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Boulder County Boulder, CO, USA
Oct 18, 2018
Full time
Description Boulder County is hiring a   Zero Waste & Sustainability Specialist ! The Boulder County Commissioners' Office is seeking a Sustainability Specialist to drive local zero waste policy development and implementation, and to support waste reduction efforts and initiatives at the local, regional, and state levels. The Sustainability Specialist works with community and municipal partners, as well as the Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board to create and support policies, programs, and initiatives that will lead Boulder County to its goal of "Zero Waste by 2025."  This position requires an ability to work collaboratively with staff in other county departments with minimal supervision, as well as the ability to foster relationships with other municipalities and organizations throughout the region. The Zero Waste Specialist is expected to be a strong, forward-thinking, enthusiastic, and creative leader with extensive waste-related experience, a thorough understanding of the local opportunities and barriers associated with waste reduction, and experience with governmental and organizational development. This is a   full-time, benefited position . This position will work out of   Boulder, CO . This position will work   40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm . Under FLSA guidelines, this position is   exempt from overtime . Hiring Range:   $4,651.00 - $5,676.00 per month. Salary Range:   $4,651.00 - $6,701.00 per month. Examples of Duties The   Zero Waste & Sustainability Specialist   manages the following tasks: Responsible for updating, coordinating and implementing the waste section of the Boulder County Environmental Sustainability Plan as well as the Zero Waste Action Plan in collaboration with Boulder County Resource Conservation Division Track progress and application of goals identified in the Zero Waste Action Plan, as well as the Environmental Sustainability Plan Lead strategic planning and stakeholder partnership development with the Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board and serves as the board liaison Work collaboratively with the Boulder County Commissioners, Resource Conservation Division, Colorado Association for Recycling, municipal and regional representatives, and other local and state organizations to proactively identify opportunities to further waste reduction efforts Act as a community liaison and resource to support municipal zero waste programs and initiatives Lead innovative waste reduction efforts to encourage circular economy thinking, and awareness of the impacts of production, transportation, and use of goods and materials Manage contracts for projects such as waste composition studies and other work with consultants in collaboration with RCD and selection committee Identify and secure external funding sources to support department and division initiatives, including grant-writing. Support county zero waste efforts Manage Zero Waste funding opportunities Act as co-lead for making the Boulder County fair a zero waste event Lead Zero Waste education and community outreach efforts  (ADD) Lead zero waste outreach efforts such as Boulder County Food Waste Awareness week in collaboration with, and as defined by, the Resource Conservation Advisory Board Other duties as defined Required Qualifications PLEASE NOTE:   When submitting your application be sure to include all relevant education and experience, as applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement. Applications that do not appear to meet minimum qualifications, as outlined below, will not be considered. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completed applications. EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in natural resource management, environmental management or sustainability, environmental health, environmental policy or a related field Master's degree preferred EXPERIENCE: At least two (2) years of related professional experience, including project management experience Experience managing natural resource and/or sustainability-related projects, and specifically waste-related projects is preferred Five (5) years of related professional experience is preferred Additional related education may count toward experience. DRIVER'S LICENSE: Applicants must have a valid driver's license, good driving record, and current automobile insurance COVER LETTER: When submitting your application, a cover letter explaining how your qualifications adequately address the job requirements of this position is required. Applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement Supplemental Information KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Excellent written and oral communications skills, including public speaking Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate complex information Proven ability to facilitate dynamic and productive group meetings, including board meetings, stakeholder sessions and public hearings Skilled in public policy and able to effectively lobby for policy positions Ability to take leadership of, and balance demands from, multiple simultaneous projects and initiatives Knowledge of waste management and diversion practices, source reduction, and other zero waste expertise Demonstrated ability to establish, develop, and sustain key working relationships with a variety of local, state, and regional organizations Ability to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills Ability to work well independently and be an effective team player Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. 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