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Senior Specialist, Environmental Operations

San Francisco, CA

There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline.

Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run "Business Resource Group" communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world? 

At United, we take bold action. And our Government, Corporate and Environmental Affairs team are the driving force behind our efforts to make change happen! By working closely with the US government and coordinating grassroots advocacy efforts, our Corporate and Government Affairs team represents United on public policy and legislative issues. And our Environmental Affairs team is equally working hard to shape an environmentally sustainable future. Together these teams advocate for a cleaner, safer, and more optimistic future for our airline, our employees, and the millions of customers we serve all around the globe.

Key Responsibilities: 

Implement corporate environmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance at company’s higher risk facilities. Assist in following company environmental management system as well as environmental compliance tracking. Act as the environmental steward and champion sustainability efforts at your facility. Serve as primary contact on facility environmental compliance and sustainability initiatives and as the primary contact for airports and regulators for environmentally related items. Provide station specific compliance and sustainability data and maintain appropriate records. Support other duties as assigned. 

  • Responsible for environmental compliance and monitoring of the day-to-day compliance obligations at company’s facility
  • Act as liaison between all operating groups at facility and other Environmental Affairs' staff to maintain environmental compliance, facilitate sustainability initiatives and monitor projects or events that have potential environmental impacts at the facility, such as construction, remediation, etc.
  • Coordinate with your manager or subject matter expert(s) with facility regulatory reports and permits
  • Represent Environmental Affairs at routine operational meetings as required to discuss compliance and sustainability
  • Facilitate and maintain any required environmental inspections, including weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual written inspections as required by company’s or airport authority’s environmental procedures/policies, and ensure all identified deficiencies are corrected
  • Act as Point of Contact/First Responder for any spills or emergency situations that may arise at the facility
  • Assist with the performance of audits, station visits, and timely implementation of audit finding corrective actions (including actions of other responsible parties at facility). Assist with implementation of environmental training at facilities
  • Assist operations personnel with the implementation of environmental permit conditions, such as stormwater, wastewater, waste and air permits
  • Maintain facility environmental files, permits and other facility related environmental data
  • Prepare certain regulatory reports and provide support on special facility projects as advised by your manager or other Environmental Affairs staff
  • Serve as point of contact for regulatory agency inspections and assist agency inspectors and outside environmental consultants with facility tours, file inspections, etc
  • Manage and track waste disposal from waste collection areas; supervise and report site data that support United's global environmental strategy
  • Provide guidance to the different work groups to ensure compliance and facilitate sustainability initiatives
  • Manage compliance with DOT and RCRA requirements for recordkeeping, labeling and tracking of regulated waste generated by all company operations at facility
  • Assist with preparation of paperwork and sampling required to remove regulated waste from the facility, including waste profiles and manifests
  • Act as company’s designee in preparing and signing regulated/hazardous waste manifests, land disposal notification forms, and any other waste related paperwork for facility
  • Ensure that all hazardous waste storage areas are clean, organized, properly identified, and accessible for inspection Ensure all company emergency response spill kits and waste management supplies at facility are inspected, maintained, inventoried and stocked
  • Establish individual goals that align with departmental goals
  • Responsible in developing individual career development and training plans with leader
  • Use technical knowledge experience to provide thoughtful decision making and guidance in strategic implementation of United’s approved projects
  • Solution oriented and committed to a creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement and innovation
  • Models integrity, possesses self-awareness and fosters an environment of accountability
  • Will be held accountable for providing constant and transparent communication to their Project Team, Leadership, Stakeholders and Customers

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table! 


What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications): 

  • College degree or comparable environmental work experience with general understanding of environmental regulations
  • 2-4 years environmental experience covering environmental field compliance 
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations in the aviation industry.
  • Must be an organized self-starter
  • Proficient computer skills including WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK, and PowerPoint
  • Comfortable working with DOT/RCRA hazardous materials and chemicals
  • Able to move heavy equipment
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

What will help you propel from the pack (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degrees in environmental sciences/policy or related area 
  • Airline, aerospace, or airport experience 
  • Knowledge of airline practices and operational procedures 
  • Ability to build trust and communicate across departments

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions. Please contact [email protected] to request accommodation. 

The salary for this position is $73,425 to $107,690, dependent on job-related, non-discriminatory factors such as experience, education and skills. This range is based on a full-time schedule.

Bonus eligible: yes

At United, we offer a competitive compensation package, with benefits including: medical, dental, vision, life, accident and disability, parental leave, employee assistance program, commuter, paid holidays, paid time off, 401(k) plan with employee and company contribution opportunities, and flight privileges.

The Job Posting End Date is 05/06/2024

Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

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