Waste Reduction and Compliance Specialist

Hennepin County

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An Equal Opportunity Employer
$53,257.64 – $82,426.41 Annually
OPENING DATE: 12/27/21
CLOSING DATE: 01/10/22 11:59 PM Central Time

JOB TYPE: Full-time

LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Environment and Energy
The Waste Reduction & Recycling (WR&R) Unit is seeking a Waste Reduction and Recycling Compliance Specialist to lead outreach and compliance efforts related to Ordinance 13 business food waste recycling, commercial recycling and multifamily, recycling requirements. The position will also provide support in other areas, including business, multifamily, and city programs and zero waste initiatives.

Effective January 2, 2022, there will be a general salary adjustment of 2.5% to the minimum and maximum of the range.

New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable after the new employee successfully completes probation.

About the position type:
This position is a full-time, benefit earning position.

Effective September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law.

Location and hours:
This position will be performed primarily remote with occasional on-site work. When onsite, this position will be located in downtown Minneapolis at the 701 Building, 701 Fourth Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55415. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work for community events and meetings.

In this position, you will:

• Lead Ordinance 13 outreach and compliance for business food waste recycling, commercial recycling, and multifamily recycling.
• Develop and manage a list of covered generators and related information; identify and verify covered generators; assist with the development of a data management system to maintain records on covered generators, manage site visits, and track compliance information.
• Perform virtual and on-site visits; develop site visit procedures and forms; conduct outreach and education about the requirements and how to comply; conduct follow-up inspections, enforcement, and related work; track site visits, findings, steps for compliance, and compliance status.
• Provide support in other WR&R program areas, including business, multifamily, and city programs and zero waste initiatives.

Need to have:

  • One of the following: Bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental or social sciences, environmental education or communications, environmental management, public or business administration, or a field closely related to the assignment and six months or more of experience in recycling, environmental health, sustainability, or a related field.
  • Four and a half years or more of experience in recycling, environmental health, sustainability, or a related field.
  • Ability to work in both office and field environments.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a Hennepin County driver’s permit.

Nice to have:

  • Understanding of environmental sustainability and waste reduction and recycling.
  • Experience:
    • Conducting outreach and compliance efforts, including education about requirements and how to comply, assistance with implementation, and enforcement in response to noncompliance.
    • Providing technical assistance and resources for the development and operation of waste abatement programs including waste prevention, recycling, organics recycling, and/or sustainability.
    • Providing guidance on ordinance interpretation and responding to questions and requests from the regulated community, the public and others.
    • Using data management systems to maintain records, manage site visits and inspections, and track compliance information.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills; comfortable making phone calls, conducting site visits, as well as writing and editing content.

About the department:
The Environment and Energy department protects and preserves the environment to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. We engage communities to develop and enact sustainable solutions. We focus on reducing and responsibly managing waste, protecting and preserving ecosystems, delivering clean energy and promoting environmental stewardship.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals — that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employees.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This position is internally classified as an Environmentalist.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates will be required to pass a drug test and background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Abbie Hugunin

If you need assistance to actively participate in the employment process, please email us at HR.ServiceCenter@hennepin.us or call us at 612.348.7855.

Hennepin County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Human Resources Department, A-400 Government Center, Minneapolis, MN 55487, 612.348.7855



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