Sunday, July 5, 2020

Supervising Environmental Compliance Specialist

Recruitment #20-2070-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire will only be accepted on-line.




The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at



Under general direction, to be in charge of a major or several smaller water resources and/or Clean Water Programs or the Environmental Services Programs, and/or other natural resource management and/or administration of or compliance with environmental and/or natural resources ordinances, laws, or regulations; to supervise the work of professional, paraprofessional, and/or other personnel; to manage, coordinate, and administer the work of consultants and contractors; and to do related work as required.

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The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as an Associate Environmental Compliance Specialist in Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, and the Hospital Authority.)

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as an Associate Engineer in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, and the Hospital Authority.)


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in and environmental protection, water quality protection, or water resources field (one year as an Associate Engineer which included one year of full-time experience in an environmental, water quality or water resources field is qualifying).


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, geography, an interdisciplinary science program, or related field.


The equivalent of five years of progressively responsible, full-time professional experience in a public agency or private firm conducting environmental studies and preparing and processing the associated documents for compliance with environmental regulations and laws and/or conducting water resources investigations, at least two years of which were in a supervisory or administrative capacity.


Registration by the State of California as a Civil Engineer or Environmental Professional or recognition by the National Association of Environmental Professionals as a Certified Environmental Professional.

License: Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license is required.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• College-level natural science (e.g., terrestrial biology, aquatic biology, botany, zoology, and/or ecology).
• College-level physical science and/or engineering (e.g., hydrology, hydraulics, aquatic chemistry geology, hydrogeology, and/or meteorology).
• Basic horticulture.
• Local, State, and federal water quality and environmental laws and regulations and their implementation as they pertain to the Agency activities.
• Methods of environmental assessment and mitigation.
• Basic engineering design and construction, contracts and agreements.
• Public Works Agency policies and procedures and the administration of local government.

Ability to:

• Supervise professionals and paraprofessionals.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Make decisions.
• Provide Leadership.
• Plan and organize.
• Exercise management control.
• Prepare budget analysis.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Be flexible.
• Adapt to stress.
• Read and interpret construction plans and documents.
• Prepare or direct the preparation of comprehensive studies and reports.
• Organize studies of large land areas and evaluate data gathered.
• Perform difficult technical research.
• Negotiate and conflict resolution.
• Prepare, negotiate, implement, and administer legal contracts.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other divisions, agencies, and contracts.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


Selection Plan

 Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


 Deadline for Filing:          5:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020
 Review of Minimum Qualifications:                        by Friday, July 31, 2020
 Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:                   by Friday, August 21, 2020
 Oral Interviews:*                     Week of  August 31, 2020

 *The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,



Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

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