Community Conservation Program Specialist - Job Code #3227

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Community Conservation Program Specialist (Official Job Title:  Community & Employee Educator I):   The Community Conservation Program Specialist will develop and implement an education program aimed at achieving savings through conservation in the built environment.  Volunteer training and engagement, partnership development, and program recruitment will be involved to maximize the impact of the program on building efficiency and housing affordability. The specialist will support conservation and green building education efforts, such as workshops, professional trainings, and youth and business outreach. This position will also play a role in implementing a comprehensive homeowner's association education and certification program. Sarasota County employees who work for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County may be responsible for implementation of programs administered by the University of Florida, in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Florida and Sarasota County.

Duties:

Education and Engagement

  • Organize, implement and evaluate a volunteer training program for residential conservation evaluators

    • Create/ assemble training materials, engage expert trainers, recruit participants, and coordinate/ facilitate training sessions

    • Develop partnerships, referral process, and awareness campaign to ensure adequate and valuable volunteer opportunities assisting targeted residents with utility bill reduction strategies

    • Work with Extension Volunteer Coordinator to match trained volunteers with these opportunities

    • Collaborate with University of Florida on related programs and resources

  • Schedule and deliver workshops, attend community events, and implement other conservation outreach strategies to reach the general public with money and resource saving information

  • Facilitate trainings for professionals on conservation services. Specific trainings will be determined following an evaluation of local needs, but could include trainings to assist professionals in achieving certifications through Association of Energy Engineers, Residential Energy Services Network, Building Performance Institute, green building platforms, or others

  • Organize and implement youth-specific education and activities

  • Develop partnerships with schools, universities, building managers, landlords, affordable housing providers, and others to determine the highest impact campaigns and engagement opportunities and to facilitate their implementation

Communications

  • Develop conservation education content in various formats to expand program reach and maintain connections with past program participants and encourage ongoing savings from conservation.Possible formats include: blogs, e-newsletters, social media posts, and printed materials where needed

  • Showcase success stories of past program participants to personalize the results and encourage others to participate

  • Work with Extension Communications and Marketing Coordinator on editing, design, and impactful distribution of these materials

Analysis and Evaluation

  • Track and report results of education and outreach efforts according to department guidance and in a way that will contribute to continuous improvement of programming

  • Collect energy and water use data for participants and analyze the actual results of the program in resource use, cost, and emissions metrics. Report on the impact of the program on environmental, economic, and social outcomes, with attention to housing affordability, poverty reduction and workforce development

  • Research best practices and innovative conservation technologies. Identify and apply innovative approaches to education and engagement

    Other Duties

  • Assist in identifying and pursuing funding sources

  • Manage projects through the planning, organization, monitoring, reporting and control of assigned projects. Should include development of project plans with tasks, timelines, responsibilities and budgets, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to requests from others in a timely fashion

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners in effective program development and delivery

  • Represent the county at community events and speaking engagements

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Minimum Qualifications:  An Associate's Degree in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Building Sciences, Energy Technologies, Education, Communications, Planning or related field and two (2) years experience.  Related community event/activities planning on a year-for-year basis may substitute for the required education.  

Preferred Qualifications:   A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university is preferred in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Building Sciences, Energy Technologies, Communications, Education, Planning or related field.  Prefer four (4) years of experience in energy and water conservation, sustainability, technical and education roles.  Conservation-related accreditation preferred, such as Certified Energy Manager, BPI Certified Professional, LEED GA, LEED AP or other similar accreditation.  Demonstrated understanding of and connections to the network of conservation experts preferred.

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