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Data Scientist

Location: Remote; Anywhere in the Continental US

Reports to: VP of Data, Analytics, and Products

Position: Full time, 40 hours per week, exempt employee

Salary: $85k-$95k




The Data Scientist has the combined responsibility of data engineering, analysis, modeling, and deployment into business applications for The Recycling Partnership. This position involves integrating the National Recycling Database with software products and maintaining data pipelines for machine learning processes and automated reports.



What we will trust you with

and how you will use your strengths

50% – Evaluate and update machine learning pipelines

  • Evaluate current text extraction and classification models (1D-CNN)
  • Evaluate potential of utilizing Google’s CircularNet vision model
  • Compare manual and machine learning processes to measure value of automation
  • Automate manual steps as much as possible

50% – Update National Database and Expand Analytics

  • Ensure all programs in the database are updated on a regular basis through manual or automated processes
  • Create dashboards and monitoring to quantifying changes in US recycling system including access to recycling specific materials
  • Provide data exports and analysis to internal stakeholders



  • Experience with Python/Pandas/Jupyter notebooks for exploratory data analysis
  • Ability to develop and interact with APIs (understanding concurrency models, CPU/IO limited, documentation)
  • Familiar with Deep Learning Models, NLP & text processing
  • Familiar with GIT
  • Experience analyzing, summarizing, and maintaining large datasets
  • Enjoys automating data transformation processes and analyses
  • Takes ownership of datasets, understands how they work, and how to leverage data in an application
  • Experience with or the desire to learn data visualization



  • 4-Year Degree in an analytical field such as Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, Complex Systems, Data Science, Environmental Studies, and many others
  • OR equivalent technical education
  • Minimum of 1+ years of experience in machine learning
  • Minimum of 1+ years of experience in data analysis and data cleansing
  • Minimum of 1+ years of data visualization experience
  • Experience with data stores, especially SQL databases
  • Curiosity about data analysis and desire to grow and learn
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Strong data quality management skills (e.g., identifying edge cases, finding anomalies, etc.)
  • Passion for the environment, sustainability, reducing waste and creating the circular economy
  • Self-management, communication, and people skills


Who we are:

At The Recycling Partnership, we are solving for circularity. As a mission-driven NGO, our team is committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system. We are mobilizing the people, data, and solutions across the value chain to reduce waste and our impact on the environment while also unlocking economic benefits.

Our team works:

  • on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs
  • partners with companies to achieve packaging circularity, increase access to recycled materials, and meet sustainability commitments
  • works with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy.

To learn more about The Recycling Partnership, our mission, our vision and our team, visit https://recyclingpartnership.org/about/


How we work:

We are: 

  • Focused on advancing circularity through transforming the recycling system in the United States with a focus on mission, action, and measurement of our impact.
  • Actively committed to our Core Values and what they stand for: Act with Intention & Integrity; Embrace Change & Drive Action; Partnership is Part of our Name for a Reason, Play Well with Others; Pursue Growth and Learning; Have Fun; Be your Whole Self and finally, Take Time to Reflect and Dream.
  • Employee-focused. Take a look at this short video about The Recycling Partnership team.
  • Collaborative in our approach to success.
  • Dedicated to excellence in everything we do.


What we can offer:

A comprehensive employee benefits package including:

  • Health insurance options under United Healthcare
  • Dental & Vision insurance
  • Employer paid Life, STD, and LTD insurance
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 4 weeks of mandatory vacation a year (office closures)
  • Unlimited PTO
  • 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match
  • 529 Education Savings Plan
  • Home Office Stipend – $1,500/year

A company culture that’s unbeatable and includes:

  • Work/Life Balance – we don’t just say it, we actually mean it
  • Flexible schedules
  • Career Growth
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • DEIB Seminars and Courageous Conversations

and so much more…