Arlington, Virginia
$68,182.40 - $104,187.20 Annually
Jan 07, 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This is a re-announcement to amend the job description and to expand the pool of qualified candidates. If you have already applied for this position under the former announcement 1506-21K-DES-DB, 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 Sustainability Planner to lead the zero waste resolution, setting a waste diversion goal of 90% by 2038, and oversee the development and implementation of the zero waste plan; and assist with other Solid Waste Bureau programs. This Environmental Sustainability Planner will be responsible for the required 20-year update of the County's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and supervise the work of outside consultants in the development and drafting of the updated SWMP and zero-waste plan.

The Environmental Sustainability Planner will also assist with t he Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) program and provides contract and/or project management for various environmental programs in the Environmental Management Office (EMO), within the Solid Waste Bureau. The Environmental Management Office serves as the technical resource on environmental issues for the County focusing on waste management, to include waste reduction, recycling, and reuse.

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 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, 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.

Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.