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6 Jul 2022

Full-Time Sustainability Planner

Metro Regional Government – Posted by Portland, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

Position summary

Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers.

Are you a motivated and innovative sustainability advocate looking for an opportunity to achieve on-the-ground outcomes for sustainability and racial equity within government operations? Are you a strategic thinker who loves to dig into data and do research to find solutions to pressing issues? Do you enjoy collaborating with diverse stakeholders to design new approaches? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment that requires juggling multiple priorities? If this sounds like you, come join our team!

As Metro’s Sustainability Planner, you’ll use your talents to engage with diverse stakeholders to plan and implement projects, programs and policies, provide technical assistance in areas ranging from climate to waste prevention to green building, and gather and analyze data to track progress in reaching desired sustainability, climate justice and resilience and racial equity outcomes. Your work will support initiatives that create a more sustainable, equitable and resilient Metro, in alignment with Metro’s Sustainability Plan and Strategic Plan to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Come show us how Metro can be a leader on sustainability from the inside out.

As the Sustainability Planner you will:

  • Plan, champion and execute strategies that advance progress toward Metro’s sustainability, climate justice and resilience, and racial equity goals across our diverse portfolio of facilities and services – including the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Metro Regional Center, garbage and recycling facilities and regional parks.
  • Conduct research and analysis to inform strategy development for climate, waste, water, toxics, stormwater goals
  • Develop and implement policies, programs and projects to achieve sustainability outcomes, using a racial equity lens
  • Provide technical assistance to, and collaborate with, facility and department staff to implement sustainability, climate justice and resilience and racial equity best practices
  • Track, evaluate and report sustainability data to inform decision-making and provide accountability
  • Prepare and deliver communications to staff, elected officials and other stakeholders to highlight sustainability work
  • Plan and execute educational events and trainings to increase awareness and action
  • You will have the opportunity to serve the entire organization, but you’ll have a home base with a fun and dedicated team of sustainability champions in our Capital Asset Management Department.
  • Hybrid work is acceptable for this position. You will need to reside in the State of Oregon or Washington for this opportunity.

Attributes for success:

  • Knowledge of sustainability topics such as: climate justice, mitigation and resilience; waste prevention; water and energy efficiency; renewable energy and sustainable building practices.
  • Values diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and understands why DEI should guide and inform Metro’s work
  • Enjoy working collaboratively and engaging in creative problem solving with people from diverse backgrounds and job duties.
  • Systems thinker with advanced critical thinking and problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to compile, manage and evaluate data to inform strategy development.
  • Self-driven and able to organize work, manage time, prioritize tasks effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing and orally with a variety of audiences including executives and elected officials.

 Diversity and inclusion:  At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you have what it takes, we’d love to learn more about you.

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, climate change, environmental studies/science, natural resource management, public administration, planning or related field; AND
  • Two years of experience in the development and implementation of policy, projects or programs related to sustainability, climate change, resource conservation, green building or related field; OR
  • We will consider any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

 COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
 Metro is committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, Metro has implemented a vaccine requirement policy for employees, paid and unpaid interns and volunteers.
 Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for Metro job applicants. This proof will be requested during the hiring process.
 If you require an accommodation under this policy for a medical condition or disability, or sincerely held religious belief, please email

If this statement is true for you, then you may be ineligible to apply:
If I was terminated for cause during any of my employment with Metro, or resigned in lieu of termination, I understand I may be ineligible for rehire for a minimum of 3 years.

Like to have qualifications:
You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience, including the military, or life experience that are relevant for this position.

  • Two or more years of work experience in government focusing on policy and program development and implementation
  • Preferred professional credentials: Sustainability Associate/Professional (International Society of Sustainability Professionals), Certified Climate Change Professional, LEED credential, or a comparable certification.

Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made between $69,659 to $80,704.00 annually. The full-salary range for this position is $69,659.20 – $93,412.80 annually.
This position is not eligible for overtime, and is represented by AFSCME 3580. It is classified as an Associate Regional Planner (Download PDF reader). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.

The application packet: The application packet consists of the following documents. Please ensure that you upload these documents in your online application. Make sure your application is complete, missing any part of these items could result in an incomplete application and will not be moved forward in the recruitment.

  • Attachment of a resume 
  • Complete answers to the supplemental questions

The selection process: We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows. The selection process is subject to change.

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications
  • In-depth evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates
  • Consideration of top candidates/interviews – We expect to conduct interviews the week of August 1, 2022. 
  • Testing/assessments (if applicable)
  • Reference check
  • Background, driving records check for finalist candidate (if applicable)

Recruiter: Megan Warneke

Additional Information

COVID-19 safety: The health and safety of our employees and community is a top priority for Metro. Employees will be required to follow all Metro COVID-related policies and procedures, which may meet or exceed guidelines set forth by the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and other federal, state and local jurisdictions. Learn more at

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Pay equity at Metro: Every worker must get equal pay for equal work regardless of your gender, race, age or other protected characteristics. Metro has established processes and conducts routine pay equity reviews as part of the hiring process to ensure compliance with the 2017 Oregon Pay Equity Act.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): Unless otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement, Metro pays both the employee and employer portion of PERS contributions for eligible employees.

Veterans’ preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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