Sustainability Specialist (Zero Waste)

City of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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Competition #19/194
Internal/External Posting
Closing date: October 29, 2019

Sustainability Specialist (Zero Waste)
(Continuous Term – Up to 2 years)
Engineering and Public Works Department

Victoria is a vibrant, richly diverse and sustainably-focused city, renowned as a global tourist destination, hosting over 3.5 million visitors annually, and a place with an enviable quality of life. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, the City of Victoria is home to 86,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents.

An exciting new opportunity exists to join and grow with the City of Victoria’s leading team of sustainability professionals. As the Sustainability Specialist (Zero Waste), you will be managing a diversity of initiatives that will help the community and organization transition to a future where nothing is wasted. You will have the opportunity to develop and implement impactful and innovative plans, policies and programs focused on waste avoidance, reduction and diversion. You will use your project management experience and expert understanding of environmental sustainability to ensure that Victoria takes meaningful steps towards zero waste.

You are professional; a do-er who understands how to develop and adapt plans and programs to meet sustainability objectives while balancing the concerns of stakeholders. You are comfortable dealing with the public and stakeholders and can establish an atmosphere of trust and respect. You have project management experience and are confident in your ability to assess and control risk.

Plans, supports, advises and implements projects and programs related to solid waste management, including waste avoidance, reduction and diversion and related sustainability initiatives.

Develop zero waste policies and programs; identify community issues/gaps/opportunities; develop and evaluate policy alternatives and long-term strategies; determine and implement appropriate community consultation and engagement processes; monitor effectiveness of policies, programs and services.

Plan, develop, implement and assess the City’s solid waste management systems to minimize waste to landfill, maximize waste diversion, recycling and resource recovery.

Provide technical expertise, analysis and coordination to internal Project and Program Managers, where required, on projects that have a waste management and environmental management context.

Serve as a resource for neighbourhood and community organizations and City staff; respond to enquiries from other departments and the public; provide advice on sustainability, waste management and related multi-disciplinary environmental issues; facilitate citizen involvement in waste management issues planning; provide strategic planning, organizational, and leadership development advice and training.

Liaise with government officials, academic, business, consultants and the general public. Keeps abreast of provincial and federal policies, regulations, legislation, initiatives and funding opportunities which relate to waste management initiatives, including a keen interest and understanding of both international best practice, and human factors related to waste management.

Research sustainable solid waste issues; conduct studies including trend analysis and apply research to inform policy, planning and program development and evaluation processes; collect and analyze data and information; and interpret related bylaws and policies.

Critically analyze proposals against emerging best practice, and long term, sustainability requirements, and assess against existing City policies, programs and bylaws, and make recommendations for new or amendments to those policies, programs and bylaws in consultation with other City departments; make recommendations for new priorities to improve the City’s corporate and community sustainability performance.

Represent the City and participate on various community and advisory committee meetings; provide advice and recommendations on policies/initiatives/programs to implement Council objectives and communicate City policies.
Perform related duties where required.

Work is generated by departmental work programs, community issues, staff, referral applications assigned by Supervisor, requests from Council or the public.
Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and department meetings.
New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed with supervisor with recommendations.


Physical Effort:

Mental Effort:
Meet multiple deadlines. (often)
Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:
Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:

Organize and prioritize work.
Understand and apply the principles and methods of sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
Working level knowledge of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.
Compose and present proposals and policies.
Facilitate public consultation meetings and workshops.
Read and interpret technical information, policies and legislation.
Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Represent the City to the public and outside agencies.


Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:
University undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science, Social Sciences or related field (4 years).

3-4 years of related experience in sustainability, waste management and/or other environmental field, with a focus on delivering projects of increasing complexity.
or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.
Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 35hrs/week
$48.12 per hour, Pay Grade 17 (under review)
Job Code # 4411
This is a CUPE Local 50 Position

To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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