Sustainability Steward: Resource Recovery & Recycling

Austin, TX
Aug 12, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job

To support the development, implementation, maintenance, and daily functions of ACC's sustainability initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, energy and water conservation, renewable energy, alternative transportation, recycling and waste management, sustainable purchasing and operations, ACC gardens, Green Team engagement, education and outreach, communications and graphics, and related programs.

The Sustainability Steward: Resource Recovery & Recycling position focuses on waste diversion, recycling and composting programs, and materials management, while also gaining exposure to all ACC sustainability programs. This is a student position for full or part-time ACC students only. This is a semester-long position with the potential to continue for multiple semesters.

Position Information
Location Service Center Hours 19 hours/week Salary $12.00/hr FLSA Status Non-Exempt Reports To Director, Energy & Sustainability Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists in advancing recycling, composting, and waste diversion programs across the ACC District under guidance of the Energy & Sustainability Office staff
  • Assists with audits of existing operations and developing new programs
  • Works in conjunction with the ACC Warehouse department on electronics waste management and recycling programs, including surplus items
  • Assists in data tracking of recycling and waste metrics
  • Assists with Zero Waste Events, as needed
  • Participates in office-wide functions and events

  • Knowledge

    Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Principles and concepts of sustainability
    • Understanding of composting, recycling, and waste diversion


    Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Willingness to analyze waste streams and occasionally touch trash (appropriate gloves and PPE provided)
    • Ability to use creative problem solving skills to help develop new waste diversion programs
    • Maintaining files and performing other clerical duties
    • Performing complex tasks and prioritizing multiple projects
    • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through
    • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills with tact and diplomacy
    • Contributing as a team member and assisting with other office initiatives, as needed
    • Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials
    • Maintaining an established work schedule, with flexibility around classes and job duty

    Technology Skills

    • Demonstrated proficiency at an intermediate level using standard office software applications, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google Forms

    Required Work Experience

    • Experience developing and implementing programs

    Preferred Work Experience

    • One year related work experience<br />

    Required Education

    • Full or part-time ACC student
    • High school diploma or equivalent

    Preferred Education

    • Related coursework and/or major<br />

    Special Requirements

    Licenses/Certifications; Other

    • Valid Texas Driver's License and reliable transportation for travel in the Austin area as required.<br />

    Physical Requirements

    • Work is performed in both an internal and external environment with occasional exposure to inclement weather and varying temperatures
    • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, climbing, stooping, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and manual dexterity
    • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds

    Other Preferred Qualifications

    • Access to personal laptop with applicable software programs<br />


    • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

    ACC Benefits Overview

    Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


    The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.