Under supervision of Ohio Power Siting Board Staff (OPSB) management, conducts various tasks which include research, planning, facility operations, and cultural and social impact analyses and assessment: serves as specialist with comprehensive knowledge in the evaluation of cultural and social impacts in power siting cases as well as agricultural land uses, regional planning, recreational land uses, potential construction impacts, ecological impacts, etc. Job Duties/Responsibilities/Functions (including but not limited to) Conducts investigations, research and analysis in electric generation and transmission, natural gas pipeline and related utility matters Reviews power siting applications and evaluates impacts of proposed and existing utility facilities in relation to sound land use practices (i.e., existing land use in proximity to facilities, consistency with regional planning, regional economic development, potential conflicts with existing utilities, aesthetics, recreational land uses, agricultural land uses, potential construction impacts, cultural resources, ecological impacts, etc.) Analyzes siting options to determine the best available alternative Reviews and analyzes industry and utility specific information (i.e., long term forecasts, site information reports, power plant productivity reports, etc.) to identify significant issues and potential problem areas for inclusion in staff reports and for making recommendations to OPSB management Interacts with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, US Army Corp of Engineers, Local Historical Societies, Regional Planning Organizations, other OPSB boards agencies, consulting firms specializing in cultural resources and local officials in relation to permits, planning, public concerns, etc. Conducts field investigations of plant facilities and potential facility sites (e.g., electric power plants, electric substations, electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, wind farms, etc.) which may require several continuous hours of traversing uneven terrain under varying weather conditions Collection of relevant information by preparing and/or assisting with the issuance of written information requests, locates and acquires available GIS data, conducts investigative interviews, reviews internally available information and evaluates collected information; provides technical advice to other staff Contributes to staff reports for consideration of Power Siting Board which may include conditions and recommendations: and completes assigned sections of staff report for inclusion into staff report. Under supervision of OPSB management, evaluates cultural and social impacts, land uses and impact on regional development as they relate to electric, gas and wind generation and/or transmission facility siting and operation Independently evaluates reports and analysis submitted by applicants and consultants, applying application of knowledge of cultural resources, city and regional planning and power siting laws and regulations, current societal issues, historical trends, industry practice, past practice and regulatory policy Creates and maintains computer and paper files on impacts and power siting matters by use of agency computer system and filing system Collection of relevant information by preparing or contributing to written information requests, conducting investigative interviews, reviewing internally available information and evaluating collected information Maintains working knowledge on cultural resources and social issues to provide other technical staff with advice regarding issues related to electric, gas and wind, generation and/or transmission facility siting Conducts field investigations to ensure compliance with Board issued orders before, during, and after construction is complete. Prepares written testimony on all issues related to power siting applications and other utility matters and defends testimony under cross examination in adjudicatory hearings Conducts and participates in inter-divisional and interdepartmental working groups to assist management in developing agency policy positions and federal/state siting related issues Assists Attorney General staff in applicable power siting areas (e.g., hearing preparation, staff position development, technical analysis, hearing attendance, brief preparation, etc.) Assists management in negotiations and settlement discussions in power siting cases Represents Commission staff at state, federal and industry symposiums, hearings and meetings Participates in meetings with company officials, other governmental agency representatives, and others in order to identify and discuss relevant issues. Typical day to day duties: Work independently and in team to produce various project evaluation and analysis sections and recommendations for staff reports Evaluate utility projects for general land use criteria set by revised code and administrative rules Coordinate with state and federal agencies as required Perform field inspections and investigations for general siting and condition compliance Coordinate with OPSB staff to complete reports Minimum Qualifications Completion of undergraduate core program and 3 yrs. exp. in one or more of following academic fields; city and regional planning, finance, public administration, geology, law, economics, engineering; environmental science, transportation systems planning Knowledge of: o land use planning o transportation planning o wildlife management o public relations o speech &/or oral communication o geodetic science (e.g., terrain analysis, energies of natural environment) Ability to: o deal with many variables & determine specific course of action; o gather, collate & classify technical information; o use research methods in gathering data; o prepares complex reports & position papers; o cooperate with co-workers on group projects. ** Provide examples of technical writing**Tracking

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