San Francisco Department of the Environment

Environmental Education Program (3 vacancies)

DEPARTMENT Environment
ANALYST Preston Treichel
DATE OPENED 6/3/2019 1:00:00 PM
FILING DEADLINE 7/1/2019 08:00:00 AM
SALARY $22.34 - $22.34/hour; $3,872.00 - $3,872.00/month; $46,462.00 - $46,462.00/year
JOB TYPE Permanent Exempt
EMPLOYMENT TYPE Full-Time & Part-Time

Environmental Education Program Associate (1 vacancy)
Environmental Education Program Aides (2 vacancies)

9922 & 9920 – Environmental Public Service Associate/Aides

**NOTE: THIS POSTING WILL BE USED TO FILL THREE (3) VACANCIES - ONE (1) AT THE 9922 LEVEL AND TWO (2) AT THE 9920 LEVEL (SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL DETAIL ON DIFFERENCES ACROSS THE POSITIONS). THE 9920 POSITION HOURLY RATE IS $20.41.**


Are you interested in helping kids and teens reduce waste and pollution? Do you have a passion for engaging students on environmental issues? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco.

Who We Are
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate 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 environmental toxins, 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 and a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare.

Who You Are
As a 9920 Environmental Education Program Aide or 9922 Program Associate, you’ll work in an entry-level role designed to offer you exposure to a career pathway in environmental education, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. You’ll learn and grow on the job, building foundational experience in environmental education while meeting designated position objectives.

The Environmental Education Program Associate (9922) and Aide (9920) support the City’s zero waste and pollution reduction goals through outreach to K-12 students—both within and outside of San Francisco’s public and private schools—and through administrative assistance. You’ll gain knowledge of environmental education outreach skills, environmental behavior-change strategies, public speaking, teaching opportunities, and program administration. Knowledge and experience gained will position you for success as an environmental educator and outreach professional equipped to serve San Francisco’s K-12 public and private schools—plus career advancement opportunities in related fields.

What You'll Likely Do (9922 Associate Position)
Under immediate supervision, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with implementing programs that increase opportunities for San Francisco’s K-12 schools to achieve zero waste, including regular school and classroom visits, analysis, and team strategizing
  • Give dynamic assemblies to hundreds of students, grades K-12, depending on strength of public speaking skills
  • Give classroom presentations that teach about zero waste and water pollution prevention primarily for grades K-12
  • Assist with coordinating and implementing teachers’ environmental workshops
  • Assist with updating directories, websites, curriculum and other department publications
  • Assist with coordinating and implementing special events and presentations
  • Assist with public outreach and educational efforts, including staffing special events
  • Assist with preparing and administering contracts and grants
  • Assist with maintaining school database and data analysis
  • Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested
  • Follow city department procedures

What You'll Likely Do (9920 Aide Positions)
Under immediate supervision, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with implementing programs that increase opportunities for San Francisco’s K-12 schools to achieve zero waste, including regular school and classroom visits, analysis, and team strategizing
  • Give classroom presentations that teach about zero waste prevention primarily for grades K-12
  • Assist with implementing assemblies that teach about zero waste to hundreds of students, grades K-12
  • Wear a large mascot costume during assemblies, grades K-12
  • Assist with implementing special events and presentations
  • Assist with maintaining school database and data analysis
  • Assist with public outreach and educational efforts, including staffing special events
  • Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested
  • Follow city department procedures

Mentors & Supervisors
During the period of employment, you’ll serve as an active member of the Environmental Education team at SF Environment, attending regular team meetings and scheduled outreach and education activities. The successful candidate will be assigned a mentor and supervisor to guide and train her/him. In some cases, the mentor and supervisor may be the same person. Mentors and supervisors work closely together to provide incumbents with comprehensive, quality training and a rich experience in the fields of environmental education and personal behavior change.

Training Workshops
Successful candidates will receive training in public speaking and classroom management to deliver classroom presentations and assemblies. They will also receive training on how to successfully create visually dynamic presentations that are age-appropriate for K-12 students and inspire personal behavior change. Workshops, conferences, and trainings may also be attended to gain an understanding of general environmental education and behavior change strategies.

Exempt Employment Status
The 9920 position is for the duration of one school year (from September – June). The 9922 position 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. The 9922 position is classified as Permanent Exempt and the 9920 positions are classified at Temporary Exempt. Appointment to a 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 positions are exempt from the Civil Service examination and selection process. Successful candidates will be at-will employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Program Associate (9922)

Education/Training:
Baccalaureate (Bachelor's) degree in a related field from a recognized college or university.
Experience:
Experience working with children and youth.
Other Requirements:
Possession of a valid driver’s license. (This job requires city driving at least twice a week; vehicle is provided.)

Experience Substitution (for 9922 ONLY)
Verifiable professional work experience performing duties equivalent to those of City and County of San Francisco Class 9922: Environmental Associate may substitute for a Baccalaureate degree in a related field. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

Program Aide (9920)
Education/Training:
High school diploma or GED equivalency.
Experience:
Experience working with children and youth.

Other Requirements:

  1. Possession of a valid driver’s license. (This job requires city driving at least twice a week; vehicle is provided.)
  2. Availability to work a 32-hour week (Monday - Thursday) with frequent flexibility in hours/days, including availability to work early mornings (starting around 7:30am) approximately 2 times per week.

Desirable Qualifications (Applicable to Both Positions)

  • Familiarity with San Francisco
  • Experience working with K-12 students
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills for both children and adult audiences — and comfortable speaking in front of large audiences
  • Theatrical experience
  • Knowledge of environmental principles and issues
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in a team
  • Word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint development, database and internet proficiency
  • Fluency in a second language used commonly in San Francisco

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.

For candidates that wish to submit a resume and brief cover letter (under 1,000 words) stating why the position interests you and how your skills and qualifications are a fit for the position, please attach a single document that includes both of these items. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “YourName-EnvEd”. Please note: submitting a resume and cover letter are not substitutes for filling out the online application form.

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