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Position Title:  Senior Solid Waste Operation Planner - Information and Analysis

Metro, the regional government for the Portland Metropolitan area, is looking for a creative, experienced, team-oriented Information and Analysis expert to join the team that monitors and supports the region's garbage and recycling activities. As a Senior Solid Waste Planner, you will lead and work on an assortment of technical and analytical projects that support operational and policy decisions across the many facets of regional Solid Waste and Recycling. You will have excellent analytical skills and abilities, a good grasp of information systems and technology, and a creative streak that you leverage to solve tough problems. You'll apply your skills in research design, statistical analysis, database management, stakeholder engagement, and reporting, and you'll procure and administer external contracts. You will build a broad understanding of the regional public-private solid waste system and Metro's important roles in it.

We are looking for someone with excellent project management skills, expertise in applied research and statistical analysis, and a solid understanding of how data can effectively inform decision making. We are looking for a person with sharp communication skills – someone who can describe complex concepts in simple terms and who will be an effective ambassador for Metro, sharing information and engaging with a wide variety of audiences.

Deadline to apply: July 30, 2018 by 5:00 pm, PDT. Salary is $75,400.00 - $101,025.60 annually. Visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Waste Management Manager / Manager, Senior (N2023) - Eugene, Oregon

Salary: $75,753.59 - $113,651.20 Annually
Location: Glenwood, OR
Job Type: Regular
Department: Public Works
Job Number: 201800199
Closing: 7/30/2018 5:00 PM Pacific


LANE COUNTY WASTE MANAGEMENT: The Waste Management Division, a division of Lane County's Department of Public Works, is responsible for the management of municipal solid waste within the County. Programs include disposal, recycling and prevention, and special and hazardous waste, and the Division provides nuisance abatement, environmental, and educational services. Employees include full and part-time staff working in transfer, disposal, fee collection, recycling, and other program areas at the Division's 15 transfer sites and the County landfill. The Waste Management Division is funded solely by user fees and operates within an Enterprise Fund.

WASTE MANAGEMENT MANAGER: The Waste Management Manager is part of the Public Works Senior Management Team and reports directly to the Public Works Director. The position provides oversight and direction to a Division with multiple programs and over 100 full and part-time employees represented by 3 different bargaining units. This position supervises staff, allocates division resources and funds, and prioritizes Waste Management programs and goals. The Waste Management Division Manager directs, evaluates, and administers the Division's programs and projects, and works extensively with other County Departments and public agencies to achieve Division goals.

This is the second-level in the general management series and is distinguished from the first level by the responsibility for a large division or programmatic area within a department, typically encompassing broad or multiple functions, programs and/or services, and participation in department wide planning and prioritizing of programs and goals. Incumbents are responsible and accountable for allocating division resources and funds and collaborating with other divisions, departments and outside agencies to ensure implementation of programs and services. The management of activities and operations is typically achieved through direct supervision of managers and supervisors or coordinators.

Position Title:  Recycling Information Specialist

Metro, the regional government for the Portland Metropolitan area, is hiring for a Recycling Information Specialist. As a Recycling Specialist for the Recycling Information Center you will work closely with other team members who are passionate about assisting the public and handle more than 90,000 information referral phone calls each year. The majority of your time will be spent speaking on the phone with residents from across the greater Portland region as you connect them with businesses and organizations that provide recycling services and support reuse of products and materials.  You will also teach people about ways they can prevent waste in their homes and businesses.  You will also provide customer service support by taking phone calls for Metro's recycled latex paint product, MetroPaint, as well as for customers of Metro's Central and South transfer stations and hazardous waste facilities. Your work will be performed using a database and MS Office suite software. Knowledge of and experience in recycling and waste reduction education is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish.

Deadline to apply: July 23, 2018 by 5:00 pm, PDT. Salary is $20.18 - $27.05 hourly. Visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Temporary Recycling Specialist - Oregon Metro

Metro, the regional government for the Portland Metropolitan area, is hiring for a Recycling Specialist, temporary in our Recycling Information Center. Are you interested in joining a supportive team which helps people learn how to reduce waste and recycle? Do you enjoy talking on the phone? Are you a people person who is excited about providing great customer service?" Do you have a passion for waste reduction and recycling, coupled with willingness to inform and educate? If so, you might be a great candidate to join Metro's Recycling Information Center team as a temporary Recycling Specialist. We're looking for a new team member who will help people in the Portland region find the information they need to recycle, prevent waste and have a healthy home, yard and garden.

Deadline to apply: July 12, 2018 by 5:00 pm, PDT. Salary is $18.76 hourly. Visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

AmeriCorps, Waste Reduction Outreach Specialist – Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling

Looking to get your foot in the door of the sustainability and materials management field? If so, Washington County has an opportunity for you. We are seeking applicants to join the Solid Waste & Recycling team as an AmeriCorps, Waste Reduction Outreach specialist. This position is a partnership between Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program and Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling, and will build on the successes of previous AmeriCorps Members. Projects the member will focus on include: encouraging Washington County community members to waste less food at home, educating community members on recycling, and participating in Confluence led leadership development activities.

More information about the position can be found at the following link:

Clackamas County’s Resource Conservation & Solid Waste program - AmeriCorps 

We have been awarded a Confluence AmeriCorps member to help us reach underserved populations in Clackamas County, and we are seeking applicants.  Our ideal candidate is a Spanish-speaker who is familiar with Clackamas County, but we will consider applicants that do not meet that description.

We are seeking someone who can connect with the community and share knowledge about waste reduction, reuse, and recycling (it’s ok if they don’t have this specific knowledge, yet – this part is teachable!).  This would be a great opportunity to gain experience in the waste reduction field, as well as relieve student debt, if applicable (an education award is provided upon completion of service). 

More information about the position and instructions to apply are included in the position description, but folks should be encouraged to reach out to Laurel Bates or my supervisor (Eben Polk – listed in the attached document) if they have any questions or would like assistance with the application process.  

The position description (and other Confluence AmeriCorps opportunities) is available on the Confluence website:
Early applications are encouraged, as the position will be open until filled. We will not accept any applications after July 15.