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Environmental Protection Specialist

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Environmental Protection Specialist to join our Department of Emergency Services (DES) team to oversee and perform administrative and program work related to environmental protection programs at the Trust. The Presidio, formerly a 1,491-acre Army base, is now a new kind of national park. The Park offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities, and is home to thousands of residential and non-residential tenants. The Land and Building Stewardship Division maintains the important infrastructure necessary to sustain the equivalent of a small city, including fire protection, utilities, water treatment, transportation, roads, trails, and signs. The DES is responsible for overseeing and managing the emergency services, law enforcement, fire code enforcement and other safety and inspections related activities on the historic Presidio Trust located in San Francisco, CA.


We are looking for high energy and equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of the Presidio Trust and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.  


When you join the DES, you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative team serving the public through effective collaboration in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating the impacts of all hazards and threats to the Presidio.


Working with the Emergency Management and Safety Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating environmental compliance working in the Department of Emergency Services of the Presidio Trust. The incumbent drafts, updates, submission required plans and guidelines, permits, manifests, and provides administrative oversight for a variety of environmental initiatives. This role serves on the Environmental Compliance Team and works closely with legal, safety and environmental staff to ensure that the Trust operates in compliance with applicable environmental regulations. In addition, this position coordinates environmental programs, develops and manages databases, benchmarking, progress reports, and annual environmental reports.


This is a full-time role with benefits.  Applications received by August 20, 2021, will receive first consideration.



  • Develops and maintains plans relating to environmental regulatory compliance, water and air quality management, and the management of hazardous materials in Trust facilities
  • Prepares and processes permits, manifests and other documents for compliance with environmental laws and regulations; coordinates with various environmental regulatory agencies
  • Conducts scheduled and unscheduled site inspections of Trust and Tenant facilities
  • Conducts technical reviews, and environmental audits in support of compliance activities
  • Establishes and maintains hazardous material inventory and tracks and monitors chemical purchases
  • Initiates pollution prevention program and assists staff with toxics reduction
  • Administers program for management of Universal Waste
  • Works with Abatement group to administer, monitor and track hazardous waste collection and disposal
  • Supports the Waste Reduction Coordinator with developing comprehensive waste reduction strategies for hazardous materials
  • Develop strong relationships through participation in the Environmental Compliance Team with other Trust environmental programs and associated managers to include remediation, abatement, and waste reduction
  • Coordinates mandated training in regulated environmental areas for Trust personnel
  • Serves on team to develop and maintain of the Trust Environmental Management System
  • Supports the development and coordination of other environmental initiatives as assigned
  • Supports soil management efforts, such as performing inspections while excavation activities were underway to ensure Trust workers and contractors were complying with dig permits and SMP/ESOP's, as applicable.
  • Develop solutions and workplans to address environmental compliance audit deficiencies.
  • Applying principals of environmental management systems as specified in ISO 14001 and developing an organizational infrastructure to address the longer-term challenge of establishing self-sustaining programs to achieve and proactively maintain compliance by:
    • Setting priorities for actions based on Trust objectives,
    • Identifying requirements that apply to Trust activities and with which compliance must be maintained to minimize risks or respond to incidents,
    • Coordinating and communicating activities among affected parties and ensuring key responsibilities are assigned and personnel are accountable for fulfilling them,
    • Ensuring resources are available,
    • Ensuring personnel responsible for achieving objectives are competent through on-the-job and other training to fulfill their responsibilities,
    • Ensuring risks are managed and goals achieved through operational controls,
    • Ensuring compliance is documented and key documents are accessible and maintained, independent of personnel who generated the documents,
    • Controlling hazardous materials and minimizing hazardous waste generation and triggering compliance requirements because of the presence of hazardous materials on site, and
    • Ensuring continuous improvement and realignment of the program to meet objectives through audits and management review.
  • Actively engage in emergency management activities as assigned up to and including participating as a member of the incident management team.


The incumbent monitors and continually updates required plans and permits, including but not limited to:

  • Hazardous Material Unified Program Agency (HMUPA) Requirements
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan
  • National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)Permits
  • Domestic Water Supply Permit
  • Diesel Off-road Online Reporting System (DOORS) compliance
  • Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP)
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit
  • Presidio Trust Lead-Based Paint Plan (LBP)
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Pesticide Application Records
  • Waste Wise Program Reporting


​Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in the biological, chemical, or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field AND a minimum of 3 years' experience managing or coordinating an Environmental Compliance program in the public or private sectors; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in the biological, chemical, or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field AND a minimum of 7 years' experience managing or coordinating an Environmental Compliance program in the public or private sectors.
  • Experience developing sampling plans to support safe workplace practices.
  • Experience in evaluating and implementing environmental codes, statutes, compliance, and regulatory requirements.
  • Experience in storing, handling, labeling, disposing, and reporting for hazardous materials and hazardous waste.
  • A valid California driver's license.


  • Principles and practices of environmental compliance
  • Local, state, and federal environmental laws, regulations, and their implementation
  • Methods of environmental assessment and mitigation
  • Pollution Prevention principles and practices
  • Regulatory requirements for handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials and hazardous waste
  • Environmental training requirements for various trades
  • Basic computer skills and experience with word processing, databases, and spreadsheets
  • Customer service/public relations practices.


Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to research, organize and write clear and concise reports and correspondence, and make oral presentations before groups.
  • Ability to manage electronic databases (collect, compile, and interpret data)
  • Maintain a high level of organization (managing sensitive files, keeping track of important deadlines, and coordinating interdisciplinary groups to complete tasks efficiently)
  • Conduct special studies and field investigations independently or as part of a team
  • Reach collaborative solutions, using problem-solving skills
  • Review and interpret legislation and regulations
  • Develop scopes of work and oversee the work of contractors
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer Certification or completion within first year of service


About the Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship Team

Our mission is to make the Presidio thrive by keeping the land, buildings and infrastructure of this beautiful park in excellent shape and by providing outstanding customer service to everyone we meet.   We are proud of our role in making the Presidio successful and look forward to welcoming you, our next leader, to help us continue to excel.


Background & Driver's License Investigation and Review

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver's license. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


Financial Disclosure

This position may require the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.