New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
44 South Clinton Avenue
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
NOTICE OF VACANCY
**This position may be eligible for telework up to two days per week**
*Candidates who applied for posting 41-2022 and 49-2022 do not need to reapply*
POSTING NO.: 68-2022
TITLE: Environmental Engineer Trainee
SALARY: $60,335.46 – $62,763.88
WORKWEEK: 35 hours (NE)
EXISTING VACANCIES: One (1)
OPENING DATE: October 20, 2022
CLOSING DATE: November 10, 2022
DIVISION/LOCATION: Division of Reliability & Security, Pipeline Safety
*The Board of Public Utilities is a great place to work*
You will be part of a highly effective and collaborative team working to ensure that safe, adequate, and proper utility services are provided to all members of the public who desire such services.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under close supervision of supervisory personnel on the Engineering Team in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) Bureau of Pipeline Safety (BPS), the Pipeline Safety Engineer Trainee learns to conduct technical studies, reviews, inspections, and/or investigations relating to the improvement and/or monitoring of natural gas pipeline safety, and/or the enforcement of pipeline safety regulations and laws; does other related engineering and pipeline safety duties as required.
•Performs technical engineering studies, reviews, and data analysis concerning the natural gas industry and New Jersey natural gas utility companies.
•Learns to conduct field inspections and incident investigations to monitor compliance of New Jersey natural gas utility companies with federal and state pipeline safety regulations and to work with gas industry professionals to ensure safe gas operation standards are met. Technical fieldwork is an essential function of this position and requires the wearing of state-supplied protective safety clothing and equipment.
•Maintains BPS records, reports, and files, as appropriate. Reviews periodic reportssubmitted by the New Jersey natural gas utility companies.
•Prepares technical engineering reports summarizing analyses and findings, which mayinclude calculations, drawings, plans/specifications, diagrams, maps, spreadsheets, charts,and other technical information.
•Provides engineering support and technical assistance to Staff on BPS projects.
• Reviews current developments, products, and technologies related to the natural gas industry, including but not limited to public awareness, damage prevention, pipeline design and construction, and integrity management.
• Must have scheduling flexibility to be on call, when qualified, on a rotational basis to monitor and/or respond to emergency situations and conduct incident investigations to meet the NJBPU 24-hour, 7-day per week response requirement. The work schedule is normally five 7-hour days per week.
• Attends mandatory in-state and out-of-state training and conferences, including travel and overnight stays, conducted by the State of New Jersey, U.S.D.O.T. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and other providers, as required.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Environmental, Ocean, Coastal, Bio-Resource, Sanitary, Industrial, Agricultural or Mining Engineering, or other field of engineering related to the environment.
SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint programs.
NOTE: Must possess a valid driver’s license; be capable of operating a State-issued vehicle with extensive driving to perform meter testing, quality inspections, investigations, and regulatory enforcement.
NOTE: Must meet all other NJBPU conditions of employment and be capable of performing physical tasks including, but not limited to, climbing in excavations and climbing ladders to inspect construction work. The trainee may be exposed to loud noises and hazardous conditions.
RESUME NOTE: Eligibility determinations will be based upon information presented in resume and proof of degree submitted. Applicants who possess foreign degrees (degrees earned outside of the U.S.) are required to provide an evaluation indicating the U.S. equivalency.
OPEN TO THE FOLLOWING: Open to New Jersey residents.
WORK AUTHORIZATION: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. NJBPU does not provide sponsorship or accept student OPT/CPT programs, F1 or H1B work authorization visas.
RESIDENCY LAW: Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70), also known as the “New Jersey First Act,” which became effective September 1, 2011, all persons newly hired by the Executive Branch on or after that date shall have one year from the date of employment to establish, and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, a copy of the college transcript indicating the date the degree was conferred (required), and the Personal Relationships Disclosure Form (https://www.nj.gov/bpu/about/employment/). Please make sure to include the posting number in the subject line via email. All documents must be submitted by the closing date shown above to the following:
NJ Board of Public Utilities
Office of Human Resources
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
Visit us at https://nj.gov/bpu/
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ("NJBPU" or “Board”) is the state agency with authority to oversee the regulated utilities, which provide critical services such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, and cable television. The law requires the Board to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.
The Board addresses issues of consumer protection, energy reform, deregulation of energy, and telecommunications services and the restructuring of utility rates to encourage energy conservation and competitive pricing in the industry.
The Board is also responsible for monitoring utility service and responding to consumer complaints.
The Board is considered a quasi-judicial body, meaning that it functions similar to a court or judge. Anyone may file a petition (or a request for action) asking the Board to consider a matter within its jurisdiction. Most often petitions are filed by the utilities, ratepayers, or interested parties, but sometimes the Board will initiate a matter on its own.
Once a petition is filed, the Board decides if it will retain the matter (which will become a case) or send the petition to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). If the case is sent to the OAL, a judge will make an initial decision that the Board will ultimately accept, reject, or change. Regardless of whether the case is sent to the OAL or retained by the Board, the case goes through a legal process that may involve public hearings, briefs, discovery, and testimony. The parties involved include the petitioner, the Board’s staff, and often the Division of Rate Counsel (the state entity charged with representing the ratepayers and consumers of New Jersey). Others may ask to be involved as an intervener or a participant, but those parties must meet certain standards provided in the regulations (N.J.A.C. 1:1-16.3) to be granted that status.
Members of the public are invited to voice their opinions at public hearings. Public hearings are listed on NJBPU's website and notices of these hearings appear in newspapers. All evidence, arguments, and comments provided at the public hearings are made part of the record to ensure that the OAL judge and/or the Board is making an informed and impartial decision based upon the facts as presented by both sides. It is important that the public provide its input at the public hearings to ensure these comments are included in the record of the case.
The Board then decides the case at one of its public agenda meetings, and will issue an order setting forth the reason for its decision. The Board’s decision may be appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.