9922 Environmental Associate

Sustainability Initiatives in Public & Affordable Housing

Recruitment #PEX-9922-094343


Environmental Associate: Sustainability Initiatives in Public & Affordable Housing
San Francisco Department of Environment
9922 – Environmental Associate

Do you have a passion for improving the health and quality of life of thousands of low-income San Francisco residents?  Are you interested in bringing high quality environmental services to public and affordable housing residents in San Francisco?  If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity and use your skills to build a better, environmentally-focused future for all San Francisco residents.

Department Background
The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment, or SFE) is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment includes: Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Clean Air Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forest and Public Information Programs. The San Francisco Department of Environment is a great place to work and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement options.

Position Description
The Associate will assist San Francisco Department of the Environment staff in advancing environmental sustainability initiatives at public and affordable housing sites. Duties will include providing education, outreach and assistance to affordable housing developers, property managers and low-income families in the areas of toxics reduction, zero waste, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  The Associate will work with a diverse set of partners, including the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) staff, non-profit service providers and affordable housing developers to reduce pest infestations and pesticide use at public and affordable housing sites.  The Associate will also help develop and deliver programs to increase recycling, composting, and proper disposal of household hazardous products and bulky items at these sites.  The Associate will spend approximately 80% of their time in the field, visiting sites located throughout the City.  Candidates who possess a driver’s license will receive City vehicle training and have access to the City’s fleet of vehicles for work-related travel. Candidates who do not have a driver’s license will receive Muni tokens for work-related travel. Travel time will be counted as work time. Field work often includes attendance at community meetings or events, which could involve night and weekend work.

Examples of Important & Essential Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

•  Work with public and affordable housing property managers and services staff on setting up zero waste programs at their sites
•  Work with public and affordable housing property managers and services staff and affordable housing developers on pest prevention and controlling pests in the safest and most effective manner
•  Coordinate pest inspections and work with developers to implement site-specific treatment plans; must be able to travel to public and affordable housing sites or community events as needed
•  Conduct workshops to educate tenants on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), zero waste, maintaining a healthy home, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals through use of safer products and practices
•  Assist SFE with public outreach/education, including staffing special events and making public presentations; must be available to work weekend and evening events as needed
•  Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested
Mentors & Supervisors
The 9922 is assigned a Mentor and Supervisor to guide and train him/her. In some cases, the Mentor and Supervisor may be the same person. Mentors and Supervisors work closely together to provide the Intern with comprehensive, quality training and a rich experience in the field of environmental sustainability and justice.

The successful candidate will be provided with the following training opportunities:

•  In-person training with Department of Environment staff on the history of environmental sustainability, environmental justice and racial equity in San Francisco
•  Opportunities to shadow SFE staff and partners during public and affordable housing field visits and inspections, workshops and trainings
•  Training on public speaking and how to successfully engage diverse audiences
•  Reading resources and general overview of environmental justice, institutional and structural racism, integrated pest management, zero waste and toxics reduction
•  Opportunity to attend workshops, conferences, and trainings to gain an understanding of general environmental education and behavior change strategies
•  Opportunity to attend trainings and networking events that promote and advance proficiency in professional career development
Permanent Exempt Employment Status
This is a one-year position.  A second year may be possible, contingent upon Department budget conditions and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment. Appointment to the position does not guarantee a second year of employment nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.  In addition, the position is exempt from the Civil Service examination and selection process.  The successful candidate is an at-will employee.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED equivalency.

Desirable Qualifications

1.  Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
2.  Education, experience, or interest in public health, social services, social work, psychology, or multi-cultural studies.
3.  Education, experience, or interest in understanding the concepts of institutional and structural racism and implicit bias.
4.  Experience (volunteer or paid) in IPM, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Energy, Transportation or other specialty area in the environmental field.
5.  Familiarity with San Francisco.
6.  Ability to speak a second language commonly spoken in San Francisco.
7.  Ability to effectively communicate with racially, ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse audiences.
8.  Ability to work independently, and effectively with a team of diverse colleagues.
9.  Responsible, motivated and professional.
10.  Enthusiasm to learn about environmental initiatives and opportunities in the environmental sector.
11.  Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive to external job sites as needed.
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 attached to their application. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file (under the resume attachment section of the job application), with the naming convention of “YourName-9922Housing”.

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 attachment to your application (optional)
      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 (directly below).

      Selection Procedures

      Online application filing deadline will conclude at 8am on Monday, March 18th, 2019. 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. 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 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.


          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. Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#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.

          ISSUED: FEBRUARY 25, 2019
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PEX-9922-094343


          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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