I Love A Clean San Diego is passion in action. Help us inspire environmental stewardship as we work to improve the health and beauty of San Diego County. If you are looking for a dynamic, impact-driven organization that values engagement and professionalism, we want to meet you!

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT:  Part time, Non-exempt. 20-25 hours per week
DEPARTMENT: Community Engagement
REPORTS TO: Waste Recovery Manager

PAY RATE: $20.00/hour and mileage reimbursement (at current CA reimbursement rate)


The Sustainable Systems Coordinator will assist schools, businesses, and resident to implement environmentally conscious practices in San Diego County. This position supports I Love A Clean San Diego’s school recycling and waste diversion infrastructure program, Green Business Solutions programs, and ILACSD’s Zero Waste Database.  Programming involves assessing local schools and businesses to identify infrastructure needs, training school and district stakeholders and students, and providing recommendations and hands-on assistance to improve their waste diversion rates. Green Business Solutions involves coordinating educational presentations, leading and supporting webinars to activate sustainability initiatives in the workplace, and stewarding partnerships. The Sustainable Systems Coordinator will assist with business outreach programs and conduct waste assessments throughout San Diego County. Additionally, this position will support the overall Waste Recovery and Community Engagement team with event support; events may include community cleanups, swap events, repair workshops, Oil Filter Exchange Events, operating our Zero Waste Database and Hotline service, and administrative tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will be available weekdays from 9 am-2 pm and support 1-2 Saturday events per month. Hours may vary from week to week, averaging 25 hours per week October – November and February – April and approximately 20 hours per week in other months.


  • Assist and support the School Recycling Infrastructure Program
    • Perform inspections and waste assessments; coordinate scheduling and logistics with haulers, schools, and district faculty
    • Deliver trainings on organic waste recycling, waste streams, and bin placement to school and district custodial staff, kitchen staff, campus supervisors, teachers, and administrative staff
    • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with school and district leaders to provide guidance on recycling initiatives
    • Create educational materials for school staff and K-12 students on organic waste recycling, waste practices, and sustainable initiatives
    • Monitor the success of school and district waste sorting programs and report on the progress of the recycling program over time
    • Identify and pursue opportunities to expand the School Recycling Infrastructure Program to local schools across San Diego County
  • Assist and support the Green Business Solutions Programs
    • Coordinate fee-for-service education presentations, corporate teambuilding volunteer projects, and waste audits
    • Lead Green Business Solutions webinars and workshops
    • Manage and develop corporate relationships and steward sponsorship opportunities through the Green Business Solutions program
    • Support and lead Lunch and Learn educational presentations within the Green Business Solutions program
  • Operate a multi-line phone system and response to inbound recycling, household hazardous waste, and storm water calls and request from the public as needed
  • Update and assist with ILACSD’s Zero Waste Database
  • Attend organization meetings, events, booths, and cleanups
  • Assist with monthly and ongoing contract reports and other administrative tasks
  • Other duties as assigned to support the ILACSD team


  • Reliable transportation; ability and willingness to travel across San Diego County for in-person programs
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Located in San Diego County
  • Ability to work weekend events
  • Ability to pass a background check prior to employment
  • Ability to move equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. to off-site locations and occasionally remain stationary for long periods at a time
  • Bilingual (English/ Spanish) preferred


  • Knowledge of environmental challenges facing San Diego County, especially waste and recycling issues
  • Effective written and spoken communication skills for diverse audiences; comfort public speaking to audiences of all ages and various sizes both in-person and virtually
  • Good customer service skills
  • Extremely proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word
  • High level of organization and attention to detail; ability to multi-task
  • Eager to troubleshoot and work independently to tackle challenges
  • Highly motivated; proactive self-starter
  • Flexible and eager to learn
  • Positive and dynamic interpersonal skills
  • Professional representation of ILACSD in all settings
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team

I Love A Clean San Diego is a values-driven organization. It is essential all team members exhibit the following core values and office culture:

Core Values:

  • Live the mission
  • Inspire environmental change
  • Value partnerships
  • Exhibit positive attitude

 Office Culture:

  • Communicate openly to ensure collaboration
  • Understanding and supportive of each other and the team
  • Respect others and value their opinions
  • Encourage learning and growth


I Love A Clean San Diego provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


HOW TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to Amy Unruh, Waste Recovery Manager, at aunruh@cleansd.org with “Last Name, Sustainable Systems Coordinator-PT.”