Website San Francisco International Airport

Location: San Francisco, CA


Under general direction of the Director of Utility Systems, the Environmental Operations Manager leads the activities of the Environmental Operations Unit. This position oversees the implementation and enforcement of environmental regulations required by Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. The position requires understanding the complexities of water, storm water and air quality, hazardous materials, spill management, pesticide use and material management as well as requires the application of a wide range of technical skills and procedures to determine proper action. This position will also be responsible to achieve the Airport’s “zero” waste-to-landfill strategic plan goal through the design, implementation and tracking of source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, and recovery policies, programs and projects.  Furthermore, the position determines staffing and project priorities, and ensures that expenditures are in conformance with budget.


  • Supervises and directs the daily activities and regulatory compliance activities of the Environmental Operations Section and subordinate staff.
  • Maintains working relationships with regulatory agencies; track, develop, implement, report and/or enforce plans, permit conditions, policies and goals designed to ensure adherences to the following environmental regulations required by multiple regulatory agencies include but are not limited to: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA), San Mateo County Environmental Health, Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
  • Oversees and ensures regulatory requirements and reports are completed and submitted by required deadlines and/or permit schedule including but are not limited to: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit required reports, Title V air quality permit quarterly and annual report, certified unified program agencies (CUPA) compliance reports, etc.
  • Manages the Airport’s solid waste hauling contract, in support of Zero Waste Goals. Material management task include but not limited to: overseeing and tracking its waste management contract billing and services; coordinating annual waste characterization studies; overseeing SFO’s Green Business Program including outreach and compliance audits; tracking waste diversion metrics; leading SFO Unites Against Hunger food donation program; tracking and reporting solid waste.
  • Directs and participates in the inspection of wastewater and storm water facilities, commercial, industrial wastewater, and storm water discharges to determine compliance with established standards and regulations, develop and implements wastewater and storm water pollution prevention and spill management programs.
  • Oversees the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program for the Airport ensuring the Airport meets state, federal or local requirements for UST systems.
  • Manages the Refrigerant Monitoring Program, ensuring compliance and prevention of air pollution to mitigate leaks and resultant greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Works with Airport tenants and agencies on enforcing policies and procedures regarding pest management, zero waste and wastewater, spill and storm water discharges.
  • Makes policy recommendations, interprets, and applies policies, laws and regulations to ensure full compliance related to SFO’s environmental services, contracts, capital projects and broader programs.
  • Manages and allocates resources to the section’s operational budget for the permit and other fees for the Environmental Operations unit and compliance of regulatory requirements.
  • Represents the Department before local, state and federal agencies in regarding to environmental and regulatory policies; makes presentations to stakeholders and public officials.
  • Manages positive community relations by developing partnerships with the general public, tenants, regulatory agencies and community and participates in local, regional, and state working groups; and collecting, reporting and best management practice sharing with other airports, large campuses, nonprofits, and all relevant agencies.


Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural science, environmental, mechanical, chemical, civil or sanitary engineering or closely related field,

Five (5) years of verifiable work experience in environmental compliance programs, wastewater treatment facility, laboratory services, storm water and pollution prevention, or sanitary engineering capacity performing duties comparable to a sanitary engineering/water quality technician, waste, air quality or environmental compliance program management. This experience must include at least three (3) years of supervisory experience. 

Possession of a valid Class C Driver’s License to be presented at the time of appointment. May be required to deal with emergencies outside regular schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.

  • Possession of California UST System Operator’s Certificate (From the International Code Council)
  • Possession of Industrial Waste Inspection Grade II Certificate or higher issued by California Water Environment Association
  • Strong ability to strategically plan and problem solve at the Management level.
  • Strong leadership skills when supervising supervisory personnel.
  •  Ability to develop, establish and implement program objectives and action plans with appropriate milestones and timelines to meet program/organizational goals.
  • Knowledge of NPDES permit and State’s Sanitary Sewer Overflow Order compliance
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues related to water quality, treatment, waste management, air quality
  • Knowledge of underground storage tank, emerging pollutant of concerns, spill management

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