Sustainability Coordinator Posted Mar 20
Straus Family Creamery , Petaluma, CA (Marshall, CA)
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Company Description Straus Family Creamery is a Northern California, certified organic, artisan creamery offering cream-top milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, sour cream and a variety of wholesale and specialty dairy products distributed throughout Northern California. Based in Marshall, CA, Straus Family Creamery makes its minimally-processed dairy products from organic milk supplied by a handful of family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus family dairy. We sustain collaborative relationships with dairy farmers, offering stable prices and predictability in what is, otherwise, a volatile marketplace. Always a pioneer, in 1994, the Straus family dairy was the first to be certified organic in the Western United States. In 2010, the Straus Family Creamery became the first creamery in the nation to be Non-GMO Project Verified. We base business decisions upon environmental and ecological considerations, grounded in sustainable, organic family farming, for the health and well-being of the company, farmers, employees and the community we serve. Job Description

Sustainability Coordinator/Technician

Core Responsibilities

Ensure quality of sustainability initiatives (mainly waste stream: recycling, waste, organics)
Monitoring and collecting list of problem areas that require improvement
Data collection & analysis €“ Update monthly reports with information (energy, waste, water)
Help prepare tables and graphs for monthly/quarterly reporting
Create historical records that map actual usage (energy, water, waste) compared to historical project "reductions" - Are we achieving savings?
Track, report, and calendar all grant and research funding opportunities
Plan and lead regular formal waste audits to measure amount of waste generated
Support in preparing and delivering sustainability education for staff (monolingual Spanish speaking)
Attend supervisor production meetings to answer sustainability questions and identify emerging problems
Conduct research on various sustainability initiatives that arise
Reports to: 70% Marshall location /30% Petaluma location


Education and Experience:

Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in environmental sciences, sustainable business, operations, engineering, or business with Sustainable Practices focus
Experience working in a professional office environment

Must have a valid California Driver's License, reliable transportation, clean driving record, and minimal auto insurance as required by law. Some travel is required between the Marshall Creamery and Petaluma warehouse/office

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Excellent research skills; ability to gather, analyze, and communicate relevant information
Basic understanding of sustainability reporting and standards
Comprehensive understanding of sustainable agriculture, sustainable business; some knowledge of manufacturing basics and the dairy industry desired, but not essential
Familiarity with greenhouse gas accounting (GHG) systems reporting tools
Understanding of LCA methodologies and tools preferred, but not required
Familiarity with the Bay Area Green Business Program preferred, but not required
Ability to communicate proficiently in Spanish a plus
Excellent computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Office, Outlook, PowerPoint (including integrating video), and Excel - Excel guru desired
Excellent writing skills
Able to work with basic supervision, with initiative, and good judgment
Efficient and accurate with details
Ability to perform detailed work with speed and accuracy
Creativity and resourcefulness


Extended periods of sitting,
Short periods of standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and stooping, turning the head and torso, reaching, grasping, bending and flexing the arms, legs, wrists, hands, and fingers - repetitive at times
Ability to sort through solid waste produced by office and Creamery operations
Comfortable climbing in dumpsters
Extended use of computer
The senses of being able to see, hear and have full power of speech are required
The ability to climb stairs and balance
Ability to work in confined spaces
Working in cold, wet, humid environments
Ability to work in high allergen environments
Ability to work in temperatures ranging from -10° to 100° degrees Fahrenheit
Ability to withstand noise produced by manufacturing machinery up to 90 decibels
Ability to lift, hold and/or carry 55 pounds, unassisted
Flexibility to work different schedules, when required, to monitor and/or test parameters when non-compliance occurs

The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

Compensation: Hourly - wage varies DOE - starting wage $20.00
Hours: Full-time - 32 or more
FSLA: Non-exempt

If you are interested in employment with Straus, send a copy of your resume along with a half-page write-up on why you would be the ideal fit for our Sustainability Coordinator role. Comparable accomplishments and success stories are much more important to us than your chronological resume!