The Airport's Senior Environmental Program Manager (SEPM) leads three (3) staff members from various departments to address all matters associated with environmental management of stormwater and wastewater ensuring Airport compliance with federal, state and local environmental rules, regulations and permits.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Supervision and Management: Manage compliance and implementation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit, King County Industrial Waste Discharge Permits and Salmon Safe Certification for Seattle Tacoma International Airport through management and technical oversight of field monitoring, inspection, documentation, contract management and reporting. This position requires program implementation as well as environmental program development in response to new and changing regulations, environmental sustainability goals and objectives and Airport operations.
Lead and manage environmental and outside department staff members, consultants and outside resource agencies. Ensure water and wastewater regulatory compliance and implementation of Port initiatives during capital development, construction, operations, maintenance and monitoring programs. Permit compliance requires significant interaction and working relationships with multiple departments including Facilities and Infrastructure, Project Management, Maintenance, Construction Management, Engineering, Legal, Fire Department and Senior Management personnel. The ideal candidate will have strong working relationship with regulatory agencies. Identify compliance risks and noncompliance incidents and provide regulatory summaries and recommendations to executive staff.
Participate as a member of the Airport’s Environmental Spill Response Team and provide response to emergencies on a 24 hour on-call basis 7 to 9 weeks throughout the year
Permit Management: Permit management includes preparation of applications and submittals of all stormwater and wastewater Airport environmental permits (NPDES and King County). Lead coordination and communications with agencies, tenants, consultants, contractors and the majority of aviation departments on how to implement very complex and restrictive stormwater and wastewater permits. Create a strong and positive relationship with regulatory agencies to create an open dialogue in order to work through unique permit conditions and documentation requirements. Understand impacts of permit compliance on other operating groups’ financial and physical resources and assess risk of non-compliance when new operations, facility modifications, construction or new regulations are developed.
Capital Program: In predesign, provide project sponsor and project manager compliance requirements that will require specific support, facility improvements to comply with stormwater land use development and redevelopment requirements and documentation requirements associated with land use changes.
Review project design engineering drawings, contract specifications and project submittals to ensure compliance with NPDES Permit and stormwater regulations, stormwater best management practices, low impact development, detention, treatment and conveyance requirements. Incorporate innovative stormwater treatment measures to improve water quality. Assess environmental risks and coordinate with project and construction management staff to determine appropriate construction stormwater management requirements from project design to project stabilization.
Budget: Responsible for developing and managing budget associated with NPDES and King County permit compliance. Routinely monitors costs throughout the accounting year to prevent cost oversight and adjusts internal budget allocations as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local environmental regulatory requirements. Knowledge of airport operational procedures and maintenance protocols to evaluate operational impacts and additional resources impacted by permit compliance. Ability to understand the NPDES permits process and implementation. Ability to utilize technical knowledge as well as practical knowledge to implement stormwater programs. Ability to understand construction methods and process, stormwater design, airport operations and FAA requirements. Knowledge of airport operations and maintenance protocols. Ability to provide consistency with historical practices, meet current and future airport operations and set a precedent for future permitting goals. Knowledge of Port procedures and policies regarding contract administration.
QUALIFICATIONS: Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field; and
Ten (10) years’ experience working in water resources or stormwater management including; regulatory requirements, water quality, wetlands and engineered water management systems.
24-Hour HAZWOPER Certification or the ability to earn certification within one year.
Masters of Science degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field;
Fifteen (15) years’ training in Hazardous Waste Operations
Experience working with Capital Programs
Certified Erosion Sediment Control Lead certification
The Port of Seattle is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, knowing decisions concerning the employment relationship will be made without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, regulations and ordinances.
About Port of Seattle
Founded in 1911, the Port of Seattle owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, two cruise ship terminals, Fishermen’s Terminal—home of the North Pacific fishing fleet, a grain terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage.
The Port’s operations currently help create nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 20 years, the Port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at www.portseattle.org.