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Company Name

Port of Oakland

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Job Description

PORT ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER / SCIENTIST Oakland, CA Salary:  $10,974 – $13,592/mo., 37.5-hr work week   Your Port. Your Community. Your Career.   When you join the Port of Oakland, you become part of a proud local legacy, an organization that touches virtually every resident with its services and programs. The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is in the top 10 busiest container ports in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas.   The Port of Oakland is a steward to the environment and on a pathway towards zero emission operations. The Environmental Programs and Planning Division implements environmental initiatives and continues to seek innovative technology to meet the goal of a zero emissions, sustainable, and resilient port. Current projects include transitioning fleet and equipment to electric, hydrogen and other alternative fuels, upgrading/installing electrical substations and associated infrastructure, assessing impacts from sea level rise and ground water intrusion, and seeking grant funding opportunities. The pathway towards zero emissions is an exciting opportunity for the Port of Oakland to continue sustainable and resilient operations.   The Port of Oakland is currently recruiting for the position of Port Associate Environmental Planner/Scientist. Under general supervision, the Port Associate Environmental Planner/Scientist performs professional environmental planning and regulatory compliance work on behalf of Port of Oakland development and operations. The incumbent manages environmental programs and projects, obtains environmental entitlements, and performs a broad range of other related environmental work.   Typical duties may include, but are not limited to the following:   Environmental Planning and Assessment
  • Coordinates environmental planning and assessment analyses in support of the Port of Oakland’s role as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Port and other projects in the Port Area, and as Local Sponsor under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Identifies environmental impacts, potential liability and risks from Port and non-Port projects on Port land or private property in the Port Area. Makes recommendations on mitigation efforts.
  • Reviews project descriptions for CEQA documents to ensure compliance with environmental protection measures.
  • Develops, monitors and reports on compliance and implementation of mitigation programs.
  • Reviews and prepares recommendations on proposed projects in adjacent jurisdictions that may affect the Port interests.
  • Provides advice to the Aviation, Commercial Real Estate, and Maritime Divisions, and other internal and external stakeholders on developing adequate environmental planning and regulatory compliance measures as well as developing environmental clearance strategies.
  Regulatory Compliance
  • Develops and implements programs to comply with Federal and State laws and regulations to protect natural resources such as surface and ground waters (i.e. water quality), air (air quality) and land. Water quality programs include the municipal, industrial and construction storm water programs, sanitary sewer requirements, and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, etc. Air quality programs address stationary, mobile and portable sources.
  • Provides data to the Finance Division and to the Office of the Port Attorney to support the required disclosure of “Known Pollution Remediation Obligations” under the General Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) 49 program, environmental insurance recovery efforts, new pollution legal liability insurance policies, and overall support regarding soil and groundwater contamination conditions on Port properties.
  • Conducts analysis and makes assessments on Port compliance with regulatory statutes.
  Regulatory Permitting
  • Obtains required permits for Port operations, maintenance, and development of Port assets; and maintains.
  • Conducts assessments to ensure Port compliance with permit conditions and regulations (permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, etc.).
  • Analyzes permit conditions compliance for public access throughout Port.
  • Initiates, develops and implements permitting strategies, prepares applications and negotiates permit conditions with regulatory agencies.
  • Assists tenants and private property owners in the Port Area to obtain permits.
  Hazardous Materials Management
  • Develops and implements programs to inventory, manifest, abate and dispose of hazardous materials and waste, including lead and asbestos in Port buildings, property and facilities.
  • Provides technical expertise and develops or oversees the development of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs) and Spill Control and Counter-Measure (SPCCs) plans. Hazardous materials management includes the payment of required regulatory oversight fees, including fees to Alameda County (CUPA) for HMBPs, the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the State Board of Equalization.
  Environmental Policy and Advocacy
  • Participates in industry-related environmental committees and task forces.
  • Prepares and makes presentations before public bodies and conferences.
  • Advises Port staff and the Board on environmental issues.
  • Raises public awareness about the Port’s environmental achievements.
  • Supports environmental clean-up events, jobs fairs, signage programs, etc., that promote the Port’s environmental compliance and stewardship activities.
  Other Important Tasks and Duties
  • Identifies training needs and coordinates training related to environmental programs and projects, especially regulatory compliance programs for staff.
  • Designs and implements programs to solicit input from Port stakeholders on Port development projects.
  • Manages solicitation and selection process and manages contracts for professional consultant, laboratory services, and related contracts.
  • Monitors and inspects Port land and private property in the Port Area to support Port regulatory and mitigation programs.
  • Administers grant programs.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  Minimum Qualifications   This examination is open to persons who have a combination of education and experience that would reflect possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A typical combination would include the following:   Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental science, environmental management, engineering, physical science, planning (i.e., urban, regional, environmental), or a related field.   Experience:  Four years of work experience in a position with direct relevance to the duties of Port Associate Environmental Planner/Scientist. A Master’s degree in one of the fields described above may substitute for one year of work experience.   Desired credentials: Professional civil engineer (P.E.), Professional Geologist (P.G.), American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.), Qualified SWPPP Developer/Practitioner (QSD/QSP), Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP), or equivalent credentials.   Licenses: Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license at the time and for the duration of appointment.   Additional Requirements:   The Port of Oakland requires each incumbent to successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check, which will include a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and a Security Threat Assessment (STA), prior to being considered for this position. In addition, the incumbent will also be required to complete and pass a U.S. Customs Airport Security Program Check (19CFR122.182). This status must be maintained for the duration of employment.   The Port’s compensation and benefit program ranks among the best in the region for public jurisdictions and is designed to reward performance and promote a balanced lifestyle, both at the workplace and away from the workplace, for our employees and their families. The Port is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and has been recognized as a FIT-Friendly Employer by the American Heart Association. We offer a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 457 plan and paid leave. Port offers retiree medical benefits for employees and dependents after 10 years of CALPERS service (including 5 years at the Port).   To apply for this exceptional opportunity or obtain more details, please visit us at www.portofoakland.com/business/job-center. Apply by July 10,2024.   The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.    

Required Skills / Experience / Education

See above.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$10,974 - $13,592/month

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required




Job Location

Location Address

530 Water Street
Oakland, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Human Resrouces


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