Under the supervision of the Sharon Public Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations, the part-time Sharon School District Recycling Coordinator (RC) will be responsible for supporting and coordinating the recycling program for the five schools in the Sharon Public School District. The Recycling Coordinator will also be responsible for a limited number of waste reduction and recycling initiatives that support the Town of Sharon’s residential program.
The goal of the coordinator is to improve the quality and effectiveness of facility recycling efforts and also reduce overall waste generation using clear structures, engaging education, and strong monitoring. To do this, the RC builds relationships with all of these groups: administration, custodial staff, students, parents, teachers, service providers/vendors, DEP/other recycling coordinators, and community groups. Specifically, the Coordinator will be responsible for:
1. Serving as the main point of contact regarding recycling with custodians,
principals, teachers and staff
2. Communicating, outreaching and providing technical assistance to
schools and administrative departments to improve or expand recycling
3. Supporting waste reduction and recycling practices in classrooms,
cafeterias, offices, shared spaces (gymnasium, auditorium, etc.), public
areas (school entrances, fields) and at all events that take place in
4. Providing assistance to schools in development and execution of new
recycling and educational programs. This may include assemblies,
presentations and/or recycling events to improve programs and
participation such as such as locker “green-out”, waste reduction
competitions, video/poster contests and training for key stakeholders.
5. Updating signage and acquiring recycling equipment and supplies, if
6. Establishing Recycling Committee(s) (consisting of students, staff,
teachers, custodians, and parent volunteers/PTSO liaisons) that can
provide ongoing support to each (all) schools and establish a culture of
environmental stewardship, wise material use, and effective recycling in
all schools. Over time, this will allow the district to create new leaders
and sustain this effort. Liaise with environmental clubs/green teams.
7. Tracking progress and communicating (monthly) the success of the
program to school administration, school and parent groups, community
groups, and town officials about program successes and benefits of waste
reduction, recycling, and composting
8. Coordinating with Board of Health/DPW/Town Administrator and trash
and recycling vendor to meet service needs while minimizing expense to
9. Assisting town officials with the residential recycling program, focusing
on targeted initiatives, for example: seasonal promotion of cardboard
drop-off; coordination of household hazardous waste events; expansion
of textile and organics collection programs; and general resident
education about recycling and waste prevention.
10. Keeping up to date on industry issues and supporting other sustainability
The position is currently funded through the 2021/22 school year with anticipated funding for future school years.
The position is part time approximately 18 hours/week during the academic year and up to an anticipated 50 hours (adjustable)(total) over summer.
Successful candidates will have a passion for recycling and specifically, an interest in working with young people and town residents to teach concepts of conservation and recycling.
Candidates are required to have:
- Associate degree; bachelor’s degree preferred, ideally in a field related to environmental studies, economics, engineering, education or college coursework in related fields;
- Experience working with children, adults, and the general public; Some understanding of the recycling and solid waste industry;
- Strong skills in project management and problem-solving;
- Experience leading a team and working with a variety of stakeholders;
- Excellent written and verbal proficiency in English;
- Ability to work independently and prioritize projects;
- Ability to lift and move recycling equipment, up to 35 lbs.;
- A valid drivers license and regular access to a car;
- A proficiency with computers and computer processing software; especially Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (for presentations and data collection across schools);
- Experience with graphic communication and social media (desirable)
- CORI background check and fingerprinting with approval by School Central Administration required prior to employment per M.G.L.
Job Type: Part-time
- Monday to Friday
- High school or equivalent (Preferred)
- Multiple locations