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SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST: Educates Public About Recycling & Collectibles

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Terry is a Sustainability Specialist with Waste Management.

Degree: Environmental Studies
Job Title: Sustainability Specialist

Job Summary: Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Job Description

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

On-the-Job Training

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills
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m='12920'>well.</span> <span m='13850'>I</span> <span m='13970'>go</span> <span m='14100'>to</span> <span m='14200'>a</span> <span m='14250'>lot</span> <span m='14420'>of</span> <span m='14480'>businesses</span> <span m='14970'>in</span> <span m='15020'>the</span> <span m='15090'>Bay</span> <span m='15350'>Area</span> <span m='16000'>and</span> <span m='16379'>all</span> <span m='16520'>throughout</span> <span m='16790'>northern</span> <span m='17050'>California.</span> <span m='17960'>So</span> <span m='18060'>it's</span> <span m='18180'>a</span> <span m='18210'>great</span> <span m='18470'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='18750'>I</span> <span m='18790'>get</span> <span m='18920'>to</span> <span m='19010'>travel</span> <span m='19280'>a lot</span> <span m='19550'>as</span> <span m='19720'>well.</span> <span m='20640'>I teach</span> <span m='20980'>people</span> <span m='22200'>just</span> <span m='22460'>about</span> <span m='22830'>what</span> <span m='23230'>things</span> <span m='23520'>should</span> <span m='23540'>go in</span> <span m='23770'>the</span> <span m='23810'>recycling</span> <span m='24320'>bins</span> <span m='24830'>and</span> <span m='24930'>also</span> <span m='25180'>organics,</span> <span m='25600'>bins</span> <span m='26290'>what</span> <span m='26650'>are</span> <span m='26720'>better</span> <span m='26940'>ways</span> <span m='27300'>to</span> <span m='27450'>reduce</span> <span m='27900'>waste</span> <span m='28420'>as</span> <span m='28540'>well.</span> <span m='29190'>Because</span> <span m='29430'>it's one</span> <span m='29750'>thing</span> <span m='30100'>to</span> <span m='30230'>recycle</span> <span m='30830'>and</span> <span m='31070'>keep our</span> <span m='31270'>organics</span> <span m='31910'>clean,</span> <span m='32650'>but</span> <span m='33130'>if</span> <span m='33310'>you</span> <span m='33410'>stop</span> <span m='33900'>the</span> <span m='34010'>waste</span> <span m='34410'>from</span> <span m='34550'>the</span> <span m='34740'>beginning,</span> <span m='35120'>then</span> <span m='35500'>that</span> <span m='35880'>really</span> <span m='36100'>helps</span> <span m='36340'>the</span> <span m='36420'>system.</span> <span m='36770'>Because</span> <span m='37000'>we</span> <span m='37080'>don't</span> <span m='37220'>have</span> <span m='37350'>a</span> <span m='37390'>lot</span> <span m='37540'>of</span> <span m='37590'>materials</span> <span m='38610'>to</span> <span m='38700'>deal</span> <span m='38890'>with</span> <span m='39060'>in</span> <span m='39120'>the</span> <span m='39180'>first</span> <span m='39450'>place.</span> </p><p><span m='39940'>So it's</span> <span m='40090'>a</span> <span m='40130'>really</span> <span m='40290'>good</span> <span m='40460'>job.</span> <span m='40810'>I</span> <span m='40850'>meet</span> <span m='41040'>a</span> <span m='41110'>lot</span> <span m='41290'>of</span> <span m='41370'>interesting</span> <span m='41750'>people.</span> <span m='42550'>Learning</span> <span m='43070'>a</span> <span m='43130'>lot</span> <span m='43310'>of</span> <span m='43400'>different</span> <span m='43660'>languages</span> <span m='44150'>and</span> <span m='44250'>cultures.</span> <span m='45270'>And</span> <span m='45560'>at</span> <span m='45640'>the</span> <span m='45700'>same</span> <span m='45980'>time,</span> <span m='46450'>I</span> <span m='46600'>get</span> <span m='46820'>to</span> <span m='47890'>expand</span> <span m='48020'>myself</span> <span m='48440'>in the</span> <span m='48560'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='49380'>I'm</span> <span m='49570'>originally</span> <span m='50010'>from</span> <span m='50320'>San</span> <span m='50520'>Diego,</span> <span m='50890'>California.</span> <span m='52110'>And</span> <span m='52200'>I've</span> <span m='52280'>been</span> <span m='52520'>all</span> <span m='52660'>my</span> <span m='52790'>life</span> <span m='53430'>with</span> <span m='53750'>a</span> <span m='53810'>military</span> <span m='54230'>family.</span> <span m='54620'>And</span> <span m='55260'>I</span> <span m='55390'>knew</span> <span m='55570'>that</span> <span m='55710'>I</span> <span m='55740'>wanted</span> <span m='55890'>to</span> <span m='55960'>do</span> <span m='56080'>something</span> <span m='56370'>in</span> <span m='56440'>an</span> <span m='56520'>environmental</span> <span m='56920'>field.</span> <span m='57240'>The</span> <span m='57340'>Bay</span> <span m='57520'>Area</span> <span m='57900'>is an</span> <span m='58010'>awesome</span> <span m='58300'>place</span> <span m='58520'>to</span> <span m='58590'>do</span> <span m='58770'>it.</span> <span m='59100'>So</span> <span m='59360'>I</span> <span m='59410'>came</span> <span m='59630'>up</span> <span m='59790'>here</span> <span m='60090'>for</span> <span m='60230'>school.</span> <span m='60940'>I</span> <span m='61050'>did</span> <span m='61370'>a</span> <span m='61830'>recycling</span> <span m='62370'>internship</span> <span m='64030'>through</span> <span m='64209'>UC</span> <span m='64550'>Davis.</span> <span m='64950'>I</span> <span m='65060'>graduated</span> <span m='65560'>from</span> <span m='65810'>Sac State</span> <span m='66010'>in</span> <span m='66100'>2012.</span> </p><p><span m='67680'>It</span> <span m='67830'>took</span> <span m='67970'>me</span> <span m='68070'>a while</span> <span m='68370'>to</span> <span m='68410'>get</span> <span m='68590'>this</span> <span m='68760'>job,</span> <span m='69050'>but I</span> <span m='69150'>was</span> <span m='70260'>diligent</span> <span m='70650'>about</span> <span m='71340'>going</span> <span m='71660'>out</span> <span m='71930'>and</span> <span m='72220'>offering,</span> <span m='73210'>going to</span> <span m='73420'>different</span> <span m='73680'>positions,</span> <span m='74270'>going</span> <span m='74440'>to</span> <span m='74520'>interviews.</span> <span m='75570'>I mean,</span> <span m='75780'>I</span> <span m='75810'>wouldn't</span> <span m='76020'>stop.</span> <span m='76270'>It</span> <span m='76360'>took</span> <span m='76500'>me</span> <span m='76820'>a year</span> <span m='77170'>and</span> <span m='77530'>there was</span> <span m='77700'>times</span> <span m='78050'>I</span> <span m='78460'>maybe</span> <span m='78740'>thought</span> <span m='79200'>this</span> <span m='79400'>isn't</span> <span m='79580'>the</span> <span m='79670'>right</span> <span m='79850'>career</span> <span m='80080'>path</span> <span m='80380'>for</span> <span m='80470'>me.</span> <span m='81710'>But</span> <span m='81900'>the</span> <span m='81980'>main</span> <span m='82160'>thing</span> <span m='82320'>is</span> <span m='82430'>just</span> <span m='82560'>to</span> <span m='82640'>get</span> <span m='82800'>out</span> <span m='82950'>there</span> <span m='83040'>and</span> <span m='83140'>get</span> <span m='83250'>yourself</span> <span m='83620'>known.</span> </p><p><span m='84380'>I</span> <span m='84490'>went</span> <span m='84660'>to</span> <span m='84760'>different</span> <span m='85040'>events,</span> <span m='86100'>events</span> <span m='86400'>like</span> <span m='87060'>the</span> <span m='87210'>US</span> <span m='87460'>Composting</span> <span m='87920'>Conference,</span> <span m='88340'>where</span> <span m='88540'>it</span> <span m='88670'>maybe</span> <span m='88950'>not</span> <span m='89090'>have</span> <span m='89170'>been</span> <span m='89310'>a</span> <span m='89380'>job,</span> <span m='89760'>but</span> <span m='90430'>I</span> <span m='90520'>really</span> <span m='90770'>networked</span> <span m='91230'>with</span> <span m='91370'>a</span> <span m='91420'>lot</span> <span m='91610'>of</span> <span m='91670'>people</span> <span m='91910'>who</span> <span m='92030'>are</span> <span m='92160'>in</span> <span m='92380'>the</span> <span m='92460'>industry</span> <span m='93670'>who</span> <span m='93880'>knew</span> <span m='94180'>positions</span> <span m='94700'>opening</span> <span m='95140'>up</span> <span m='95750'>and</span> <span m='95980'>who</span> <span m='96250'>knew the</span> <span m='96360'>people</span> <span m='96600'>I</span> <span m='96810'>could talk</span> <span m='97150'>to about</span> <span m='97410'>getting</span> <span m='97610'>those</span> <span m='97800'>positions.</span> <span m='98170'>So</span> <span m='98920'>not</span> <span m='99090'>just</span> <span m='99210'>sitting</span> <span m='99470'>on</span> <span m='99580'>a</span> <span m='99640'>couch</span> <span m='100410'>on</span> <span m='100540'>the</span> <span m='100610'>computer</span> <span m='101150'>applying</span> <span m='101460'>for</span> <span m='101560'>jobs</span> <span m='101880'>but</span> <span m='102000'>really</span> <span m='102240'>getting</span> <span m='102530'>out</span> <span m='102730'>there</span> <span m='102940'>as well.</span> </p><p><span m='103825'>The</span> <span m='104100'>main</span> <span m='104300'>thing</span> <span m='104470'>is you</span> <span m='104640'>have</span> <span m='104780'>to</span> <span m='104860'>be</span> <span m='104980'>open.</span> <span m='105720'>You</span> <span m='105880'>can't</span> <span m='106150'>just</span> <span m='106530'>want</span> <span m='106720'>to</span> <span m='106760'>go</span> <span m='106890'>to</span> <span m='107040'>one</span> <span m='107200'>specific</span> <span m='107610'>area.</span> <span m='109010'>I</span> <span m='109120'>mentioned</span> <span m='109430'>earlier</span> <span m='109920'>I'm from</span> <span m='110180'>SoCal,</span> <span m='110535'>so</span> <span m='110890'>I applied</span> <span m='111310'>for jobs in</span> <span m='111390'>the Bay.</span> <span m='111700'>But I</span> <span m='112100'>also</span> <span m='112590'>applied</span> <span m='112870'>for</span> <span m='113010'>jobs in</span> <span m='113360'>SoCal.</span> <span m='114610'>Even</span> <span m='114850'>if</span> <span m='114940'>it's</span> <span m='115070'>out</span> <span m='115240'>of</span> <span m='115290'>state,</span> <span m='115600'>the</span> <span m='115690'>main</span> <span m='115890'>thing</span> <span m='116050'>is</span> <span m='116200'>getting</span> <span m='116410'>that</span> <span m='116560'>experience.</span> </p><p><span m='117140'>No one</span> <span m='117450'>says</span> <span m='117970'>that</span> <span m='118100'>you</span> <span m='118180'>have</span> <span m='118390'>to</span> <span m='118490'>be</span> <span m='118990'>at</span> <span m='119140'>your</span> <span m='119240'>first</span> <span m='119600'>job for</span> <span m='119885'>30 years.</span> <span m='120550'>But</span> <span m='120980'>as</span> <span m='121070'>long</span> <span m='121250'>as</span> <span m='121320'>you</span> <span m='121450'>get</span> <span m='121880'>your</span> <span m='122090'>foot</span> <span m='122320'>through</span> <span m='122440'>the</span> <span m='122540'>door</span> <span m='123390'>and</span> <span m='123590'>get</span> <span m='123710'>out</span> <span m='123900'>there</span> <span m='124190'>and</span> <span m='124320'>learn</span> <span m='124540'>as</span> <span m='124640'>much</span> <span m='124810'>as you</span> <span m='124980'>can,</span> <span m='125430'>almost</span> <span m='125680'>be</span> <span m='125800'>a</span> <span m='125850'>sponge</span> <span m='126690'>as</span> <span m='127130'>a</span> <span m='127280'>young adult,</span> <span m='128095'>it'll</span> <span m='128460'>eventually</span> <span m='128970'>pay off</span> <span m='129570'>in the</span> <span m='129870'>end.</span> </p>","file":{"id":346951,"video_id":"3135011141001","name":"1925-Terry-SustainabilitySpecialist1","duration":131124,"thumbnail_url":null}});