Senior Sustainability Specialist - 90347778 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.




The Senior Sustainability Specialist (internally known as Senior Sustainability & Climate Specialist) will be responsible for embedding and tracking sustainability efforts across the business in line with Amtrak’s Climate Commitment. The Commitment includes key actions to decarbonize operations including the reduction of diesel fuel use, sourcing 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and integrating sustainability into the core of our business. This position will be responsible for developing initiatives, tracking progress, and planning Amtrak’s annual sustainability strategy to align with the long-term carbon and resource reduction goals. This role could be remote.  




• Develop and implement Sustainability Program standards, policies and long-term plans that apply to operations throughout the organization 
• Manage Amtrak’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory including data collection, calculation, and reporting according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol across Scopes 1, Scope 2 Location and Market-based and all categories of Scope 3
• Establish sustainability standards and process for evaluating services and supply chain providers. Refines supply-chain Scope 3 inventory process and guidance through partnership with the Supply Chain group and other business units 
• Create emissions reduction initiatives, pilot and coordinate efforts in coordination with subject matter experts across the company
• Create and track operational metrics to then measure against program goals, communicate effectively with involved stakeholders to share progress internally and externally 
• Coordinates responses to external requests including APTA, UIC, state and federal agencies as well as client requests.  
• Continually assess Amtrak’s alignment with state and federal climate initiatives and benchmark within the transportation industry. 
• Support the development of long-term operating plans and assess the operational growth impacts on ESG goals
• Work with IT and Operational stakeholders to develop Sustainability tools including an ESG management system 
• Identify and implement improvements in sustainability programs and training.  




• Bachelor’s degree in environmental or related sciences, sustainability, business or equivalent combination of undergraduate education, training and work experience.
• 6+ years’ work experience including development of sustainability program elements, GHG accounting, preparing communications, and managing projects.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated presentation and management skills 
• Demonstrated coordination and facilitation skills
• Broad knowledge of key areas of sustainability, UNSDGs, and GHG/CAP Emissions 
• Strong proficiency using PC-based software programs including spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel); Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint presentation software; and data management systems
• Self-motivated and able to work independently





• Professional or related certification or ability to obtain certification





Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



Requisition ID:153781
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for public transportation ( Title 6 U.S.C. § 1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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