5640 Environmental Specialist

Environment Now Coordinator

Recruitment #TEX-5640-072525


Outreach Coordinator
San Francisco Department of Environment
5640 Environmental Specialist: Environment Now Program

Program Background:
The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco’s long-term environmental sustainability. SF Environment includes: Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Clean Air Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forest and Public Information Programs.

Position Description:
The 5640 Environmental Specialist (Environment Now Coordinator) is responsible for implementing the department’s green careers program, Environment Now. Employees of the Environment Now program serve as the department’s grassroots outreach team and are tasked with delivering public outreach campaigns throughout all communities in San Francisco to promote the department’s goals.

The responsibility of the Environment Now Coordinator is two-fold:

(1)  The coordinator must develop the Environment Now participants’ outreach competencies by designing and delivering trainings in eco-literacy, sales, customer service, data management and other project-based scopes such as Zero Waste and Clean Air Transportation.

(2) The coordinator must develop outreach tactics and manage grassroots outreach projects to meet deliverables. This position is under the supervision of the Environment Now Senior Coordinator and while focused on employee development, is an integral part of the department’s outreach coordination team.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

  • Direct and supervise teams of up to nine employees on outreach projects that include tactics such as door-to-door, community presentations, intercepts, and technical trainings
  • Provide ongoing training, coaching and supervision of outreach staff including, but not limited to: assigning work and schedules, conducting performance reviews, recommending hire of new employees, and recommending discipline for employees
  • Develop and manage grassroots outreach projects and provide general outreach campaign support
  • Maintain and develop working relationships with internal and external program partners
  • Design and manage data tracking systems for analyzing and reporting campaign metrics
  • Promote department goals and initiatives by delivering public presentations and trainings
  • Work a flexible schedule with varying hours as needed by the campaigns is mandatory
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, environmental sciences, communications, community relations, or a related field (within the specialty area) from an accredited college or university; AND

2. Two (2) years of professional experience with either of the following: managing and implementing outreach programs and/or providing professional development and supervision of employees; AND

3. Possession of a valid Driver’s License.

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when applicants are referred to the hiring manager.

  1. Experience training, coaching, and supervising staff
  2. Experience designing and delivering outreach campaigns
  3. Excellent written and oral communications skills
  4. Knowledge of community engagement tactics such as sales and marketing techniques, customer service, community based social marketing and human centered design
  5. Experience working in a diverse community and with a diverse staff and dedication to inclusivity
  6. Familiarity with one or more of the following programs and policies: Zero Waste, Energy, Clean Air Transportation, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, and/or Climate 
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 
  8. Fluency in Chinese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco
  9. Familiarity with San Francisco neighborhoods

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
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.

Selection Procedures

Online application filing deadline will conclude on December 16, 2016. 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 and 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.



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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