Permitting Director, Renewables – California

  • Full Time
  • USA



Personal Qualities


We’re 20,000 colleagues in more than 30 countries delivering oil, gas, wind and solar power to 170 million people worldwide. Taking on tough energy challenges is our job. Right now, we’re facing an enormous task: supplying the world with the energy it needs, while lowering emissions.

We’re up for the challenge. Are you?

The position

By joining our team in Renewables you will have the opportunity to:

Be a part of the US Permitting team which has responsibility for developing and executing the strategy to obtain federal, California, and local approvals required for construction and operation of US offshore wind facilities as well as identifying, assessing, and managing environmental and social impacts and risks. The team collaborates with global colleagues involved with environmental impact assessment and permitting activities to support learning and best practices for Equinor across all regions, countries and locations. 

The Permitting Director will sit within the Renewables (REN) business area of Equinor, reporting into the US Permitting Group (RES US PER). The successful individual will support Equinor’s portfolio of US offshore wind projects from early phase development through construction.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and execute permitting strategy to secure all necessary federal, California, and local approvals to construct and operate an offshore wind farm and associated transmission system
  • Provide environmental and permitting support through risk assessment to the development of project facilities as a senior member of a Project Management Team
  • Manage tasks delegated to internal technical staff and external consultants
  • Represent Equinor and Project in external engagements as a subject matter expert for environmental impact assessment and permitting in public meetings, pre-application meetings, networking events, industry groups, etc.
  • Promote the Equinor “I AM Safety” culture as leader in the US Permitting Team


Some qualities are essential for Equinor. You identify with our values, open, collaborative, courageous and caring, which guide our decisions and help us succeed and grow. You make safety your priority and contribute to our zero-harm culture. For this position, we are also looking for:

  • A minimum of Bachelor of Science in marine planning or policy, oceanography, environmental law/policy, or related field; Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 7+ years of experience permitting marine infrastructure, preferably: offshore wind, electrical transmission lines, submarine telecommunication cables, or offshore pipelines.
  • Experience with environmental and social impact assessments; including applied knowledge of offshore biological, physical, and cultural resources.
  • Knowledge of federal and California permitting, preferably related to offshore infrastructure and/or the CEQA & NEPA process.
  • Strong project management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Effective verbal communications and written skills

General information

Candidates are expected to openly offer all relevant information about themselves during the recruitment process. All permanent and temporary hires will be screened against relevant sanctions lists to ensure compliance with sanctions law.

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