EPA Looking to Hire 'Environmental Justice' Coordinator for $53,500-$84,146 a Year; No Degree Needed

By Susan Jones | October 25, 2010 | 10:21 AM EDT

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson leaves a news conference in Washington on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, after announcing that greenhouse gas emissions threaten the public health and the environment. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire an environmental protection specialist who will help the agency accomplish its “environmental justice goals."

The job, in New York City, pays up to $84,146 a year, and according to the job listing on the government Web site, "You do not need a degree to qualify for this position."

The EPA says the ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience related to the position, which comes with a salary range of $53,500-$84,146 a year. Any U.S. citizen may apply, and a background check is required.

The job description says the EPA is looking for people with "[k]nowledge of the theories and principles of environmental protection, especially as they relate to issues of environmental justice and the impacts of environmental laws, policies, legislation and regulation on minority and/or low-income groups and communities.”

The person hired will plan ways of accomplishing environmental justice program goals – and “conduct studies and surveys to identify problems and recommend modifications to operations.”

The person will be expected to “develop an appreciation” of the EPA’s pollution prevention and clean-up activities – and “foster an increased sensitivity within these programs to environmental justice activities.”

He or she also will help prepare environmental justice assessments for regional projects that involve minority and/or low-income populations.

As CNSNews.com has previously reported, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made “environmental justice” an EPA priority.

In July, the agency released a 55-page “guidance” to help its employees “advance environmental justice” for low-income and minority communities. "Achieving environmental justice is an Agency priority and should be factored into every decision,” the document says.

Earlier this month, the EPA listed 76 community groups and government agencies that will share almost 2 million taxpayer dollars in the form of "environmental justice grants."

The grants – around $25,000 each -- will fund projects that help people living in poor, minority communities increase recycling, avoid heat stroke, improve indoor air quality, "reduce carbon emissions through weatherization," and participate in "green jobs" training programs.

The EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

The concept holds that low-income and minority communities often bear the greatest environmental burdens because they are more likely to be located near congested freeways or industrial areas, for example.

The agency says environmental justice will be achieved “when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

See earlier stories:
EPA Funnels Taxpayer Money to Dozens of Liberal Community Activist Groups (Oct. 13, 2010)
EPA Puts ‘Environmental Justice’ Front and Center in Its Rulemaking Process (July 28, 2010)