Salary: $71,808.00 – $87,408.00 Annually
Location: 1055 South Grady Way Renton WA 98057, WA
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Public Works Admin
Job Number: 23-00005
Closing: 2/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description
The City of Renton is accepting applications for the position of Sustainability Specialist in the Public Works Sustainability & Solid Waste Section. Currently, two (2) full-time vacancies exist for this position.

The Sustainability Specialist performs analytical and administrative tasks in the support of sustainability and solid waste management programs. The Public Works Sustainability & Solid Waste Section sets sustainability and carbon solution goals through planning, project implementation, partnerships, and community engagement. The Section has a broad mandate that includes promoting and supporting projects that address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, zero waste of resources, renewable energy use, resource conservation and stewardship, and sustainable infrastructure. Our team works collaboratively within Public Works and across City Departments to advance change. 

Working for the City of Renton comes with an excellent benefits package, including:

  • Deferred compensation with the City contributing 3% of the employee’s salary.
  • VEBA Plan with the City contributing 1% of the employee’s salary.
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance at affordable rates
  • Paid leave for vacation, sick, eleven holidays and two “personal” holidays a year
  • State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems Public Employee Retirement Systems (PERS) plan enrollment

Reports To:  Sustainability & Solid Waste Manager
Supervises:  None


  • Develop strategies, plans, and programs for enhanced and improved innovations that address sustainability and climate resiliency across subject areas.
  • Identify, plan, and organize public works projects that focus on, and support sustainability, environmental conservation, and climate resiliency.
  • Coordinate and promote education/outreach programs, activities and events related to sustainability; implement program goals and objectives.
  • Create or maintain plans or other documents related to sustainability projects.
  • Coordinate engagement with internal and external stakeholders to develop program and project awareness; align strategies, plans, and actions to create buy-in and drive outcomes.
  • Research new programs and activities related to sustainability.
  • Assist in the design and production of education and outreach materials such as brochures, flyers, posters, and reports.
  • Facilitate efforts to improve City and community environmental practices including waste prevention and materials management, water, and energy conservation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other conservation programs.
  • Respond to questions and concerns from local agencies, organizations, and community members; meet with residents, professional associations and community groups as needed.
  • Represent the City at various community events to promote waste reduction, recycling, and other sustainability initiatives.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of communication plans and strategies that provide public education and convey the City’s commitment to sustainability, resilient infrastructure, and environmental stewardship.
  • Collect, interpret and analyze data used to manage and evaluate sustainability programs; prepare reports and make recommendations for improvement and innovation.
  • Assist in negotiation and management of contracts (programs, consultant services, etc.).
  • Prepare correspondence, agenda bills, ordinances, resolutions, agenda bills and related documents for administrative and legislative review.
  • Research, analyze, and implement local, state, and federal rules and regulations. 
  • Conduct field inspections as needed, prepare required reports; assure permit and other requirements are in compliance; resolve customer complaints.
  • Interact with appropriate federal, state, local and private agencies as necessary.
  • Contribute to an environment of teamwork and respect.
  • Foster a culture of equity and inclusion by recognizing the diverse needs and perspectives of groups and individuals.
  • Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to field.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • May be assigned to support critical city priorities during disasters or other emergencies.

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  • 2 years of college-level course work in environmental studies or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in sustainability education/outreach.
  • Or 3 years relevant education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Successful passing of a required driving record check.
  • Successful passing of a required background check.


  • Drive to offsite locations to perform essential functions.
  • Move throughout City facilities and buildings.
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate with City employees and residents.
  • Lift or move items weighing up to 20 pounds on occasion.


  • Work is performed in an office environment and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Work evening and/or weekend hours as needed.
  • Noise level out in the field is moderately loud and noise level in the office is moderately quiet.
  • Night meetings may be required.

Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Telework Program
The City of Renton supports workers performing in a hybrid capacity (partial telework/in-office) where job responsibilities can be performed remotely. This position may be eligible for a telework arrangement, working certain days/times remotely, based on the operational needs of the City and specific Department. Regardless of job title or telework arrangement, City of Renton employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 

Selection Procedure
The City of Renton embraces a diverse and inclusive workforce and prides itself on promoting collaboration and teamwork in a positive environment while providing high quality services to the community. For more information about the City of Renton, please visit the following website: Why Renton.

The City has adopted an anonymous application process that prevents hiring managers from seeing personal identifiers, including candidates’ names, addresses, and other similar information.  This eliminates the possibility of unintentional or implicit bias during the screening of applications.  For that reason, you will not have the ability to attach any documents to your application, including a cover letter or resume.  Please make sure to submit a complete, detailed, and updated job application.

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Communication from the City of Renton
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or should be placed on your safe domain list to ensure you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders. We also communicate via text and encourage you to sign up for text alerts when completing your job application.

Recruitment Process
The screening process will include a review of minimum qualifications and applicants selected for an interview will be invited via email to self-schedule a time through the Government Jobs account. At minimum, this position will be subject to a standard criminal background check and professional reference check. This position requires driving and is also subject to a driving record check from the WA State Dept of Licensing (or other state equivalent). Driving records will be evaluated based on a points system depending on the infraction and severity. 

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