Senior Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist

Center for Creative Land Recycling

Phoenix, AZ - Work from Home

Issue Date:  August 2021  - for immediate hire 

Consultants: Senior Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist- flexible hours/remote  

About the Organization
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) is the oldest national non-profit organization pioneering infill development and land reuse to promote human and environmental health and  economic revitalization. Our mission is to advance communities’ sustainable and equitable reuse of underutilized and environmentally-impacted properties, commonly called "brownfields." 

Through training and technical assistance CCLR offers communities the tools needed to turn blighted properties into community assets including housing, open spaces, and commercial properties, thereby creating jobs and local tax revenues. To ensure optimal outcomes for our projects, we lead policy efforts at all levels of government to remove obstacles to sustainable development, increase available funding, and promote access to resources. CCLR engages stakeholders from all sectors and disciplines in creative partnerships that promote collaboration and innovation in sustainable development.  


CCLR is a national organization with offices in California and New York. This position will join CCLR’s program team serving EPA Regions 9 and 10, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, and tribal nations.  

Senior Brownfield  Redevelopment Specialist (SBRS)
Federal funding is flowing and CCLR is growing!  Now is a great time to join CCLR as a brownfield specialist.  This position will report to the Executive Director and support the delivery of  technical services to communities working to assess, cleanup and redevelop underutilized and potentially contaminated properties. This position fills a critical role in the organization and the SBRC must be able to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines, work independently, exercise good judgment, and be flexible with shifting work flows depending on program priorities. Tasks include: 1) organize in-person or virtual events and trainings, including obtaining speakers and venues, planning content, setting agendas, managing logistics, and giving presentations; and 2) respond to requests for technical assistance around grants applications for site assessment and cleanup; environmental and reuse planning and regulation;  reuse alternative analysis, such as renewable energy, housing, infill, open space and more. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a goal-oriented professional to work with a dynamic and mission-driven organization during a period of expansion and accelerated growth. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Brownfield  Redevelopment Specialist will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Event Management:  Plan and execute in-person and/or virtual workshops, webinars, and conferences in EPA regions 9 and 10.  Event topics should include, but are not limited to: remediation strategies, sustainable redevelopment, affordable housing development, community engagement, reuse of infrastructure, environmental justice, reuse financing, and developer engagement. 

Redevelopment Outcomes Data Collection and Analysis: Contact past technical assistance recipients to collect data on quantitative and qualitative redevelopment outcomes including, but not limited to, acres remediated, open space created, jobs created, public health improvements, economic development, buildings erected, etc. Assist communities in devising and/or considering next steps if appropriate and warranted.

Technical Assistance Support: Assist in delivering technical assistance on such topics as community engagement, planning reuse, remediation options, and funding sources to municipalities, community groups, and other stakeholders seeking assistance. Track requests, service delivered, and outcomes. 

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in urban design or planning, landscape architecture, or engineering field.  
  • Five years of experience in working with public and private sector stakeholders in land reuse or environmental planning and/or brownfield redevelopment. Solar development on landfills is a plus. 
  • Experience with a broad set of software and web technologies including Microsoft Suite, Survey Monkey, Zoom, and other video conferencing platforms. GIS a plus.  
  • Understanding of current policy trends related to land use, sustainability, community development, urban design, and climate change, including climate adaptation. 
  • Demonstrated history of planning and executing in-person and virtual events and ability to write content in the form of publications, papers, or blogs. 
  • Exceptional organizational, written, and oral communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Willingness and ability to travel across the country as needed, some weekends and evenings required. (this is not a requirement at this time)
  • Preference to be located in EPA Region 10     

Compensation and Benefits
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The candidate will work remotely. The position offers flexible hours and availability will be matched with work assignments to be performed under a scope of work.  Salary is commensurate with experience. For work performed under CCLR’s EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfield (TAB) Cooperative Agreement, sole proprietor rates cannot exceed EPA’s allowable hourly rates.  CCLR is an equal opportunity employer that highly values diversity. We seek talented and qualified individuals regardless of age, ancestry, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, military obligations, national origins, physical abilities, race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and veteran status. 

To learn more about CCLR, visit

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume using the subject line “SBRS Application” to Devyn Rainwater at [email protected]

Posted August 20, 2021, 1:07 PM PDT

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