Project Manager(s) – Hydro Re-/Licensing

Project Manager(s) – Hydro Re-/Licensing

  • Full Time
Wage or Salary:
high $90,000's - low $100,000's (DOQ)


The Project Managers (natural sciences and social sciences) are responsible for leading working groups to assist the relicensing team with obtaining and implementing a license for Rock Island. Responsibilities include initiation, planning, execution, and close-out of studies, reports, and implementation projects on time and within budget. Studies and projects are typically complex, single or multi-year efforts involving multiple objectives and extensive coordination with internal and external stakeholders, consultants and internal staff.

The incumbents will demonstrate a high level of skill and ability to understand FERC license requirements, conduct stakeholder engagement, strategically meet deadlines and balance competing priorities. The natural sciences project manager will consider fisheries, water quality and quantity, wildlife, soils and geology, botanical, and aquatic invasive species needs while the social sciences project manager will consider recreation, socioeconomics, land management, aesthetics, and cultural needs.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.

# EF/SF % of Time Job Functions

1. EF 40% Communication and Coordination: Coordinate with management and internal subject matter experts for consistent and timely communication, information flow, review and concurrence for relicensing and implementation documents. Educate internal and external stakeholders on licensing requirements. Serves as primary contact between the District and federal, state and local regulatory agencies and Tribes to ensure accurate and efficient flow of information and good cooperation for relicensing purposes. Requires a great deal of public speaking and stakeholder interaction.

2. EF 30% Study and Report Management: Manage and coordinate the interface with internal technical experts, consultants, and agency, Tribe and other stakeholder working groups to ensure timely and cost-effective study execution, report development, and identification of implementation projects. Prepare acceptable relicensing documents and application material, and completion of implementation planning and longer-term compliance activities. Manage scope, schedule and budget for relicensing studies, reports, management plans, and implementation projects associated with subjects such as (social sciences) recreation, land management, cultural, aesthetics, and socioeconomics; (natural sciences) fisheries, water quality and quantity, wildlife, soils and geology, botanical, and aquatic invasive species. Provide advice on FERC requirements for report rigor and requirements.

3. EF 15% Study Planning: Work with external stakeholders, internal technical experts and consultants to develop study plans including resource requirements, milestones, deliverables, risk assessments, cost estimates, quality requirements and study-specific procedures. Verifies sufficient consultation occurs and negotiates scope as needed. Train internal and external stakeholders on licensing requirements.

4. EF 15% Contract Oversight: Monitor contractor and District adherence to established work schedules and contract terms. Verify quality controls are established and in place throughout the studies to enable customer satisfaction and to prevent breaches of contract or permit violations. Report to management when controls are missing and recommend a plan of action to address. Assist with implementing controls, as needed. Oversee contractors’ compliance with FERC requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:

Bachelor’s degree (B.S., B.A.) in Social Science, Archeology, Land Management, Natural Resources Management, Recreation Management, Economics, Business, or a related field, from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Project Management Certification desired.


Typically requires a minimum of five (5) year’s increasingly responsible work experience including experience managing multi-faceted projects with a duration of greater than one year and with impacts on multiple stakeholders. Candidates with experience managing work in the following areas are strongly preferred:

– Hydro Licensing or relicensing

– Large permitting efforts (e.g. extensive NEPAs or SEPAs)

– The Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Recreation, or Land Management arena, specifically recreation and cultural management

Preference will be given to candidates with experience best aligned with the types of projects to be managed.


Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we’re proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we’ve also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Sunset Magazine as one of the top 20 Western DREAM TOWNS and by Forbes in 2017 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled


In addition to a competitive salary range of the high $90,000’s – low $100,000’s (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee’s Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.


Apply direct to our website at  Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must summarize your motivation to work on a 10-year project, and related re-/licensing, permitting, and natural or social sciences project management experiences.  Incomplete materials will not be considered.


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