Coordinates and monitors the composting of animal and food waste to produce soil conditioner. Promotes and coordinates the zoo recycling program, monitors pickup and collection of recyclable materials by zoo staff and contracted vendors. Supports the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Supervisor in managing utility data, promoting and implementing the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) Sustainability Plan.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Collects or arranges for the collection and delivery of materials for composting. Directs equipment operator to transport and turn compost piles.
- Determines proper mixture of compost and other materials to produce soil conditioners. Monitors temperature levels.
- Monitors all stages of compost preparation to ensure timely turning, watering, packaging (as needed) and readiness for sale of product to the public.
- Maintains animal food waste composting systems for input to soil conditioner.
- Advises zoo staff in the brewing of compost tea, maintenance of equipment and materials provision for the compost tea program
- Responds to inquiries from the public regarding availability and sales of soil conditioner. Organizes the bi-annual Fecal-Fest, coordinating collection and loading of soil conditioner.
- Collects, maintains and analyzes revenue and donations information related to ZooDoo.
- Conducts regular testing of soil conditioner and results analysis to ensure compliance of composting process and product with City, County and State regulations.
- Organizes schedules and monitors the pickup and collection of recyclable materials by the zoo staff and contracted vendors.
- Trains and coordinates volunteers to collect and process organic and recycling waste from zoo events and concerts.
- Checks and verifies the accuracy of collection data against statements received from vendors. Maintains waste records and assists with the preparation of reports as required.
- Plans, prepares, and conducts presentations for the public and staff, as directed.
- Develops and provides departments, employees, the public, and other agencies and municipalities, with information and promotional materials.
Fulfills a leadership role on the zoo Green Team as a recycling and compost expert. Researches, analyzes and develops methods to improve and promote waste diversion from landfill zoo-wide, including assisting with integration of green alternative products and processes. Supports Resource Conservation and Sustainability Supervisor in implementing the WPZ Sustainability Plan and waste management-related program activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisor responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Knowledge of large-scale recycling and composting techniques and biological processes.
- Experience in public contact work and/or experience in program coordination.
- Ability to confidently represent the zoo when dealing with the public.
- Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution's Core Values.
Bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) from an accredited college or university in related field, or a minimum of one year experience running a composting program and training in biological processes, recycling, and composting techniques and one year experience in public contact work and/or experience in program coordination; or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- Valid WA State Driver's license required.
- WORC Compost Faciliator Operator Training Certificate preferred or able to obtain
Must have basic computer skills to access email and submit online timesheets.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stand, walk and/or sit. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear and taste and smell.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to variable weather conditions and is required to work outdoors in all types of weather. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. Requires working with animal feces.
Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.