Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator-Green Jobs Coord

Recruitment #2402-5331-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO)

The City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. ECO develops practical solutions that improve people’s lives, the economy, and the environment. With a relatively small staff, ECO has an outsized impact through effective collaborations with the community.


ECO provides a fast-paced and collaborative work environment wherein each team member has a unique opportunity to blossom as a community leader and visibly improve the City. ECO emphasizes three qualities for all team members: project management, personal growth, and community leadership. The Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator-Green Jobs Coordinator coordinates the workforce activities of a $12M urban forestry grant and coordinates workforce components on all ECO projects in coordination with Employ Milwaukee and the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI).


The Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator-Green Jobs Coordinator works with the Environmental Sustainability Director, OEI, Employ Milwaukee, and local training providers to ensure that new federal and local investments in forestry, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and related projects lead to the creation of good-paying jobs for Milwaukee residents.


The Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator-Green Jobs Coordinator coordinates ECO’s efforts to expand green jobs using strategies outlined in the Climate and Equity Plan’s Green Jobs Accelerator. The Green Jobs Accelerator builds excitement for green jobs and careers, clarifies training pathways, builds skills through subsidized training, identifies transitional jobs with career ladders, identifies community benefits agreements for public projects, and promotes small business development business development.


NOTE: The Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator position is part of a promotional series. Depending upon future ECO vacancies, an Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator who performs successfully may be considered for promotion to an Environmental Sustainability Program Manager position.

Essential Functions

Community Outreach and Project Management Related to Green Jobs:

  • Work with the Forestry Services Section of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Operations Division on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry grant to identify training standards and work with non-profit based organizations to provide training and facilitate the transition between entry-level forestry jobs and apprenticeships with community-based organizations (CBOs) to higher-skill arborist positions within DPW or its private sector contractors.
  • Foster connections between private-sector contractors and the City of Milwaukee’s and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD’s) green programs and connect them to interested workers through career fairs, DirectConnectMKE, and other methods.
  • Draft and oversee community benefits agreements (CBAs) on applicable ECO grant applications and awarded grant programs, including performing contract compliance work related to these grants, other ECO programs, “doing business as” businesses (DBAs), and the Residents Preference Program (RPP).
  • Serve as an industry advisor to Employ Milwaukee for applicable green jobs sectors.
  • Work with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), trades unions, and other training providers to build excitement about green jobs and boost enrollment in applicable training programs.


  • Improve Milwaukee’s existing green jobs website and ensure that it is properly connected to other job boards and initiatives.
  • Attend periodic and ad hoc staff meetings and Common Council meetings.
  • Perform interdivisional coordination administrative functions.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • The person in this role must be willing and able to perform light physical work, i.e., exerting up to 10 lbs. of force to lift and move objects, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

Minimum Requirements

1.    Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, environmental studies, human resources, or a closely-related field from an accredited college or university.

2.    Two years of experience in workforce development, community outreach, and/or project management related to the essential functions above.

3.    Valid driver’s license and access to a properly insured vehicle during work hours OR the ability to efficiently navigate public transportation in order to travel to work locations at time of appointment and throughout employment.


Equivalent combinations of education and professional experience may also be considered.


NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in the public sector managing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of various programs or projects.
  • Master’s degree in environmental studies, human resources, or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy practices.
  • Knowledge of workforce development and recruiting best practices.
  • Knowledge of community outreach, marketing, and social media principles.
  • Project management knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret contracts, reports, and legal documents.
  • Familiarity with grant management processes.
  • Proficiency using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Ability to learn and perform website management.
  • Ability to accurately compile and analyze reports.

Program Coordination

  • Organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple units of government, employers, and workers.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate programs and activities.
  • Ability to effectively focus and prioritize action among multiple programs.
  • Persuasive ability to be able to motivate action in cross-functional teams with no direct supervisory authority.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all team members are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials and City employees, residents, the media, community organizations, schools, private employers, and other agencies.
  • Verbal communication skills to respectfully interface with City officials and the public.
  • Written communication skills in order to compose clear, complete, and error-free correspondence and reports.
  • Presentation and public speaking skills to be able to present ideas and recommendations to various audiences clearly and convincingly.
  • Ability to effectively manage divisional communications to meet the standards of the office, Mayor, and the City of Milwaukee.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Ability to analyze complex situations, diagnose problems, and formulate solutions.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to accept coaching from senior leadership.
  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism.
  • Honesty, integrity, and responsible stewardship of City of Milwaukee resources.
  • Ability to exhibit passion about green jobs and improving Milwaukee.
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful, and industrious.
  • Commitment to professional growth and developing one’s leadership potential.

Current Salary

The current starting salary range (Pay Range 2IX) is $62,041-$86,854 annually, and the resident incentive starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $63,902-$89,460 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible base upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.



The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

·       Defined Benefit Pension Plan

·       457 Deferred Compensation Plan

·       Health and Dental Insurance

·       Paid Parental Leave

·       Comprehensive Wellness Program

·       Onsite Clinic Services

·       Onsite Employee Assistance Program

·       Alternative Work Schedules

·       Long Term Disability Insurance

·       Group Life Insurance

·       Tuition Benefits

·       Paid Vacation

·       12 Paid Holidays

·       Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves

·       Flexible Spending Arrangement

·       Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


INITIAL FILING DATE – The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the date listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee. This is a grant-funded position. The funding source is a USDA Urban Forestry Grant, with sufficient funding through 12/31/2025. The grant to the City has been publicly announced, but the position will not be filled until after the City of Milwaukee receives an official award letter from the USDA. ECO has other pending grant proposals that, if awarded, could extend the work into future years.

Additional Information

·       APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.

·       Applications should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.

·       If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.

·       The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.