Sustainability Specialist

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Nashville, TN
United States

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1) Program Discovery & Education Facilitation:

  • Help lead exploration of new opportunities for Urban Green Lab’s future educational programming, particularly around science-based sustainability literacy in Nashville schools.
  • Coordinate assessment of grassroots sustainability education needs and establish partnerships, including potentially facilitating focus groups of educators and students.
  • Facilitate specialized trainings with diverse partner organizations (Habitat, etc.), especially around how to integrate sustainability into academic curricula, professional culture, etc.

2) Mobile Lab Oversight & Enhancement:

  • Oversee all operations of Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Lab (“sustainability classroom on wheels”), including driving the Lab, and developing its curriculum and interactive features.
  • Ensure strategic weekly Lab visits (minimum 1-2 weekly, 125 students monthly) to schools, partners, and events, with attention to populations most in need of sustainability education.
  • Train AmeriCorps VISTAs and volunteers how to support/observe the Lab and engage school officials. Promote the Lab, and collaborate with related donors and partnerships.

3) Administration & Supervision of the AmeriCorps VISTA:

  • Supervise the AmeriCorps VISTA responsible for Mobile Lab scheduling, program evaluation, and volunteers. Strengthen impact measures, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Address general administrative and other programmatic tasks as necessary. Participate in regular staff, committee, and Board meetings, help grow systems, and support the team.


  • The candidate will ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes.
  • Bachelors degree required.
  • Strong understanding of urban sustainability and community health issues.
  • Experience with education, training, and students, especially in public schools.
  • Facilitation experience, especially among diverse grassroots communities and partnerships.
  • Interest and experience in nonprofits, particularly shoestring budgets and light staffing.
  • Clear oral and written communications, and experience with presentations.
  • One-to-two years volunteer supervision experience a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and clean Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).


  • Passionate commitment to Urban Green Lab’s mission and values.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and professional skills, and high sense of integrity.
  • A positive and flexible attitude, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to adjust to rapid change.
  • Diplomatic, with excellent community relations, listening, and learning skills.
  • Humility and grace under pressure. Creative, with a sense of humor.
  • Self-reliant, proactive, and dependable. A team player to the core. 

How to Apply:

Read more about Urban Green Lab and the job description at, and then email your cover letter, resume, details for three references (phone/email), and one writing sample to Todd Lawrence, Executive Director, at No phone inquiries please.