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Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 40

Position Description

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Recycling Coordinator & Compost Technician to join our community. Reporting to the Manager of Facilities Operations and Resource Conservation, this position provides recycling, composting, pest control contractor support and surplus disposal services as an integral part of the operations and maintenance of the university.

Essential Functions:

Waste, Recycling, and Compost (70%)

*Coordinate solid waste, recycling, composting (pre-and post-consumer), surplus property, and related programs. *Manage the campus recycling program and collaborate with custodial services and SU's waste collection providers (garbage, recycling, clean green, compost). *Supervise recycling yard operations. *Maintain daily composting operations by proper handling, testing, mixing and adjustment of compost feedstocks required to produce biologically active, safe, and usable compost. Ability to operate a front end loader is required. *Develop and administer campus wide post-consumer food waste composting programs. *Supervise student employees and interns to coordinate their day-to-day assignments and to carry out recycling, composting, research and educational-related tasks. *Track bin distribution and placement on campus, maintain inventory, and replace and update signage as needed. *Oversee a confidential document recycling program meeting campus community needs. *Assist with waste reduction and recycling outreach and education. *Coordinate planning and execution of recycle and reuse related events such as New Student Orientation, Move-In and Move-Out, Recyclemania, Community Recycling Day, and Garbology waste audits. *Provide training for faculty, staff, and students about waste related issues including reduction and diversion. *Collect and distribute data required to calculate annual recycling rate for non-utility collected recycling, e.g., metals, Styrofoam, surplus, donations and Move-Out materials collection. * Inspect composting and recycling equipment and tools to ensure that they are in proper working order and request maintenance or repair when needed. *Assess all compost and recycling systems and components for proper operation and functionality. *In collaboration with the Manager of Facilities Operations/Resource Conservation Manager, research and discuss programs with other recycling vendors to evaluate growth and improvement of the waste reduction and recycling programs and make changes to collection schedules, containers, and locations. *Work autonomously or as part of a team, depending on the project or problem being addressed. *Follow and promote established safety rules and regulations; attend safety trainings as required. Maintain a safe and clean shop space. *Work in a safe, clean and respectful manner while performing work on campus and work in occupied spaces with minimal disruption of campus activities.

Pest Control (15%)

* Assist with daily operational support for campus-wide integrated pest management programs, remove and replace mouse traps and other pest control equipment, and communicate work order status with customers/requester. * Coordinate evening/night support and access with pest control contractor for campus locations. *Work with Research Integrity, Safety and Compliance office to ensure chemicals used by pest contractor on campus are compliant with Seattle University Standards. *Work with Facilities Managers to adapt and define pest control procedures as issues develop.

Administrative (15%)

*Open, update, track and complete all work orders assigned. *Complete all paperwork and tracking required for personal time sheets in a timely manner. *Attend departmental, leads, President’s Committee for Sustainability and other meetings as required. *Communicate with the Facilities Managers, the requester, and other staff as needed regarding development and status of work orders. *Coordinate with the Facilities Managers on project request recommendations, estimates, and work management reports as required. *Schedule work taking into account customer requests, space available and potential disruption to adjacent academic, work and living areas. Marginal Functions: *Sort collected materials to determine what is recyclable and compostable. Review items with reuse potential for sale. *Coordinate with vendors for removal of non-hazardous solid waste, surplus items, and non-standard recycling. *Assist in the promotion of campus reuse, recycling and composting by giving tours and presentations. *Research, implement, and manage programs for best practices in waste reduction, recycling, composting, solid waste, non-traditional items, resource conservation and related issues. * Interview and maintain adequate student staffing level in Recycle shop on an on-going basis. *Update recycling and composting website as needed.

*Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: *A bachelor's degree in environmental science or related field and one year of specialized technical training in agriculture, composting, recycling programs or related. OR an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. *Ability to lift 20 pounds constantly and 50 pounds frequently. Must have valid driver’s license. *Ability to become a Compost Facility Operator through the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) within the first twelve months. *All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision, and values. All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check. Preferred Qualifications: *Previous experience operating a recycling or composting system for business or public use is preferred. *Trained in use of front end loader and forklift. *Previous experience scheduling and supervising staff.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122