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The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) seeks a part-time Environmental Outreach Specialist to support commercial outreach and education programs focused on reducing the use of toxic chemicals, eliminating stormwater pollution, preventing spills, and reducing air, water, and hazardous waste pollution. This position will provide education and technical assistance to businesses and public agencies in the Portland area. The outreach specialist will work under the direction of the Oregon Manager, and in collaboration with other PPRC staff members. The outreach specialist will also work closely with Oregon DEQ staff to provide businesses and agencies with the relevant information, training, tools and resources to assess and select safer and effective alternatives to priority toxic chemicals in products and industrial processes.

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. PPRC has been in operation for over 20 years; incorporated in the State of Washington, with headquarters in Seattle, WA and staff based in Portland, OR; Cook, WA; and West Seattle, WA (www.pprc.org)

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work will be based from the outreach specialist’s home office, with frequent business site visits throughout the Portland Metro area. Due to COVID-19, most work will take place remotely and via virtual meetings and presentations until safe to do otherwise. Basic office equipment, including computer, printer, and supplies will be provided. On the job training, related to working with specific industries, will be provided. 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.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

A partial list of responsibilities of the Environmental Outreach Specialist are provided below. Other duties as assigned:

  • Provide businesses with information, training, tools and resources to assess and select safer and effective alternatives to priority toxic chemicals in products and industrial processes, and apply green chemistry principles in their operations.
  • Deliver trainings virtually or in person.
  • Complete sector-specific environmental evaluations at businesses, identifying potential pollution sources and working with all parties to resolve environmental issues.
  • Collect data and report on accomplishments for federally-funded grant projects and local government contracts, and provide pollution prevention estimates (hazardous waste reduced, greenhouse gas emissions prevented, gallons of water and dollars saved, etc.).
  • Contact businesses to offer free pollution prevention resources and assistance.
  • Develop strong relationships with businesses and government partners.
  • Participate in regular staff and partner meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four (4) year degree preferred with major coursework in resource conservation, planning, environmental science, chemistry, business or related areas.
  • Two (2) years experience in environmental education, outreach, 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.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Comfortable with public speaking and contacting businesses unannounced (cold calling).
  • Highly organized, professional, and motivated. Proficient at tracking and managing personal project hours for multiple contracts and grants.
  • Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team, communicating with businesses and government partners.
  • Experience with pollution prevention or green chemistry a plus.
  • Friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality, proactive attitude, and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Data collection and analysis experience preferred.
  • Customer service and / or public outreach a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office required.

HOURS

This position will initially start as part-time, approximately 10-20 hours per week, with potential for increased hours over time.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Applications may be emailed to jobs@pprc.org

NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE

CLOSING DATE: 6/30/2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $19.00 per hour

Schedule:

  • Monday through Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Due to COVID-19, most work will take place remotely and via virtual meetings and presentations until safe to do otherwise.

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