Resource Conservation Education Specialist I - Limited Term

  • San Mateo County
  • Redwood City, California 94063, United States
  • Jan 12, 2018
Temporary Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education - Interpretation Sustainability Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description


The Office of Sustainability is dedicated to helping the County of San Mateo and its communities adapt to our changing environment by providing programs, services and resources that inspire new ideas and solutions. We are committed to building a community that fulfills the needs of everyone today and in the future. Within the Office of Sustainability, the Climate Change and Adaptation team educates and empowers the community around climate adaptation solutions and sea level rise. The Waste Reduction team promotes recycling, composting, and waste diversion through programmatic offerings and educational opportunities for youth. We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive work place. If you are excited by this role, but do not meet 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply.

We are looking for qualified applicants to join the Climate Change and Adaptation and Waste Reduction teams as a Resource Conservation Education Specialist I.

The ideal candidate will have a background in formal or informal education, preferably in the environmental science or sustainability field.  The Resource Conservation Specialist will be responsible for working with high school students on the Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science (YESS) Program and grades K-12 on the Schools Program.
As a Resource Conservation Education Specialist I, you will:  

  • Teach climate change and waste curricula to grades K-12 in the classroom and field.
  • Empower youth to be environmental stewards and take action on climate change.
  • Manage and schedule field trips with teachers throughout San Mateo County.
  • Help ensure success of the YESS program.
  • Support and assist teachers and students' development of data collection and final projects.
  • Convene a teachers committee to enhance the YESS program.
  • Process waste management plans for construction & demolition projects.
  • Develop and update website content.
  • Incorporate race and social justice considerations into the work you do. 


  • Environmental scientific teaching experience or environmental education experience – demonstrated success in informal or formal education for grades K-12.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to easily connect with people and to engage students.
  • Clear communication – able to communicate and distil complex concepts to a variety of audiences and ages.
  • Strong organizational skills – experienced in tracking projects with a high level of organization.
  • Independence – can "hit the ground running" and work with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility – able to change course quickly and effectively.
  • Time management and prioritization skills – able to effectively manage time between multiple projects.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including racially diverse populations.

The preferred candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree in Education, Environmental Studies, Biology, or a related field.  Bilingual in Spanish or Mandarin is a plus.

Currently, we have one full time, limited term Resource Conservation Education Specialist I position available. 

NOTE: This is a limited term, at-will position for an initial term of 1 year, not to exceed 3 years. Limited Term employees receive full medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a portable 401(a) plan. However, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Current and regular San Mateo County Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit an application and compete in the recruitment process. If you are successful in the recruitment and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
1) Sea Level Rise and YESS Program

  • Teach high school students in the classroom and field on topics including sea level rise science, climate change, and adaptation strategies.
  • Manage and schedule field trips with teachers throughout San Mateo County.
  • Pro-actively develop relationships with teachers throughout San Mateo County.
  • Track details of the YESS program including the number of students reached, survey results, photo archives, video clips, final projects, teacher lists, and teacher feedback.
  • Inspire and motivate students to complete independent or team projects that raise awareness of sea level rise solutions in their community.
  • Support and assist teachers and students' development of data collection and final projects.
  • Convene a teachers committee to enhance the YESS program by getting feedback and direction from local teachers.
  • Update website content and social media channels.
  • Coordinate with contractor on the YESS curriculum development and training support.
  • Support YESS contract management and development, as needed.
  • Look for and create opportunities to work with new teachers, schools, and underprivileged students.
  • Explore opportunities to reach disadvantaged or culturally diverse youth.
  • Manage databases.

2) Office of Sustainability Schools Program

  • Teach grades K-12 the four R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot) and how to compost
  • Manage and schedule field trips with teachers throughout San Mateo County
  • Assist in the development of school newsletters
  • Assist with the implementation of the 4R's Grant Program
  • Process waste management plans for construction & demolition projects


Knowledge of:

  • Effective teaching skills and communication for grades K-12.
  • Project management, including the ability to evaluate program success, meet program objectives, develop a clear and actionable set of priorities and initiatives, and determine metrics of success.
  • Sustainability topics such as sea level rise, climate change, composting, and recycling. 

Skills/Ability to:

  • Experience working with diverse audiences and students.
  • Develop and conduct outreach, education, and media activities.
  • Organize materials and track program successes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including tact and courtesy, demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people in difficult or controversial situations.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to translate technical topics to students of all ages.
  • Ability to manage several responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Spanish or Mandarin proficiency preferred. 

Education and Experience: 
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

  • One year of experience in the field of resource conservation which has included program analysis and coordination. 


This is a limited term recruitment. Anyone may apply.  Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

The examination process will consist of an application screening based on the candidate's application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening may be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline:
 January 29, 2018
Application Screening: January 30, 2018
Combined Panel Interviews: February 13, 2018 and/or February 14, 2018
Departmental Interviews: February 16, 2018 or February 21, 2018

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$67,953.59 - $84,968.00 Annually

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