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The City of Portland's Bureua of Planning and Sustainability is recruiting for two opportunities to engage in their work to advance equity and diversity in Portland’s waste collection system:

  • They are also partnering with Jeremy Hays and Desiree Williams-Rajee of Kapwa Consulting, LLC to hire two or three community members with deep equity expertise from some combination of lived experience, volunteer work, or vocation as Waste Equity Consultants. Waste Equity Consultants will collaborate with other advisors, City staff and partners to develop and evaluate options, proposals, and implementation strategies for the different elements of the Waste Equity Workplan. Please see the RFQ from Kapwa Consulting, LLC for details on this opportunity and to apply.

They are looking for similar qualifications in applicants for both opportunities, including a commitment to advancing equity. Advisory Group members are unpaid, and the time commitment is lower than for the Waste Equity Consultants role. Since paid Waste Equity Consulting spots are limited, they encourage people who are interested in getting engaged in this work to consider applying to both positions.

Applications for both positions are due by 11:00 PM on Monday, November 11, 2019. 

For more information, email Amanda Watson at

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has an opening for a full-time Drug Take-Back Program Coordinator (Operations and Policy Analyst 2) in the Land Quality division in Portland, Oregon. The Drug Take-Back Program Coordinator will set up, develop and implement Oregon’s Drug Take-Back Program, a statewide product stewardship program for the safe disposal of unused medications.

This is a unique opportunity to help lead a public program that will improve human and aquatic health. Among other responsibilities, the Program Coordinator will develop rules, policies, and procedures for the Drug Take-Back Program; coordinate program planning and activities; oversee manufacturer-funded drug take-back programs; engage stakeholders; and serve as program contact for the public.

For details on the position, go to Please contact Loretta Pickerell at (503) 229-5808 or with questions regarding this position.

Public Waste Collection Program Manager (Coordinator III) (City of Portland)
$65,811.00 - $109,491.00 Annually
Location: 1900 SW 4th Ave, OR
Job Type: Regular
Bureau: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Job Number: 2019-01041
Closing: 11/18/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Public Waste Collection Program Manager (Coordinator III).   The Program Manager will lead the implementation of the citywide expansion of the public trash can program and waste collections compliance and enforcement field staff work. The position will be responsible for overseeing public trash can program logistics (including the citywide expansion and ongoing maintenance) and managing contractors for the installation, maintenance and collection of public trash cans throughout the city with a budget in excess of $2 million annually.

This position will manage the implementation of compliance and enforcement activities directed at BPS policies and programs supported by Portland City Code and BPS Administrative Rules. Field work will be undertaken by this position on a semi-regular basis. This position will supervise the work of two field staff that will carry out duties related to the public trash can program and waste collections compliance activities. The Program Manager will have direct daily contact with a variety of diverse community stakeholders, including residents, businesses, garbage and recycling companies, and other bureaus and agencies. This employee will work as part of the BPS Sustainability Engagement & Waste Collection team and report to the BPS Waste Collection Manager.

Business Services Program Lead (Coordinator II) - City of Portland
Salary: $55,370.00 - $102,648.00 Annually
Location: 1900 SW 4th Ave, OR
Job Type: Regular
Bureau: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Job Number: 2019-01018
Closing: 11/18/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Business Services Program Lead. This individual will help build on existing green business efforts and take business services in new directions. The ideal candidate will be adept at leading with equity and managing for change. They will have experience building and maintaining trusting relationships with communities of color and responding to community needs. They can readily identify and articulate opportunities, define and champion a vision for change, and scale up new initiatives.

The Business Services Program Lead will manage the Sustainability at Work program. This includes monitoring program performance, tracking budget, managing data, ensuring goals are met, reporting outcomes, analyzing challenges and managing partnerships. This individual will support businesses in implementing green solutions and championing climate action goals in their communities. They will also direct the work of other City staff providing this assistance. The ideal candidate will have experience engaging and supporting diverse businesses, and a desire to meet businesses in the community where they live and work. We anticipate changes to Sustainability at Work and existing green business efforts as a result of Metro's Regional 2030 Waste Plan and the City of Portland Climate Action Plan update. These plans aim to create equitable community benefits that dramatically reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources. The ideal candidate will come to this position with ideas and understanding that are not steeped in traditional or mainstream ideas on climate and environment.

The Business Services Program Lead will be expected to attend community meetings and functions outside of regular work hours, such as nights and weekends.