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HSE Director

Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Director

905 Pier Road Orange, TX, 77630, United States


  • Muddy Water Dredging seeks a Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Director to join our professional team.  Working with all levels of management and third-party safety vendors.  The HSE Director will develop and implement a first-class safety program and culture that is a cornerstone of all MWD operations. 
General Position Summary 
  • The HSE Director is a passionate safety leader and senior team member who champions a safe operations mindset in ever MWD team member and business partner.  This individual acts as a recognized safety expert providing vision, direction, initiative development, and technical assistance throughout the organization. 

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities

  • Leadership 
    • Demonstrate MWD’s safe operations vision and commitment to behavior-based safety systems and culture.
    • Participate on the MWD Safety Leadership Team (SLT).
    • Build relationships with all MWD colleagues to establish trust and open lines of communication.
    • Maintain a close working relationship with senior leaders, project management, and field personnel in the implementation of base safe operations work practices.
    • Manage all Safety Department team members including office-based support staff and project-based Site Safety and Health Officers.
    • Serve as an ambassador of MWD safety through contact with owners, clients, subcontractors, insurers, and industry partners.
    • Make corporate safety presentations of documentation associated with project professionals.
  • Safe Operations Policy, Best Practices and Training Implementation 
    • Establish and continually improve the MWD US HSE safety systems (policies, programs, procedures).
    • Verify MWD safety processes meet or exceed US Army Corps of Engineers Safety Manual (EM 385-1-1), OSHA (e.g. OSHA 30, OSHA 500) regulations and requirements and Center for Disease Control guidance.
    • Identify MWD safety training need and develop, facilitate and coordinate safety training across all locations; assist with coordination and delivery of health and safety components of new hire orientation.
    • With managers, build project and site-specific safe work plans into all project planning, ensuring that known hazards are identified and mitigated and training needs are meet.
    • Assist project management in preparing Job Hazard Analyses (JHA) for project activities and implement controls to eliminate hazards in the workplace.
    • With operations managers:
      • Create individual and crew awareness of hazards the are present in and adjacent to our worksites such that all employees use good judgement in decision-making and reduce risk taking.
      • Observe behaviors and conditions in the work environment regularly, coaching employees regarding the value of working safely and closing the communication loop with project management and employees.
      • Engage field safety, coach, and confirm, MWD safe work requirements and Federal/State standards are being met.
    • Work closely with client safety representatives.
    • Support incident and emergency response including coordination with first responders and accompanying injured personnel to medical facilities.
    • Prepare and implement construction site specific safety manuals and best practices.
    • Provide safety support for construction management projects as needed.
  • Safety Data, Audits, Incident Investigations/Follow-Up and Record Keeping
    • Establish incident and near miss reporting systems for collection of safety performance data.
    • Conduct job site assessments that ensure compliance to project safety plan and adherence to relevant safety codes.
    • Review safety inspections and safety observations generated by field personnel and provide coaching to ensure continuous improvement.
    • Create relevant dashboard metrics to track and analyze the safety momentum and performance.
    • Facilitate incident review teams in incident and vehicle crash analyses; assist in implementation of corrective actions.
    • Assist Human Resources in ensuring injured employees’ work activities are consistent with their Return-to-Work plan.
    • Develop and maintain an accessible database of hazards and controls (Job Hazard Analyses) for typical activities performed by crews.
    • Maintain an employee training, licensure, and certification database.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or Environmental Sciences preferred.
  • 10+ years industry safety experience, 5+ years project experience.
  • Average of at least 24 hours of formal safety training each year for the past 5 years.
  • OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer.
  • CPR/FA/AED responder or trainer credential.
  • Transportaion Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
  • US driver’s license.
  • Strong MS Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook).
  • Fluency in verbal and written English.
  • MWD supports our employees’ professional development, including assisting qualified candidates in gaining and sustaining their certifications and licenses.


  • Safety leadership in the dredging and/or marine construction industry.
  • Demonstrated success in staff management, hiring, team building, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Experience with behavioral safety culture arena and experience implementing best practices in safety management systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of US Army Corps of Engineers Safety Manual (EM 385-1-1) and OSHA Safety regualtions and requirements (e.g. OSHA 30, OSHA 500).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Outstanding training and presentation skills.
  • Development of safety standards, policies, and rules.
  • Providing safety education and training to employees.
  • Flexible; able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.


  • Comprehensive insurance package including health and life insurance.
  • 401(k).
  • 401(k) matching.
  • Paid time off.
  • Flexible schedule.


  • Regular salaried work schedule including travel.
  • 24/7/365 availability, as needed.

Work Location

  • Orange, Texas (main office).
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana (satellite office).
  • Occasional remote work and negotiated.
  • Minimum monthly travel to project sites on the Gulf Coast with planned expansion and to professional meetings throughout the US.

Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Muddy Water Dredging is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital or civil union or domestic partner relationship, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, pregnancy status, as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected be federal, state, local law or ordinance or regulation.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Founded in 2021, Muddy Water Dredging LP’s goal is to become the premier dredging company for operational performance, environmental quality, and safety. Our company provides diverse services from maintenance dredging to coastal marsh restoration. Excellent training, a magnificent work culture, and state-of-the-art equipment ensure that we provide market setting satisfaction while preserving the environment, economy, and community we work and live in.