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Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners.  In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service.  EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission. 

The Environmental Protection Manager directs the Environmental Protection programs at UC Berkeley, under broad and independent authority of the EH&S Executive Director. The EP Manager is a member of the EH&S Senior Management Team and creates and implements programs, directs program development, and provides compliance consultation. The EP Manager acts as the principal technical resource to departmental and campus management on environmental protection, and hazardous materials management.  

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  • Plans, directs, and manages the Environmental Protection (EP) programs at UC Berkeley.
  • Manages the EP Team providing personnel administration including hiring, training, evaluating performance, and as required, implementing corrective action.
    • Oversees work production and professional development of team.
    • Supervises, motivates, guides, and applies appropriate standards to staff in their implementation of assigned duties.
    • Recommends or approves hiring of new employees, promotions, reclassification, salary actions, and terminations.
    • Administers full range of performance management to ensure maintenance of expectations and standards.  
    • Assesses job and career enhancement development needs for staff, assuring access to development opportunities.
    • Ensures staff are fully and properly trained to meet mandatory training requirements of positions.
    • Establishes, enforces, and promotes a culture of safety and compliance among all staff supervised.
  • Develops and monitors operational plans. 
  • Represents EH&S at campus meetings and committees, and/or at UC-systemwide level.
  • As part of the EH&S Senior Management Team, may establish and recommend changes to policies that affect the organization.
  • By memorandum of understanding or other agreements, may develop, manage and oversee associated programs at other UC campuses, per identified need.
  • Monitors budgets and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary allocations.
  • Implements budget for hazardous waste and other recharge programs, approving non-compensation expenditure. Recommends budget distribution or augmentations.
    • Participates in the annual budget review, developing and assisting with EH&S budgetary proposals and recharge programs to implement the EH&S mission.
    • Provides technical input and direct support to annual recharge re-certification activities.
    • Monitors rechargeable field work, assist with resolving service disputes
  • Directly and/or through professional and technical staff, evaluates, recommends, and implements policies and procedures to assure awareness of and compliance with environmental regulations and campus requirements; monitors and prevents environmental hazards.
  • Oversees the implementation of federal, state, and local regulatory-driven permits, reports, fees, and licensing such as the multiple certified unified program agencies (CUPA) that UC Berkeley are covered under, required (state- and county-) hazardous materials business plans, medical waste registration, hazardous waste generator fees, EPA treatment permit and fees, storm and sanitary sewer discharge management program reports, underground storage tank licensing program, and air pollution source permit reporting and management. Conducts water sampling. Helps ensure compliance at multiple construction sites at campus locations. Oversees all aspects of proper hazardous waste management which includes processes for labs and other campus entities to properly collect, hold, and request pick-up. In addition, processes for the hazardous materials management staff to pick-up, sort, label, consolidate, store, pack, ship, and track unwanted hazardous waste.  Other waste streams managed include: medical waste and controlled substances.
  • Responsible for campus programs that help ensure compliant shipments of hazardous materials. 
  • Oversees contaminated site clean-up order driven program requirements, including the Richmond Field Station remediation project. Negotiates clean-up requirements with state and federal agencies, including both soil and marsh/wetland habitat clean-up. Acts as the campus expert on soil sampling, related to both remedial work, and general and construction-related campus soil management. 
  • Monitors, controls, evaluates and continually improves procedures in accordance with existing, updated and pending regulations. Provides reports to Federal, State, and local agencies. Directs audits, follow-up and notification activities.
  • Develops or oversees development of communication programs to ensure awareness of and compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and policies to protect environmental health and prevent unsafe conditions. 
    • Directs management of two websites related to EP Team programs (Creeks, RFS Environmental) required to meet campus regulatory obligations.
  • Maintains professional knowledge/expertise of existing and proposed changes in EH&S areas, with specific attention to regulations in particular subject area(s). Creates new and complex solutions applying advanced level knowledge/expertise of best practices within multiple technical, professional, scientific, and applied disciplines and makes recommendations and presentations based on accepted scientific methodology.
    • Governing Agencies (Laws & Regulations)
      • Specific agencies, laws and regulations are too numerous to list, but are governed and regulated by agencies including:
      • Local & Regional: City of Berkeley (Fire Department, Public Works, Health and Human Services, Toxics Management Division), Alameda County Department of Environmental Health, City of Richmond, Contra Costa County Health Services Department, Other Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) statewide, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, East Bay Regional Parks District, Other miscellaneous County agencies
      • State: State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Toxics Substances Control, Department of Public Health
      • Federal: US EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Forestry Service (USDA)
  • Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
  • In a campuswide disaster, serve as a key member of the EH&S Emergency Support Function (ESF) or Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This is part of the campus Emergency Management –Hazardous Materials program, and EH&S is identified as one of the several essential service units that may be mobilized to support the campus Emergency Operations Center.

Required Qualifications
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of environmental and hazardous material management technical requirements, logistics, materials and operations, rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage environmental contractors and consultants, including negotiating contracts and change orders and managing field work. 
  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement EH&S projects/programs.
  • Proven management expertise to effectively lead and direct subordinate professional staff in different programs. Solid interpersonal skills to effectively motivate others, skilled in facilitation, managing, coaching, and relationship building.
  • Proven written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills to effectively convey complex information, ability to understand and apply political acumen.
  • Skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and senior campus management. Proven and solid communication skills including: verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills.
  • Proven organizational and customer service skills to effectively manage multiple priorities. 
  • Proven skills to quickly evaluate complex issues, identify resolution, and create effective written, comprehensive analyses with recommendations.
  • Ability to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, local agencies and community groups.
  • Solid skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; recommend, develop, and implement changes to emergency response as required.


  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with contaminated property remediation, including aquatic (marsh) and soil remediation. 
  • Experience evaluating endangered and threatened species habitat and viability
  • Master's degree in environmental or biological science, engineering or related field.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $93,600.00-$139,000.00, commensurate with experience. 

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.”

Other Information

This is a full-time career appointment. 

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to May 7, 2021

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.  Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities.  The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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