Water Project Associate


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1793 Lafayette St. Suite 205Santa Clara, CA 95050


Job Description: Water Project Associate

Net Positive Bay Area is a new SSV-wide program that is changing the way companies, institutions and governments jointly address urban sustainable development through a series of demonstrative projects across the region. The program aims to curb and reverse regional consumption trends in energy, water and carbon by the year 2050 that will not only meet but will also exceed California state regulation goals. Within the framework of this program, the Water Project explores wastewater reuse issues and other means of water conservation and efficiency to advance program goals of increasing water resilience in the San Francisco/Bay Area region.

The Water Project Associate(s) will be responsible for a wide range of duties to support Water Project goals in accordance to the mission and strategic direction of SSV.

Associates will be asked manage or assist in a portion of the to project which could include support local or state policy initiatives, manage a local water reuse projects, work on enhancing our website, design and run an employee engagement program, facilitate meetings with state elected officials, run events, maintain an onsite water resuse database on line, connect with water technology companies, investigate grant opportunities, etc. The individual must also possess the ability to work with other teams to jointly carry out tasks with functional overlap, confortable with speaking on the phone to members and stakeholders, while displaying flexibility to adapt with rapid changes that characterize the evolution of a still-nascent program and its various components.

Working under the supervision of the Water Director, the candidate should commit to a minimum of 8-22 hours per week, with flexibility to attend external meetings and events outside office hours. The candidate will need to bring his/her own laptop and phone, and have the ability to drive when needed.

In return for the volunteer hours, benefits to the volunteer candidate include: job reference letter from the Executive Director of SSV, new skills and experience, a current resume entry, networking opportunities, and a chance to work toward a vision of a sustainable region, a thriving economy, a healthy environment and socially equitable community.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Undertake a blend of tasks in event coordination, stakeholder outreach and facilitation, marketing/website and communication.
  • Perform market research and develop documentation supporting water resource development.
  • Attend external meetings, events, and conferences to gather greater context and to further our understanding of community concerns, driving forces, and barriers.
  • Conduct informational interviews with experts, community stakeholders, and sector leaders to learn and report on specific topics (eg. technology, policy, financing).
  • Coordinate with Project Leads, Water Director, and Executive Director to contribute analysis and other targeted deliverables

Qualities and Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience in onsite water recycling and drought mitigation is preferred.
  • Advanced degrees, past experience, or subject matter expertise in sustainability management, environmental sciences, general knowledge of water resources planning and management or related specializations are a big plus.
  • Experience in nonprofit program management and strategic planning is a plus.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate in-person, on the phone and via email essential. Sales communication experience required.
  • Outgoing, independent-thinking, self-motivating, and detail oriented personality.
  • Excellent writing, prompt communication, and planning skills.
  • Experience with MS Office suite, wordpress (optional) Google Office tools, CRM and other research tools and databases.

Please submit a 1-page writing sample relating to your interests and/or a cover letter with your resume to jobs@sustainablesv.org.

About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):

Founded in 2000, Sustainable Silicon Valley is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing tough sustainability challenges. SSV brings together leading tech companies, cities, counties, and research and educational institutions to solve sustainability issues that cannot be solved alone.

SSV envisions a net positive Bay Area by 2050 where we produce more energy than we consume, sequester more carbon than we emit, and optimize water resources to ensure water resilience.

Our strategy is to facilitate measurable projects, education, events, and policies that deliver solutions by activating SSV’s member network to reach the net positive Bay Area goals. Membership with SSV is a great avenue to share knowledge and connect with leaders in the Silicon Valley


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Environmental Science

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 6-9 months, 8-22 hours per week

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