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Environmental Services & Education Assistant

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Department: Zero Waste Pittsburgh

Type: Contracted

Min. Experience: Student (College)

Program Description

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is looking for highly motivated men and women to help with event recycling and special collections evetns in South West Pennsylvania on a CONTRACT basis. The event recycling services help provide a holistic management of pre-event procurement, handling of waste materials generated at the event and reporting of diversion results. Special collections provide a one stop event for proper disposal of ewaste and other hard to recycle items. Positions are AS NEEDED and on a CONTRACT basis.

Job Summary

Through the Zero Waste Pittsburgh Project, contractors will help PRC to facilitate event participant education and increase the diversion of the maximum amount of material from the landfill. Contractors will serve as ambassadors for the waste minimization program by educating the patrons so they can make better decisions on how to properly separate their waste. Contractors will also be responsible for the setup and maintenance of collection system and purity of materials being collected. 

Managed contractors are currently paid $10/ hour. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend training with PRC staff to be educated about composting, recycling, and initiative operations
  • Distribution of educational literature
  • Setup/ takedown of collection stations
  • Installation and removal of all education and directional signage
  • Maintenance of area near the signage and collection stations
  • Transportation of recyclables and compostable via hand cart or motorized vehicle
  • Documentation of recyclables, compostables and landfill generated at the event
  • Other waste minimization tasks as needed

Typical Working Conditions

Events are frequently outdoors and subject to weather (Rain, Sun, Heat, Cold, etc). Contractors are on their feet for most of their shifts staffing collection stations or moving materials to bulk storage areas. Outdoor events are frequently on uneven mixed terrain (concrete, grass, gravel). Indoor events are often higher end, more formal settings.

Minimum Education and Experience Required

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Basic knowledge or experience of zero waste principles, recycling, and/or conservation. (Training available through this program)
  • Demonstrated interest in waste management for special events, recycling, conservation, or other environmentally-related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to give direction regarding safety and to implement safety procedures.


Minimum Skills Required

  • Leadership, conflict management, and resolution skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility to work weekends and accommodate a highly variable schedule


How to Apply

If interested, please send cover letter and resume via Resumator.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer

PRC does not discriminate against any individuals on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, age, marital status pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, medical condition, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Americans With Disability ACT (ADA)

Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, protect qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. The law also requires that covered entities provide qualified applicants and employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodations, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

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