Executive Director

Humboldt Waste Management Authority | Eureka, CA

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Posted Date 1/13/2021

Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) is excited to announce this unique opportunity for their next Executive Director. HWMA is looking for a leader who is enthusiastic about meeting challenges and can work independently, yet efficiently, with minimal direction to replace their outgoing Executive Director who is retiring after an 8-year tenure. If you are a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who enjoys being hands-on, this is great opportunity for you. 


Humboldt County is nestled along the coast in northern California’s coastal redwood region, approximately 275 miles north of San Francisco. With a population of about 135,500 residents spread throughout seven cities and multiple small unincorporated communities, one can find their perfect home in town or a rural setting, with ocean views or amongst the redwoods. Humboldt County offers a welcoming and peaceful environment with reasonably priced housing, renowned pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, College of the Redwoods junior college, Humboldt State University, vibrant cultural arts and entertainment, and engaging outdoor activities that all combine to make for a wonderful place to live and work. 

Rich in natural beauty, biologic diversity and history, the Redwood Coast offers breathtaking views, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and many year-round outdoor adventurer opportunities. Over 4,000 square miles large, the County has over two million acres that include hundreds of streams and lakes and local, County, state, national parks, forests, beaches, and campgrounds. 

Eureka, the County seat and site of the HWMA office, overlooks historic Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest bay, home to the largest oyster production operations on the West Coast and several commercial and recreational marinas.


Established in 1999, the HWMA is a joint powers authority formed to provide cost effective waste management services for its member agencies, comprised of the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Rio Dell, and the County of Humboldt. HWMA is governed by a six (6) member Board of Directors composed of elected officials appointed annually by each of the member agencies. As stated in its Strategic Plan, the HWMA mission is: 

“…to implement a sustainable, regional materials management system in order to protect and preserve the social, environmental and economical health of our community by supporting, developing and/or promoting policies, programs and facilities that cost effectively, eliminate solid waste generation, reduce disposal and increase diversion to achieve a state-reported diversion rate of 75 percent and a 14,800 ton reduction in landfilled materials by 2020.”

HWMA operates a large volume municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station that receives approximately 75,000 tons annually (170 tons per day) of solid waste. It also operates a recycling center that receives about 4,000 tons annually of e-waste, used appliances and other recyclable materials; a regional household hazardous waste collection facility that receives approximately 259 tons of household hazardous waste annually; and numerous other material diversion services such as green waste, carpet, mattress recycling, and tire programs. HWMA owns and oversees post-closure maintenance and monitoring obligations for a closed MSW landfill with approximately 400-acres of surrounding productive forest lands. The complete fulfillment of HWMA programs and services requires overseeing numerous agreements, including the following:

  • A 10-year contract for long-distance transportation and solid waste disposal at an out-of-state landfill.
  • A 10-year contract for regional processing of curbside collected recyclable materials.
  • Multi-year contracts with satellite facilities to load MSW for transportation to the Authority’s designated landfill.
  • A Non-Industrial Timberland Management Plan (NTMP) for the timber production from forest properties.
  • On-going contracts with several member agencies to provide reports to the State required by the California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939) reports.

HWMA currently employs 36.5 staff, including the Executive Director. The Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget is $14.4 million, with $2 million held in designated and undesignated reserves.

The salary range is $114,500 – $139,212 depending on qualifications with an excellent benefits package

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, submit a cover letter, resume and six-related work references to Koff & Associates job portal at: 


Koff & Associates

c/o golbou ghassemieh or Richard O’Donnell, Recruitment Managers

2835 Seventh Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

gghassemieh@koffassociates.com or rodonnell@koffassociates.com

Close: FEB 12, 2021

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