Clark County Master Composter/recycler Program coordinator (close when filled)

Environmental Outreach Specialist

Clark County, Environmental Services

The Job
Applications will be accepted until an adequate amount of applications are received or the position is filled.  This recruitment may be closed at any time after the first review date.

This position performs technical, as well as public relations work in the area of solid waste management.  The solid waste team is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and administration of the County’s solid waste reduction, recycling and disposal systems.  As a team member under the direction of the Solid Waste Program Manager, the employee researches, evaluates, develops and promotes waste reduction and recycling programs throughout Clark County - specifically in the areas of volunteer coordination and the Master Composter Recycler (MCR) program.  

The Master Composter Recycler Program trains approximately 25 new volunteers each year through a 30-hour classroom training session including hands-on activities (such as bedding a worm bin and building a compost pile) and a day-long field trip to local commercial recycling and composting facilities.  This position will oversee the curriculum, contact experts in the field to participate as guest speakers, and facilitates the training.  Instructional topics shall include (but are not limited to): soil biology, backyard composting, vermicomposting, grasscycling, recycling, household hazardous waste, alternatives to chemicals, sustainability and volunteer roles and responsibilities.  This position coordinatesand facilitates volunteer-led community workshops, guides volunteers in the selection of their volunteer payback projects, tracks and reports volunteer hours and the projectsthey work on, and promotes the MCR volunteer project in the community.  The position will provide development training and organized education opportunities for veteranvolunteers annually.  MC/R volunteers agree to return 30 hours of volunteer service and veteran volunteers are asked to work 15 hours each year and also to engage in at least 4hours of continuing education or professional development.

This position will offer approximately 10 workshops (such as backyard composting, community wormshops, lasagna gardening, green cleaning) with an average 20 participants per workshop.  This position will educate Clark County citizens about the benefits of composting, recycling, and waste reduction through participation in community activities, festivals (such as the Clark County Fair, Home and Garden Idea Fair, Recycled Arts Festival) and neighborhood associations.  The position will insure that backyard compost demonstration sites are well maintained and actively working.

This position typically works in an office setting, with field work associated with community events and technical assistance visits/meetings.  Work involves direct face-to-face interactions with the public.  This position is subject to working evenings and weekends and at both indoor and outdoor events that might occur in difficult weather conditions.  This position may be required to work multiple Saturdays.

Essential tasks include use of the telephone, personal computers, office equipment and driving a county or personal vehicle to travel to various work sites.  Work entails seeing, reading, speaking in person and over the phone, handwriting, typing/keyboard and manual dexterity.  Setting up for events may require walking, bending, lifting, carrying, kneeling, pushing and pulling up to 25lbs.

This position is represented and requires membership in Local 17 Professional and Technical Employees.
Selection Process

Application Review – Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application.  Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. 

Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) – This recruitment may require a practical exam which will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. 

Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. 

Employment References may be conducted for the final candidates, including verification of education

Driver License verification and/or license abstract checks will be performed prior to final selection.


The successful candidate will likely have a combination of education, experience, and qualifications equivalent to and/or including the following:


·        Bachelor’s degree in education, marketing, environmental science, communications, or related fields.  The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

·        At least two (2) years of experience in community education, community organization, environmental sciences, or public relations.

·        Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

·        Demonstrated project management, time-management and organizational skills.

·        Strong analytical skills.


Any combination of education, experience, and training that demonstrates the possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.


Knowledge of:  environmental programs and activities; principles and practices of public information and involvement; use of social and electronic media; public relations, marketing and branding principles and techniques; Microsoft Office Suite; community organization; waste reduction/recycling programs and activities; research and analysis; planning; project management and program administration.


Ability to:  effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work to complete tasks within prescribed timeframes with attention to deadlines; work effectively with individuals and groups in the community; work independently with limited supervision; prepare effective written and oral communications; develop and present information effectively and in a variety of settings including media, presentations, displays, reports, and other outreach; motivate people to participate in environmental programs; establish effective working relationships with staff, public officials, governmental agencies, school officials and personnel, the media, community groups and the general public; perform research, analyze data, and prepare reports; give presentations to groups of students; speak publicly to school staff, teachers, parents, administrators or the general public.


$25.84 - $32.92 per hour

How To Apply

Apply here on-line.  Application materials are due by the closing date listed on the recruitment.  Please read the Job Posting material thoroughly to determine application requirements.


The Human Resources Department will begin a review of applications after the first review date of Friday, July 8, 2016.

The County


Benefits and Salary Information

Clark County offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 

        Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

        Paid Days Off

        Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)

        Retirement Options

        Employee Assistance Program

        10 Paid Holidays

        Flexible Spending

        Life Insurance

        Supplemental Life Insurance

        Long Term Disability


It is the general policy of the County to start employees in the lower or middle sections of the salary range.





Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.  With almost 600 programs serving nearly 436,000 residents, the county provides a wide variety of employment opportunities for about 1600 people.  Clark County’s structure is complex, with 18 elected officials, 13 regional councils and districts, and numerous appointed boards.  Although the county seat is in downtown Vancouver, county employees provide services to all of its residents, from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside.  Clark County offers excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living.  There is no state income tax.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization.  We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Clark County's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at 


NOTE:  This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change.  It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



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Closing DateFirst Review: 08-Jul-2016