• Zero Waste Specialist

    APTIM Irvine, CA 92604

    Job #2314068724


    APTIM's Waste Minimization Team is looking for a motivated Zero Waste Specialist to support APTIM's local government waste minimization initiatives with a particular focus on the reduction of single use plastics in the City of Los Angeles. The Zero Waste Specialist will play a critical role in community engagement, education, outreach, and business conversion/adoption to reusable foodware. The primary work involves direct outreach to restaurants within four neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. The job requires a persuasive, yet empathetic voice that will help convince business to change their practices. Past experience in canvassing is very useful as this job requires extensive cold-calling (via in-person visits). This work is based on relationship building, trust, and helping to build personal connections between businesses and their impact on the environment.

    The candidate will be a part of APTIM's waste minimization team focused on addressing solid waste related issues including zero waste, waste minimization, sustainable materials management, organic waste diversion, circular economy, and lifecycle assessments.


    • Support APTIM Project Manager in data collection and business impact analysis (training will be provided).

    • Meet targets for recruiting business participants to switch to reusable foodware on time and with significant results.

    • Participate in meetings to plan, coordinate, and implement the City of Los Angeles Reusable Foodware Program.

    • Foster existing and new partnerships with zero-waste and community-based organizations to further the mission of the program in a collaborative fashion by requesting, hosting, and facilitating meetings with allies.

    • Other duties as assigned by the client(s) or APTIM.


    • Bachelor's degree in environmental studies, planning, project management, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of environmental programs, services, or policy-related experience, which should include three (3) years of progressively responsible professional-level work in municipal recycling and solid waste management program administration.

    • Experience working with regulatory agencies is highly desired.

    • Fluency in a language in addition to English (preferably Spanish)

    • Experience in the food service industry is a plus

    • Ability to communicate effectively with businesses and the public

    • Must reside within Los Angeles or Orange County, in driving distance to the project neighborhoods.

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

    • Must be organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently, meat deadlines, and complete assignments while juggling many tasks.

    • Commitment to working both in teams and independently to advance common goals, think creatively, collaborate with others to resolve issues, and create high-quality work products.

    • Strong verbal and written communication

    • Comfort working with technology, including tablets and computers

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

    Applicants with a physical or mental disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process may make their request known by e-mailing ~~~ or calling ~~~ for assistance.

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