Permit Associate

December 21, 2023 Ana Maria Montenegro

Permit Associate

Mission Clean Energy is seeking a Permit Associate to join our rapidly growing company either remotely or at our office location in San Francisco, California. We offer a hybrid work environment and will consider remote locations for exceptional applicants. Our team is located in Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Washington, Texas, Maine and beyond.

Mission Clean Energy (“Mission”) is a values-driven company focused on accelerating the clean energy transition. Our mission is to decarbonize the grid responsibly, one renewable energy project at a time. We are leading the way by providing clean, abundant, and reliable energy to communities throughout the US.

Mission is a well-capitalized company with an established leadership team that is focused on delivering extraordinary results. We value our strong employee culture rooted in collaboration and transparency and favor innovative thinkers who help us reach our ambitious growth and impact goals.

About the Role:

The ideal candidate will have a broad skill set to work across a wide variety of specialties including business, finance, communications, biology, policy, and real estate as they will assist with environmental diligence, compliance, and permitting  for new utility-scale solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage system (BESS) projects  throughout the US.

This position will report directly to the Permitting Manager.. The Permit Associate will work closely with the Permit Manager, Development Managers, GIS Analyst, and Real Estate Manager. This is a growth position within the company. This position is a rare opportunity to join a well-capitalized, outstanding team in a critical role that will shape the growth and future of the company. This is an ideal job for a detail-oriented person who wants to lead in an entrepreneurial environment while maximizing their impact on the clean energy transition.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the coordination of the preparation, submittal, and approval of discretionary permit applications and other entitlement requests critical to project viability 
  • Assist in the management of external environmental consultants and internal resources necessary for environmental permitting and financing
  • Consider the multitude of factors impacting the siting of solar and BESS projects including zoning, floodplains, wetlands, cultural resources, socioeconomics, politics, and other site-specific variables to support early-stage project development 
  • Attend site reconnaissance visits and necessary meetings with stakeholders critical to project success  
  • Research and summarize environmental regulations and permitting requirements as part of preliminary siting review 
  • Attend local, state, and federal meetings concerning the siting of renewables projects and relevant industry association discussions; take clear, concise notes and summarize major talking points for internal use
  • Assist in the coordination of public meetings, project hearings, and other stakeholder engagement opportunities
  • Prepare external presentation materials for meetings with key external stakeholders including local, state and federal agencies, elected officials, project communities, environmental NGOs, and Native American tribes.
  • Prepare and submit permit compliance documentation to regulatory agencies
  • Manage and keep up to date project permitting schedules and budgets
  • Develop internal presentation, communication, and approval materials for executive management and other internal stakeholders
  • Review draft permit requirements, maintain project obligation trackers, and complete permitting exhibits for contracts with project engineering, procurement, and construction contractors
  • Careful review of permitting documents necessary for the success of a project.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • One or more years of work experience in environmental consulting, permitting, renewable energy, real estate, planning, policy or other related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and quality of work
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Independent and self-directed, but unafraid to ask questions where needed
  • Proven ability to plan, prioritize, and execute tasks in a timely and accurate manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic, and cross-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to summarize complex issues and identify opportunities with limited guidance
  • Familiarity with state and federal environmental laws and regulations  (particularly NEPA/CEQA/SEQR) a plus
  • Familiarity with standard local entitlement processes a plus
  • Familiarity with Google Earth, ArcGIS a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to manage work effectively with cross-functional employee groups
  • Experience working with local, state, and/or federal land management agencies, environmental NGOs, or Native American tribes a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the United States as much as 25% of the time, or as required by project needs


Mission offers highly competitive compensation. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and health insurance; 401(k) plan with company match; and generous time-off policies.

Compensation: $70,000-$90,000  annual salary + bonus, depending on qualifications and relevant experience.

We seek a diverse candidate pool in this and every search. Mission Clean Energy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

To apply for this position, please send your resume to No phone calls please. US based applicants only.  No recruiters, please.