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Clackamas County - Waste Reduction Specialist

Confluence Environmental Center
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This position is a partnership between Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program and Clackamas County’s Resource Conservation & Solid Waste Program. The Member will help us bring greater consistency and value to recycling and waste reduction in apartment, condo and mobile home communities, including low-income, racially diverse, and underserved residents. This position will build on the success of previous AmeriCorps Members and pilot new programming to help connect outreach and education with service-level and infrastructure analysis, demographics, and partnership-building, for a more holistic, effective and inclusive approach to community assistance. The Member will develop and implement outreach to targeted communities in Clackamas County (50%).

The successful candidate will serve with our schools coordinator to develop and deliver wasted food prevention presentations to school classrooms in Clackamas County. The Member will also conduct school food waste audits to identify waste prevention opportunities. (30%)

The Member will participate in Confluence led leadership development activities which include: Leadership Development Program, Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).

Service Activities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
• • Identify and assess services currently provided to communities.
• Coordinate with communities, resident service coordinators, and property managers to develop recycling and waste reduction strategies and conduct outreach through presentations, events, workshops, and other means that help move individuals from knowledge to action.
• Coordinate with Master Recycler volunteers to do direct educational outreach in targeted communities.
• Research, develop and extend impact by successfully documenting and sharing best practices and lessons learned.
• Develop and deliver wasted food prevention lessons to classrooms in Clackamas County.
• Conduct school food waste audits and provide waste prevention recommendations based on audit findings.
• Research wasted food prevention leadership opportunities for high schoolers.
• Collaborate within a team to update materials, resources, and outreach approaches.
• Participate in general program activities (staff meetings, communication planning, trainings, etc.).
• Complete and submit all necessary paperwork and reports in a timely manner; abide by program policies; attend and complete all training and service requirements.

Community Need Addressed

Advancing Environmental Justice

Position Outcomes

Volunteer Generation
Increased Recycling and composting
Adult Education
Underserved Communities


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

$100 Training Fund

Skills you will gain

Develop increased understanding and sensitivity around issues of equity and environmental justice.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Environment
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Local Government Agency
  • Weekly Training Hours 8

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