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Associate Director, Environmental, Health and Safety (CA)

Ginkgo Bioworks
Bryte, California, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe's growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.

Team Introduction:

Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Team for Ginkgo:

Our Mission: We are committed to building a culture of empowered employees dedicated to maintaining a safe, healthy and environmentally sound workplace, and the elimination of EHS risks. We pursue a culture of performance excellence by means of continuous improvement in regulatory compliance, injury/incident prevention and environmental impact reduction.

Our Vision:

We will be a strategic partner to our Ginkgo Bioworks colleagues, enabling the safe and environmentally responsible development of organisms while delivering EHS programs and performance that enable the company's strategic mission to make Biology easier to engineer .

Job Description:

We're looking for a highly motivated and detail-oriented Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Associate Director. As the EHS Associate Director, you will administer leadership and support for Ginkgo Bioworks sites in California and all associated companies. You will report to the Senior Director of EHS and be instrumental in providing direction to the CA site Leads and researchers on EHS-related matters, with a focus on compliance, license to operate, risk assessment, safety and environmental programs, waste management, emergency response, EHS training and evaluating new projects. This role will assist in building out a corporate EHS function. Using your in-depth expertise, you'll also support continuous improvement initiatives in our EHS management system, EHS programs, oversee the execution of all EHS-related protocols, and conduct internal audits and reviews as necessary to reduce risk and ensure compliance.

Please note: This role will be primarily based in our West Sacramento, CA office as a hybrid position however travel to other Ginkgo Bioworks locations will be required as needed. Routine travel between Ginkgo California sites (Emeryville and West Sacramento), also periodic travel to the greater Boston area (Drydock, Cambridge).

  • Support the EHS teams on developing, implementing and/or maintaining EHS programs at Ginkgo CA sites
  • Work with site leaders to progress EHS programs and to actively measure EHS performance
  • Manage all applicable EHS permits (Local, State, Federal) including BAAQMD, Sacramento Metro AQMD, California County CUPA requirements, EPA, Cal-OSHA, USDA, Local Fire Department requirements, and assists scientific and/or operations teams in acquiring permits as needed
  • Lead the authoring and maintenance of EHS programs for the organization, with a view to building corporate programs
  • Support the implementation of and continuous improvements to EHS Management System, including company wide EHS Programs where relevant, such as management of change (e.g. new project evaluation), EHS event reporting and Investigation, CAPA management, bio risk management, emergency response, waste management, chemical hygiene, biosafety, occupational health, personal protective equipment, training and compliance metrics
  • Develop/improve training materials and manage in-person and hands-on training and online training (for our Learning Management System), specific training as needed
  • Revise these trainings and associated programs at least annually or as needed
  • Direct the CA EHS Committee including chairing meetings, working collaboratively to deploy EHS standards, facilitating risk assessments on new research/work across sites and interfacing with sites EHS team members (4 meeting a year at minimum)
  • Conduct evaluation: feasibility assessments, technical design process and material transfer review, of new work
  • Transition existing EHS programs into new facilities (create site specific manuals, training and on-site staffing as needed)
  • Manage onsite chemical inventory system and develop a system that is scalable to Ginkgo's future growth
  • Develop internal inspection/audit program regarding EHS programs such as Lab (Conditional) Inspection, Flammable Inventory Checks, Controlled Substances Reconciliation and other similar areas
  • Participate in the Ginkgo EHS Committee(s), bringing EHS topics, elements, performance to the group
  • Collaborate with other EHS cross-functional teams and contractors, such as Shipping and Receiving, Facilities, Project Management and on-site waste management subcontractors, to ensure safety and regulatory compliance

Minimum Requirements
  • Four-year degree (BS/BA) in Science, Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental Science/Studies, or other applicable degree
  • 7+ years of experience with California based EHS systems, permitting and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to create and execute EHS programs that engage employees and enable a safe work culture
  • Proven track record of leading continuous improvements in functional areas
  • Strong understanding of and ability to manage systems under applicable regulatory controls (local, state, and federal)
  • Experience in participating in and/or implementing EHS programs, including hazcom, general laboratory safety, emergency preparedness and response, inspections, business continuity and incident investigations
  • 5+ years of people management with advanced interpersonal skills focused on collaboration, innovation, and inclusion
  • Excellent communication skills, including presenting, speaking, and writing

Preferred Capabilities and Experience
  • Advanced degree (MA/PhD) in Science, Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental Science/Studies, or other applicable degree
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) preferred
  • Experience in EHS management system implementation or maintenance e.g. ISO45001, 14001 or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of and ability to manage systems under applicable regulatory controls globally (experience in this)


Total compensation for this role is market driven, with a starting salary of $150K+, as well as company stock awards. Base pay is ultimately determined based on a candidate's skills, expertise, and experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental & vision coverage, health spending accounts, voluntary benefits, leave of absence policies, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) program with employer contribution, 8 paid holidays in addition to a full-week winter shutdown and unlimited Paid Time Off policy.
To learn more about Ginkgo, visit or check out some curated press below:
  • What is it really like to take your company public via a SPAC? One Boston biotech shares its journey (Fortune)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks resizes the definition of going big in biotech, raising $2.5B in a record SPAC deal that weighs in with a whopping $15B-plus valuation (Endpoints News)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: 'If we try, we can win' (CNBC)
  • Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)
  • The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
  • Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
  • Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
  • Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
We also feel that it's important to point out the obvious here - there's a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life. We're developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can - and will - impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it's something we'll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it's critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology. It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees, employment applicants, and EOE disability/vet. Privacy Notice I understand that I am applying for employment with Ginkgo Bioworks and am being asked to provide information in connection with my application. I further understand that Ginkgo gathers this information through a third-party service provider and that Ginkgo may also use other service providers to assist in the application process. Ginkgo may share my information with such third-party service providers in connection with my application and for the start of employment. Ginkgo will treat my information in accordance with Ginkgo's Privacy Policy. By submitting this job application, I am acknowledging that I have reviewed and agree to Ginkgo's Privacy Policy as well as the privacy policies of the third-party service providers used by Ginkgo's associated with the application process.

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