5638 - Environmental Assistant (Climate Change Analyst)

Recruitment #TEX-5638-114039


Climate Change Analyst
San Francisco Department of the Environment
5638 – Environmental Assistant

Are you passionate about fighting climate change and want to make a difference at the local government level? Do you love to work with complex data sets, and have a knack for communicating complex information in simple, easily accessible language? Are you an effective collaborator who enjoys engaging diverse partners and stakeholders in support of project goals? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco and the planet.

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.

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
As the Climate Change Analyst, you should have an interest in climate data management and analysis, and climate work, organizations, and policy. You will be responsible for conducting data collection, management and analysis for the annual citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, assisting with municipal and community climate policy and programming work, performing a range of research and project implementation duties, and facilitating and supporting stakeholder engagement.

Serving in an Assistant level position (Class 5638), you will work under the supervision of a Senior Environmental Specialist (Class 5642) responsible for defining project scopes and deliverables. You may be called on to mentor climate fellows or interns as the need may arise.

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.

• Work with large, complex climate-related data sets to perform advanced data analysis and projections for a range of climate-related projects.
• Develop and deliver the annual Municipal and Community-wide Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and submit associated data and other reporting to applicable third-party entities. See: https://data.sfgov.org/Energy-and-Environment/San-Francisco-Communitywide-Greenhouse-Gas-Invento/btm4-e4ak
• Use databases and data visualization applications to create infographics, Powerpoint slides, and other tools to communicate climate information to senior staff within the department, external city department colleagues, legislators and policymakers, and the general public.
• Collaborate as part of a team to develop and implement strategies and actions laid out in the City’s Climate Action Plan, Racial Equity Plan, and other climate policies.
• Collaborate and assist multidisciplinary teams within department as well as with other city agencies to develop and strengthen climate programs and policies across the key issue areas of buildings, energy, healthy ecosystems, housing, responsible production and consumption, and transportation.
• Collaborate with regional and global networks to advance the practice of climate action planning, including but not limited to the areas of GHG emissions accounting methodologies and administering emission reduction policies and programs.
• Interface with a range of internal and external IT platforms and data collection systems.
• Assist with implementation, organizing meetings, and other project tasks.
• Provide administrative support and perform other tasks as requested.

Appointment Type
This position is a Temporary-Exempt Appointment (TEX), with an anticipated duration of six months. The TEX position will become a Permanent Civil Service (PCS) position via a separate public recruitment and competitive examination process. Applicants interested in the future PCS position are encouraged to apply for the TEX position. The TEX 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

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, or a field related to climate change (including but not limited to environmental studies, environmental engineering, earth sciences, economics, or geography) from an accredited college or university; AND

One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty area of climate program data management and analysis. 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

• Experience with the practice of Climate Action Planning for local governments and/or other organizations such as companies, campuses, and institutions, etc;
• Experience with conducting and improving upon Greenhouse Gas inventories and familiarity with reporting protocols and reporting platforms;.
• Demonstrated experience with managing data: database administration and data analysis; intermediate to advanced use of Microsoft and Google Suite of analysis tools including, but not limited to Excel (Pivot Tables/PowerQuery), PowerBI, Google Sheets;
• Excellent project management, writing, researching, and organizational skills
• An understanding of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.
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 transcript or diploma and attach these documents to their application. The transcript can be unofficial. Upload these documents as PDF or Word files.

How To Apply

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      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

      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: local and/or state government climate action planning efforts; local, state and federal climate policy and legislation; best practices regarding performing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, accounting, and methodologies. This also includes the ability to: communicate effectively in writing and orally, including making presentations; design, plan and manage projects including identifying objectives, setting priorities, and developing workflow strategy; perform data analysis on large complex datasets; work with public agencies, and others; conduct research and analysis; utilize a computer, including word processing and spreadsheets; supervise, manage, motivate, & mentor staff/direct reports.

      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.

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          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.

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          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: August 16, 2021
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: TEX-5638-114039

          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.


          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.

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