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.
Waste and recycling operations:
1) You will implement and update our composting and mixed container recycling program at a number of owned and leased facilities. Updating this enhanced recycling program, or launching it 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 and waste prevention practices 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.
Waste reduction and sustainability strategy:
4) You will play a key role in supporting the development of waste-related actions and metrics for our next Climate Action Plan for Government Services and Operations.
5) You will help design new waste reduction efforts such as researching circular economy and waste reduction.
6) You will assist with other sustainability initiatives as needed.
All fellows at Alameda County are able to work with other fellows placed at Alameda County and participate in our award-winning series of trainings and workshops for fellows.
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;
• Advanced interpersonal and critical thinking skills from solving complex problems involving communication with a variety of stakeholders;
• Firsthand experience working in the waste and recycling field;
• Exposure to state and national sustainability networks;
• 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 of 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.
Location: Oakland, CA