1312 Pollution Prevention Specialist - OEWRI


TITLE Pollution Prevention Specialist - OEWRI




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Sustainability Program Manager - OEWRI


The Pollution Prevention Specialist - OEWRI provides pollution prevention technical assistance to companies and organizations to help them reduce waste, conserve energy, minimize operational costs, and assist them in achieving their overall sustainability goals. This position manages associated grants, supervises student interns on pollution prevention and sustainability projects, markets the pollution prevention technical assistance services to regional companies and organizations, and builds partnerships with trade associations.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in one of the following disciplines: Environmental Science/Management, Engineering, Project Management, Industrial Management, Business Management, Sustainability, or a related field. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: Experience in process analysis/mapping, waste reduction, and energy efficiency is required. At least one year of experience in a manufacturing environment, working with institutions, supervision, and project development is preferred. Experience in grant management is preferred.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills, computer application skills, and the ability to analyze and compile technical and statistical data are required. The ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and work effectively with client organizations is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Frequent day travel on a regular basis is required and will include an occasional overnight stay. Must have a driver’s license.

This is a grant funded position and continuation of this position is dependent on ongoing grant funding.


1. Performs pollution prevention assessments for regional companies and organizations to identify waste, energy, and cost savings opportunities. Develops written assessment reports and presents findings to organizations.

2. Manages associated grants and fee for service projects.

3. Provides technical and advisory assistance to companies and organizations regarding pollution prevention and sustainability issues. Follows up with organizations to track implemented projects and quantify reductions in waste, energy, and cost savings.

4. Provides ongoing assistance to client organizations as needed to support implementation of P2/Sustainability strategies. This may include research, pilot study projects, or other onsite assistance.

5. Supervises interns and graduate assistants that assist with onsite assessments and program coordination, and summer interns that assist in strategy implementation at client organizations.

6. Develops marketing materials to promote pollution prevention and sustainability technical assistance to regional companies and organizations.

7. Promotes a positive image of the Ozarks Environment and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) by representing the program at professional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences and establishing and maintaining credible relations with organizations.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Sustainability Program.

10. Contributes to the overall success of OEWRI by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed.


The Pollution Prevention Specialist - OEWRI is supervised by the Sustainability Unit Manager of the Ozarks Environment and Water Resources Institute.