Green Star Job/Volunteer Postings
Part-time position, up to 29 hours per week, with an opportunity for full-time (40 hours) per grant funds.
Green Star is seeking a truly outstanding and outgoing person to fill the part-time position of Technical Assistance Coordinator in its Anchorage, Alaska, office.
Green Star is a non-profit organization that recognizes other organizations and businesses that are committed to environmental responsibility through a voluntary “green” business certification program. Additionally, Green Star offers assistance through other programs to assist businesses to meet the requirements of the certification program. These include a Green Events recycling program that provides recycling bins and assistance, and a Site Assessment program that provides technical assistance on a variety of waste prevention and energy efficiency topics to businesses. Green Star’s main office is located in Anchorage, Alaska. The organization has an active board of directors and numerous volunteers.
The selected candidate will coordinate Green Star’s technical assistance, working closely with businesses as they work through the certification process. This involves providing onsite assistance to businesses; planning events, workshops and trainings; answering questions; creating and updating technical data and resources; gathering measurement data for reporting purposes; and other duties.
The selected candidate will work primarily with two main programs -- Green Star Award Program and Green Events -- and will participate in smaller collaborative events, such as America Recycles Day.
Primary Work Areas
Green Star Award Program:
This program provides businesses and organizations with tailored technical assistance to help them implement the necessary initiatives to earn Green Star Award certification. This involves travel to local and, occasionally, statewide work sites. For this program, the selected candidate must be comfortable with and fluent in the latest pollution prevention initiatives; willing to work with a broad range of people in a variety of work settings, including offices, retail, restaurants manufacturing facilities, oil and gas facilities and others; and able to synthesize a large quantity of information in a short period of time to provide immediate feedback to prospective certified businesses. This is an ongoing program funded through business application fees, sponsorships and a Pollution Prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), granted through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). The grant is rebid each year.
The selected candidate will work directly with applicant organizations to provide assistance including:
Conducting site assessments at a variety of workplaces. This may involve the use of specific tools such as light meters, VendingMisers etc.
Providing immediate feedback during site visits on a wide range of topics including:
- Recycling opportunities and local resources,
- Waste prevention opportunities,
- Energy-efficiency options (building envelope, HVAC, lighting etc.),
- Toxics reduction/hazardous materials and waste management,
- Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) opportunities,
- Sustainable building products and practices,
- Other environmental business practices and workplace policies, and
- Local and national resources to provide information beyond Green Star’s expertise.
Providing a written report immediately following site visit with recommendations and resources.
Assisting organizations with measurement of successful initiatives.
Reporting data to online P2 (pollution prevention) database.
Possibly creating and updating technical tip sheets on specific topics and for specific business sectors, typically one to three tip sheets per year, as well as updating existing tip sheets.
Green Events Program:
This program provides recycling containers to local businesses, organizations, and events. Lifting and moving an exhibit display, recycling bins, recyclables, electronics, and other materials may also fall within job duties. The program is funded through BP Alaska.
The selected candidate will work directly with businesses, organizations, and event representatives to:
- Coordinate pick-up and drop-off dates/times for recycling containers;
- Provide data tracking sheets and follow-up;
- Ensure recycling containers are clean and labeled properly;
- Keep recycling container storage area neat and tidy.
The selected candidate will be responsible for several other programs and projects, including:
Event planning – work with other staff to develop and implement an ongoing education series for all businesses, focusing on specific business sectors at given times.
Application review process – work with other staff to organize the Standards Committee on a quarterly basis to review Green Star Award applications and respond to participating businesses.
Certified business recognition – participate in the recognition of certified organizations, often at presentations at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Monday luncheons but also at other venues.
- BA/BS and/or relevant work experience.
- Knowledge of and experience in a majority of the following areas: recycling, waste prevention, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainable building and design.
- Experience in public speaking, both large and small groups.
- Excellent communication skills – verbal and written.
- Excellent computer abilities in a Macintosh environment. Though not required, prefer skills in all or some of the following software applications: Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Entourage, PowerPoint) and Adobe products (InDesign).
- Professional and friendly manner.
- Independent thinker and team player.
- Flexible scheduling capabilities. Green Star responds to the businesses’ / events’ needs, and this can be on non-traditional work hours/days.
- Able to lift 50 pounds and work in loud/noisy environment(s).
- Reliable transportation.
- Detail oriented and organized.
- Ability to manage many projects simultaneously.
- Proven ability to work quickly and efficiently.
- Good design sense for the creation of printed materials, presentations, and marketing/advertising pieces.
- Good contacts within the Anchorage business and environmental communities.
$16.00 - $24.00 hourly
Health insurance, paid by employer upon full time status
Two weeks of paid vacation/sick time; time accrued is prorated based on actual hours worked
Flexible work schedule
Business-related car mileage and cell phone reimbursed
Excellent experience in the non-profit, environmental and business worlds
Please submit a resume via mail or email (PDF or Word format, please), to the address below. The application review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Kim Kovol, Executive Director
Green Star, Inc.
333 West 4th Avenue, Suite 310
Anchorage, AK 99501
Green Star is an equal-opportunity employer.
Green Star is seeking volunteers to assist with translating our technical assistance materials, including tip sheets, Award certification standards and other materials, into numerous non-English languages. Green Star recognizes the immense challenges that non-English speaking professionals and businesses encounter, especially regarding energy efficiency information, green business best practices, pollution prevention, solid waste reduction, and recycling. Green Star is working with local funders and partners to identify the needs of minority-owned businesses and leverage in-kind support to assist in delivery of translated materials to these groups. Languages may include Tagalog, Hmong, Samoan, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Native languages such as Yupik, Inuit, and Tlingit.
Green Star is an equal opportunity employer.