Full-Time ROC Operator, Scout Clean Energy

Boulder, CO

Job Title: Full-Time ROC Operator – Remote Operations Center (ROC)

Organization: Scout Clean Energy

Scout Clean Energy is a leading US renewable energy developer, owner, and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout is developing a MW portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 US states. Scout is an owner-operator portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, and asset management.

Made up of wind energy industry veterans who are making a difference in our world, our team’s work ethic is second to none. We identify problems, create solutions, and deliver them professionally to our customers, stakeholders, partners, and one another. We do the right thing when no one is looking because we are committed to our collective success and because we believe that our uncompromising integrity is key to the collaborative relationships that drive our business.

Duties: By joining Scout’s ROC, you will help optimize Scout’s renewable energy project operations, allowing us to deliver on our commitments to communities, customers, investors, and team members. Our ROC team is currently monitoring four utility-scale wind projects and will integrate new wind and solar projects into our portfolio as they come online.

The ROC plays an important role in the safe and compliant operation of our projects. The ROC Operator supports our site and asset management teams by providing real-time performance monitoring of the substation and turbines from our office in Boulder, CO. They also will be responsible for regulatory actions, filing outages, communication with external and internal project stakeholders, and monitoring our data acquisition equipment. The ability to establish and execute priorities, multi-task, and manage a dynamic environment enables the Operator to be the “eyes in the sky” for our team members in the field.

The ROC is a great way to start in the renewables energy industry and at Scout, as it provides a broad exposure to utility-scale energy operations. Level 1 ROC Operators will have the opportunity to advance in paygrade over time and also to apply for lateral moves within Scout as positions become available.

Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to the ROC’s 2-2-3 shift rotation, which will include weekend, night, and holiday shifts for all Operators.
  • Work closely with our site operations team to maximize project availability and production.
    • Continuously monitor the operation of wind facilities to ensure compliance with safe operations, electrical system procedures, regulatory requirements, power sales requirements, dispatch instructions, contractual obligations, and business unit objectives.
    • Ensure each site is adhering to voltage and generation setpoints and is complying with operating instructions from Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators, Reliability Coordinators, and/or Scheduling Entities.
    • Address substation or turbine faults, alarms, or trips and communicate these conditions to project stakeholders.
    • Perform remote switching as required following formal procedures.
    • Generate standard reports on site performance using the OEM SCADA or owner’s historian.
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for communication with project stakeholders and maintain a formal operations log of shift events. Build and maintain relationships with primary stakeholders and market participants, including power purchasers, scheduling entities, system operators and facility technicians to optimize performance.
    • Coordinate outages or de-rates with project stakeholders, ISOs, transmission operators, etc.
  • Participate in all training offered by Scout to achieve performance metrics.
  • Perform basic analytics tasks as required.

Required Skills / Qualifications: There are three paygrades within the ROC structure – Operator Level 1, 2, and 3. Operators will be assigned a paygrade based on experience and can advance over time.

Scout is open to hiring at either the Operator Level 1 or Operator Level 2 for this role. Skills/qualifications for each level are as follows:

Operator Level 1

  • Exemplary integrity and a strong passion for renewable energy.
  • High attention to detail and the ability to work proactively and productively without direct supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with writing, editing, or collaboration on operational procedures.
  • Ability to work as part of a shift rotation and team.
  • A working understanding of analytics processes is required; hands-on experience is preferred.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Experience with using formulas, macros, and pivot tables and familiarity with large data sets (e.g., 1 million cells or more).
  • Required to attempt PJM exam within 8 months’ time in service and pass PJM exam within 12 months’ time in service.
  • Experience with SCADA or industrial control systems preferred.

Operator Level 2 requirements include all Operator Level 1 skills/qualifications in addition to the following:

  • Previous experience in a power, industrial, or military setting, such as:
    • Minimum of one year of experience working in real-time operations for a utility-scale generator operator or a utility.
    • Real-time operations experience from the manufacturing industry or using industrial control systems.
    • Military experience.
  • Minimum of one year of experience working with SCADA systems. This includes, but is not limited to, wind turbine OEM SCADA systems, substation SCADA systems, and/or SCADA data aggregation/historian platforms (ex. OSIsoft Pi).
  • Has current PJM Generator Operators certification or has previously held the PJM Generator Operators certification (or other industry recognized certification). If certification is not current, must attempt PJM exam within 8 months’ time in service and pass PJM exam within 12 months’ time in service.
  • Preferred but not required:
    • Experience with Microsoft Power Bi, Tableau, or Grafana.
    • Ability to write code in R, Python, Matlab.
    • Experience with Bazefield or Power Factors.

Timeline and Schedule: The target start time for this role is the first week of October 2020, pending successful reference and criminal background checks. It will be expected that the ROC Operator will work from our ROC in Boulder, CO. This is not a remote-work assignment.

The ROC operates on a shift schedule consisting of 12-hour shifts on a 2-2-3 rotation. For the first several months, the shifts will be day-time hours only. In early 2021, the role will transition to day/night shifts as the ROC moves to 24/7 coverage. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working this schedule.

Remote Operations Center Vision: The vision of the ROC is to be a World Class operations and monitoring center with a safety and regulatory compliance focus, while optimizing asset value and operational efficiency. The ROC team is achieving the vision of being world class by embracing the following principles:

  • Brilliance in the basics
  • Trust and verify
  • Owning the support mindset
  • Constant Guardian Angel
  • Continuous improvement and integration

Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members:

  • Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
  • Initiative. Resourceful self-motivator with exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
  • Intelligence. Perpetual learner with the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
  • Work Ethic. Productive team member who desires to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment to meet deadlines and get things done.
  • Team Focus. Purpose-driven colleague with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working across organizational boundaries to deliver on shared team goals.

Invitation to Diverse Candidates: Scout seeks to develop a diverse and inclusive team of professionals. We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally under-represented in the energy industry.

Invitation to Veterans: Scout welcomes veterans of the United States Armed Forces to apply for this position. Scout includes veterans of all branches and a diverse set of occupational specialties. We value the independent thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork that our veterans have developed through their service. We welcome applications from any service and any military occupational specialty.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@scoutcleanenergy.com.

For more information:  www.scoutcleanenergy.com