Waste and Resources Specialist

Location of Service: City of Knoxville, Waste & Resources Management – 400 W Main St, #520, Knoxville, TN 37902

About City of Knoxville, Waste & Resources Management:

The Waste and Resources office manages waste, recycling, brush, and household hazardous waste for the 180,000 residents who live in the City of Knoxville. The City of Knoxville Waste and Resources Management Americorps Member’s goal is to decrease the quantity of materials sent to the local Class I landfill by increasing recycling, diversion, and leaf/brush/backyard/drop-off composting.

Position Summary:
  • Managing the new food waste drop-off compost pilot program. Duties include producing educational materials (signage, webpages, postcards, etc) to prevent contamination, and well as moving compost from drop-off site to farm weekly.
  • Recruiting and certifying restaurants for the ConServe Knoxville low-waste restaurant program
  • Educating kids at schools/clubs/recreation centers about the importance of the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) with presentations and activities
  • Educating adults about waste-prevention, recycling, backyard/drop-off composting, and household hazardous waste collection at various public events and neighborhood meetings
  • Coaching and supporting event planners who wish to host low-waste events
  • Improving the simplicity and clarity of recycling signage and messaging
  • Working with the Waste and Resources staff and the Communication Department Staff to prepare press releases, social media posts, blogs, letters to the editor, webpage content, and other written outreach materials
  • Managing departmental data, and running daily and weekly reports
  • Creating and implementing additional projects as time allows
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Be able to lift 45 lbs
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Have a passion for waste-prevention, recycling, and the environment
  • Be able to write effectively
  • Be punctual, reliable, organized, motivated, flexible, and able to prioritize
  • Be available to work events during some weekends and evenings
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.