Cascadia Consulting Group is a women-owned, private environmental consulting firm that develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Founded in 1993, Cascadia works with public and private-sector clients to advance sustainability through recycling and materials management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, and water and natural resources management. The Cascadia team brings both expertise and creative thinking to research and analysis, strategic planning, program design and implementation, and outreach and evaluation. From our offices in Seattle, Oakland, and Austin, we serve clients across the country and abroad. Our mission is to inspire and empower communities everywhere to protect and restore our world.
Cascadia aspires to be a multicultural organization and seeks to hire individuals who contribute to our cultural fluency. We value employees who are aware of their own cultural lens, along with the impact it has on their interactions and work, and who can effectively connect across culture and difference, including race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Additionally, we hire individuals who value a collaborative, fast-paced work environment, who think creatively and communicate effectively, and who work hard to get the job done well. Consulting is about taking initiative, solving problems, and serving clients, so we seek staff members with skills in those areas.
We are seeking someone to support our climate, sustainability, and natural resources analysis and planning work. While this will be the focus of the work, the successful applicant may occasionally be asked to contribute to our recycling and materials management body of work. The person in this role serves a range of clients and stakeholders, including local governments, tribes, foundations, and nonprofits. Key aspects of the work may include researching policies and best practices, analyzing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts, facilitating workshops and meetings, conducting interviews, preparing literature reviews, and distilling and translating complex information into clear, compelling materials for diverse audiences. The distribution of work among these key aspects will vary based on project load and applicant skillset. We are seeking applicants with excellent written and oral communication skills and strong quantitative and creative problem-solving capabilities as well as an interest in public and stakeholder engagement. Examples of work include the following:
- Support analytical tasks, such as greenhouse gas inventories, climate vulnerability assessments, and sustainability metrics tracking and analysis efforts.
- Conduct desktop research and interviews, analyze information and data, and synthesize findings into clearly written informative summaries, fact sheets, presentations, or reports.
- Research and track trends, issues, and policies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, water resource management, habitat conservation, and other sustainability and conservation topics.
- Generate external-facing materials on climate change and sustainability topics for stakeholder meetings, public events, and websites and online dashboards.
- Produce high-quality work products and deliverables—such as polished written reports, fact sheets, tables, graphs, and other presentation pieces—that uphold Cascadia’s “brand” and reputation for exceptional quality content and appearance.
- Support project management, including scoping, budgeting, planning, communicating with clients, managing staff and/or subcontractors, reporting, and invoicing.
- Support facilitation of multi-stakeholder meetings, workshops, task forces, and committees dedicated to a range of environmental topics.
This position requires a candidate with the following qualifications:
- A minimum of two years of professional experience working on climate, sustainability, and/or natural resource management issues.
- Demonstrated understanding of climate change issues, including greenhouse gas inventories and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Direct work experience in this area is highly desirable.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues clearly using simple, commonly accepted language.
- Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to handle challenging situations with tact and sensitivity.
- Excellent organizational and documentation skills, along with great attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects, balance competing demands, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
- Interest in facilitating multi-stakeholder groups addressing natural resource issues.
- Willingness and ability to work effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.
- Patience, empathy, and a sense of humor.
- Ability to work independently, with minimal guidance, as well as an ability to work effectively in a team.
Other valued skills include:
- Experience designing and administering surveys, including using SurveyMonkey.
- Graphic design capabilities, including experience with Adobe InDesign or Illustrator.
- Cross-cultural experience.
- Bilingual or multilingual skills a plus.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position based in Seattle. The work may require flexible hours and may have designated hours including weekends and evenings. Occasional travel may be required, including meetings and other activities outside standard work hours and sometimes including overnight stays. Salary will be based on experience and competitive with jobs in the environmental sector. We offer a generous benefit package, including health insurance for employees at or above 60% full-time equivalent, 401(k) with an employer match, life insurance, long-term disability, transportation subsidies, flexible spending accounts, and paid time off.
How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should address your ability to meet the criteria in the Required Qualifications section and highlight relevant experience, education, and why you are interested in this position. Please state where you learned about the position. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm (Pacific) on June 22, 2018.
Cascadia Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences. People of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
Job Type: Full-time