San Francisco Department of the Environment

Environmental Outreach Aide (9920 Public Service Aide: Assistant to Professionals)

Recruitment #TEX-9920-903314

DEPARTMENT: Environment
ANALYST: Preston Treichel
DATE OPENED: 2/25/2019 10:00:00 AM
FILING DEADLINE: 3/25/2019 08:00:00 AM 
SALARY: $20.41 - $20.41/hour; $3,538.00 - $3,538.00/month; $42,458.00 - $42,458.00/year
JOB TYPE: Temporary Exempt

Environmental Outreach Aide (5 Vacancies)
San Francisco Department of Environment
9920 – Public Service Aide: Assistant to Professionals

Do you enjoy talking with people?  Are you passionate about making a positive difference in your community?  If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco residents.  The San Francisco Department of Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies, is a great place to work, and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement options.  This posting will be used to fill five (5) vacancies for the 9920 Environmental Outreach Aide, including up to four (4) that may require bilingual skills in Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, or both), Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and/or Tagalog.

Department Background

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. We value credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation, and equity.  SF Environment’s Programs include Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forestry and Public Information Programs.
Position Description
The Environment Now Public Service Aide will function as a part of the Outreach and Communications team aimed at promoting the Department’s policies and initiatives to businesses and residents of San Francisco. Under minimum supervision, the Environmental Outreach Aide will assist the Environment Now Coordinators in developing and delivering educational outreach projects related to: zero waste, toxics reduction, clean transportation, energy efficiency and environmental justice.

Bilingual Positions: Up to four (4) vacancies may require bilingual skills: Proficiency in reading, writing, typing, speaking, and listening in English and Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, or Tagalog. Selected bilingual candidates must pass language proficiency and proofreading tests, and upon successful completion would be eligible for a bilingual pay stipend.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

•  Conduct outreach to residents, businesses and schools regarding the city’s environmental policies and programs, including: door-to-door canvassing, phone calling, event tabling, presenting, and surveying
•  Facilitate meetings and workshops with businesses, neighborhood associations, parent-teacher organizations, and community groups
•  Conduct on-site zero waste assessments and facilitate employee and resident trainings at businesses and apartments
•  Provide technical assistance to businesses regarding sustainability practices
•  Respond to public inquiries
•  Research, collect, and compile data
•  Assist in the preparation of reports and documents
•  Assist in coordinating and scheduling outreach activities 
•  Participate in eco-literacy and project-related trainings
•  Perform administrative support and other duties/tasks as required
•  Follow the City departmental procedures

Appointment Type
These positions (multiple vacancies will be filled) are Temporary-Exempt Appointments, with a duration of up to one (1) year.  A second year may be possible contingent upon City budget conditions and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment.  Participation in this program does not guarantee a second year of employment or any future employment with the San Francisco Department of the Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.  This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointment officer.


High school diploma or GED.
Other Requirements
1.  Available to work some weekends and/or evenings as needed
2.  Ability to work in all neighborhoods of San Francisco
3.  Fluency in a second language used commonly in San Francisco (up to 4 positions)
Desirable Qualifications
1.  Ability to stand and/or walk up to 75% of working hours
2.  Knowledge of basic mathematics
3.  Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written format
4.  Customer service, sales, and/or outreach experience
5.  Responsible, motivated, professional and able to work effectively on a team
6.  Word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet proficiency
7.  Enthusiasm to learn about environmental initiatives and opportunities in the environmental sector
8.  Experience (volunteer or paid) in Zero Waste, Energy, Transportation or other specialty area in the environmental field
9.  Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a City-issued vehicle as needed (vehicle is provided)
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, with the naming convention of “YourName-9920EnvNow”.

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