The Aviation Environmental Specialist position is an opportunity to build upon the Port Authority’s successful work in improving the environmental performance and sustainability at its five airports in the New York-New Jersey region.
The Specialist will play a lead role in ensuring that airport construction projects comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and will support multiple environmental projects and initiatives at our airports.
- Serve as the Aviation Department’s NEPA subject matter expert
- Advise the Aviation Department on the type of NEPA approval needed for airport construction projects
- Develop NEPA documents for Port Authority sponsored projects in a timely manner, including, without limitation, categorical exclusions and environmental assessments. Coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on NEPA requirements and the development of schedules to complete the NEPA review process.
- Ensure compliance with FAA and NEPA requirements for public notice and public engagement
- Prepare responses to comments on NEPA documents received from the public, FAA and other government agencies.
- Collaborate with airport tenants on the applicability of NEPA to their construction projects. Ensure that tenants’ NEPA evaluations are NEPA-compliant
- In coordination with other programs within the Aviation Department, develop and maintain list of construction projects in the pipeline to project future workload and schedules.
- Serve as main point of contact with FAA on NEPA reviews
- Collaborate with colleagues in the development and implementation of new policies and strategies aimed at reducing the airports’ environmental footprints, including glycol (deicing fluid) management and management of firefighting foam
- Collaborate with the Port Authority Office of Sustainability on periodic assessments of the airports’ emissions of air pollutants, including greenhouse gas emissions
- Liaise with state environmental regulatory agencies
- Support environmental initiatives at the airports
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Engineering, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, or a closely related field
- 2- 4 years of experience in the development of NEPA documentation, including categorical exclusions and environmental assessments
- Knowledge of FAA Order 1050.1f and other FAA requirements and policies relating to NEPA compliance
- Experience working with Federal, state and, local environmental regulatory agencies and FAA
- Experience in a public facing position involving negotiations and conflict resolution
- Progressive experience in problem- solving, analytical and decision- making
- Familiarity with construction documentation, including drawings and plans
- Demonstrated proficiency using PC-based applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Willingness and ability to attend daytime and evening public workshops and hearings relating to NEPA projects
- Ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, think on your feet
- Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, and collaborative skills
- Strong interpersonal skills to resolve challenges and conflicts, as necessary
- Work experience within a government agency
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaboration, teamwork, and creativity to solve problems in a fast-paced project setting
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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.
Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.
The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an FRA-regulated commuter railroad, is the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads. Carrying over 75 million passengers per year, PATH trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, one of the few 24-hour systems in the world. Since the early 20th Century, PATH and its predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, have carried passengers between New Jersey and points in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, serving as a key link in the region's transportation network and as a catalyst for continued residential, commercial and employment growth.
PATH operates 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year. Employees are required to work weekends, holidays, atypical hours (evening and midnight shifts) and during inclement weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to mandatory overtime at the beginning or end of their scheduled tour, or on their days off. A union seniority system dictates work schedules for jobs represented by one of PATH’s unions, and time off may not be immediately available during the usual summer and holiday periods. Working conditions will be challenging, including but not limited to inclement weather, direct contact with the public, in tunnel and outside areas during active train service, and an industrial environment. Commitment to attendance is expected and required.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.