Arlington, Virginia
$67,496.00 - $103,147.20 Annually
Oct 23, 2021
Oct 30, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This is a re-opening to expand the pool of qualified candidates. If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking an Environmental Management Planner for the Environmental Management Office (EMO) within the Solid Waste Bureau. The Environmental Management Office provides contract and/or project management for various environmental programs and serves as the technical resource on environmental issues for the County focusing on waste management, to include waste reduction, recycling, and reuse.

This Environmental Management Planner will be responsible for the required 20-year update of the County's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and the development of a zero-waste plan to meet County goals. The Environmental Management Planner will draft, assist in drafting and/or supervise the work of outside consultants in the development and drafting of the updated SWMP and zero-waste plan. This employee will also be responsible for development and implementation of enhancements to County solid waste management programs, including the Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) program. Additionally, the employee will develop, monitor and maintain databases used to analyze and track critical data in support of waste management programs to include GIS mapping.

Specific duties include:

  • Leading projects to include establishing project schedules and key milestones, coordinating projects for short-term and long-term solid waste projects with stakeholders, and ensuring completion of tasks within the project schedule;
  • Researching environmental products and services required to meet the plan goals including Identifying leading programs and best practices;
  • Monitoring legislation, regulations and other policies at the state, city/county and federal levels to research new ideas for zero waste;
  • Building, maintaining, and administering databases used to analyze and track critical data in support of Solid Waste Bureau programs to include analysis and presentations;
  • Developing technical documentation and analysis related to ordinance changes, County Board meetings, and budget, proposals and program changes;
  • Maintaining, planning and execution of Solid Waste Management Plan and coordinating refuse and recycling collection service for special events; and
  • Providing face to face outreach and education for community meetings and events.

The ideal candidate for this position will have strong analytical, verbal and written communication, and creative problem-solving skills with experience working independently or as a member of a team, along with a background and/or training in planning principles and practices, including environmental sciences, law and policy.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor's degree in environmental planning or environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, or related field.
  • T wo years of progressively responsible full-time experience in program administration and/or management in environmental planning or other directly related area .

SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

DESIRABLE: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in Planning or related field and one or more of the following:

  • Extensive knowledge of, and/or training in, planning principles and practices, including environmental sciences, law and policy;
  • Knowledge/training in waste management principles and practices;
  • Experience with database development and administration including database writing, data extraction and reporting;
  • GIS mapping analysis and mapping experience;
  • Organizational and project management experience;
  • Experience presenting research findings to various leadership members, committees and residents; and
  • Advanced level experience using MS Suite Software (Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Special Requirements
Note: A writing sample may be required at time of interview.

The applicant must possess a valid driver's license. If the applicant possesses a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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