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Sustainability Coordinator

Albany, NY 

Duties Description

The position is located in the Albany office of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) within the Energy and Sustainability Bureau (ESB). The ESB’s aim is to make the New York State park system the most sustainably operated park system in the country. The position will provide support for many of the Energy and Sustainability Bureau’s outlined initiatives and additional sustainability projects or programs that arise.

The ESB works within the following fields:


  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Conservation
  • Clean Fuel Vehicle and Equipment
  • Reduced Mowing
  • Recycling 
  • Water Conservation


The Energy and Sustainability Bureau works to enact many of the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to sustainability including: 


  • Executive Order 4: Establishing a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program (2008)
  • Executive Order 88: Directing State Agencies and Authorities to Improve the Energy Efficiency of State Buildings (2012)
  • Executive Order 166: Redoubling New York’s Fight Against the Economic and Environmental Threats Posed by Climate Change and Affirming the Goals of the Paris Climate Agreement (2017)


The ESB submits agency data for statewide energy and sustainability reporting. The ESB actively serves on a few interagency sustainability committees including the Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement, the Zero-Emission Vehicle Committee, and the Zero-Emission Outreach subcommittee. The incumbent will have the opportunity to attend committee meetings and participate in discussions about changes to state-wide sustainability reporting. 

The incumbent may additionally meet with Parks executive staff regarding bureau energy and sustainability efforts. 



  • Work with Parks employees from regional offices and individual parks and historic sites to enact sustainable changes through pilots, renewable energy projects, campaigns, or educational/outreach events
  • Participate in site evaluations and photovoltaic installations with Parks regional maintenance crews across the state park system, often requiring overnight travel
  • Occasional trips to do troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance work on previously completed arrays
  • Schedule meetings with bureau employees, Parks regional and park staff, and external partners for various energy and sustainability projects


Research, Data Analysis, Writing, Reporting


  • Research new potential projects or areas of focus, partners, and funding opportunities 
  • Update spreadsheets tracking bureau projects, including: Parks employees trained or certified in courses; lighting project upgrades and replacements; number and location of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, hydration stations, and solar light poles
  • Analyze data, write reports, and create presentations in relation to projects worked on. 


Reports include:


  • A Year End Report going over the bureau’s projects from the previous fiscal year and progress towards bureau and agency goals;
  • Case studies highlighting innovative and highly successful projects and accomplishments;
  • Oversee Parks reporting for EO4 by tailoring the report’s questions to be applicable to the agency, compiling responses from regional Sustainability Coordinators, submitting Parks’ completed form to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and analyzing regional responses to inform agency sustainability planning.


Bureau/Agency Representation 


  • Coordinate OPRHP’s participation within the DEC’s Green Your Commute Day (GYCD), an annual engagement event encouraging state employees to use a more sustainable mode of transportation to get to work;
  • Participate in a building waste audit conducted by the NYS DEC;
  • Manage materials in the Albany Office Recycling Room;
  • Give presentations on bureau related projects and programming. Potential audiences can include: Capital District Clean Communities Coalition, Facilities Manager Training, etc.


Through the Energy and Sustainability Bureau, the incumbent will be required to attend trainings and certifications in the energy and sustainability field.

Required Trainings & Courses:


  • Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC): Solar Installation—Basics Certificate
  • Fall Protection Training
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) Training
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI): Building Envelope/Analyst
  • Project Management Institute (PMI): Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)


Potential Certifications Earned:


  • Green Professional Training (GPRO)
  • Solar Thermal Installation
  • Aerial Lift Operator
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI): LED Lighting Institute


Minimum Qualifications


  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience working on sustainability projects and programming. Technical skills that can be utilized to advance any of the ESB’s primary focuses are highly encouraged.
  • Candidates must have a strong interest in energy improvements, sustainability efforts and advancing the mission of the bureau and agency. Candidates must have good communication skills, flexibility to work on different assignments, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Candidates must have experience using programs within the Microsoft suite. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid NYS driver's license as a term and condition of employment.


Additional Comments

Most of the work within this position will be completed in the Albany Office of NYS OPRHP*, including computer-based assignments, meetings, presentations, and project coordination. Occasional work within the field will be required such as site evaluations, photovoltaic installations, water audits, and in-person meetings with regional or park employees.

The position requires travel throughout the State Parks system which consists of 214 parks and historic sites throughout the State of New York. Travel may include weekends. A state vehicle will be made available for travel to the regions.

The position requires participation within photovoltaic installations and repairs which require the usage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Candidates will be expected to climb ladders, use power tools, and have the ability to lift equipment and items up to 40 pounds in weight. 

*Note: Given the Covid-19 crisis, this position will be working from home with one to two days per week in the office until further notice, as per the Agency and Bureau guidelines. A computer and work phone will be provided to accommodate work from home.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Salary Range: From $14.96 to $14.96 Hourly

Work week: Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Workday:From 9 AM To 5 PM


If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications and the agency’s operating needs, and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, you can obtain an Employment Application from your local park office, your region’s administrative headquarters or you can download an application from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website at

Please submit your resume and application to the email address listed above by May 13, 2021.

The candidate will be required to pass a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information: Michael Wise,

Posted May 4, 2021

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