Environmental Remediation Specialist-Rural Brownfields – Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Taylorsville, California

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a collaborative-minded professional with the desire to assist a team of professionals in unlocking the reuse potential of rural contaminated sites to fill the full-time position of Environmental Remediation Specialist-Rural Brownfields. For nearly a decade, Sierra Institute has been a leader in rural brownfields remediation and redevelopment as a mechanism for revitalizing rural communities and advancing landscape scale forest restoration. The selected individual will learn from and continue this work with the guidance of knowledgeable Brownfields staff and contractors, and will provide direct technical assistance for ongoing brownfields cleanup and community assessment efforts. This position will play a key role in advancing the organization’s work in the niche realm of rural brownfields to meet both community and landscape objectives.

The individual will work closely with Sierra Institute staff, subcontracted California Professional Geologist (CPG), agencies, and community members to inventory, assess, and advance remediation of Brownfields sites throughout Plumas and surrounding counties. The Rural Brownfields Specialist will work under the supervision of Sierra Institute’s Stewardship Project Manager, Executive Director, and partner CPG to: inventory and prioritize rural brownfields sites, develop findings and recommendations report, conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, develop a multisite SAP/QAP, develop Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA’s), and facilitate community engagement throughout process.

The Rural Brownfields Specialist must be capable of balancing a variety of tasks that span from technical analysis to community involvement. Brownfields play a pivotal role in creating opportunities for environmentally conscious business development, such as wood utilization, in rural communities throughout the Sierra. This is key in helping California develop a pathway to a circular economy that reinvigorates rural communities and sustains landscape restoration into the future. This is a unique opportunity to work with leading rural brownfields specialists to develop professional skills necessary to become a leader in advancing this work into the future. This position is funded for an initial two-year term, and has long-term growth potential for increased project responsibilities.

See the full position description for a list of qualifications.

Salary: $46,838- $58,139

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Rural Brownfields Specialist” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please call (530) 284-1022 with questions.

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is a community-based organization which actively promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in the well-being of diverse rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management. Our work is grounded by the concept of triple bottom line values, supporting initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment, economy, and equity within a given landscape.

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