Carbon Consultant

Team: Consulting
Direct Supervisor: Asset Development Director and VP of Operations 

Job Position Summary

We are looking for a Carbon Consultant within our consulting team. This individual will work within our Asset Development Team and Life-Cycle Analysis Team helping clients to assess and implement renewable energy and low carbon projects. Our clients depend on revenue streams from the sale of emissions reductions credits – the majority of which are RINs under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or credits under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). However, as new emissions reductions commitments are made and new low carbon fuel policies are enacted, the related compliance burden for regulated parties becomes exponentially greater. Examples of new and emerging regulations/commitments include Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP), Canada’s national LCFS, the airline industry’s CORSIA program, and various ESG reporting and data management needs. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work within a team of Carbon Consultants to advise clients in the following areas of renewable and low carbon projects:
    • Training and education 
    • Regulatory Engagement 
    • Life-Cycle Analysis & Carbon Intensity Modeling 
    • Asset Development Consulting 
    • Compliance Consulting 
  • Drafting the following common deliverables 
    • Technical and financial feasibility analysis for renewable energy projects including renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable diesel, renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and/or carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects. 
    • Technical and economic due diligence for investment into renewable energy projects. 
    • Market analysis of existing and new carbon markets. 
    • Life-cycle analysis and carbon intensity modeling 
    • Renewable energy regulatory and compliance project scheduling 

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with delivery of projects within EcoEngineers Asset Development Team. These projects may include technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility and analysis for:
    • Renewable natural gas (RNG) projects such as landfill gas, wastewater treatment plant biogas, dairy/swine manure biogas, or food waste biogas 
    • Renewable diesel 
    • Renewable electricity 
    • Renewable hydrogen 
    • Carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) 
  • Assist with delivery of projects within Life-Cycle Analysis Team. These projects may include carbon intensity (CI) modeling for a variety of renewable energy, biofuels, and low carbon products. 
  • Develop and maintain subject-matter expertise in the following clean fuels regulations areas:
    • Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 
    • California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) 
    • Oregon Clean Fuels Program (CFP) 
    • Other national, state, local, or voluntary regulations, as applicable 
  • Review environmental technical standards and guidelines in federal and state regulations (LCFS, RFS, CFP, etc.) for clients. 
  • Project management of EcoEngineers consulting projects, which may include coordination and collaboration between multiple service lines. 
  • Communicate scientific or technical information to internal and external clients through oral briefings, written documents, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings. 
  • Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between client activities and environmental effects. Support other services lines within EcoEngineers Consulting Team including Training and Education, Regulatory Engagement, and Compliance Consulting teams. 

Job Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with an engineering, environmental, policy, or compliance focus. 
  • Knowledge of, or background in, biofuel production processes, renewable energy, life-cycle analysis and techno-economic modeling. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills are essential. 
  • Proficient technical writing skills. 
  • Interest in renewable energy, biofuels, and lower carbon products to help the world decarbonize and combat climate change. 
  • Advanced computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and etc.). Aptitude for learning new applications if needed. 
  • High degree of personal responsibility, timeliness, and organization, high competency with problem solving analytical and quantitative skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively on client deliverables with demanding deadlines in a team environment. 

Preferences:

  • At least one year of related work and project management experience. 
  • Experience with renewable natural gas (RNG), other biofuels, or carbon markets. 
  • Consulting experience. 
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel. 
  • Knowledge of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and other clean fuels regulations. 
  • Knowledge or exposure to renewable natural gas (RNG), ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and/or other renewable biofuels. 
  • Experience with technical and financial feasibility analysis. 
  • Experience or familiarity with carbon modeling programs like GREET, GHGenius, SimaPRO, or others. 

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, or willing to relocate to Des Moines, Iowa

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience and location 

Contact Information: Brad Pleima, P.E., President, bpleima@ecoengineers.us

Company Overview

Carbon is the biggest disruptor of the 21st century and over the next few decades. the world will transition to new ways of extracting, storing and using energy – processes that are more sustainable than those currently in practice. We believe a right mix of policy and practice can make this transition easier on affected sectors and align robust economic activity with carbon reduction. We are the catalysts that advise, shape and guide policy and practice to make this happen.

EcoEngineers delivers clean energy supply and use across multiple industry sectors with our systematic, proven 360° approach. We hold a deep understanding of what drives innovation and investment in clean energy projects, and our team of experts can guide you through the project development process from concept to commissioning. Our 360° project approach has evolved through hard-earned experience and unites our talented team with our core strengths — training and education, regulatory engagement, life-cycle analysis, asset development consulting, compliance management, and audit. .  EcoEngineers is well suited to assist client expansion into the regulated and voluntary markets which continue to develop.  We provide a unique platform upon which to build a low-carbon consulting line of business. 

We consider our team of employees to be the most valuable resource for achieving our goals. Our people are the ambassadors of our brand. The trust they build with clients is the foundation of our success. EcoEngineers strives to provide a work environment based on trust, transparency, open communication, and mutual respect. We have 55 employees with most in our office in downtown Des Moines, Iowa and others working remotely. We have doubled in size over the past two years and expect significant growth to continue. Core office hours are from 8am to 5pm with a liberal flex time policy and working from home options. 

EcoEngineers is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified or qualifiable applicants will be employed without regard to race, religion, color, age, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. 

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