Climate and Sustainability Associate

Opportunity Type: Job

Position Overview

Cascadia is currently seeking a Climate and Sustainability Associate to support, lead, and expand our sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in California. Specifically, the Associate will:

  • Support and/or lead the development of climate and sustainability action plans for local government clients. These projects often include analysis of projected climate impacts, quantification of current and future greenhouse gas emissions, identification and prioritization of strategies to build resiliency and reduce emissions, and synthesis into a clear and actionable plan document.
  • Support and/or lead equitable and inclusive public engagement around climate and sustainability issues (e.g., online and in-person workshops, pop-up events, briefings at community meetings, focus groups, social media).
  • Support and/or lead facilitation (e.g., draft presentation slides, prepare meeting materials, guide discussions, and take notes) of stakeholder interviews, focus groups, meetings, and workshops.
  • Research policies, trends, and best practices related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy, transportation, materials management, natural resource management, and other sustainability topics, with a focus on these issues within the California political, economic, and technological context.
  • Effectively write and verbally communicate using a diversity of styles and perspectives including synthesizing and translating complex information into clear, informative, and compelling materials (e.g., summaries, fact sheets, presentations, online dashboards, reports).
  • Communicate directly and build positive relationships with clients/partners and perform project and team management duties, including scoping, developing and monitoring budgets, planning, supporting partners, delegating tasks, managing subcontractors, reporting, and invoicing from initiation to completion.
  • Engage in business development, including formulating products and services, meeting with prospective clients and partners, and all aspects of proactive marketing and bidding on proposals (teaming, strategy, proposal-writing, budgeting, interviewing).
  • Synthesize and build policy recommendations from analytical outcomes, such as from greenhouse gas inventories and “wedge” analyses, climate vulnerability assessments, and sustainability metrics tracking and dashboards.
  • Actively reflect and improve upon efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts into client work.
  • Occasionally travel, when permissible, including for public engagement, meetings, overnight stays, or other activities outside standard work hours.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Qualifications 

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, Cascadia’s mission to “inspire and empower communities everywhere to protect and restore our world” in an equitable and inclusive way.
  • A commitment to racial equity and the ability to apply racial equity principles to project work with clients, partners, and colleagues in an innovative and culturally responsible way while exhibiting emotional intelligence (i.e., culturally responsive engagement and facilitation).
  • Demonstrated experience planning and implementing comprehensive public/stakeholder engagement strategies, including virtually.
  • Working knowledge of climate science, climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, and ability to quickly learn about climate change issues.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with strategic plans, climate action plans, or other similar environmental or sustainability planning documents and processes.
  • Knowledge of federal and state climate policies, with a focus on California, including CEQA, SB-32, SB-1383, and SB-743.
  • Comfort making presentations to clients and presenting information in a compelling, informative, and persuasive fashion.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in English with the ability to adapt to a diversity of styles and perspectives, and the ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas clearly using simple, commonly accepted language.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills; exceptional critical thinking capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle challenging situations with tact and sensitivity.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and deadlines.
  • A bachelor’s, master’s, or other advanced degree in environmental sciences, environmental management, public policy, or related field.
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with producing deliverables with Microsoft Office 365 programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with virtual teleconference/engagement platforms including Zoom, Teams, and Webex.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience designing and administering surveys, including using SurveyMonkey.
  • Graphic design capabilities, including experience with Adobe InDesign or Illustrator.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or other language(s) commonly spoken in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position based in Oakland, CA, or from a remote location in California. Hourly rates are based on experience and competitive with jobs in the environmental sector; the anticipated hourly rate range for this position is $31.25 – $38.94/hour (equivalent to a salaried range of $65,000 – $81,000).

The work may require flexible hours (including hours beyond the standard workday, such as weekends and evenings). Cascadia offers a flexible workplace with 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 insurance, transportation subsidies, flexible spending accounts, generous paid time off, professional development opportunities, sabbaticals, and paid parental leave.


How to Apply

Submit a compelling cover letter outlining your passion for, and fit with, the position. Please also provide a complete chronological resume. Send both to and indicate “Climate and Sustainability Associate - [Your Name]” in the subject line. 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 the position is filled.