PDC Energy

  • Air Quality Specialist

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    A brief description summarizing the overall purpose and objectives of the position and the results the worker is expected to accomplish.


    The Air Quality Specialist serves as the company expert for air quality permitting and compliance to support PDC's Texas Assets.  The Air Quality Specialist focuses on Texas air quality and surveils EHS regulations and regulatory actions, understands rule applicability, translates and documents rule language into PDC applicability and interpretations, delivers subject matter expertise to ensure organizational compliance, and manage external Texas air quality regulatory affairs. This role also supports other PDC EHS programs, as necessary.



    The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

    1. Identify compliance requirements for Texas air quality rules and for federal air quality rules as assigned related to PDC's operations;
    2. Develop, manage, and coordinate PDC's relationships with Texas state and local air quality regulatory agencies;
    3. Participate in and support federal, Texas, and local air quality rulemaking activities (trade association, PDC party status, expert testimony, etc.) as assigned;
    4. Support PDC strategy for EHS trade association engagement; includes participation in trade associations as assigned and communication of trade association activities to EHS team members;
    5. Establish, document, and maintain PDC’s interpretation/standards to meet Texas air quality requirements and update as needed;
    6. Maintain knowledge of Texas and federal air quality regulations, best practices, standards, etc. to support PDC's knowledge base in air quality and environmental matters; be a mentor and teacher regarding air quality rules and programs;
    7. Be a mentor and teacher regarding air quality rules and programs within EHS;
    8. Provide subject matter expertise consultations on air quality regulations and PDC interpretations/programs to the EHS asset team and other customers as, as assigned;
    9. Support creation and maintenance of Texas air quality programs and federal air quality programs as assigned;
    10. Provide air quality related content in support of training and communications materials and activities; delivery such training and communication as directed;
    11. Establish, document, and maintain updates to the strategy for completing and submitting air quality reports;
    12. Identify recommended process improvements, best practices, and lessons learned related to air quality and programs;
    13. Identify opportunities for enhanced service delivery, efficiencies, and increased cost effectiveness;
    14. Support PDC EHS analysis of air quality data for trends; recommend actions to correct deficiencies;
    15. Support PDC’s EHS audit program as directed;
    16. Support communication to other departments related to air quality regulations and requirements;
    17. Support population of data in and use of PDC's environmental data management systems (e.g. ACTS);
    18. As needed, support other EHS Programs for PDC;
    19. Perform and assume other duties and responsibilities as may be required at the direction of supervisor;
    20. Demonstrate commitment to safety and environmental compliance in all job aspects. 


    The specific minimum competencies required for job performance.

    1. Demonstrated experience working with air quality permitting and compliance;
    2. Demonstrated experience working with air quality regulatory standards and compliance practices as they relate to upstream oil and gas strongly preferred;
    3. Knowledge of regulatory requirements in Texas;
    4. Experience working to support EHS initiatives;
    5. Demonstrated track record of engaging with stakeholders to understand interests and priorities;
    6. Flexible to work in an evolving regulatory environment;
    7. Project management skills;
    8. Excellent communication skills;
    9. Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills;
    10. Motivated self-starter;
    11. Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines;
    12. Ability to work well in a team setting;
    13. Excellent interpersonal skills;
    14. Strong sense of integrity;
    15. Familiarity with oilfield equipment, processes, and terminology.



    The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent.


    This position may include supervision of external contractors.



    The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment.

    1. 80% office environment, 20% field environment;
    2. Travel between PDC office and various oil & gas field operations as required.


    The minimum level of education, experience, and certifications required to perform the job.

    1. 5+ years of relevant work experience;
    2. Bachelor’s degree in related field of study or equivalent work experience.


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