Climate Protection Consultant

Opportunity Type: Job

Austin, TX

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental Science, Natural Science, Social Science, Climate Change, Sustainable Business, Resource Management, Public Policy and Administration, Business Administration, or a related field, plus four (4) years of related experience.
  • Graduation with a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for experience up to two (2) years.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated interest in and awareness of environmental conservation and climate change issues, especially those facing water utilities
  • Experience researching environmental and climate change issues, especially related to water utilities, and presenting findings to citizens and stakeholders in various formats including policies and procedures, public education, presentations and reports to Boards, Commissions or Councils or other governing bodies
  • Experience leading cross-functional efforts to devise public policy, and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and across geographies and platforms with the goal of building consensus
  • Experience assisting in or responding to media requests and offering input to media interviews and other communications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interpret technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Experience developing climate action plans and identifying adaptation strategies or other similar environmental or sustainability plans
  • Experience assisting in the development and implementation of new climate policies across cross functional teams
  • Must be able to travel to other work locations, as needed

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Provides leadership for departmental climate programs across divisions and works in coordination with other departments to develop, implement, and evaluate plans or procedures that promote climate protection awareness and initiatives.
  • Analyzes climate-related research findings to identify departmental threats and challenges from climate change and proactively develops ways to address these challenges or enhance the plans the department already has in place.
  • Proposes new, or modifies existing, programs involving departmental carbon footprint, the use of traditional and alternative fuels, energy optimization, and other factors related to climate and climate protection.
  • Researches climate change policies, best practices, and environmental legislation and makes recommendations for climate protection, air quality, or environmental management initiatives.
  • Prepares studies, reports, memoranda, briefs, or other written materials on climate protection to inform customers, City leadership, and other stakeholders.
  • Provides analytical support for policy briefs and program development related to climate change, resource conservation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change.
  • Reviews existing policies or legislation to identify impacts on existing climate or environmental policy.
  • Provides climate-oriented guidance and recommendations on departmental Capital Improvement Program projects, both in the energy savings and on climate adaptation projects.
  • Represents the department on climate issues with national industry and governmental groups.
  • Acts as liaison on climate issues with other City departments and climate partnerships.