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Environmental Specialist (Development) - Cape Town

Job Description

Our client, a leading international IPP (Wind, Solar, Storage) is currently on the hunt for a Environmental Specialist (Development) to join their team in Cape Town.

The focus of this role is on the development phase of PV and Wind project, candidates that only possess experience on operational plants, or only gained experience working at a consultancy, as opposed to an IPP, Developer etc. unfortunately, can't be considered.

The Environmental Specialist plays an important role in the preservation of the environment. They will be responsible for managing environmental aspects for the implementation of projects in South Africa in line with South African regulations, IFC Performance Standards, EBRD Performance Requirements and Client's Health, Safety, Environment and Social (HSES) Standards.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Address and supervise EIA requirements in line with local and international standards;
  • Manage all conditions set out in the Environmental Authorisation and EMPr;
  • Support the Development Team with environmental challenges during the project development phase of wind and solar projects and attend occasional site visits;
  • Manage all data that comes from environmental monitoring activity;
  • Evaluate test results and make recommendations for maintaining compliance with local norms and standards, as well as IFC standards;
  • Coordinate with the Site Manager, HSE Coordinator and Social Advisor to ensure conformity with the environmental and social management plan;
  • Inspect construction sites frequently for environmental management plan implementation and compliance and monitor Contractors with respect to environmental obligations;
  • Supervise third party / subcontractors in the maintenance of monitoring programs and environmental management;
  • Overview and coordinate environmental operations in order to ensure permit renewals and regulatory compliance;
  • Keep documents / permits / licenses relating to environmental policies and regulation up to date;
  • Ensure proper reporting to National, Provincial and Municipal stakeholders.


  • At least 3- 5 years of experience working in a similar position;
  • Must have a sound knowledge of environmental legislation;
  • Knowledge of the various renewable energy guidelines in South Africa including knowledge of the REDZ, Strategic Transmission Corridors, bird, and bat monitoring guidelines etc.
  • Previous experience on wind projects will be a plus;
  • Familiarity with the development and implementation of Lender's E&S Requirements;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Strong grasp or fluency in other local languages is a plus.