JOB TITLE:   Environment and Sustainability Planner

REPORTS TO: Community Development Director

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt


The Environment and Sustainability Planner will assist in the economic resiliency of the region by integrating sustainability initiatives and energy conservation strategies into the regional planning efforts of RNDC.

Work areas may include providing technical assistance to local units of government, businesses, and the general public on a variety of planning and development topics, such as economic development, workforce development, and community development. Work area also includes securing funding for programs through grant writing and the coordination, development, and implementation of programs and projects of importance to the region.


Promote, research, and support the goal of ensuring the long-term resiliency of communities through a sustainability approach emphasizing the economy, society, and environment.


  • Support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) objectives with a focus on resiliency-based planning and sustainability which may include energy alternatives, solid waste, ecological land, and water conservation.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with various stakeholders including government, non-profit organizations, and informal groups to advance sustainability and environmental priorities in alignment with the CEDS.
  • Facilitate energy, sustainability, and resiliency action plans.
  • Assist communities to establish sustainability targets, seizing energy efficiency and reduction opportunities, use of renewable energy sources and foster a stronger culture of resource conservation.
  • Assists business owners and communities in determining their needs and priorities; help identify state, federal, or local funding to meet those needs.
  • Assist communities with the development of pilot programs relating to waste collection activities including complete recycling programs and composting activities.
  • Enhance sustainability communication and outreach by generating content for website, social media, public presentations, newsletters, and other publications as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to leverage economic development experience and tools across programs.
  • Prepare and coordinate public engagement supporting energy and sustainability.
  • Serve as educational and expert liaison to the public, board, and staff.
  • Provides a cost-conscious approach to the position by working within approved budgets and implementing cost-saving measures.


  • Conceptual knowledge of the regulated and retail electricity and gas energy industry
  • Strong interpersonal communication and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize multiple simultaneous work assignments and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people, organizations, and styles.
  • Ability to work independently, but work cooperatively and collaboratively as a team player with all levels of employees and management.
  • Ability to develop relationships with key partners, both internal and external.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to develop relationships with key partners, both internal and external.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.


  • A four-year degree in biology, environmental science, environmental education, urban studies, public administration, sustainable project management, or closely related field. Advanced coursework is a plus.
  • Two years of experience managing/coordinating environmental or natural resource or sustainability programs; or equivalent education and experience.
  • Knowledge of sustainability theories and practices; local, national, and global sustainability and environmental initiatives.
  • Familiarity with networks of organizations involved in advancing sustainability policy and action. Experience writing and educating a wide array of audiences, making scientific or environmental information understandable and relatable to the general audience.
  • Willingness and ability to research and make recommendations.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license


$65,000-$75,000/ yr. Depending on qualifications.


Employee benefits include health insurance (fully paid single and generous employer family contribution) Health Savings Account (HSA) with employer contributions, Flex Spending Account (FSA) Dependent Care and Limited Medical, employer paid life insurance, PERA retirement benefit, paid holidays and vacation time, sick leave, and additional voluntary benefits available.


RNDC is a small office of approximately 15 professional staff in a flexible working environment.

The individual must be able to perform reliable work in both independent and team project settings, mainly using a computer to complete projects. Typical hours are 8:00-4:30 p.m. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee regularly remains in a stationary position at a desk. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first review of applications will occur on September 23, 2022.
  • Click the “Apply Now” button below to complete an online application.
  • Submit a resume and cover letter, addressed to Executive Director Nicole Griensewic, 3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 310, Mankato, MN. Resumes will not be accepted without a cover letter and a completed online application.
  • Please contact Nate George at 507-389-8873 or with questions.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will perform additional reasonably related job duties as assigned.

Region Nine Development Commission reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Region Nine Development Commission is an EOE/ADA Employer.