Compost & Recycling Associate

  • Strategic Energy Innovations
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • 30 May, 2020
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Job Description

The Compost and Recycling Associate will expand and increase the effectiveness of the Sustainability Office’s waste diversion programs at Alameda County facilities to help meet our climate protection goals.

1) You will roll out our composting and mixed container recycling program at a number of owned and leased facilities. Launching this enhanced recycling program at new sites involves completing site assessments; developing site specific roll-out plans; and coordinating with janitors, waste haulers, and other stakeholders to implement the plans. You will also do targeted outreach to employees to ensure the program is used correctly.
2) You will design and lead engaging educational workshops and outreach campaigns to improve recycling rates at existing facilities.
3) To ensure overall success, you will also conduct waste and bill audits, assist in the delivery of services (i.e., placing bins and signs, coordinating service delivery, researching and purchasing waste/recycling systems), and work with internal and external partners to troubleshoot day-to-day operational waste issues.
4) You will also assist with other sustainability initiatives as needed, potentially helping to update our greenhouse gas emissions inventory and Climate Action Plan for internal operations.

You will gain:
• Project management experience, including project scoping, developing work plans & timelines, and project implementation;
• Experience implementing projects that rely on the cooperation of diverse stakeholder groups;
• Opportunities to guide projects through (often complex) government structures;
• Firsthand experience working in the waste and recycling field;
• Practice creating and delivering targeted outreach campaigns; and
• Experience gathering and analyzing quantitative data & field data and using it to assess project effectiveness and to inform program decisions.

This position offers up to $566 training and travel reimbursement. (Site supervisor & SEI approval required for reimbursement.) This position is based in downtown Oakland, on Lake Merritt, and is accessible from two BART stations and multiple bus lines.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.