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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Open Until Filled. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Online
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: ZERO WASTE COORDINATOR, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Application Questionnaire & VSID)
Sustainability and Resilience
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Open Until Filled
Full Time
40 Per Week
$68,500 - $76,159 annually


The City of Worcester seeks applicants for the position of Zero Waste Coordinator for the Department of Sustainably and Resilience. This position will assist with implementation of Zero Waste goals of the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan (GWP) and will work closely with the Department of Public Works & Parks. The Zero Waste Coordinator will coordinate the development and implementation of a Zero Waste Master Plan to promote waste prevention, materials reuse, and diversion of food waste. The coordinator will lead public outreach campaigns including developing content for educational and outreach materials on zero waste topics; attend community events to educate the public about the city’s zero waste initiatives; and increase awareness of recycling requirements to ensure compliance with state and local laws, in collaboration with residents, public schools, institutions, businesses and community groups. The coordinator will also expand on the existing and initiate new municipal programs to divert waste; and will organize and/or participate in waste collection events. The employee will prepare and submit required annual MassDEP reports, pursue applicable MassDEP grants and other grant opportunities to advance GWP zero waste goals, and will review and propose changes to the policies, practices, ordinances, and laws governing the collection, recycling, and disposal of household solid waste.


  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of different aspects of waste reduction and management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven strong project planning and management, organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness and ability to think creatively and learn, and attend training, conferences, seminars, and meetings to remain knowledgeable of sustainable resource management practices.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with standard productivity software (MS-Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, etc.)
  • Ability to read, interpret, understand, and apply laws, rules and regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, and guidelines related to integrated solid waste systems and programs
  • Ability to understand and communicate complex data analysis and complex sustainability issues in a simple manner to garner credibility and support
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse populations, maintaining professional and helpful attitude while educating stakeholders on resolving issues
  • Ability to examine data from different primary and secondary data sources and create meaningful analyses and determine solutions
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team


  • Associate degree in Sustainability, Waste or Resource Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Public Health, or related discipline, OR,

o An equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities may substitute for the above degree requirement.

  • Experience in the field of waste management such as recycling, food waste, materials reuse, and/or a similar program.
  • Experience communicating with diverse population groups.
  • Possess a Valid Driver’s License


  • Bachelor’s or Higher Degree in Sustainability, Waste or Resource Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Public Health, or equivalent education.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in the field of waste management such as recycling, food waste, materials reuse, and/or a similar program.
  • One (1) or more years of relevant waste management experience in the public sector
  • Two (2) years of experience in developing and/or implementing public outreach or educational campaigns related to sustainability topics
  • Trainings and certifications related to waste management, such as TRUE Advisor Certification.

SALARY RANGE: $68,500 -$76,159 annually, full-time, with an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please visit: or send resume and cover letter to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. OPEN UNTIL FILLED, applications received prior to or on FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023, will receive preference. Preference is given to Worcester residents. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall, Human Resources, Room 109, 508-799-1030,

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