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Principal Environmental Program Specialist

Job ID: 61880
Department: Port
Location: New York, NY


About the Role


Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, Port Sustainability & Resilience, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating programs to address the environmental impact from port operations. The candidate will ensure work performed by contractors, consultants, and employees are in accordance with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey standards. The candidate will provide technical support in the interpretation and advancement of environmental resources, strategy, policy, and technology implementation that are aligned with the agency’s Environmental Sustainability Policy and Net Zero goals. The Principal Environmental Program Specialist must have excellent communication skills, strong environmental knowledge, and proven success in complex technical program and project management.



  • Managing Port Authority environmental programs, such as the Truck Replacement Program, including grant application, project authorization, project scoping, and continual improvement.
  • Managing and coordinating Port Authority-funded environmental initiatives including an annual Air Emission Inventory, as well as alternative power, and renewable energy projects.
  • Tracking updates on policy, regulations, and technology that may be suitable for future implementation or affects port communities such as emission control standards.
  • Assist in the implementation of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with interim GHG reduction targets of35 percent by 2025, and 50 percent by 2030. 
  • Coordinating with internal partners and external government agencies (federal, state, and local) to identify and obtain grant funding to support environmental projects and manage grant compliance as appropriate. 
  • Preparing authorization and board approval packages for various projects including schedule and budget.
  • Spearhead data collection efforts and studies to implement environmental policy and strategies. 


Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or Policy related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental program management. 
  • Demonstrated quantitative techniques, data analytics and visualization skills.
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check and obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) to work in a maritime environment as required by Department of Homeland Security.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Platforms.


Desired Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated extensive program management experience related to technically and administratively complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CWA, CAA, RCRA and other federal/state environmental regulations.
  • Working experience with grant application and management.
  • Knowledge in air mitigation/emission control technologies.
  • Strong technical and administrative leadership skills with demonstrated abilities to conduct thorough and accurate problem analyses and evaluations and provide successful and executable recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects, manage time effectively and work independently.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, including report authorships and presentations.



Selection Process

The application process varies by position, but typically includes an initial phone interview for qualified candidates, followed by a more in-depth interview(s) and/or assessment(s).  Selected candidates who are made a conditional job offer will be asked to undergo a background check.


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive benefits package, hybrid work options for many positions, and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.


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How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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