Solid Waste Specialist

City of St. Louis Park

Salary: $69,791.00 – $87,239.00 Annually
Location: St. Louis Park, MN
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 2024-719-01
Department: Public Works
Opening Date: 07/03/2024
Closing Date: 7/21/2024 11:59 PM Central

Job Summary

About us

The City of St. Louis Park is committed to being a leader in race, equity, and inclusion. As one of the city’s strategic priorities, the city seeks to ensure all practices, programs, policies, and services of the city are fair, inclusive, and equitable. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences, and our strategic vision includes hiring and retaining racially diverse and racially conscious staff across all levels of our organization. 

About the position 

Assist in the implementation and coordination of solid waste (including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, organics, yard waste and garbage) and other public works programs. Responsible for project management, communication/education/marketing, policy development for related programs and ordinance compliance at single-family residential, multifamily and commercial properties. Coordinate solid waste activities with other city departments.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Solid Waste Activities 

    • Assist with research, analysis, reporting, performance measurement, data documentation, presentations, policy development, and correspondence related to the solid waste program. 

    • Address and resolve issues, concerns, or complaints regarding solid waste collection activities and ensure communication between all parties. 

    • Meet with contractors, property owners and residents to answer questions, explain requirements, and resolve complaints for solid waste collection or public works activities. 

    • Assist with oversight of the city’s solid waste and associated ordinances to ensure requirements are met.   

    • Provide compliance inspections on solid waste and other department program requirements.   

    • Track compliance and coordinate enforcement of ordinance requirements with others. 

    • Identify and apply for grants, funds, or other related support for environmental projects or initiatives.

  • Special Projects 

    • Work with single-family, multifamily and commercial properties to develop and increase recycling and organics collection and procure solid waste related grants. 

    • Coordinate annual collection events. 

    • Coordinate activities with other departments and agencies at the direction of supervisor.  

  • Education and Outreach 

    • Create and promote reuse and waste prevention education and activities. 

    • Develop and provide reports and presentations at council meetings. 

    • Assist with solid waste program reporting, public education, and customer surveys. 

    • Coordinate/attend events to provide solid waste education to city staff, community groups, schools, multifamily residents/property managers, and businesses. 

    • Ensure the city’s racial equity and inclusion initiatives are integrated in solid waste program education and activities.    

    • Create and maintain email groups and mass mailing lists for outreach and education initiatives.

  • Other 

    • Attend committee or task force meetings as assigned. 

    • Keep supervisor informed and make recommendations on critical issues. 

    • Fill-in in the front office area when needed or assigned. 

    • Perform other duties as assigned. 

    • Occasionally work nights and weekends to staff events. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, sustainability, communications, public relations, a related field, or equivalent fulltime work experience. 

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license.  

  • Experience with program/project management. 

  • Experience developing education, outreach or presentation materials and presenting information to the public. 

  • Ability to work with multiple software applications to track program related information. 

  • Ability to understand and work with codes, laws and regulations relating to public improvements. 

  •  Ability to conduct site visits, including meeting with residents or property owners/management, inspecting collection setup. Requires physical tasks such as lifting, carrying, repairing carts, removing contaminants, distributing materials, and setting up for events. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated cultural competence and comfort with supporting the city’s strategic objectives for racial equity. 

  • Familiarity or experience with interpreting, applying and/or enforcing municipal codes. 

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Applications must be filled completely for consideration.