Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Assistant Environmental Compliance Specialist

Recruitment #18-2068-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Applications will only be accepted online.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted online. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at www.acgov.org/pwa.


The Alameda County Public Works Agency is seeking a motivated individual to assist with the implementation of the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program (cleanwaterprogram.org). Responsibilities may include assisting with the implementation of the creek status monitoring program (Provision C.8 of the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (MRP)), Mercury and PCBs source identification and control measures (Provisions C.11 and C.12 of the MRP), receiving water trash monitoring (Provision C.10 of the MRP), and maintenance of the Program’s Geographic Information System (GIS) application. The successful applicant will be eligible for a 7% pay increase upon obtaining/maintaining registration as a civil engineer, Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD), Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP), or Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP).


This series specification describes classifications which contain three options, Environmental, Water Resources and Arboriculture. Incumbents in the Environmental option conduct environmental studies, preparing and processing the associated documentation ensuring that projects and operations of the Public Works Agency comply with local, State, and Federal environmental laws and regulations; and perform other related duties. Incumbents of the Water Resources option perform duties including development and implementation of watershed management programs, processing of basic hydrologic data and information to ensure proper management of the Agency's water resources and water resource projects; plan, implement and lead programs to reduce storm water pollution; and perform other related duties. Incumbents of the Arboriculture option conduct urban forestry and closely related tree maintenance activities; and perform other related duties.


Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Junior Environmental Compliance Specialist in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, and the Hospital Authority.)


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in the biological, physical, or environmental sciences; engineering or a related field such as hydrology, soils, urban or regional planning, natural resources, geography, environmental studies, ecology, , horticulture or forestry,


The equivalent of three years of full-time experience working independently on routine duties and under limited supervision on complex assignments that involve preparing and processing documents or conducting technical studies for compliance with environmental regulation and laws, and/or in conducting water resources activities and/or conducting urban forestry or closely related tree maintenance activities. (A Master's degree in one of the above curricula may be substituted for one year of experience.)


All levels in the class series must possess a valid State of California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Certification – Arboriculture Option:

Possession of a current Arborist certificate from the International Society of Arboriculture.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• College level natural and physical science.
• Basic photography, drafting and graphic arts.
• Tree diseases, pests and methods of treatment.
• Inspection techniques.
• Principles and practices of environmental compliance.
• Local, State and Federal environmental laws, and/or surface water quality, and regulations and their implementation as they pertain to the Public Works Agency and Alameda County.
• Methods of environmental assessment and mitigation, and/or water quality assessment.
• Basic engineering design and construction, contracts and agreements.
• Public Works Agency policies and procedures and the administration of local government.
• General principles of geology, hydrology, climatology, ecology, archeology, biology, botany, chemistry, arboriculture, horticulture or urban forestry.
• Storm water and drainage facilities.
• Basic word processing and spread sheet computer use.
• Customer service/public relations practices.

Ability to:

• Research, organize and write clear and concise reports and correspondence (may include environmental impact reports).
• Read and interpret topographic maps, construction and engineering drawings, and technical reports in a variety of fields.
• Conduct special studies and field investigations independently or as part of an inter-disciplinary team.
• Coordinate environmental planning, habitat restoration, natural resources management and conservation planning activities and services.
• Request, coordinate, and evaluate input from public agencies, private organizations, and individuals.
• Make oral presentations before groups.
• Use effective interpersonal skills to handle questions and criticism from various sources.
• Reach collaborative solutions, using problem-solving skills.
• Review and interpret legislation and regulations.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees and the public.
• Conduct research and analysis of projects.
• Coordinate, organize, prioritize and schedule activities.



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.

Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline For Filing

Monday, December 3, 2018**

Review of Minimum Qualifications:


Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified 


Civil Service Panel Interviews:        



 **Updated as of 11/20/18



Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.  Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Jordan Grow, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-208-3954; Jordan.Grow2@acgov.org