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Sustainability Specialist

LOCATION: Portland Metro (Hybrid)  

HOURS: Approximately 20 hours per week with potential to become full-time  

COMPENSATION: $23-25 hourly 

BENEFITS: Vacation and sick leave, holidays, mileage reimbursement for travel, professional development opportunities, and remote work based from your home office.  

 

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Sustainability Specialist plays a key role in the implementation of the EcoBiz green business certification program and industrial outreach programs in the Portland Metro region. EcoBiz is a free and voluntary certification that uses industry best practices to protect the environment that will result in savings. Key responsibilities include business recruitment, technical assistance, and close coordination with the company and our partners throughout the certification process. PPRC seeks and encourages friendly, organized, and outgoing people to apply! 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

PPRC is a dynamic, high-output nonprofit organization that values work-life balance. Our staff work collaboratively with other staff members and with many external government partners. Work will be performed 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 also be provided.  

 

The work schedule is flexible, with core office hours ranging between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The position requires the use of an insured, personal vehicle, and mileage reimbursement is provided. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

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.  

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • 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: Please send a cover letter and resume to our Associate Director, Frances Gilliland, fgilliland@pprc.org. Bonus: Submit a project sample of your choosing (writing sample, graphic design, presentation, video, it’s up to you!) 

 

Social Media Specialist

LOCATION: Remote with preference to Pacific Northwest residents for occasional in-person events 

HOURS: Approximately 20 hours per week 

COMPENSATION: $23-25 hourly 

BENEFITS: Vacation and sick leave, holidays, mileage reimbursement for travel, professional development opportunities, and remote work based from your home office.  

 

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Social Media Specialist for PPRC works under the direction of the Communications Director and in collaboration with staff to implement and measure social media marketing, communications, and engagement activities. In addition, the Social Media Specialist will communicate pollution prevention issues to the public, our partners, and other key stakeholders using PPRC’s social media outlets. 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

PPRC is a dynamic, high-output nonprofit organization that values work-life balance. Our staff work collaboratively with other staff members and with many external government partners. Work will be performed from the Social Media Specialist’s home office, with occasional travel (2-3 times per year) to in-person meetings and conferences across the PNW  region and beyond. Basic office equipment, including computer and supplies will be provided. On-the-job training, related to working with specific industries, will also be provided.  

 

The work schedule is flexible, with core office hours ranging between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

A partial list of responsibilities of the Social Media Specialist is provided below, other duties as assigned: 

  • Develop and post social media strategies for a variety of pollution prevention and green business projects 

  • Assist with partnership building via social media engagement 

  • Increase awareness and understanding of PPRC’s core mission and values 

  • Repost relevant pollution prevention and green business content on all social media outlets 

  • Participate in weekly social media planning calls with the Communications Director and other PPRC staff 

  • Attend in-person staff meetings, events, and environmental conferences, as needed (2-3 times annually) 

 

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS

This position requires practical experience in growing and maintaining a social media following and a solid understanding of current social media trends.  Strong organizational skills and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are a must. The position also requires proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and finally, a passion for sustainability, especially solutions that benefit businesses, communities, and environmental health. 

 

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience communicating technical subjects to diverse audiences 

  • Experience with the language of environmental health, especially pollution problems (toxics, air and water pollution, stormwater) and solutions (clean energy, and green infrastructure, and pollution prevention) 

  • Experience promoting community events 

  • A motivated self-starter, able to plan, organize, and execute projects with minimal oversight 

  • Creative problem-solver 

  • Experience with Adobe, Canva, and/or video-editing software a plus 

TO APPLY: Please send resume, cover letter, and examples of social media content creation to our Communications Director, Jude Brown, jbrown@pprc.org.

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