Manager of Environmental Permitting

Corpus Christi, TX

Port Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) is currently seeking a dynamic professional to join our team! This position will lead the Permitting Functional Area within the Environmental Planning & Compliance Department. This position oversees all aspects of federal and state permitting for construction and operation, including cultivating opportunities to beneficially use dredge material in support of PCCA’s commitment to habitat creation. The position is inherently interdisciplinary and requires effective collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability and Resilience Manager and the Environmental Compliance Manager, who lead the other two functional areas within the Environmental Planning & Compliance Department, as well as with various departments across the organization.


  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders to develop permit strategies to support construction of new infrastructure and to facilitate commercial activities
  • Collaborates with diverse external stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry and academic groups, on PCCA’s permitting activities
  • Cultivates beneficial use opportunities for dredge material placement that advance habitat creation and climate resilience targets and initiatives
  • Collects and interprets technical/analytical data, researches issues, and evaluates strategies, technologies, and partnerships to streamline permit actions
  • Represents PCCA at coastal resource management meetings, workshops and collaborations
  • Administers environmental documents, plans, permit applications, and National Environmental Policy Act coordination
  • Manages surveys and inspections of PCCA facilities, properties, and project sites 
  • Manages permit condition obligations, ensuring obligations are met by internal stakeholders, including any reporting obligations
  • Coordinates with engineering design professionals to deploy nature-based solutions in accordance with long-term environmental/sustainability targets and initiatives
  • Evaluates plans, specifications, and bid documents for PCCA projects and tenant properties for consistency with existing permit requirements and habitat creation initiatives
  • Assists with developing Department Work Plan and associated capital and expense budget
  • Provides guidance and effective leadership to staff; oversees coordination of team members’ assignments
  • Manages PCCA projects, including third-party consultants; drafts technical requirements and scopes of work; negotiates and manages professional service agreements
  • Monitors permit applications by other entities and new regulations for impacts to PCCA property and operations
  • Participates in rotating after-hours spill call-out duty for a minimum of one month per year
  • Adheres to all PCCA policies; promotes and adheres to the SEAPORT values, maintains good employee relations; and encourages and fosters a supportive environment where teamwork prevails; assists senior management and office staff where appropriate
  • Drives PCCA vehicles to complete assigned tasks courteously and safely; follow applicable procedures for vehicle use; work required hours to fulfill position objectives 
  • CPR certified or the ability to become CPR certified within the first year of employment
  • Tier 2 status designation, serving on the Incident Management Team as the designated Environmental Group Lead


The preferred candidate for this position should be professional, dynamic, energetic, positive, and proactive with exceptional tact, diplomacy, and integrity. The successful candidate must be organized, thorough, passionate, and disciplined. This individual must demonstrate exemplary organizational and planning skills with the ability to set priorities, take initiative, and exercise sound independent judgement. They must possess the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline preferred
  • Wetland delineation professional certification(s) or credential preferred
  • Project Management Professional certification(s) or credential preferred
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) during course of employment 
  • Valid driver’s license


  • Minimum ten years overall professional experience with seven years of experience in practices and disciplines related to application of environmental regulations, habitat creation, and coastal resilience
  • Experience in contract and project management
  • Experience managing personnel
  • Experience in GIS preferred


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to support engagement with a range of stakeholders, including well-honed presentation skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work well within a fast-paced environment, under tight deadlines, and with concurrent projects and changing priorities
  • Ability to work independently within a structured environment and to fit well within an energetic and dedicated team
  • Proven organizational and planning skills; ability to set priorities, take initiative, and exercise sound independent judgment 
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word and Excel, Outlook and other related applications 
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply PCCA policies, tariffs, SEAPORT values, state/federal laws
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide range of individuals in diverse technical disciplines 
  • Ability to define issues, perform research, evaluate alternatives, and develop sound, independent conclusions and recommendations
  • Ability to integrate information from multiple sources to develop creative solutions to complex technical challenges


  • Ability to perform essential job functions, including but not limited to frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking or hearing, typing and occasional reaching, stooping, kneeling, lifting and/or moving up to 20 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Ability to work in a general office environment and on a work site with exposure to adverse weather conditions, fumes and /or air particulates, working in high precarious places, risk of electrical shock and moving mechanical parts, moderate noise levels, and working at heights, ability to wear personnel protective equipment, including hard hat, steel-toed footwear, eye and hearing protection when performing work functions
  • Must be able to walk and stand on level and/or inclined, climb stairs, ramps, ladders and work stands. Must be able to crouch, crawl, grasp/handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbow/knee and reach above/below shoulders
  • Communicating verbally, in writing, and over devices, such as phones and mobile phones 
  • Ability to operate mechanical and electrical equipment, light-weight highway vehicles, and standard office equipment and to work the requisite hours to fulfill position objectives, including evenings and/or weekends, as needed


Interested and qualified candidates must apply online at on or before March 3rd, 2024, 11:59 PM CST. 

If you are selected for a position with PCCA, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a drug test and alcohol screening as well as a verification of information and qualifications provided during the selection process. 

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, PCCA is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, military status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other protected group status.

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