5638 Environmental Assistant

Commercial Toxics Reduction Program Assistant

Recruitment #PBT-5638-096516

Introduction

Commercial Toxics Reduction Program Assistant
San Francisco Department of Environment
5638 – Environmental Assistant



 
**This is a position-based test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.**
 
**THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO REFLECT A CHANGE IN CERTIFICATION RULE**
 
Do you want to help safeguard the health of our communities and environment? Do you excel at making science understandable to non-scientists? Are you good at partnering with unlikely allies in order to make change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!
 
Who We Are
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing environmental toxins, advancing environmental justice, promoting sustainable transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment, and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team that values credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation and equity and SF Environment is a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

The Toxics Reduction Program develops programs and policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the commercial, residential and municipal sector. The commercial toxics reduction team works with local businesses to promote the use of safer alternatives through policy, training, outreach and technical support.

Who You Are
The Commercial Toxics Reduction Program Assistant will assist the Commercial Toxics Reduction Program Coordinator in performing the following:

•  Assist program coordinator in creating policies and programs that drive reduction in chemical use among businesses
•  Conduct onsite assessments and trainings to verify implementation of toxics reduction business practices
•  Assist in developing programs to increase opportunities for business to recycle/dispose of hazardous products
•  Assist with public outreach/education and marketing efforts, including staffing special events and making public presentations
•  Update and contribute content for webpage
•  Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested
What You'll Likely Do
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 the planning, implementation and evaluation of the San Francisco Healthy Nail Salon Program, including: recruiting salons into the program; coordinating outreach, training and site visits; researching and maintaining up-to-date ingredient information about nail salon products; collaborating with other Healthy Nail Salon Programs in California; and providing strategic input on marketing efforts.
•  Assist in the implementation and evaluation of the San Francisco Flame Retardant Chemicals Ordinance, including: conducting compliance visits, answering stakeholder questions, and participating in implementation work groups.
•  Support implementation of the Antibiotics Use in Food Animals Ordinance, including reviewing and analyzing reports for compliance; drafting compliance recommendations and correspondence; working with stakeholders; and reviewing and answering petitions for waivers.
•  Coordinate outreach efforts for hazardous waste disposal and the very small quantity generator program.
•  Participate in outreach efforts for businesses regarding SF Environment’s commercial toxics reduction programs, including door-to-door outreach, mailings, presentations, trainings and outreach events.
•  Organize and participate in meetings with local government agencies, elected officials, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders.
•  Conduct toxics reduction research, and draft presentations, correspondence, reports and memos.
•  Update and maintain commercial business database information by conducting research, performing data entry and creating reports for review and analysis.
•  Assist in preparing and administering contracts and grants.
•  Respond to written and verbal inquiries about commercial toxics reduction.
•  Guide and mentor Toxics Reduction team interns/volunteers.
•  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Training
Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science, or a closely related field (e.g., toxics reduction, pollution prevention, or environmental health) from an accredited college or university; AND

Experience
One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty area of toxics reduction, pollution prevention, or environmental health. A minimum of six (6) months must include public outreach experience; AND

Other Requirements
Possession of a valid driver's license.

Special Conditions
The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications

•  Fluency in a language commonly spoken in San Francisco, such as Chinese, Spanish, or Vietnamese
Knowledge of
•  Federal, state and local environmental issues, laws and regulations
•  Resource conservation and/or toxics reduction programs
•  Quantitative and qualitative data tracking and analysis
•  Community outreach and public engagement techniques
Ability to
•  Plan, prioritize, organize, implement and evaluate projects
•  Analyze and solve problems
•  Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
•  Develop and foster working relationships with a variety of individuals
•  Read and summarize legal, scientific and/or technical documents
•  Use a personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
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 requested to submit a resume and attach it to their application. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “YourName-5638Toxics”.

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 (as a PDF or Word file) as an attachment to your application (attachments can only be submitted when the system prompts you for your resume).

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

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weighted 45%)
Candidates who advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire. All candidates must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification.

The Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation is also designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be invited to the oral examination.

Oral/Performance Examination (Weighted 55%)
Candidates who successfully pass the supplemental questionnaire evaluation will be invited to participate in an oral examination to assess their knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas as described in this announcement. Job-related written and performance exercises may be included. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the oral/performance examination in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

Certification
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see: https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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.

      Conclusion

      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:
      sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities
      Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

      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.

      EXAM TYPE: ENTRANCE
      ISSUED: MAY 20, 2019
      MICKI CALLAHAN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
      DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
      ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PBT-5638-096516
      DHR/PT/415-557-4908

      Benefits

      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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