Manager - Water Quality Practices

Port of Long Beach | Long Beach, CA

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Posted Date 10/26/2020

Are you a strategic and collegial leader with a passion for water quality and the environment?  If so, please keep reading!

The Port of Long Beach has an exciting opportunity for the next Manager of Water Quality Practices.

The Environmental Planning Division is responsible for creating and managing programs related to environmental planning, compliance, and enhancement.  Guided by our award-winning Green Port Policy, the Division is dedicated to reducing harmful air emissions from port-related operations, improving water quality in the harbor, protecting marine wildlife and implementing environmentally sustainable practices throughout the Port.  The Division is comprised of five sections:

  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Remediation
  • Sustainability

Salary: $140,000.00 - $146,000.00

Under general supervision, and reporting to the Assistant Director of Environmental Planning, the Manager of Water Quality Practices is responsible for managing work on complex tasks related to water and sediment quality policy development and planning, , implementation of the Water Resources Action Plan, biological resource programs, water supply and climate resiliency, and ensuring compliance with the Clean Water Act and/or applicable federal, state and local environmental regulations at Port and tenant facilities.  Represents the Port at a manager level in public settings, and with regulatory agencies, port industry, and community partners.

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     (this is an at-will position) 




  • Supervises staff in performing their daily responsibilities; interviews and recommends employees for hire; trains and mentors staff; evaluates employee performance; prepares annual performance reviews and provides coaching for performance improvement; takes disciplinary action to address performance or other deficiencies.
  • Manages development and implementation of Port environmental policies and programs related to water quality, sediment quality, biological resources, water supply and climate resiliency, and dredging.
  • Manages complex tasks to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations pertaining to clean water.  This requires interacting with consultants, including review and approval of scopes of work and work products and approval and management of project budgets.
  • Oversees and administers the implementation of the Port’s water quality, sediment quality and dredging programs, consistent with the Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP).
  • Administers work related to evaluating and complying with Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
  • Administers work related to compliance with California Sediment Quality Objectives.
  • Oversees coordination with regulatory agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and Regional Water Quality Control Board to obtain permits for Port dredge and fill projects and other in-water construction activities.
  • Makes presentations to the Board on water quality policy, program or project updates and recommended actions.
  • Develops mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to water and sediment quality.
  • Designs and reviews monitoring plans for dredging projects and other projects where monitoring is required.
  • Represents the Port and performs manager level coordination and negotiation with local, state and federal environmental agencies, environmental organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Represents the Port at public hearings and conferences.
  • Assists other Port divisions with water quality related aspects of Port programs and projects, including regulatory compliance and permitting.
  • Advises and recommends courses of action to management on Port programs and projects, and other environmental issues.
  • Reviews legislation related to the Clean Water Act, Porter Cologne Act, and others, and develops recommendations for Port compliance with those statutes.
  • Provides input to Assistant Director on program budgets.
  • Monitors budgets for project-related task authorizations.
  • Makes efficient staffing decisions to control costs.
  • Plans, supervises and allocates resources.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



In addition to the minimum requirements, the successful candidate must have demonstrated leadership and management skills that include initiative, integrity, prudence, political savvy, and exceptional communication. 

Additionally, they will have a collaborative and comprehensive work style that fosters teamwork, engagement, strategic solution oriented approaches and commitment across divisions.

Requirements for the position include:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Geology, Geography, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field is required.
  • Master's Degree in above disciplines is not required but is desirable.


  • Requires five years of recent, progressively responsible professional-level work experience in the environmental field with a strong understanding of water quality compliance is required.  Two years must be in a team leadership position.
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Prior Port, City, public agency or coastal environment experience is desirable.
  • Experience working for or with regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, or industry is helpful.
  • A history of creating effective working relationships across functional lines is expected.

Professional Knowledge and Characteristics:
The candidate selected will also possess the following professional attributes and strengths:

  • Requires knowledge of the Clean Water Act, Porter Cologne Act and other regulations related to environmental compliance.
  • Requires knowledge of theory, principles, standards, practices and information sources for natural resources and environmental science.
  • Must have previous experience managing projects and budgets.
  • Experience contracting with and overseeing consultants is preferred.
  • Requires a broad understanding of environmental terminology.
  • Knowledge of maritime, construction, government and engineering terminology a plus.
  • Requires knowledge of principles and practices of sound business communication and correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation is essential.



The final filing date for this recruitment is:  Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 4:30 PM.
The Port reserves the right to extend the closing date without notice in order to accept additional applications.

To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a cover letter and a resume (as PDF attachments) reflecting scope of current/most recent organization and responsibilities along with a complete online application. Incomplete application packets or those that clearly do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered. Application packets will be evaluated to determine the most qualified applicants. 

Those individuals determined to be best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a work related assessment to further evaluate candidate qualifications. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed shortly thereafter.

The Port of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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