Welcome to an exciting opportunity with the City of New Haven! We are currently seeking a dedicated and passionate individual to join our team as a Part-Time Recycling Educator. This position will play a key role in advancing waste reduction and recycling initiatives within the community. Collaborating with the New Haven Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, the Office of Climate and Sustainability, and other stakeholders, the Recycling Educator will spearhead educational programs and outreach efforts aimed at achieving local and state materials management goals. With a primary focus on single-stream recycling, this role will extend to include education on organics recycling (composting) and the proper disposal of hard-to-recycle materials. Reporting to the Executive Director of Climate and Sustainability, the Recycling Educator will be instrumental in fostering partnerships with residents, businesses, and New Haven Public Schools to enhance recycling practices, reduce contamination, and increase the quantity of recycled materials. If you are enthusiastic about promoting sustainability, engaging with the community, and making a positive impact on our environment, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position!
The Office of Climate and Sustainability works with City departments, community organizations, and New Haven residents to advance and coordinate city-wide climate and environmental sustainability policies, practices, and initiatives. The Office seeks to implement climate mitigation and adaptation solutions that intersect with and address the immediate challenges facing our residents: from finding safe and affordable housing, to accessing quality employment opportunities, to improving air quality and respiratory health. Our work is particularly focused on addressing the health and economic impacts of climate change in underserved communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 and are still overcoming the legacy of redlining.
In 2019, the City of New Haven formally recognized the urgency of the climate crisis by adopting a Climate Emergency Resolution calling for ending community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2030. In 2021, the City adopted its Community Electrification Resolution, committing the City to electrifying City buildings and vehicles in the same time frame. The following year the City approved the Safe Routes for All Active Transportation Plan, which maps out a city-wide bicycle network and lays out plans for pedestrian and transit improvements. These efforts build upon prior public policy initiatives including the City’s 2018 Climate and Sustainability Framework and the Move New Haven transportation study in partnership with the state of Connecticut Department of Transportation.
The City of New Haven is seeking a part-time recycling educator who will develop and implement waste reduction and recycling programs through education and outreach, working in partnership with the Department of Parks and Public Works, the New Haven Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, the Office of Climate and Sustainability, and the general public in order to meet local and state materials management goals.
The recycling educator will work with residents, businesses, and New Haven Public Schools to improve recycling through decreased contamination and increased quantity of recycled material. The primary focus of this position will be on single stream recycling, but duties will extend to education regarding organics recycling (composting) and hard to recycle materials, such as household hazardous waste.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Organizes outreach and education events, campaigns, and promotions in order to promote recycling and composting programs.
- Works with City departments, businesses, and residents to ensure compliance with recycling laws and waste-related regulations.
- Develops, promotes, and presents school-based recycling and composting programs.
- Researches grant funding and works with other City departments to apply for suitable opportunities to expand recycling education and activities.
- Utilizes social media to communicate with the public and publicize information and events.
- Reads, interprets, and assists with the enforcement of local and state solid waste laws.
- Fields calls and emails from the public.
- Participates in statewide organizations related to recycling, composting, and waste reduction.
- Assists with enforcement of regulations related to site cleanliness and availability of recycling.
- Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of recycling programs and makes recommendations for improvements.
- Organizes food scrap diversion and composting education.
- Assists with the coordination and facilitation of household hazard waste events.
- Performs additional functions as assigned or required.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in an area related to environmental sciences, environmental education, or public or business administration is desired and 2 years of experience in education required. Bilingual (English and Spanish) required. The City will also consider candidates with High School or GED degree and/or vocational training, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Knowledge of the practices and techniques of solid waste collection, recycling, composting, source separation, waste reduction, and related environmental areas; general knowledge of program objectives, procedures, and organization; general knowledge of refuse collection practices.
- Knowledge of Federal regulations, Connecticut state laws, regulations, and codes as applicable to recycling, hazardous waste and solid waste collection and disposal.
- Knowledge of standard office practices and equipment including a working knowledge of computer systems, spreadsheet management, Microsoft Office products, and ability to learn proprietary computer programs.
- Ability to persuade and train others.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing with the Director and all department personnel, other City departments, schools, City officials, business owners, haulers, residents, the media, and the public.
- Ability to advise and provide interpretation regarding the application of policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.
- Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; calculate percentages and decimals, and fractions.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
- Possession of and ability to maintain a valid State of Connecticut driver’s license.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS
SALARY, BARGAINING UNIT & TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a General Fund, "Non Tested" position.
This part time position is not eligible to receive medical benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday, union membership, or union contractual benefits. Any period of part time employment will not be construed in any way to mean probationary employment. Persons may not be employed in two concurrent part time positions with the City and/or the Board of Education at the same time.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check,and (2) a pre-employment drug screening in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy*. Instructions and information on this pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.
Pursuant to the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The City of New Haven has a adopted a Drug Free Workplace Policy. The City of New Haven requires a pre-employment drug test, which includes screening for marijuana.
Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Human Resources after the closing date.
It is critical that you complete the application thoroughly, as the information you provide will be used to ascertain if you are eligible to move forward in the selection process, and in some cases, this information may be used to determine the eligibility list.
Information regarding the employment and selection process can be found HERE
Please note that the only method of communication with applicants for this position will be by email. You must provide a valid, working email address and you will need to monitor your email, including spam/junk folders, for correspondence from the New Haven Human Resources Department.
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