Cascadia Consulting Group is a majority women-owned, private consulting firm that develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. For the past 24 years, we have worked 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. With offices in Seattle, Oakland, Austin, and Phoenix, 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, with a sensibility around race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Additionally, we hire individuals who value a collaborative, fast-paced work environment, who can think creatively and communicate effectively, and who will work hard to get the job done well. Consulting is about taking initiative, problem-solving, and serving clients; we seek staff members who demonstrate those skills.
Cascadia is currently seeking an Associate with expertise in commercial water conservation and facility operations. This position could be based in either our Seattle, Washington or Phoenix, Arizona office. This employee will be responsible for managing projects and securing new business in Cascadia’s Program Development and Implementation Core Service Area, and can expect to serve a range of clients including private-sector companies, local governments, and industrial facilities.
Conduct water audits and in-field water assessments using a suite of tools including ultrasonic water meters, inline meters, motor loggers, or conductivity meters.
Direct and manage projects focused on best practices and innovations in water technology and commercial water conservation. Related tasks include developing project scopes, budgets, timelines, and staffing plans; implementing projects on time and within budget; communicating and coordinating with internal staff, external partners, and clients; and producing high-quality work products and deliverables.
Provide technical assistance, examine records and data, and conduct site visits to identify conservation opportunities.
Analyze water consumption data and quantify potential water and cost savings.
Prepare reports based upon inspection findings.
Identify and secure new projects and opportunities aligned with commercial, industrial, and institutional best practices related to water conservation, including participating in proposal writing and presentations to prospective clients.
Supervise and provide direction to assigned project staff as needed to ensure quality work.
Contribute to a working environment conducive to team effectiveness, quality, creativity, and positive morale across Cascadia offices.
Research and stay abreast of industry trends and developments. Participate in relevant professional group meetings and conferences.
Occasional travel—including for fieldwork and meetings—and other activities outside of standard work hours may be required.
Other duties as required and assigned.
Experience-based knowledge of a range of water conservation strategies, technologies, and equipment. Understanding of established best practices, new developments, and innovations in the field.
Experience implementing and evaluating water optimization and water reuse strategies.
Working knowledge of technical water- and cost-savings analysis and reporting regarding water use and conservation.
Familiarity with a wide variety of commercial water-consuming processes and equipment, including cooling towers, medical vacuum pumps and sterilizers, single-pass HVAC units, commercial laundry systems, reverse osmosis, restaurant equipment, food processing equipment, high-efficiency restroom fixtures, fleet washing, irrigation systems, and/or industrial product rinsing.
Experience using ultrasonic water meters, inline meters, motor loggers, conductivity meters, and other equipment to accurately characterize usage patterns and verify potential and/or realized water savings.
Proficiency in operations and water facility management, including equipment monitoring and maintenance.
Must be organized, self‐motivated, able to set work priorities and act independently with minimal supervision.
A minimum of three years of professional experience in water conservation is required. Five or more years of direct experience in the sector is preferred.
Experience providing technical assistance and/or commissioning services.
Experience developing and managing project budgets.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Experience working with diverse communities and reaching multicultural audiences.
Excellent organizational and documentation skills and great attention to detail.
Strong communication skills and ability to interact well with diverse customers, clients, and partners.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, with advanced Word and Excel analysis capabilities.
A two-year technical degree or four-year college degree is preferred. Advanced degree or certification in a relevant field is also welcomed.
Compensation and Benefits
Cascadia provides opportunities for flexible employee work schedules. This position could be either full- or part-time, depending upon candidate experience and business needs. Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefit package, including health insurance for employees at or above 60% FTE, 401(k) with an employer match, life insurance, long-term disability, transportation subsidies, flexible spending accounts, and vacation.
Please send resume and cover letter to the email provided and indicate “Commercial Water Conservation Specialist - [Your Name]” in the subject line. Cover letters should address your relevant experience and interest in the position. Please state where you learned about the position. Applications accepted through October 30, 2017.