DEPARTMENT Public Works Department
JOB CODE/POSITION # #K002
CIVIL SERVICE: Not subject to civil service rules and regulations
HOURS OF WORK: 15 hours per week, 96 weeks. Position will begin in September 2013 through June 2015. Hours flexible during normal office hours. Shifts must be at least 4 hours. Some evening hours as needed for public speaking invitations.
UNION AFFILIATION: None
This position is part of a MassDEP grant. During the summer of 2012, the City conducted a feasibility study regarding a possible pilot program for curbside food scraps collection from residents for composting. The study included analysis of potential compost facilities within reasonable proximity to the City and acceptable material requirements; and collection costs and tip fees at potential facilities. Based on this analysis and after consulting with City and MassDEP staff, the City Manager has approved the i mplementation of a one year pilot program for the collection of food scraps from residents, to begin no later than April 2014. The report is online at www.cambridgema.gov/recycle .
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the close supervision of the Director of Recycling, the organics program assistant's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following tasks related to the MassDEP grant:
Other duties may also include:
- Evaluate specific needs and best practices for eligibe households. Develop and recruit participants, provide educational materials, schedule info sessions, and answer questions.
- Develop, design and produce educational content for materials and website (letter to eligible households, flyer promoting opportunity to participate in pilot, postcard to participants, and stickers for kitchen/curbside containers.
- Order, handle delivery and distribute curbside/kitchen containers and compostable bags door to door, including at info sessions.
- Ensure ongoing education during pilot of best practices. Develop, implement, and analyze household surveys to get feedback from participants. Conduct field observations of curbside collection and collect participation data.
- Summarize and help present findings in a Phase 2 and final report including survey responses, pilot results, best practices and lessons learned.
- Based on the results of the pilot, determine whether to recommend expansion of the residential curbside food scraps collection program City-wide, to continue it for targeted neighborhoods, or to discontinue it. Describe the rational for the decision and incorporate in final report.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Undergraduate coursework in environmental, communications, planning or other degree granting program that relates to this scope of work. Must have experience working in an office environment and have excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Knowledgeable in analyzing economic and operational issues. Strong written skills, quick learner, excellent organization skills, and highly motivated. Must possess a positive and professional attitude, and provide diligent follow-up and attention to detail. Fluency in Microsoft Office.
- Explore, recommend and implement opportunities that require businesses to take back designated products and packaging sold or distributed in the City that are toxic in their manufacture, use, or disposal, and/or are not currently recyclable.
- Evaluate options and methods for consumer "opt-out" options e.g. for phonebooks and junk mail.
- Outreach to businesses affected by the MA waste ban on organics.
- Help implement EPA's "Food: Too Good to Waste" Campaign to a targeted audience.
- Outreach on recycling to non-English speakers and related community organizations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
WORK ENVIRONMENT : Duties are performed in an office environment with fluorescent lighting, with the potential for frequent interruptions. Moderate noise level. There will also be public speaking appointments at various community locations.
THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOUARGE TO APPLY .