The City of Palo Alto's Public Works department is looking for an individual to partner with City staff as well as the community in addressing Councils' Environmental Sustainability initiative.
In this position you will develop, implement and monitor programs in support of the City Zero Waste program. Responsibilities will include managing day-to-day operations, public relations and evaluating effects on recycling, composting, and zero waste initiatives. Primary projects components include: residential, commercial, industrial, school and multi-unit complex recycling and composting and zero/waste/environmental education programs policy development and initiatives.
If you are interested in working with a team that is committed in environmental sustainability and want to be a part of the City's initiative, then this position will offer you many challenges and ways to contribute to this initiative.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Coordinates development and research of solid waste reduction activities. Develops and implements zero waste outreach and technical assistance for residential, commercial, school, and multi-unit complex customers;
Serve as staff liaison with community advisory committee;
Develop and implement public awareness plan for use throughout community;
Prepare monthly material financial report and maintain program statistics;
Writes staff reports to Council, write letters and reports on recycling activities;
Participates as City liaison with other government agencies to provide information/evaluation of all phases of recycling;
Directs Program Assistants, volunteers, and temporary staff;
Review and evaluate proposed legislation of interest to the City; including preparation of position paper;
Keep abreast of current developments, trends, and practices in the field of zero waste and resource recovery.
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, environmental studies or equivalent. and
Three years of experience working as a zero waste coordinator or in a position involving public contact and recycling or conservation programs. Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
The ideal Zero Waste Coordinator candidate will have a commitment to sustainability and an understanding of the complex relationship between human actions and environmental impacts. Familiarity with zero waste policies, programs, and laws, along with three years of experience in integrated waste management that relate to recycling, composting organic wastes, and diverting commercial demolition and debris, is preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting behavior-change related outreach and education campaigns along with excellent written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work successfully as part of a group as well as on individual tasks that include working with complex databases, budgets, and spreadsheets.
City of Palo Alto - 16 months ago