Sustainability Advisor

Austin, TX

Whole Foods Market is seeking a Sustainability Program Manager to help further our work of nourishing people and the planet. The ideal candidate will be a passionate sustainability professional with a knack for data, a nimble and creative approach to problem solving, and a desire to work as part of a committed and engaged team. The candidate must have demonstrable organizational and time management skills ideally with a track record in environmental and community impact. This Team Member will partner with key internal and external stakeholders and play a critical role in executing sustainability initiatives across Whole Foods. The Sustainability Program Manager’s primary focus will be to support the Whole Foods Market Sustainability Team in achieving impact goals through a data-driven approach. This position will report to the Principal Sustainability Advisor.


  • Work closely with subject matter experts across the Sustainability Team and larger Quality Standards Team on sustainability initiatives.
  • Support a variety of sustainability projects across waste diversion, packaging, climate, reporting, and social impact.
  • Track goals, progress and key indicators of success and provide regular updates to the team to keep work on-track and on-target.
  • Collaborate with Sustainability subject matter experts, the Quality Standard Team, Merchandising Teams, Procurement Teams, Store Development, Operations and external partners to research sustainability issues and drive program objectives.
  • Support strong, strategic relationships with internal and external business partners, organizations, and NGOs to stay abreast of industry trends and emerging issues related to sustainability.
  • Provide data analytics and management support to the Sustainability Team.


  • A four-year degree in a related discipline or applicable work experience.
  • Experience working in the sustainability / environmental sector.
  • Passion for natural foods as well as Whole Foods Market culture, brand, Core Values, Quality Standards.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team to achieve positive environmental impact.
  • Proficient computer skills to implement software tools for data and program management.
  • Strong interest in sustainability, environmental issues, food systems, and community.
  • Excellent time-management, organizational skills, attention to detail and sense of urgency.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Resourceful self-starter, creative thinker with solutions-based approach.
  • Basic understanding of scientific underpinnings behind climate change and natural resource crisis.
  • This position is based at the Whole Foods Market Global Headquarters in Austin, TX.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 5% of the time.

The successful candidate will embody Whole Foods Market Leadership Principles and be especially proficient in the following areas:

  • Purpose Driven
  • Passion for Creativity, Innovation & Invention
  • Seek Win-Win Strategies/ Solutions
  • Long Term Thinking
  • Operational Excellence

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

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