5638 - Environmental Assistant

Recruitment #PEX-5638-113875

Introduction

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




Would you like to make a real impact on climate change, environmental pollution, and public health? Are you a people person with a scientific background? Do you have a passion for working with diverse groups of people 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 and environmental 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 toxic chemical hazards, 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. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.


The Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program develops programs and policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the commercial, residential and municipal sectors. The municipal toxics reduction team works with San Francisco City departments to implement the City’s Buy Green Program and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, through policy, training, outreach and technical support. We lead by example, and many of the projects we undertake in the municipal sector are replicated in our commercial and residential work, as well as by jurisdictions beyond San Francisco.

San Francisco Department of the Environment Racial Equity Statement
For over 20 years, SF Environment has worked with San Francisco’s Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to mitigate environmental burdens, increase accessibility of environmental programs and benefits, engage community members, and improve health outcomes. BIPOC communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors that include air and soil pollution, illegal dumping of toxics and other materials, industrial land uses and transportation impacts. They are more likely to live in housing conditions with limited access to green space and where poor indoor air quality from pests, mold, and the use of toxic products contributes to the prevalence of asthma and other health disparities. They are more likely to be employed in areas with high levels of exposure to toxics. Now, they are the first communities feeling the impacts of climate change, with the fewest resources to respond. SF Environment has a longstanding commitment to the principles of environmental justice, whereby communities most impacted by environmental stressors and climate change are prioritized and the long-time work of community leaders is recognized and supported. We are committed to uplifting the contributions of local environmental leaders of diverse racial backgrounds and ensuring that racial equity is the cornerstone of all of our programs, policies, and services.

Who you are
The Class 5638 Environmental Assistant works under the direct supervision of a Class 5642 Senior Environmental Specialist. The 5638 Environmental Assistant is responsible for implementing environmental ordinances, assisting in data analysis and report writing, working to develop and improve online dashboards, implementing environmental programs required by federal, state and local laws and regulations, and assisting program managers in projects and programs.

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.

• Conduct product research, identifying chemicals of concern and safer solutions.
• Draft presentations, correspondence, reports and memos related to the Municipal Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program.
• Assist in the planning, organizing, logistics and evaluation of stakeholder meetings related to San Francisco’s Buy Green Program and Integrated Pest Management Program.
• Assist in the planning, creation and distribution of outreach and educational materials.
• Coordinate outreach efforts, in partnership with the Outreach team.
• Organize and participate in meetings with City staff, local government agencies, elected officials, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders.
• Coordinate outreach efforts, in partnership with the Outreach team.
• Respond to written and verbal inquiries from the public and from other City departments.
• Assist with public outreach/education and marketing efforts, including staffing special events and making public presentations.
• Maintain and improve online dashboards for the IPM and Buy Green programs
• Update and contribute online content for various webpages.
• Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested.

Appointment Type
This position is a Permanent Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 36 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Minimum Qualifications

Education
Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science, or a closely related field (e.g., toxics reduction, pollution prevention, or environmentally preferable purchasing) 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 programs (such as integrated pest management, environmentally-preferable purchasing, or chemical hazard assessment and alternatives assessment); AND

Other Requirements
Possession of a valid driver's license.

Condition of Employment
All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

Desirable Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in written and oral public communication.
• Demonstrated ability to organize people and complex projects related to environmental issues
• College courses in chemistry, toxicology, and/or environmental sciences
• Course work or work experience involving the creation of environmental purchasing requirements and/or integrated pest management.
• Superior interpersonal skills
• Understanding of the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity.

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 cover letter, resume, and transcript/diploma and attach these documents to their application. The transcript can be unofficial. Upload these documents as PDF or Word files.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit https://jobapscloud.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. Attach three documents - 1) a resume, 2) an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts or diploma, and 3) a brief cover letter stating why this position interests you and how your skills and qualifications relate to the position. Upload the documents as PDF or Word files.
      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 Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Adam.Romoslawski@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 Plan

      Timeline
      The application filing deadline will conclude at 9am on Monday, August 30, 2021. Due to the 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. This includes knowledge of: Federal, state and local environmental issues, laws and regulations relating to toxic substances; Quantitative and qualitative data tracking and analysis; Circular economy, toxics reduction, alternatives assessment and/or resource conservation principles; Community outreach and public engagement techniques. And the ability to: Work independently and as part of diverse cross-disciplinary teams ; Read and summarize legal, scientific and/or technical documents; Analyze research and make recommendations in support of human and environmental health; Develop and foster working relationships with a variety of individuals; Organize people and complex projects; Proficiently use a personal computer, including word processing programs, spreadsheets, databases, internet, and presentation software; Communicate effectively, both orally and in written format.

      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 selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 selected candidate, 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

          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/PROMO
          ISSUED: August 9, 2021
          CAROL ISEN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
          DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PEX-5638-113875
          DHR/AR/415-557-4869

          8. In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement at Adam.Romoslawski@sfgov.org.

          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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