View Our Website View All Jobs

Environmental/Sustainability Project Leader

Environmental/Sustainability Project Leader – multiple positions available!

  • Reports to: Environmental & Sustainability Team Leaders
  • Type: Part-time, temporary, non-exempt. Approximately 25-30 hours of work each week Monday-Friday. Some work on Saturday may be required at times and will be determined in advance.
  • Duration: Begins May 30, 2017 for a duration of approximately 3 months.

Since 1982, over 150,000 youth have been helped with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) programs. Y.O.U. helps teens and young adults succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways. We envision that our greater community works together to ensure every young person is ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency.

We are deeply committed to providing services in Northeast Ohio through:

  • Equal Access to Opportunities – Teens and young adults living in economically distressed communities deserve support in confronting barriers to success.
  • Collaboration – We can accomplish more when we form mutually beneficial partnerships across sectors to deliver an effective continuum of services.
  • Excellence & Continuous Improvement – Evidence-based practices guide our actions and delivery of quality services to youth and employers.

Position Overview

Y.O.U. has partnered with the City of Cleveland to further promote employment, career planning, educational support, and environmental sustainability. Together, we co-facilitate the Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment Program. We are currently looking for Project Leaders who specialize in Environmental and/or Sustainability work. These are temporary part-time positions beginning at the end of May 2017 for a duration of 3 months. The Project Leaders take full responsibility and ownership for the maintenance, oversite, and responsibility of an environmental/sustainability project area. Project Leaders also guide, teach, supervise, and mentor a team of youth 14-18 years of age to complete various projects throughout the summer. The goal is to promote awareness and introduce youth to the environmental and sustainability industry in Cleveland.

Environmental and Sustainability project areas include:

  • Maintenance and creation of rain gardens in the city’s parks.
  • Work with Adopt-A-Beach to perform beach and stream cleanups and analyze water quality.
  • Build and deliver rain barrels to various community development organizations and residents.
  • Utilize GIS and map the city’s fire hydrants. Repaint them for maintenance.
  • Utilize GIS and map the city’s water meter vaults. Report on conditions.
  • Teach youth about urban forestry. Survey and monitor tree maintenance with the use of GPS/GIS.
  • Design and implement sustainable landscaping for the DOW facility. Teach youth how to build a landscape diagram, prepare youth for presenting the design to committee members, and implement the design on the DOW grounds.
  • Investigate illegal dumping sites and learn about the health and environmental problems associated with them.
  • Utilize CAD and design a 3D model of a waste water treatment center that will be used by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on an upcoming project.

These positions are vital to the operation of the Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment Program. As such, this person must be available for work for the entire duration of the program and have/maintain reliable transportation.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Health, Engineering, or other related field from an accredited college or university required. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in-process also considered.
  • Requirements:
    • Must have at least 2 years of experience in environmental/sustainability work.
    • Must be able to work the entire length of the program including training and youth orientation.
    • Must have experience with GIS and CAD software for certain project areas.
    • Must have experience with OSHA and environmental health & safety for illegal dumping project.
    • Ability to motivate and mentor youth employees in a manner that is culturally and emotionally appropriate.
    • Must have reliable transportation. An automobile is the preferred mode of transportation.
    • Finalists for this position must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment. 
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Belief and commitment to Y.O.U’s mission, vision, and values.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, especially with those of varied socioeconomic and education backgrounds in a courteous and professional manner.
    • Proven ability to handle crisis situations with diplomacy and maintain emotional control under stress.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proficient in Microsoft online Suite programs, Outlook email, and Google Drive applications.
    • Highly detail-oriented and data-efficient.
    • Ability to work independently and with teams, with minimal supervision.
    • Enthusiastic, flexible, and adaptable. Be able to handle last minute changes with ease.
    • Possess a positive and solution-oriented attitude.
    • Ability to educate youth on subjects such as environmental science, botany, water conservation, and other relevant topics.


  • Assist team leader with program operational duties to ensure smooth implementation and execution of program goals.
  • Maintain a safe and secure working environment for youth. Conduct daily inspection of equipment and materials used.
  • Mentor, guide, and teach youth about project area and importance of environmental sustainability. This may include field work and lab testing associated with various projects.
  • Manage the daily operation of multiple environmental/sustainability projects including rain gardens.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners and work sites.
  • Work with team leader to ensure transportation is coordinated for all students.
  • Exercise general supervision and leadership over youth employees who are part of the project team.
  • Other duties as assigned and required.


  • Engaged staff centered on Y.O.U. mission and vision.
  • Contribute to a program that greatly impacts the community.

All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 

Read More

Apply for this position

Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, or .docx (limit 2MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.
Veteran/Disability status