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Project Mgr / Mgr Environmental Engineering (Waste Water Operations)

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: $67,100 - $109,600



 Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.


What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.


We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.


Position Overview:

The Project Manager / Manager of Environmental Engineering – Waste Water (WW) Operations provides oversight & leadership of BNSF's industrial wastewater systems operations & maintenance program including contract operators, asset management system (EAM), associated environmental infrastructure, Best Way processes and coordination of various projects in support of the Environmental Engineering team. The position reports to the Director of Environmental Engineering, and leads the overall program totaling 18 contract operators, 17 wastewater treatment plants, 140+ oil-water-separators, 200+ lift stations, 15 lagoons and consultants and contractors that support wastewater systems. The position is located at BNSF’s Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.


Key Accountabilities:

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Engineering, the Project Manager / Manager of Environmental Engineering – WW Operations serves as the first-line manager for leading the WW program for BNSF systemwide. The Project Manager / Manager provides strategic leadership for the program as well as day-to-day performance monitoring and feedback; is responsible for full management of wastewater operations interaction & support; and provides technology systems support. The Project Manager / Manager will have direct supervisory responsibilities for many staff, including consultants, contractors and field engineers/technicians. The right candidate will have a passion for sustainability, finding creative pollution prevention solutions and value engineering while thriving in a multi-tasking fast paced environment.


Specific responsibilities of this position include:

  • Overall safety, compliance, leadership and expectations for BNSF’s WW program.
  • Assuring and leading safe and effective WW operations & maintenance including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, corrective & preventive actions. Includes Job Safety Analyses, Hazardous Energy Control Program, Confined Space Program and other associated OSHA and BNSF requirements.
  • Coaching, developing and guiding the WW program by supporting a value driven culture and setting performance expectations.
  • Lead, Manage and Support WW Permitting & Ordinances as well as Compliance:
    • Application, permitting and renewal of WW permits, ordinances, etc. as it pertains to Federal, State and Local regulations and requirements,
    • Tracking of deadlines and expiration dates,
    • Proactively monitoring potential changes to Federal, State and Local requirements that could impact the WW operations and associated performance,
    • Work with regional Environmental managers elating to permit applications, permits and renewals,
    • Review draft permits and ordinances to assist with comments and compliance,
    • Laboratory and quality assurance for proper operation and compliance with effluent limitations, plans and requirements,
    • Proactively operate and maintain WW systems to prevent inspection findings, exceedances and violations,
    • Communicate and assist with regulatory notifications, inspections, exceedances, violations including root cause analyses and corrective actions
  • Tracking of operational performance, compliance & maintenance of systems with use of technology systems to support efficiencies, reduce risks & costs and increase sustainability.
  • Project management and coordination for various projects relating to WW operations & maintenance and support for other Environmental Engineering programs including capital, tanks, pipelines, industrial control systems and technology systems.
  • Leadership and support of Best Management Practices (BMP’s), Sustainable Operations and Best Way Program to enhance the WW program.
  • Leadership of Provider project managers and operators as it relates to annual PMP objectives and performance reviews.
  • Conduct annual Provider performance reviews.
  • Identify requirements and develop / prepare written project scopes of work and requests for proposals.
  • Select and work with consultants to create/update plans, scope of works, project drawings, specifications, guidelines, requirements for the WW program.
  • Support the capital process for prioritization, assessment, investigation, design, and construction processes as well as secure approvals with BNSF colleagues and applicable regulatory agencies.
  • Provide value engineering expertise based on operation and maintenance of WW systems.
  • Review plans, specifications, and submittals for new construction and upgrade projects.
  • Participate in bid walks and contractor selection processes.
  • Manage bid processes and select engineers and contractors as it relates to the WW program.
  • Lead projects from a safety, cost effective, value-add, sustainable and infrastructure improvement standpoint.
  • Coordinate and collaborate for partnerships with various BNSF departments including Mechanical, Engineering, Transportation, Labor Relations, Legal, Environmental, Sourcing and Finance.


Provide Technical Guidance:

  • Fielding WW operation & maintenance questions, concerns, issues as they arise.
  • Coordinating with Industrial Control Systems & WW Operations Manager and Capital Manager as it pertains to the WW program and associated operations systemwide.
  • Request information from operators and other personnel as it relates to WW systems including but not limited to safety, maintenance, inspections, cleaning, sampling, calibration, chemical addition, etc.
  • Contact equipment manufacturing representatives for product information and technical assistance.
  • Conduct an annual operator summit to grow & develop operators, set and clarify expectations, promote relationships across operators and Provider project managers & leadership for sustainable operations.
  • Conduct weekly, monthly, quarterly meetings and updates as necessary to continue leading and promoting WW operations.


Provide Financial Support:

  • Determine overall budget as it relates to the WW Program.
  • Regularly analyze project financial status in relation to current budget; advise BNSF Director of the program status and problems (or potential problems) on a regular basis.
  • Review all purchase requests, purchase requisitions, purchase orders as it relates to the program.
  • Review all invoices, determine whether appropriate work has been performed and invoiced, approve invoices, apply against appropriate purchase orders, and monitor payments against purchase orders.
  • Monitor and resolve invoice and purchase order issues where invoices are misapplied, change orders need to be created, etc.
  • Monitor availability of funds related to the program and each area of the WW system.
  • Oversee all WW operations & maintenance with respect to progress, issues, resolution, and documentation thereof.
  • Develop and manage accurate schedules as needed (inspections, cleaning, maintenance, etc.)
  • Use, develop, implement SharePoint, Project Dashboards, Power BI, Tableau and other technology to support business needs, improvements and efficiencies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical or other comparable Engineering.
  • 2-3 years of experience in Program and/or Project Management.
  • Ability to lead and manage contract Providers and Operators systemwide
  • Strong commitment to safety in all aspects of business operations.
  • Superior skills in verbal, written, and electronic communications.
  • Self starter that is driven to success and has a strong initiative.
  • Ability to relate well with others and build strong relationships.
  • Proven history of successful program &/or project management including strategic leadership and scope, schedule, budget for projects
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant computer technologies, such as AutoCAD, Visio, MS Project, MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook Email/Calendar, SharePoint, and other BNSF or external technology systems.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Credentials (e.g., Project Management Certification, E.I.T., or P.E. registration), experience, and professional association involvement, which sets the candidate apart from the average engineer.
  • Experience with ISO Management Systems such as Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Environmental Management Information Systems (e.g., Enablon).
  • Knowledge of key Industrial Wastewater operations, systems and/or equipment, to include intake/collection structures/conveyances, lift stations, oil water separators, chemical feed systems, primary clarification, storage tanks, dissolved air floatation systems, effluent collection/conveyance/sampling systems, sludge handling, belt or tube oil skimmers, pumps, aerators, various process instrumentation and industrial control systems/SCADA.
  • Knowledge of laboratory water quality assurance practices and related Standard Methods.
  • Familiar with typical laboratory water compliance testing procedures (i.e., BOD, COD, TSS, O&G, nutrient levels) and sampling devices.


Relocation: Relocation assistance may be offered for this position.


Travel: 50% of the time and must be willing to travel and work nights, weekends, and holidays, as necessary.




BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at
BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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