9922 Environmental Public Service Aide

Residential Toxics Reduction Associate

Recruitment #PEX-9922-088047


Residential Toxics Reduction Associate
San Francisco Department of Environment
9922 – Environmental Public Service Aide


Are you interested in helping residents adopt sound environmental practices? Do you have a passion for engaging people about sustainability issues? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Franciscans. The San Francisco Department of Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies, is a great place to work, and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement.

Department Background
The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco’s long-term environmental sustainability. SF Environment includes: Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Clean Air Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forest and Public Information Programs.

Position Description
The Residential Toxics Reduction Associate will be responsible for providing hands-on support to and consulting with residents on hazardous waste disposal and best practices to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. This position will assist the Residential Toxics Reduction Program in performing professional-level work, conducting outreach, and planning/executing regular site visits to over 150 San Francisco retailers.

Examples of Important & Essential Duties
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list:
    •  Assist in developing programs to increase opportunities for residents to recycle/dispose of household hazardous products, including regular site visits to existing retail “take-back” partners.
    •  Assist in conducting outreach to residents on ways to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals through use of safer alternatives.
    •  Answer and research questions from the public related to use and disposal of toxic and hazardous products.
    •  Assist with public outreach/education efforts, including staffing special events and making public presentations; must be available to work weekend and evening events as needed.
    •  Assist in preparing and administering contracts and grants.
    •  Monitor local, state and federal legislation and regulations relating to hazardous waste management and disposal and product stewardship.
    •  Attend regular meetings with other local government agencies.
    •  Update and contribute content for SFE website.
    •  Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested.
    Training Workshops
    The 9922 will be provided the following training opportunities:

    •  In-person training with Department of Environment staff on hazardous waste disposal practices.
    •  24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Response (HAZWOPER) certification.
    •  Training on public speaking and how to successfully create visually dynamic presentations.
    •  Compliance overview to meet all federal, state, and local regulations.
    •  Reading resources for general overview of precautionary principle and toxics reduction.
    •  Opportunity to attend workshops, conferences, and trainings to gain an understanding of general environmental education and behavior change strategies.
    •  Potential future classifications resulting from this internship opportunity include: 5638 Environmental Assistant.
    Permanent Exempt Employment Status
    This is a one year position. A second year may be possible contingent upon Department budget conditions and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment. Appointment to the position does not guarantee a second year of employment nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco. In addition, the position is exempt from the Civil Service examination and selection process. The successful candidate is an at-will employee.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Possession of a baccalaureate degree in a scientific field of study (e.g., environmental science, toxicology, chemistry, or related field) from a recognized college or university; AND

    Other Requirements
    Possession of a valid driver's license.
    Education Substitution
    Verifiable professional work experience performing duties equivalent to those of City and County of San Francisco Class 9922 Environmental Associate may substitute for Baccalaureate degree in a related field. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

    Desirable Qualifications

    •  Familiarity with San Francisco.
    •  Fluency in a second language used commonly in San Francisco.
    •  Experience using Microsoft Access.
    •  Knowledge of environmental principles and issues.
    •  Strong speaking, writing, researching, organizational and project management skills.
    •  Responsible and motivated.
    •  Able to work independently, and with a team of diverse colleagues.
    •  Word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint development, database, and internet proficiency.
    Additional Application Information
    The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date, unless otherwise noted.

    Candidates are asked to submit a resume and brief cover letter (under 500 words) stating why the position interests you and how your skills and qualifications are a fit for the position. Please attach a single document that includes both of these items. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “Your Name-9922Toxics”.

    How To Apply

    Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

    1.  Select the desired job announcement.
    2.  Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information.
    3.  Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”.
    4.  Follow instructions on the screen.
    5.  Submit your resume and cover letter as one attachment to your application (this document should be attached when the system prompts for your resume attachment; only one attachment is permitted for each applicant).

    Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

    Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

    Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application was received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

    All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    Please email Preston Treichel, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Preston.Treichel@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the 'Timeline' section under the Selection Procedures heading.

    Selection Procedures

    The online application filing deadline will conclude at 8am on Monday, July 23rd, 2018. Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to give application status updates. While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, the hiring manager will contact you directly after the filing deadline if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position.

    The selection process will include an evaluation of applications and an assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities. Only those applicants most closely meeting the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

    Conviction History

    As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:
      •  Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
      •  Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.
        Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

        If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

        Disaster Service Workers

        All City & County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


        1. Your application must include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

        2. Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

        3. Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
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        4. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to present additional material at the time of appointment and/or at a later date.

        5. For general information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

        6. For Right to Work policy, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

        7. Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

        ISSUED: JULY 2, 2018
        ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PEX-9922-088047


        All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

        For more information about benefits, please click here.

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