SWANA’s Young Professional Open Positions

We know you’re busy. But there are a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in SWANA’s Young Professionals (YP) group that don’t require a huge time commitment. From simply networking with other YPs to meeting established solid waste professionals to volunteering your time and talents to the YP group, we offer it all.

Want to get involved? See current YP Volunteer Opportunities below and contact SWANA’s YP Group Staff Liaison, Shelby Truxon, to ask questions and get started.

Call for OPEN YP Steering Committee Positions

SWANA is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the Young Professionals Steering Committee. Volunteer committee members represent the entire Young Professionals (YPs) group on the YP governance committee. Individuals would begin their service immediately following the selection process. All Steering Committee members must be a SWANA member in good standing, able to serve a minimum of a two year term, and commit to volunteering approximately five hours a month in this capacity.

Additionally, all Steering Committee Members must be 35 years of age or younger at the start of his or her term.

Responsibilities of This Position Include:

  • Participate as an active member of the YP Steering Committee. This includes monthly conference calls and an average of two-four hours of work per month
  • Represent the interests of all SWANA YP members
  • Promote YP member involvement in SWANA
  • Provide YP members with leadership, guidance, knowledge, connections and resources
  • Participate in the Mentor Match Program
  • Annually attend at least one national conference or symposia annually (ex: WASTECON, SWANApalooza, etc.)
  • Participate as a member of one of the Committees (Finance, Education and Professional Development, Regional Representation, Events, Strategy and Policy, Planning, or Membership/Chapters)

SWANA Young Professional members interested in being considered for a Steering Committee position should submit an Application Packet to Lynsey Baer no later than February 14, 2018.

Application Packet Must Include the Following:

  • Letter of interest**
  • Resume
  • Summary of qualifications clearly demonstrating the following:
    • Active participation, involvement, and leadership in SWANA and SWANA YP activities at the local and/or international level
    • Professional experience and achievement within the solid waste industry
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills (leadership, consensus-building)
    • Communication skills (public speaking, presentations, meeting facilitation)
    • Expressed vision for advancing SWANA YP initiatives and his or her goals for YP initiatives during the term of the Steering Committee position
  • At least two letters of support or other documentation supporting candidate’s contribution to SWANA and the Solid Waste field (where applicable), options may include:
    • Letter(s) of support** from the candidate’s local SWANA Chapter (where applicable)
    • Letter(s) of support** from the candidate’s employer (where applicable)
    • Other letter(s) of support from persons familiar with candidate's related professional experience and personal leadership capabilities

** The letter of interest and/or the letters of support must include language that acknowledges the candidate’s financial obligation to attend WASTECON and other SWANA events, as invited and necessary to represent the association, and to devote the time required to fulfill the duties of the position for a minimum two-year period.

The nominating committee shall review applications for the Steering Committee positions and select the most qualified candidates by February 28, 2018.

Questions? Contact Lynsey Baer.

Technical Division Young Professionals Representative (TDYPR) Positions

The following TDYPR positions are open:

If you are:

  1. 35 or under and a Solid Waste Association of North America YP member
  2. Must be a member of the listed Technical Division
  3. Interested in expanding your career, industry involvement, and making a difference in SWANA by becoming the TDYPR of either of these Technical Divisions

The TDYPR will be in charge of:

  • Representing the interests of the YP Group to the Division
  • Representing the interests of the Division to the YP Group
  • Increasing efforts of Division to attract more YPs to the Division and associated committees
  • Attending the Division meetings held at the LF Symposium/NAWTEC and WASTECON
  • Attending Division Steering Committee quarterly teleconferences
  • Providing a committee report at each meeting and teleconference
  • Being the liaison with all other Division committees to provide a YP perspective
  • Being the liaison with the YP Steering Committee
  • Being an active member of at least one Division Committee

Please submit your application to Sue Bumpous at sbumpous@swana.org. Include a brief description what you have done professionally, involvement you have had with SWANA and/or the Division, and what you would like to accomplish in the Division if you were elected Division YP Rep. Attach a professional photo that is 1MB or larger.

Open YP Regional Rep and Chapter Liaison Positions

SWANA YP *Regional Rep and **Chapter Liaison positions provide critical volunteer opportunities for members looking to engage in SWANA initiatives designed to help develop, recruit, and educate YPs across the country.

Please contact SWANA’s YP Group Staff Liaison, Shelby Truxon, to ask questions and get started.

Open Positions:

Region 1 Chapter Liaisons in Northern California and Nevada
Region 2 Chapter Liaison in Alaska and Oregon
Region 3 Chapter Liaison in Arkansas, Region 3 Representative
Region 4 Chapter Liaison in Northern New England
Region 5 Chapter Liaisons in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi

*YP Regional Reps are primarily responsible for:

  • Coordinating YP Chapter Liaisons
  • Reporting needs and information to YP Steering Committee
  • Implement the YP Action Plan on a local level

**YP Chapter Liaisons are primarily responsible for:

  • Reporting needs and information to YP Regional Representative
  • Recruiting support
  • Growing YP Chapter contact list
  • Developing networking programs
  • Creating opportunities for learning
  • Advocating for local YPs