an organization externally  
  • Understanding of environmental regulatory and legislative development processes at the federal and state levels, specifically as it relates to endangered species, wetlands, and NEPA
  • Sound decision making skills, critical and strategic thinking, and ability to identify issues ahead of time to manage and communicate business threats and opportunities
  • Ability to develop, build, and maintain strong internal and external relationships 
  • Demonstrate strong initiative and ability to build consensus
  • Ability to work in a team environment with diverse disciplines and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with Our Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment
  • This position will require some travel – approximately 25% per year

Southern Company (NYSE: SOis America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at


Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefits packages which includes: 
    • Medical and dental coverage
    • Defined Benefit Cash Balance Pension plan
    • Performance-sharing plan
    • 401(k) plan with a generous company match
    • Bonus opportunities
    • Tuition reimbursement