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Principal Environmental Programs Specialist

Job ID: 33544
Department: Port
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Reporting to the Manager, Environmental Initiatives, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating programs to address environmental impact from port operation. 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 budget, strategy, policy, and technology implementation that are aligned with the agency’s Environmental Sustainability Policy. The Principal Environmental Program Specialist must have excellent communication skills, strong environmental regulatory knowledge, and proven success in complex technical program and project management.

These responsibilities are accomplished through the following functions:

  • Managing Port Authority environmental programs, such as the Truck Replacement Program including the grant application, program authorization, project scoping, and continual improvement
  • Managing and coordinating Port Authority-funded Green Port and Clean Air initiatives including Air Emission Inventory, 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 ballast water discharge and emission control standards.
  • Assist in the implementation of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas by 80 percent by 2050 and 35 percent by 2025
  • Supporting Environmental Management System compliance and carry out objectives and targets
  • 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 package for various projects including schedule and budget
  • Representing the Port Authority on interagency work groups such as the American Association of Port Authorities Environmental Committee, Northeast Diesel Collaborative Work Group and Northeast Clean Freight Corridors Committee.


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

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or Policy related discipline
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in environmental program management
  • 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


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
  • Working experience with Environmental Management System; e.g. ISO 14001
  • Demonstrated quantitative techniques, data analytics and visualization skills
  • 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

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 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 $23 billion in annual wages and $80 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.


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

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