Resource Conservation Specialist

  • Boulder County
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • May 17, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Science - Engineering Management Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description

Boulder County's Resource Conservation Division is currently accepting applications for the role of Resource Conservation Specialist (RCS).

The RCS position exists broadly to bring Boulder County employees and operations to the goal of achieving internal zero waste or "darn near" by 2025. Aspects of this position include contract management, employee education, committee chairing, internal policy writing, and program management.

The RCS administers all services related to county-generated waste streams including recycling, trash, compost, hard-to-recycle materials, paper shredding, hazardous waste, medical waste, electronic waste, and events for the collection of special waste streams like hardcover books, electronic waste, and furniture waste. This includes providing infrastructure and access to these programs as well as contract and invoice management.

The RCS is in charge of leading the Green Purchasing and Zero Waste (GPZW) subcommittee and the Zero Waste Champions (ZWCs) program. GPZW serves to connect relevant divisions/departments/offices whose operations related directly to waste and county purchasing. ZWCs are county employees throughout many divisions/departments/offices who have volunteered as liaisons with the Resource Conservation Division to help administer zero waste program operations on a more local scale. Managing ZWCs involves quarterly task creation, meeting planning, and liaising.

Often through strategic partnerships with other county entities like the Commissioners' Office of Sustainability, Land Use, and Purchasing, the RCS has a wide degree of flexibility and liberty to design and implement new programming designed to help reduce county-produced landfill-only material (trash), reduce overall waste, and increase the percentage of waste diverted from the landfill. Current project examples include a miniature trash bin and employee waste bin self-empty program, and creation of an online version of the employee zero waste training.

This is a full time, benefited, term position with Boulder County. This position will work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, out of Boulder, CO. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt from overtime. This position has an expected end date of December 31, 2019.

Hiring Range: $3,923.00 - $4,787.00 per month.
Salary Range: $3,923.00 - $5,650.00 per month.

Examples of Duties

The Resource Conservation Specialist manages the following tasks:

  • Supplies zero waste bins and signage to offices
  • Coordinates with the Public Information Officer to publicize articles related to Boulder County zero waste programs in media outlets serving the county, region, state and beyond; writing and publishing articles in internal, web-based and printed publications
  • Works with a social mobilization team, including work with social networks
  • Administers in-person zero waste trainings
  • Tracks and analyzes waste-related data
  • Monitors and reports on the county's progress in reaching diverse audiences and promotes positive change
  • Answers internal and public division emails/phone calls with zero waste questions
  • Coordinates events, including:
    • Quarterly e-waste roundups
    • Annual Book Roundup (October)
    • Annual Spring Clean-up (June)
    • Annual Compost Giveaway (March)
    • Annual waste audits (Fall)
  • Compiles annual waste diversion report
  • Writes internal policy related to zero-waste
  • Manages contracts and budgets including:
    • RFPs
    • Renewals
    • New contracts
    • Negotiation
  • Conducts and participates in zero waste meetings (GPZW and ZWCs)
  • Brainstorms and administers program updates
  • Performs related work as required
  • May be reassigned in case of emergency situation

Required Qualifications


  • A bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, Environmental Sciences, Renewable Resources, Environmental Policy, Environmental Management, or a related field


  • At least one (1) year of related professional experience

Additional related education may count towards experience.


  • A job offer is contingent on passing a criminal background investigation


  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license, good driving record and current automobile insurance


  • Knowledge in energy efficiency and sustainability principles
  • Ability to research, analyze, synthesize and publicly message complex information
  • Knowledge of marketing and social media best practices and media buying experience
  • Ability to make effective public presentations
  • Ability to work independently but also be an active, engaged team member
  • Ability to work effectively with other agencies and the public

Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Closing date and time: 5/24/2018 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time

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$47,076.00 - $57,444.00 Annually