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Principal Environmental Programs Specialist, EWR

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Job ID: 31274
Department: Aviation
Location: Newark Liberty Int'l Airport


Under the direction of the EWR Maintenance Manager, the Principal Environmental Programs Specialist will manage and oversee environmental programs to ensure the Port Authority and all members of the EWR and Teterboro airport community operate in compliance with applicable Federal, State and Local environmental regulations. Environmental programs include, but are not limited to, air quality, solid waste (e.g. hazardous & universal waste), storage tanks, storm water, sanitary, asbestos, deicing, and remediation.  The successful candidate will also:

  • Day-to-day administration of the EWR's Environmental Maintenance Unit, including overseeing the activities of represented and contract staff; establishing and enforcing work rules and employee discipline; overseeing schedules and training records; overseeing maintenance contracts and their development; performing financial analysis of expenditures; and developing/administrating the Unit’s budget.
  • Collaborate with other facilities and departmental units and divisions on environmental matters and initiatives.
  • Collaborate in the development of environmental scopes of work for Capital and Operating projects and review tenant/capital construction documents for environmental compliance.
  • Prepare environmental documents (e.g. permit applications, compliance plans/reports, air emission reports).
  • Review and analyze environmental reports and data (e.g. soil and groundwater sample test results).
  • Develop and manage environmental databases.
  • Manage the development and implementation of Agency Sustainability Program initiatives including, but not limited to, the EWR Sustainability Plan, greenhouse gas inventories, priority pollutant emission abatement programs, recycling, and energy programs.
  • Serve as a resource for spill response activities.
  • Oversee the response to OSHA and environmental health issues that arise at the airports.
  • Manage EWR’s Confined Space Program.
  • Provide support to managers and other staff to ensure overall airport compliance with applicable Local, State and Federal regulations.
  • Serve as the Maintenance representative in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during airport emergencies, when required.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of environmental science, environmental engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum (3) three years of progressive experience in environmental engineering or related field work.
  • Minimum(3) three years of demonstrative experience in environmental regulatory compliance.
  • Must have demonstrated written and oral communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of internal and external staff, including environmental regulatory agencies.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Available to respond to airport emergencies on a 24 hour/7 day a week basis and/or participate in snow duty events (as needed)


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Substantial knowledge of environmental regulations and multimedia (e.g. air, water, waste) environmental compliance issues.
  • Demonstrated experience with Federal and State environmental regulations as they pertain to water quality, solid waste management (i.e. hazardous & universal), storage tanks, air quality, spills, and remediation.
  • Demonstrated experience with engineering design and construction standards.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management with the ability to establish plans, set priorities, coordinate activities, delegate tasks and responsibilities, work within project deadlines, and manage resources to achieve goals.
  • Knowledge of Port Authority administrative practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and CAD computer systems. Familiarity with asset/compliance management systems (e.g. Enviance, MMIS, Maximo).
  • Knowledge of the Port Authority procurement process.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and seeking authorization of maintenance service agreements.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising subordinate staff.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, execute complex task, manage and share information, establish clear vision for subordinate staff, assume leadership role, and make decisions under time-sensitive and sometimes volatile conditions.
  • Familiarity with airline industry business and operating practices.
  • Must possess or acquire the following licenses/certifications within the timeframes specified below:


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Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of NY & NJ builds, operates, and maintains critical transportation and trade assets.  Its networks of aviation, rail, surface transportation and seaport facilities annually moves millions of people and transports vital cargo through the New York/New Jersey region.  The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, home to the iconic One World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ operates the world’s busiest airport system – John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA), Stewart International (SWF) and Teterboro (TEB) airports.  Our airports produce revenues of $2.4 billion and are staffed by more than 1,500 aviation professionals.

The mission of the Aviation department is to plan, develop, provide, promote, operate and maintain a unified system of safe and secure regional airport facilities, providing the region with unsurpassed global access and restoring the region to its preeminent status as the nation’s gateway for passengers and cargo and to do so with sensitively for the community and the environment. 

In 2016, the agency’s airports handled more than 130 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo.  Some of the major current capital projects include:

  • LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment, which will transform LGA into a unified airport with a main terminal, better transportation access with a future AirTrain, more taxiways and best-in-class passenger amenities

  • Newark Liberty International will be set a new standard for air travel with the redevelopment of Terminal A, and additional updated projects related to Airfield, Parking Garage systems and the redesigning of Landside / Roadways

  • John F. Kennedy International’s Redevelopment will focus on an interconnected terminal layout, redesign of on-airport traffic patterns, expanded taxiways, world-class amenities and state-of-the-arte security technology

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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