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ENVIRONMENTAL OUTREACH SPECIALIST

We are seeking a part-time Environmental Outreach Specialist to support the Eco-Logical Business Program (EcoBiz) and commercial outreach programs. This position will provide technical assistance to businesses and public agencies in the Portland area. The PPRC Outreach Specialist will work under the direction of the Oregon Manager, and in collaboration with other PPRC staff members.

Background

PPRC is the leading regional nonprofit organization providing practical on-the-ground technical assistance and resources to businesses, public agencies, communities, and other nonprofits seeking to conserve resources and improve economic performance.

EcoBiz is a voluntary certification recognizing Oregon businesses that adopt best practices to protect the environment. To qualify, eligible businesses must meet all legal and program requirements outlined in the EcoBiz Checklist, and complete a site evaluation from PPRC, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the local water authority. Once certified, businesses are listed on the programs website (www.ecobiz.org) included in promotional activities and trainings, and given free use of the EcoBiz logo.

Work Environment

Work will be based from the outreach specialist’s home office, with frequent business site visits throughout Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Portland, and Clackamas, and beyond. Weekly in-person check-ins and biweekly call-in meetings are required. Basic office equipment, including computer, printer, and supplies will be provided. On the job training, related to working with specific industries, provided. Applicants must demonstrate an outgoing personality, and comfort level visiting businesses unannounced (cold calling). Schedule is flexible, with office hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requires use of a personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement provided.

Responsibilities

The environmental outreach specialist will help businesses complete sector specific environmental evaluations and provide technical assistance focused on reducing the use of toxic chemicals, eliminating stormwater pollution, preventing spills, and reducing air, water, and hazardous waste pollution. Employees will be tasked with identifying potential pollution sources and working with all parties to resolve environmental issues. To incentivize improvements, businesses are provided with free technical assistance, tools, and equipment.

The outreach specialist will assist businesses applying for EcoBiz Certification. This process includes site inspections, completion of an online checklist, and providing a 3 to 5 page report outlining steps needed to meet program standards. Reports provided by PPRC are complete and authoritative, and include descriptions of current conditions, photographs, and specific recommendations. Once all requirements are met, the outreach specialist will schedule final certification visits with the Oregon DEQ and local water authority. All site visits, resources, and interactions will be recorded using an online database. Individual work hours must be tracked and billed to the correct project, contract or grant. Employees are expected to report on accomplishments for federally funded grant projects and local government contracts, and provide pollution prevention estimates (hazardous waste reduced, green house gas emissions prevented, gallons of water and dollars saved, etc.).

PPRC currently provides assistance to automotive repair and body shops, carwashes, landscapers, and public agencies. Future outreach efforts may include dry cleaners, light manufacturing facilities, restaurants, and property management companies. Employees will be expected to conduct limited speaking engagements and presentations for individual businesses, government partners, trade groups, and at conferences.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Highly organized, professional, and motivated. Proficient at tracking and managing personal project hours for multiple contracts and grants. Responsible for collecting and reporting pollution prevention data for project partners and federal grants (Reductions in hazardous waste, GHG emissions, gallons of water and dollars saved).
  • Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team, communicating with businesses and government partners.
  • Friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality, proactive attitude, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Education and Experience

  • Four (4) year degree with major coursework in business, resource conservation, planning, environmental science, or related areas.
  • Two (2) years experience in business, public relations, government and public affairs, or other related areas, preferably for a business, association, organization, or agency that is related to natural resource conservation.
  • Customer service and / or public outreach a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office required.

 

Salary

$18-20 per hour, based on experience.

Hours

This position is part-time, approximately 24-32 hours per week.

Benefits

Stipend that can help offset health insurance. Vacation time, Sick and Safe time—all pro-rated for part-time employment.

 

To apply send cover letter and resume to: jobs@pprc.org, or PPRC, Environmental Outreach Specialist, 2101 Fourth Ave., Suite 1080, Seattle, WA 98121. NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE.

 

Closing date: Position will remain open until filled.

 

 

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PPRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of PPRC to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law.

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