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Deputy Director-Environmental Compliance

Job ID: 7840
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Environmental & Compliance Ser
Date Posted: Jul 11, 2024





Deputy Director – Environmental Compliance


Risk Reduction/Safety








Until Filled


This position is eligible for teleworking which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting before the Application Deadline.



MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service, and rewarding opportunities to its employees.

Position Objective:

This position is to manage and monitor Metro-North’s environmental compliance activities to ensure adherence to all applicable environmental laws and regulations. This position will oversee all environmental disciplines and projects handled by the Environmental Compliance Unit under the Office of System Safety. This position is responsible for assuring compliance with all regulatory and safety requirements pertaining to hazardous and regulated wastes, spill prevention, air quality, and soil management associated with operations and capital projects, remediation activities, stormwater issues, and all regulatory permitting requirements.


  • Manage all aspects of MNR’s regulatory requirements and compliance obligations (Permits, SPEDES, SWPPP, SPCC, SPR, PBS, CBS, Air, Water, Hazardous and non-hazardous waste, Spills, Pollution Prevention, Remediation, etc.); mentor and direct environmental compliance unit staff; assign work, monitor performance, and provide coaching for performance improvement and personal development targets.
  • Manage Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) annual report submittal to the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and stormwater management activities throughout the year, including preparation of annual forms, GIS mapping, construction site stormwater activity, illicit discharge tracking, attendance at hearing, environmental training and public outreach.
  • Oversee the management of threatened and endangered species concerns including the USFWS SPUT Migratory Bird Permit including renewal and annual reporting required for eagle strikes. Manage ongoing application process for Incidental Take Permit with USFWS and obtain NYSDEC nuisance animal permits for MNR Operations as needed.
  • Prepare the Annual Environmental Audit required under the NYS Environmental Conservation Law as well as the Environmental Audit memo required for the Metro-North Committee on an annual basis.
  • Manage all hazardous and petroleum spill occurrences, including regulatory notification and clean-up efforts, including continuing consultation with regulators and clean-up contractors. Must be available to those members of the Environmental Compliance Department who respond to spills to provide directions on spill response and clean-up.
  • Provide guidance for Capital Projects and MTA Real Estate to assure compliance with environmental requirements during acquisitions, construction, and once in operation. Direct environmental site assessments prior to property acquisitions by MNR to satisfy due diligence and communicate findings with MTA Legal and Real Estate.
  • Monitor wastewater treatment system compliance with regulatory requirements (, including preparation and submittal of monthly sampling reports and renewal and modification of permits.
  • Attend Quarterly CDOT Environmental meetings and assist CDOT in the preparation of Minutes and oversee follow-up on issues raised during the Quarterly Meetings.
  • Prepare the annual budget and monitor monthly spending and ensure invoices from contractors/consultants are processed in a timely manner.
  • Manage all aspects of Metro-North’s multiple (7) environmental contracts, including, assisting with the development of environmental specifications, review of work scopes, plans, and submissions for changes to the operation or building or demolition of structures, design drawings, conducting site assessments for Phase I and Phase II ESA.
  • Support Field Safety, Safety Engineering, Fire Life Safety, and Emergency Management with IAQ complaints, emergency evacuations, and safety and environmental concern investigations. Identify and assist the Capital Department in obtaining all required environmental permits, including those necessary from the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State, United States Coast Guard, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other regulatory agencies and assist in the preparation of State Environmental Quality Review Act and National Environmental Policy Act documentation.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of and the ability to understand and interpret federal and state environmental laws and regulations including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, etc.
  • Familiarity with the integration of environmental and safety issues.
  • Strong leadership skills to motivate and foster teamwork, and experience managing staff.
  • Strong knowledge of waste management including familiarity with varied chemical and mechanical waste treatment techniques and technologies.
  • Working knowledge of wastewater treatment systems.
  • Working knowledge of MS4 system requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to maintain positive working relationships with other departments and regulatory agencies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated crisis management skills with the ability to respond to emergencies in a timely and proper manner.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and adhere to deadlines and budgets.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite and/or comparable applications.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills.

The Following is/are preferred:


  • Familiarity with railroad operation.


Required Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or related field.
  • Minimum of nine (9) years of experience handling environmental issues for a major transportation facility.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in managing environmental contractors and reviewing work scopes as well as invoices.
  • MNR Roadway Worker Protection qualified or ability to become qualified within (6) months of hire and maintain the annual requalification thereafter.


The following is/are preferred, but other satisfactory combinations of relevant experience, education, and/or technical credentials will be considered:


  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or related field.
  • OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training and petroleum spill training is a plus.
  • Knowledge of safety issues and established relationships with the System Safety Department.
  • MNR Operating Rules qualified or ability to become qualified within (6) months of hire and maintain the annual requalification thereafter.


Other Information

This position is safety-sensitive and subject to toxicological testing.

According to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including those concerning veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.











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