Environmental Assistant- Urban Forestry and Toxics Reduction Analyst

  • San Francisco
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Apr 04, 2017
Full time Climate Change/GHG Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Sustainability Waste Management/Recycling Water Quality

Job Description

Are you interested in improving urban sustainability?
Do you have a passion for maintaining green spaces in the city?

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 a great place to work and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement options.

Department 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:
Under the direct supervision of a Senior Environmental Specialist, the Environmental Assistant is responsible for implementing environmental ordinances, assisting in data analysis and report writing, implementing environmental programs required by federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, and assisting program managers in projects and programs.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
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.

1)  Provide program staff support to the Urban Forestry Council and committees, including:

•  Attend all Urban Forestry Council meetings and facilitate all UFC committee meetings.
•  Track and report on significant projects that affect the urban forest, such as large scale projects and design plans.
•  Schedule presentations, events and site visits for the UFC.
•  Draft agendas, reports, resolutions, letters, outreach and educational materials, and other documents for the UFC.
•  Solicit input and compile data from urban forest managers to produce the Annual Urban Forest Report.
•  Respond to public inquiries related to urban forestry.

2)  Assist in implementing the City’s Green Purchasing Program and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs including:

•  Proactively identify and reach out to City and community stakeholders.
•  Convene meetings of City staff and support development of green teams.
•  Collect and analyze information on products and services relevant to the Green Purchasing and IPM Programs.
•  Respond to information requests from City staff relating to green products and services.
•  Develop positive, collaborative, team-oriented relationships with City staff.

3)  Additional duties may include:

•  Represent SF Environment at community meetings and public hearings.
•  Coordinate annual community events.
•  Deliver presentations on green purchasing, IPM, urban forestry, or related topics.
•  Maintain and analyze datasets in spreadsheets or databases in support of other activities.
•  Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Training:Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college; AND
One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs. Experience must have been gained within the area of specialty; AND

Other Requirements:
Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.

Knowledge of:

1.  Basic environmental federal, state and local issues, laws and regulations
2.  Forestry and/or urban forestry, including street tree planting and maintenance, species selection, and proper tree management techniques

Ability to:

1.  Write reports, correspondence, and issue papers in support of public agency processes
2.  Plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs and projects
3.  Analyze and solve problems4.  Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
5.  Develop and foster working relationships with a variety of individuals
6.  Work in a team-based environment
7.  Explain complex issues in simple terms
8.  Be proactive and work independently in implementing projects

Desirable Qualifications:

1.  Master’s degree in forestry, urban forestry, public administration, or other relevant field
2.  Friendly and positive demeanor
3.  Openness and sensitivity to the needs of diverse audiences
4.  Documented success in convening collaborative problem solving processes
5.  Conflict management skills
6.  Experience working in government developing and implementing public policy
7.  Familiarity with toxics reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainable landscape management, and survey techniques
8.  Documented skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Google Docs
9.  Fluency in Spanish or Cantonese

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