Environmental Sustainability Specialist

City of Champaign Published: August 8, 2023
Champaign, Illinois
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Corporate Sustainability / Certification
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The City of Champaign encompasses approximately 22.3 square miles of land and is a home-rule municipality of about 89,000 residents. Through leadership, partnership, and support Champaign continues to grow. A blend of manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, education, and high-tech research industries provide opportunities to nurture, grow, and maintain a business. 


Are you a passionate and knowledgeable expert in sustainability and waste reduction? Are you ready to make a direct impact within our community by leading efforts to make our city more sustainable and resilient? Then apply today to join the City of Champaign as an Environmental Sustainability Specialist in the Public Works Department.

Responsibilities of Position

The Environmental Sustainability Specialist spearheads the City’s sustainability initiatives, environmental programs and energy programs for both internal City operations and the greater community. From initial research, to developing plans, implementing strategies, and spreading the word, they are involved at every step of the way. They have strong planning and organization skills as well as the ability to promote programs and resources through public information events and materials. Additionally, they are adept at performance measurement, tracking metrics to evaluate programs and accomplish sustainability goals.

Note: This position is currently funded for two years.



  • A four-year degree in public or business administration, environmental science, sustainability, or a related field.
  • Program administration or project management experience.
  • An equivalent combination of work experience and training that demonstrates the required knowledge and abilities will be considered.
  • Knowledge of sustainability principles and best practices in areas such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, and green buildings.
  • Knowledge of and apply to apply high quality customer service standards.
  • Ability to research and analyze information and data and make appropriate conclusions and recommendations based on analysis.
  • Excellent organizational skills, in terms of time management, task prioritization, and follow-through.
  • Current valid state issued driver’s license and good driving record.


  • Experience with budgeting or purchasing, particularly in a government setting.
  • Experience with government or non-profit sustainability, environmental, or energy programs.
  • Communications and/or marketing experience.
  • Experience with performance management.

Note: Drug screening will be required.


  • The starting annual salary range is $61,030 - $69,471, plus an excellent fringe benefits package. 

Other Information

  • The following locations offer free Internet access and assistance: Champaign Public Library, Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch, and the Illinois WorkNet Center.

Our mission is to provide responsive, caring, cost-effective service in partnership with our community.

These values guide our work:

Personal Integrity

  • We act in the best interests of the City
  • We behave in an ethical and legal manner
  • We are open and honest
  • We follow through on commitments
  • We are loyal to the City


  • We anticipate issues, problems, and opportunities
  • We take initiative
  • We act to prevent and solve problems
  • We take responsibility for the outcome of our actions and decisions
  • We hold ourselves and others accountable


  • We treat others in a fair, courteous, and equitable manner
  • We actively listen and seek understanding
  • We provide a direct response
  • We embrace ethnic and cultural diversity in the community and our workplace
  • We are positive and cooperative
  • We are willing to apologize


  • We know and respect our roles and responsibilities
  • We ask who needs to be involved and we involve others appropriately
  • We define and agree upon the goals
  • We collaborate to achieve organizational goals
  • We help others accomplish their goals
  • We share authority, responsibility, and credit


  • We take pride in our work
  • We complete assignments and projects on time and within budget
  • We evaluate outcomes and seek feedback on our performance
  • We learn from our mistakes
  • We innovate

To Apply 

  • Please click on "Apply on Company Website" below and follow instructions.
  • Applications must be submitted online no later than Sunday, August 20, 2023.

The City of Champaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Champaign is committed to promoting a work environment and a community that values and supports diversity and inclusion. Contact the Human Resources Department at (217) 403-8770 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you require an accommodation to complete this application or during any phase of the application, interview, or employment process.

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