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Cascadia Consulting Group, Seattle
1109 1st Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Project Assistant
Recycling and Materials Management Practice
Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.

Cascadia Consulting Group develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Founded in 1993, we work with private‐ and public‐sector clients to advance sustainability through recycling and materials management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, stormwater pollution prevention, and water and natural resources. The Cascadia team brings both expertise and creative thinking to research and analysis, strategic planning, outreach, and program design, implementation, and evaluation. With offices in Seattle and San Jose, we serve clients across the country and abroad. Our mission is to pioneer a sustainable future, making a positive difference for our clients, our community, and the environment.

Cascadia hires 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, constructive problem solving, and serving clients: we seek staff with these skills and interests. We offer a flexible working environment and provide excellent benefits. The firm is a multiple recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

We are seeking a Project Assistant with strong quantitative and critical problem solving capabilities to support research‐based projects in Cascadia’s recycling and materials management practice. This position is full‐time, and will be based in the Seattle (WA) office.

Primary job responsibilities:
● Provide support for research‐based projects, such as waste characterization studies and zero waste and diversion plans and strategies for municipal, institutional, and private sector clients.
● Participate in field work (out‐of‐office) interviewing drivers and sorting waste, recycling, and organic materials at landfills, transfer stations, and other waste handling facilities.
● Conduct data analyses in MS Excel and Access, among other analytical tools.
● Develop high quality work products, such as Excel‐based tables and charts, methodologies, presentations, and written reports.
● Provide quality control support for analytical and research work products.
● Support the design and execution of primary and secondary research, including: literature reviews, fieldwork (i.e. waste audits), interviews with industry experts, surveys, and data analysis.
● Analyze data and synthesize into clear and meaningful work products.
● Facilitate positive relationships with clients and partners.
● Work may require out‐of‐office fieldwork, and early‐morning, evening, and weekend time

Qualified candidates will possess the following:
● An undergraduate degree that includes a strong quantitative component or equivalent experience.
● Experience designing and building Microsoft Access databases and programming in Visual Basic.
● Willingness to travel up to 25% of each year, up to four weeks at a time.
● Ability to work outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather.
● Ability to stand and walk on uneven surfaces for up to ten hours per day.
● Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
● Natural ability to take initiative and proactively problem solve; exceptional critical thinking and research capabilities.
● Excellence in designing and manipulating spreadsheets, databases, and other comparable analytical programs.
● Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle challenging situations with tact and sensitivity.
● Excellent attention to detail complemented by strong organizational skills.
● Multilingual skills a plus.

This is a full time environmental consulting position. Expected annual salary range starting in the high $30s, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, 401K, transportation assistance, and generous vacation. For the right candidate, this position has opportunities for growth and progressively increasing responsibility.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate Project Assistant – [Your Name] in the subject line. Applications accepted until 5pm (Pacific), Monday, April 21, 2014.


Cascadia Consulting Group, Seattle
1109 1st Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98101
United States