Join the PPRC Team

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PPRC Sustainability Specialist

LOCATION: Portland Metro (Hybrid)

HOURS: 32-40 hours weekly, permanent

COMPENSATION: $23-25 hourly

BENEFITS: Health, dental, vision, and retirement, vacation and sick leave, holidays, mileage reimbursement for travel, professional development opportunities, and remote work based from home.



The Sustainability Specialist plays a key role in implementation of the EcoBiz green business certification program and industrial outreach programs in the Portland Metro region. Key responsibilities include business recruitment, technical assistance, and coordination throughout the certification process. Friendly, organized, outgoing people are encouraged to apply!



PPRC is a dynamic, high-output nonprofit that values work-life balance. Our staff work collaboratively on teams with many external government partners and PPRC frequently acts as a bridge between local and national partners. Work will be based from the Sustainability Specialist’s home office, with frequent business site visits throughout the Portland Metro region and beyond. Basic office equipment, including computer and supplies will be provided. On-the-job training, related to working with specific industries, will be provided.


Schedule is flexible, with core office hours worked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requires use of a personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement provided.



Business Recruitment and Outreach (45%)

· Recruit businesses to the EcoBiz program and other pollution prevention services via cold-call in-person outreach.

· Develop outreach lists and work plans based on partner priorities.

· Build and foster long-term business and agency partner relationships.


Environmental Technical Assistance (40%)

· Help businesses complete sector-specific environmental evaluations and provide in-person technical assistance focused on reducing the use of toxic chemicals, eliminating stormwater pollution, preventing spills, and reducing air, water, and hazardous waste pollution.

· Identify potential pollution sources and work with all parties to resolve environmental issues.

· Keep businesses organized and on track to improvement through regular progress check-ins.

· Ensure all certification requirements are met and schedule final certification visits with the Oregon DEQ and local water authority.


Reporting and Environmental Data Tracking (10%)

· Provide recommendation reports 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.

· Track all site visits, resources, and interactions in EcoBiz database.

· Track and estimate environmental improvements and pollution prevention outcomes (hazardous materials reduced, greenhouse gas emissions prevented, gallons of water and dollars saved, etc.).


General Program and Organization Support (5%)

· Engage in strategic program planning to continue building and scaling the program.

· Participate in and occasionally speak at quarterly Oregon Pollution Prevention Outreach (P2O) meetings and regional conferences.

· Provide regular progress reports on deliverables and outcomes.



· Four (4) year degree with major coursework in business, sustainability, planning, environmental science, or related areas. Equivalent full-time work experience may substitute degree.

· Two (2) years of experience in green business, sustainability, government, environmental consulting, or other related areas.

· Public outreach, sales, and/or marketing experience.

· Comfortable visiting businesses unannounced (cold calling) and building strong relationships with people who have diverse perspectives that may differ from your own.

· Highly organized, professional, and motivated.

· Skilled at managing time and activities to accomplish deliverables for multiple contracts and grants.

· Responsible for collecting and reporting pollution prevention data for project partners and federal grants.

· 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.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume here. Bonus: Submit a project sample of your choosing (writing sample, graphic design, presentation, video, it’s up to you!)

CLOSING DATE: December 2, 2022