San Francisco Department of the Environment

Municipal Toxics Reduction Program Assistant

DEPARTMENT Environment
ANALYST Preston Treichel
DATE OPENED 5/31/2019 08:00:00 AM
FILING DEADLINE 6/24/2019 08:00:00 AM
SALARY $32.23 - $39.16/hour; $5,586.00 - $6,788.00/month; $67,028.00 - $81,458.00/year
JOB TYPE Permanent Exempt

Municipal Toxics Reduction Program Assistant
San Francisco Department of Environment
5638 – Environmental Assistant

Would you like to make a real impact on climate change, environmental pollution, and public health? Are you a people person with a scientific background? Do you have a passion for working with diverse groups of people in order to make change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!

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 toxic chemical hazards, 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 that values credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation and equity. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

The Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program develops programs and policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the commercial, residential and municipal sectors. The municipal toxics reduction team works with San Francisco City departments to implement the City’s Green Purchasing Program and Integrated Pest Management Program, through policy, training, outreach and technical support. We lead by example, and many of the projects we undertake in the municipal sector are replicated in our commercial and residential work, as well as by jurisdictions beyond San Francisco.

Who You Are
The Class 5638 Environmental Assistant works under the direct supervision of a Class 5642 Senior Environmental Specialist. The 5638 Environmental Assistant is responsible for implementing environmental ordinances, assisting in data analysis and report writing, implementing environmental programs required by federal, state and local laws and regulations, and assisting program managers in projects and programs.

What You'll Likely Do
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Conduct product research, identifying chemicals of concern and safer solutions.
  • Draft presentations, correspondence, reports and memos related to the Municipal Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing, logistics and evaluation of stakeholder meetings related to San Francisco’s Green Purchasing Program and Integrated Pest Management Program.
  • Assist in the planning, creation and distribution of outreach and educational materials.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts, in partnership with the Outreach team.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with City staff, local government agencies, elected officials, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders.
  • Respond to written and verbal inquiries from the public and from other City departments.
  • Assist with public outreach/education and marketing efforts, including staffing special events and making public presentations.
  • Update and contribute online content for various webpages.
  • Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested.

Appointment Type
This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 36 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science, or a closely related field (e.g., toxics reduction, pollution prevention, or environmentally preferable purchasing) from an accredited college or university; AND

One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty area of toxics reduction, pollution prevention, or environmentally preferable purchasing; AND

Other Requirements
Possession of a valid driver's license.


  • Demonstrated experience in public communication
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of cross-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to organize people and complex projects
  • College courses in chemistry and/or toxicology
  • Course work or work experience involving the creation of environmental purchasing requirements
  • Course work or work experience in the field of integrated pest management
  • Experience or course work in urban forestry
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Work experience in procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Experience creating and/or interpreting construction specifications
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerBI, and Google apps

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 and cover letter and attach it to their application. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “YourName-5638Toxics”.

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