Environmental Safety Officer

at Michael Baker International
Location Philadelphia
Date Posted June 21, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


The Environmental Safety Officer will be responsible for reviewing, assessing and successfully implementing a strategy to assure Authority compliance with the requirements of Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). and Management System (EMS). The Environmental Safety Officer work effort will be concentrated in four areas; (1) Soils Management, Phase I and ll's, Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks (UST's and AST's), (2) Air Permitting, Waste Management, and Storm Water Management (NPDES), (3) Asbestos and Lead, and (4) Environment and Sustainability Management System, ISO 14001.

The Environmental Safety Officer should be experienced in each of these four areas and would be expected to perform functions in any of the four areas. However, the needs of the Division may warrant a job posting to require specific proficiency in one area more than another. The AGM, System Safety and/or the Department Director will make this determination based on the current needs of the Division and the Authority at the time of posting.


  • Conducts Project Management responsibilities for Environmental related projects. Work with SEPTA's contracted environmental consultant to develop scopes of work, cost estimates and project oversight for a variety of environmental projects. Monitors the consultant's activities and process progress invoices and track contract budgets. Coordinates with internal departments for project phasing site access and work implementation.
  • Reviews the requirements of applicable federal and state environmental regulations and evaluates the impact on the Authority. Advises senior management on methods to attain compliance with the regulations.
  • Supervises Location Environmental Officers (LEOs) in each area of environmental compliances and in addressing environmental and sustainability issues. Provides guidance, creates and maintain the weekly environmental site inspection checklist, as needed.
  • Develops, implements and delivers effective environmental and sustainability training plans on all technical issues, as needed for SEPTA employees, in coordination with SEPTA's Training Department, subject matter experts, and location or function.
  • Assists the System Safety Division in conducting Environmental compliance audits and provides recommendations for Corrective Action.
  • Serves as SEPTA's internal consultant to provide guidance and advocacy to SEPTA's project management staff in the area of environmental strategies, means and methods and regulatory compliance for all internal and third party construction activities.
  • Serves as the system Safety Division liaison with the Location Safety Committees on issues relating to environmental compliance.
  • Supervises the proper remediation and regulatory reporting of contaminated sites which are owned/operated by SEPTA.
  • Provides the Director, Occupational Safety & Environmental Management and the AGM, System Safety with all necessary technical information to allow professional corporate decisions to be developed and implemented.
  • Reviews Safety Data Sheets (SOS) to ensure products requested to be tested purchased or used on property are safe. Stipulates the required PPE and precautions required to product use. Tracks reviews and approvals in the Division's database.
  • Manages SEPTA's emergency response contracts. Provides recommendations and regulator reporting in the event SEPTA has a spill/release of material.
  • Interfaces with Engineering, Maintenance and Construction (EM&C) and Operating Divisions to provide guidance on storm water management, erosion and sedimentation best management practices, soils management, and waste management. Coordinated with SEPTA's Environmental Consultant to provide services as needed.
  • Supports the efforts of the various Safety Officers as needed.
  • Appropriately responds to environmental emergencies when needed on an 'on call' basis outside of normal working hours.
  • Provides project design review support to include design drawing, specification reviews and specification development as needed to support SEPTA's Capital Construction Program.
  • Promotes and enforces the Authority's Safety Awareness & Environmental Protection Policy, System Management System, and Accident & Illness Prevention Program.
  • Serves as Acting Director when required.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the AGM, System Safety and/or Director, Operational Safety and/or Director, Accident Prevention & Investigation and/or Director, Occupational Safety & Environmental Management and/or Director, Construction Safety.
  • Administer SEPTA's Testing and Environmental Services (TES) and laboratory contacts. Oversee the TES consultant when conducting Asbestos and Lead inspections or any other environmental sampling or inspection determine the presence for such suspect materials. Oversees Contractor's performing abatement projects to ensure compliance and coordinate independent air monitoring and laboratory testing services using the TES consultant. Develops and reviews programs/procedures as needed and works with location management to ensure adherence to requirements and continual improvement.
  • Complies with all Authority and departmental safety and security policies and procedures as well as all applicable job safety responsibilities. Reports any safety concerns, compromises or hazards affecting operations, the public, self and/or other employees. Responsible for personal safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others.


  • B.S. Degree in related health, safety, engineering or environmental disciplines and a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years experience in the environmental field required.
  • Strong knowledge of the PaDEP and EPA environmental regulations required. Familiarity with OSHA, and Philadelphia Air Management Services and Licenses and Inspections regulations preferred.
  • The following certifications are preferred when hiring a person specializing in lead and Asbestos; City of Philadelphia Licensed Asbestos Project Inspector, City of Philadelphia Asbestos Investigator, Pennsylvania Asbestos Building Inspector, Pennsylvania Asbestos Project Designer and Pennsylvania Lead Inspector.
  • Experience in Public Transportation Operations preferred.
  • Must have proven contract and budget management skills, and demonstrated ability in preparing Requests for Proposal, cost estimation, and budget forecasting. Experience with large capital construction projects preferred
  • Must demonstrate the ability to pursue/perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be able to review and analyze environmental data and participate in the development of Action Plans to resolve complex environmental issues.
  • Must have strong technical writing and clear communication skills.
  • Must have PC experience with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additional experience preferred.
  • Must have a strong understanding of union and management environment and demonstrate the ability to properly and appropriately address environmental matters directly to union employees as assigned by the Director, Occupational Safety and Environmental Management.
  • Must be able to satisfy rigorous and demanding work schedules, which include nontraditional working hours, and short term deadlines.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


The salary range for this position is $88,783 - $105,000. This will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate.


Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. As a covered federal contractor, Michael Baker International is required to comply with Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, and its implementing guidelines. This includes ensuring that all covered employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, except in limited circumstances when there is legal entitlement to an accommodation. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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