Environmental Affairs Program Manager
Ref ID: REF1679S
Department: Risk Management
Location: Livingston, CA
Employment Type: Full-time
Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.
We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.Job Description
Purpose of position:
The Environmental Affairs Program Manager (EAPM) exercises independent programmatic authority to develop, oversee, and maintain specific environmental programs within the Environmental Affairs Department. The EAPM’s corporate-wide environmental compliance guidance is based on a thorough understanding of the technical basis for each environmental requirement. The EAPM works closely with corporate and field-level operations managers and plant personnel, and acts as the primary corporate liaison with federal, state, and local regulatory officials. The EAPM maintains corporate-wide awareness at Foster Farms facilities of programs through environmental training. He/She negotiates penalties, if assessed, with governmental agencies. Negotiations with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) require the involvement of the Director of Environmental Affairs. He/She coordinates emergency response actions (locates qualified hazardous materials experts to clean up releases of hazardous chemicals 24-hours per day, determines which authorities require notification, files mandatory reports (verbal and written), documents his/her actions, ensures that internal personnel are informed of the incident, performs root cause analyses to determine cause of releases, and works with Operations to develop and implement procedures that prevent future issues from recurring). The EAPM also develops new programs as new rules or laws are passed (follows legislative actions, stays informed on federal, state, and local rulemaking procedures, tracks environmental litigation, etc.). The EAPM also assesses the effectiveness of facility compliance efforts by performing periodic, in-depth, environmental audits at Foster Farms’ facilities. The EAPM also provides technical support to Foster Farms’ legal counsel in the event of environmental litigation. When necessary, he/she interacts with the public (e.g., during nuisance complaints) to resolve issues quickly and effectively. Through effective management and guidance the EAPM maximizes corporate compliance, lowers corporate environmental liability, and avoids enforcement actions and the assessment of penalties
Essential Job Functions:
Manage Air Quality Program (the manager performing air tasks will not perform water tasks, CAFO tasks, or general environmental training)
Manage Corporate Environmental Training Program
Manage Stormwater and drinking water program
Manage Aboveground Storage Tank Program
Provide Key Support for CA Poultry CAFO Program
Manage Pesticide Program
Perform environmental audits
Process environmental invoices for Foster Farms plants
Coordinate emergency response actions (locate qualified hazardous materials experts to clean up releases of hazardous chemicals 24 hours per day, determine which agencies must receive notification, file mandatory reports, document his/her actions, ensure that internal personnel are informed of the incident, perform root cause analysis to determine cause of release, and work with Operations to develop and implement procedures that prevent future emergencies from recurring.
Evaluate environmental programs to ensure their effectiveness thereby minimizing compliance costs and corporate liability.
Evaluate waste management practices, eliminate wastes where possible, and find low-cost, legal methods of disposing of wastes that cannot be eliminated.
Evaluate and modify (as needed) current operating practices to protect the environment and reduce liability (e.g., institute diesel tank inspection program).
Provide Foster Farms’ personnel with guidance on miscellaneous issues (e.g., mosquito abatement).Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Biological Science, or related discipline.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical to the successful performance of the EAPM’s duties.
Seven years of professional experience, at least four years working in the planning, development, and implementation of corporate-wide environmental compliance and training programs.
Education and experience must clearly show the existence of specialized knowledge in three or more of the following specialties: Air quality, wastewater, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, pesticide safety, site remediation, aboveground storage tanks, drinking water, stormwater, or emergency response.
Knowledge of federal, state and local environmental laws, regulations, and standards.
Must work well with other people both internally and externally.
Must contribute to strategic planning processes to facilitate corporate projects.
Must verify data accuracy in all programs.
Must manage data and comply with Corporate Record Keeping procedures.
Must be able to travel both in and out of State.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.