Navigation Site Safety Health Officer

May 08, 2019

SALARY $69,830.00 – $108,179.00 Annually

The Port of Portland’s Navigation division works very close with the US Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the Columbia River channel depths for inbound and outbound vessel traffic. The Port’s Navigation Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO) works within the Safety Management department and Navigation department to manage, implement, and administer the Port’s Safety Management System and Accident Prevention Plan at Navigation. The successful candidate in this role will serve to eliminate hazards, prevent injury and illness to employees, project visitors, and the public. This individual will also be integral in preventing loss or damage to property and ensuring operations are consistent with Port, OSHA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Coast Guard safety policies and regulatory requirements.


  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and reduce health and safety issues by implementing continuous improvement practices in support of the current version of the US Army Corps of Engineers Safety Manual (EM385), OSHA, USCG and other applicable health and safety regulations.
  • Conduct daily job site and work area inspections.
  • Provide technical assistance, consultation and education on safety issues.
  • Serve as Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) and assist the Navigation Safety Manager with Port employees and vendors on safety-related issues.
  • Assist in program development and recommend solutions to a wide variety and range of safety issues to minimize and eliminate hazards which could result in employee or public injury or illness.
  • Coordinate and provide safety education and training for the Navigation department.
  • Design, develop, deliver, and measure effectiveness of Safety and Health training coursework.
  • Assist the Navigation Safety Manager in the administration of the employee safety training database, certifications and other records, ensuring that training information is documented and updated to meet US Army Corps of Engineers Safety Manual (EM385) requirements.
  • Act as lead as an SSHO to emergencies during normal work hours and after hours when Navigation Safety Manager is unavailable.
  • Assist in coordination of emergency responders, making required notifications, and may include providing basic first aid.
  • Provide assistance to Navigation Managers with incident investigations.
  • Help ensure investigations are timely, complete, and documented to Port quality standards.
  • Assist with creation and implementation of corrective actions using the Port’s CAP system.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Safety and Health, or related field
  • Seven (7) years progressively more responsible experience as a safety professional in marine construction, or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
  • Class C Driver’s License (required)
  • Ability to be accepted as a Site Safety & Health Officer by the US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM385)(required)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or NFPA Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) (preferred)
  • Ability to attain Shipyard Competent Person
  • Fall Protection Competent Person to USACOE EM 385 standard.
  • Hazardous Waste Operations (Hazwoper 40 hr. training) (preferred)
  • Knowledge of disciplines, approaches, and methodologies associated with marine and industrial safety regulations, programs, and procedures.
  • Familiar with regulatory agency roles and their regulations related to health and safety.
  • Experience in loss control and safety management policies, procedures and practices.
  • Experience with inputting, maintaining and retrieving data for training records, metrics, and injury & illness records.


  • Demonstrate the Port’s commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive
  • Skilled at developing, conducting and updating training programs to ensure compliance with US Army Corps, OSHA, USCG, and Port policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Ability to access work areas, including: transferring via launch boat to barges and scows; climb steep stairs; traverse sandy fill sites, don fall protection gear to access heights and enter confined spaces.
  • Learn the unique tasks which comprise working at the Navigation Yard and remote sites during the dredging season.
  • Ability to find, learn, and apply appropriate regulations to ensure tasks are conducted to best safety practices.
  • Ability to work on the dredge on Saturdays during the dredging season (roughly June to December).


  • Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don’t just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
  • Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
  • Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other highly sensitive positions.
  • ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that he or she needs an accommodation should contact Human Resources at 503.415.6690.