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Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist  (Full time)

Posted 6/27/17.   Hiring Range: $34,000-$39,000

Primary Duties  

Performs professional work in developing, coordinating, and providing education and outreach programs to promote CVWMA recycling programs in all of our 13 member localities and related work as required on a flexible weekly work schedule. Some evening and weekend work required. The person in this position is typically out of the office at least 50% of every week doing recycling education programs in schools, child care facilities, day cares, nursery schools, after school clubs, library story times,  school clubs, scout troops, 4H clubs, Teacher Professional Development workshops, and having education table or taking our mascot to local events throughout our service area. Work is performed under the general direction of the Public Affairs Manager.

Essential Duties  

Ability to promote the Authority’s programs through research, development, implementations and coordination of recycling education and outreach programs and initiatives.  Ability to coordinate recycling education presentations and programs to schools, clubs, scout groups, community and or groups on an ongoing basis.  Design, produce and distribute education and outreach materials and products as needed. Represent the Authority at community events to promote waste reduction and recycling programs; distribute literature; recruit, coordinate and supervise volunteers to be R3 mascot at events and educational programs.  Develop communication strategies and activities to promote participation in the Authority’s Residential Recycling Program. Assist with the development , copy and production of educational and marketing materials. Receives and responds to inquires from the general public and CVWMA recycling program participants; refers inquiries to appropriate person or gathers information and provides timely responses public. Responds to inquiries for programs from the public. emails; ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and pleasantly with the public by phone or in person; ability to work with a minimum of direct supervision; performs related work tasks as required.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Some knowledge of InDesign is strongly encouraged. Must be able to multi-task; high level of comfort making “cold calls” to variety of businesses, schools, scouts and other groups to schedule outreach programs, local events, and Mascot opportunities  ;  ability to learn and adapt quickly to new procedures; ability to maintain accurate records (Outreach Calendar and Program Data Spreadsheet), follow complex oral and written directions in a timely manner; ability to interpret written material; ability to complete assignments accurately under stringent time limits(deadlines).  Must be able to network and collaborate with local government staff to increase awareness about recycling and to promote regional recycling, waste reduction and litter prevention programs.

Support duties to include data entry , maintaining spreadsheets, and and conceptualizing, creating and managing the bi-annual *Regional Waste Line publication(* for the Executive Director).


  • Any combination equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with coursework in business administration, education, communications and/or related field and /or experience in public relations, communications, education, or related field.
  • Prior Outreach and Education job experience a plus
  • Prior experience with development, copy and production of educational and marketing materials helpful

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

General knowledge of modern public information and principles and practices of public relations, especially  education and outreach best practices; general knowledge of writing and editing; general knowledge of the organization and of general administrative policies and practices; skill in the use of office equipment and computer and associated software; ability to gather and analyze facts on a variety of subject matter and to assemble and present concise reports and presentations; ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; ability to perform and organize work independently; ability to establish and maintain effective relations with locality staff, contractors, vendors, associates, the media and the general public.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, must be able to create and provide engaging and interactive recycling outreach programs for children and youth (Preschool – Grade 12) within our 13 member government service area. Must be flexible and work independently.

Physical Requirements

This job requires lifting and carrying of educational materials and/or mascot costume up to 30 pounds. In addition, this job requires the ability to drive city, county, interstate, and rural roadways to outreach programs/or events during day and evening hours.


Please submit resume and two work samples via email to ndrumheller@cvwma.com.  No calls please. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with this position.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, the Authority reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances changes (such as: growth, work load, inclement weather, changes in personnel, technological developments, et cetera).


Collection Vehicle Drivers

If you are interested in employment as a driver, please contact the companies contracted by CVWMA for collection, including the those listed below:

TFC Recycling (Tidewater Fibre Corporation)
CVWMA contractor for residential curbside recycling collection (804) 706-5877


Container First Services

CVWMA contractor for residential curbside recycling collection in Petersburg and trash collection in Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.


County Waste

CVWMA contractor for residential curbside recycling collection in Hopewell and trash collection in Ashland.