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Sustainability Program Manager Seattle Aquarium

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Seattle Aquarium

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The Seattle Aquarium is hiring a Sustainability Program Manager to join their team in Seattle!  The Seattle Aquarium is a leading marine conservation organization with a global reputation. Our S.A.L.I.S.H. values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. This position will cultivate cross-functional collaborations with Aquarium staff, including the Regenerative Steering Committee, to advance and implement innovative and enduring solutions to become a regenerative aquarium. If you are passionate about climate action and ocean regeneration but will also be committed to environmental equity and justice and understanding the importance of inclusive regeneration, learn more and apply today!

Description: What you'll be doing

Another Source’s client, the Seattle Aquarium, is recruiting a Sustainability Program Manager to join their team. This role is based out of Seattle and will be on site with future opportunity for limited remote work.  


Internally this role is titled Regenerative Program Manager. 


About the Seattle Aquarium:  

We’re noted for our collaborative, communicative and team-oriented working environment. Our S.A.L.I.S.H. values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), commitments to adopting and promoting sustainable practices, creating awe-inspiring experiences, constantly learning and improving, fostering an inclusive community, maintaining scientific credibility through evidence-based practices, and honoring our unique place by using our location and history for a broader understanding of the communities surrounding Puget Sound.   


Proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, we’re the eighth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and, during non-pandemic times, we welcome over 850,000 people through our front doors each year. Guided by our mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we have developed a master plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new habitat building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $20 million.   


See the Seattle Aquarium in action:   

Octopus release    

Ocean Pavilion   

Live sea otter cam   

News and more   


The role: 

The Aquarium’s regenerative program launched in 2021 with the development of the Aquarium’s first regenerative plan, setting a regenerative vision, goals with key performance metrics, and identifying strategies to achieve our vision. The Sustainability Program Manager will have the opportunity to help shape and expand this new program, including continuous improvement, identifying new opportunities to advance regeneration, accelerating climate action, and launching additional projects.  


You will focus on: 

  • Develop, coordinate, implement and monitor regenerative initiatives to advance the aquarium’s mission and conservation priorities, guided by the Aquarium’s values, including D.E.I. priorities. 
  • Lead coordination and facilitation of the regenerative steering committee (RSC) which brings together cross-functional leaders for the purpose of aligned regenerative planning, prioritization, policy, process integration and resource allocation. 
  • Convene committees and working groups to maintain coordination, foster collaborations, develop work plans and advance project implementation.  
  • Coordinate, lead and participate in facility infrastructure and operational audits to ensure progress toward our regenerative goals. 
  • Conduct a variety of different numerical analyses to measure and report progress on our regenerative goals, individual regenerative initiatives and other regenerative metrics by collecting, measuring, managing, tracking, analyzing and summarizing data. 
  • Create a system of data and progress transparency to hold our organization, the RSC and subgroups accountable to workstreams, including keeping our regenerative dashboard updated to share information with both internal and external collaborators. 
  • Help identify and steer the piloting of new regenerative initiatives. 
  • Perform research on relevant topics and summarize the results into an easy-to-digest format for target audiences. 
  • Encourage a positive, rewarding and productive culture that enhances awareness and knowledge of regenerative practices, invites employee participation, incentivizes sustainable behaviors and establishes sustainability as an important cultural norm. 
  • Coordinate with the Marketing & Communications (MarCom) team to develop clear, compelling communication materials related to the regenerative program. 
  • Support fundraising activities of the regenerative program. 
  • Support pursuing regenerative and green certifications for operations and the built environment (e.g., Energy STAR, ISO 14001, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building, LEED, etc.). 

Knowledge and skills you bring to the team: 

  • Demonstrated experience and a good understanding of the practical aspects of how an organization can mitigate negative environmental impact, be more resilient to the climate crisis and be regenerative. 
  • Knowledge of sustainability and regenerative frameworks and strategies such as climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies, climate vulnerability assessments, building energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and diversion, renewable energy, carbon offsets and carbon pricing, greenhouse gas accounting and reduction planning. 
  • Demonstrated experience of a collaborative approach to co-create and implement creative solutions through follow-up and coordination. 
  • Strong organizational skills and experience with project management, including demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex projects while maintaining forward progress and consistently meeting deadlines. 
  • Ability to think critically, problem-solve and troubleshoot issues. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, a high degree of professionalism and strong interpersonal skills. 

Education and experience you bring to the team: 

  • A minimum of four years of experience that demonstrates an understanding of sustainability, climate action and/or regenerative organizations (similar to what could be acquired through a bachelor’s degree in sustainability, conservation, natural resource management or related field). 
  • A minimum of two years of experience that demonstrates an advanced understanding of the theory and practice around sustainable and regenerative systems, climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience. 
  • Demonstrated experience leading sustainability and/or regenerative initiatives at an organization or community level. Experience with aquariums or a similarly complex environment a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of greenhouse gas inventories and data tracking practices. 

Salary and benefits:  

This is an exempt role. The targeted salary range for this role is $65,000–$75,000, dependent on experience. Includes Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package: medical, vision, dental (subsidized dependent coverage also available), HRA, FSA, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b retirement fund with employer match, subsidized transit (ORCA) pass, Aquarium Family Plus membership and generous paid time off.   


The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. One of our core values is fostering an inclusive community and we want our staff to reflect our community. We encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants. Application review will begin immediately.  


Note: Candidate must pass a background check upon job offer to be eligible for this position.   

The Seattle Aquarium has partnered with Another Source, an external recruiting firm, to assist in the hiring process for this position. Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the breadth of the recruiting process.   


Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the recruiting process. 


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