Why Work for CalRecycle?




Our staff enjoys:

  • Meaningful and interesting work protecting the environment.
  • Competitive public employee wages.
  • comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and retirement plans.
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • A diverse, eco-friendly work environment.

How CalRecycle Has Made Positive Changes to the Environment

Wildfire debris clean up crew

CalRecycle oversees wildfire cleanup projects that remove debris and enable communities to rebuild.

CalRecycle’s recycling and waste management programs have a major impact on California’s environment.

  • 19 billion beverage containers were recycled in California in 2021.
  • Nearly 463 billion beverage containers have been recycled since 1986.
  • 2.6 billion pounds of electronic waste recycled or safely managed
  • 264 million tires have been recycled or reused and large, illegal tire piles no longer accumulate and catch fire.
  • 23,000 wildfire-destroyed properties have been cleared
  • 27.3 million gallons of paint collected under the stewardship program.
  • 8.5 million mattresses were recycled through the mattress stewardship program.
  • 2.2 billion gallons of used oil have been safely collected.

Benefits that Support Work/Life Balance

California offers state employees generous benefits that are hard to beat in the private sector and schedule options that support a healthy work/life balance.

Enjoy Life Outside the Office

CalRecycle employees enjoy 11 paid holidays per year, one personal holiday, and sick and vacation leave or a combined pool of annual leave credits instead of separate vacation and sick leave.

Flexible Health Insurance Plans with Employer Contributions

The state of California offers a variety of health, dental, and vision insurance plans and makes monthly contributions toward the cost.

Retirement Contributions

State employees start earning a retirement plan after working long enough to be eligible (usually five years). After that, savings grows every year worked for the state. When an employee retires, they receive a monthly payment from those savings.

Build a Strong Career with a Flexible Future

The state of California wants to help you build a career.

  • The state provides on-the-job training and professional development.
  • Many positions don’t require previous experience or a degree.
  • Advancement opportunities are open to you.
  • Employees could receive annual raises until they reach the maximum salary for their position.

The state views employees as long-term investments. The state’s employment structure supports a successful, fulfilling career. If an employee wants to make a change, they could transfer to another state job or department, while maintaining the same benefits and retirement plan.

CalRecycle employees have many opportunities to network with other divisions within the department as well as many state and federal agencies and private businesses. This culture allows employees to broaden their horizons, explore multiple career paths, and meet potential mentors.

CalEPA Headquarters: An Environmentally Conscious Building

CalRecycle/CalEPA Headquarters

CalRecycle | CalEPA Building, Sacramento

CalRecycle’s main offices are located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, close to:

  • The State Capitol building
  • Cesar Chavez Park
  • Restaurants
  • K Street Mall and other shops
  • Farmers markets
  • City parking

The buildings are easily accessible by bicycle, light rail, city buses, and commuter buses with substantial discounts available on many transit passes.

Our modern, LEED Platinum-certified headquarters facility was designed with energy and water efficiency in mind.

Farmer's Market

Enjoy the Farmer’s Market at nearby Cesar Chavez Park

  • Solar energy panels
  • Energy-efficient design throughout
  • Childcare center
  • Exercise room and showers
  • Indoor bicycle parking
  • Weekly farmers market across the street in Cesar Chavez Park, May-October
  • Food waste recycling and other recycling programs
  • Cafeteria

CalRecycle also has satellite offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Riverside.

For more information contact: Recruitment Team, recruitment@calrecycle.ca.gov.