City of Ventura

Environmental Services Assistant (#K63)

Unit: Temporary Support Staff (X)
$13.26-$16.11 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly


Under direct supervision, performs routine administrative, clerical and entry-level support duties related to environmental services programs. 

This is a temporary, part-time position.


This is the entry level para-professional classification.  Incumbents in this classification perform para-professional support duties in addition to administrative and clerical duties.  This classification typically performs the more routine support tasks and is distinguished from the Environmental Services Specialist by the latter's regular assignment of research, analysis, professional and technical administrative tasks, independence of action, and breadth of responsibility.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Prepares and gives educational presentations on environmental programs before interested groups, which may include K-12 classroom presentations; drafts brochures and other literature on environmental programs for review by supervisor; distributes literature on environmental programs via mail and/or information sites; assists in organizing and staffing environmental program exhibits at various events.

Receives and responds to calls and correspondence from customers and public inquiring, making suggestions, or complaining about environmental programs; prepares correspondence to respond to complaints; and contacts other City employees to request assistance to resolve complaints as needed.

Attends regional meetings to represent City for assigned environmental program(s); responds to questions from grantor and grant beneficiary for assigned environmental program(s); orders and delivers items for grant beneficiary; keeps records pertaining to grant activities and related costs using electronic spreadsheet; and compiles data and completes routine grant reports.

Assists with special events by preparing City and/or County permits, drafting professional services agreements for contracted services at events, recruiting and scheduling volunteers for events.

Assists other environmental program staff in support activities such as taking photographs for presentations or enforcement, staffing booths at events, and assisting in developing newspaper, radio, and television advertising.


Knowledge of: methods and techniques of data collection and compilation; and current office methods including record keeping.

Ability to: plan and organize outreach events such as exhibits; collect and compile data; solve basic mathematical problems such as percentages and averages with speed and accuracy; communicate clearly and concisely with individuals and in groups; prepare clear and concise correspondence using correct grammar; make effective public presentations; read and understand program guidelines and policies; use personal computer applications including word processing and spreadsheet software; and maintain effective working relationships with grantors and beneficiaries, employees, and the general public.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


Environment:  works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites with some exposure to outdoor conditions, traffic, water and wastewater treatment plants; may drive a vehicle to different locations.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; sitting or standing for extended periods of time, walking on uneven surfaces; uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical and engineering concepts; observe and interpret people and situations, perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under deadlines.  Hazards:  exposed to traffic, fumes, dust, dirt, sewage, and computer screens.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to two years of college coursework in business administration, environmental sciences, or a related field, and 6 months of experience in data collection or clerical record keeping are required.

When assigned to K-12 classroom presentations, incumbent is required to undergo live scan fingerprinting and provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test result within the last two years.

CLASS: K63; EST: 2/1/2002; REV: 9/26/2016;