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Mid, Senior or Principal Environmental Planner (Siting and Land Rights) Job

Location(s): CO - Denver


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Position Summary
This position has considerable latitude for decisions relating to the need for permits, negotiate acceptable permit conditions and determine appropriate measures to minimize environmental impacts. Assignments are often self-initiated. Possess expert knowledge of land rights principles and regulations and applies them in creative and effective ways to a broad range of complex assignments. Must demonstrate exceptional diplomacy skills and judgment to balance competing objectives. Leads sensitive negotiations and settlements and provides management with sound analytic analyses to support compensation decision-making. Proven track record in successfully managing project schedules and budgets.


  • Lead planning, route alternatives analysis, site selection, and management of sites and corridors for major energy facilities, including transmission lines and generation plants (thermal, wind, solar, biomass, hydro). Interact with, and represent S&LR’s interests, on multi-disciplinary internal project teams, involving engineering, legal, regulatory and project management staff.
  • Negotiate with landowners and their legal representatives for the acquisition and management of land rights for major energy facilities, up to and including the process of condemnation. Highly proficient in preparing and administering land rights instruments including easements, leases, deeds, licenses and performing abstracting and other related courthouse searches to facilitate the acquisition and disposition of property rights.
  • Lead preparation of applications and negotiate for and obtain applicable permits from federal, state and local government agencies for approvals to construct major energy facilities. These include necessary land use and environmental permits from local, state and federal government jurisdictions.
  • Represent the company before federal, state and local regulatory and land management agencies, boards, planning commissions and councils. Prepare project descriptions and summaries, respond to data requests and make presentations to the governing jurisdictions in public hearings to obtain approval for projects. Act as primary spokesperson on all land rights related activities for the project. Act as expert witness in preparing and presenting written and oral testimony in state certification proceedings (CON, CPCN, CCN) and other regulatory proceedings.
  • Maintain a high level of technical knowledge and understanding of applicable federal, state and local land rights laws, codes, ordinances and regulations. Implement effective negotiating strategies and techniques in order to secure land rights at a fair and equitable cost. Serve as technical resource and advisor to other Siting & Land Rights Staff.
  • Administers and consults with other agents and team members on complex project issues regarding land rights and siting issues. Assists others in developing, refining and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of Xcel Energy. Contributes to process teams concerning budget and regulatory compliance.
  • Provides assistance to other internal Xcel Energy departments and subsidiaries involving land rights management and acquisition, valuation, scheduling and cost estimates for siting and land rights activities.
  • Prepares requests for proposals, contract agreements, and project estimates for projects. Leads selection of consultants and contractors. Manages consultants on major projects. Leads team for condemnation proceedings and provides testimony in related court cases.


Mid Level:

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in real estate, land use planning, management or business (a combination of relevent education and experience totaling 8 years may be considered in lieu of the degree requirement)
  • 2 years of increasingly complex siting, acquisition and/or land rights management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Requirements 

  • Project management experience
  • Landman acquisition and title experience

Salary Range - 66,000 - 93,999


Senior Level:


  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate, land use planning, management or business.
  • A combination of relevent education and experience totaling 8 years may be considered in lieu of the degree requirement.
  • Minimum of 5 years of increasingly complex siting, acquisition and/or land rights management experience.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.

Salary Range - 77,000 - 109,666


Principal Level:


  • Bachelors degree in real estate, land use planning, management or business or a combination of relevant education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.
  • Minimum 8 years of increasingly complex siting, acquisition and/or land rights management experience.
  • SR/WA designation or advanced degree a plus.
  • Experience with state and federal permit and/or acquisition activities.
  • Demonstrated skills in technical writing, verbal communications, negotiations and project management skills.
  • Valid driver’s license is required.

Salary Range - 87,000 - 123,666





COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all persons be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver || United States (US) || Operations and Generation || 41495:Siting and Land Rights - PSC || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $87,000 to $123,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 38301

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