Environmental Outreach Aides & Associates

  • San Francisco Department of Environment
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Jan 21, 2021
Full time Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Protection Research Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description

This is a combined recruitment, hiring for the following: 1) 9920 Environmental Outreach Aide (3 vacancies), and2) 9922 Environmental Outreach Associate (2 vacancies)
Do you enjoy talking with people? Are you passionate about making a positive difference in your community? If so, we invite you to join the Environment Now team by applying for the Environmental Outreach positions. You’ll use your communications skills to engage the public in building a better future for San Franciscans. 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 paid time off. This posting will be used to fill multiple vacancies for the 9920 Environmental Outreach Aide and 9922 Environmental Outreach Associate positions, including positions that may require bilingual skills in Chinese, Vietnamese, (Cantonese, Mandarin, or both) and Spanish.

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.

San Francisco Department of the Environment Racial Equity Statement
For over 20 years, SF Environment has worked with San Francisco’s Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to mitigate environmental burdens, increase accessibility of environmental programs and benefits, engage community members, and improve health outcomes. BIPOC communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors that include air and soil pollution, illegal dumping of toxics and other materials, industrial land uses and transportation impacts. They are more likely to live in housing conditions with limited access to green space and where poor indoor air quality from pests, mold, and the use of toxic products contributes to the prevalence of asthma and other health disparities. They are more likely to be employed in areas with high levels of exposure to toxics. Now, they are the first communities feeling the impacts of climate change, with the fewest resources to respond. SF Environment has a longstanding commitment to the principles of environmental justice, whereby communities most impacted by environmental stressors and climate change are prioritized and the long-time work of community leaders is recognized and supported. We are committed to uplifting the contributions of local environmental leaders of diverse racial backgrounds and ensuring that racial equity is the cornerstone of all of our programs, policies, and services.

Who you are
As a 9920 Environmental Outreach Aide or 9922 Environmental Outreach Associate, you’ll work in a role designed to help you develop your career pathway in the environmental field, while providing mentorship and professional development opportunities. You’ll learn and grow professionally on the job, building foundational experience in environmental communications and team leadership and develop subject-matter expertise while meeting designated position objectives.

The Environmental Outreach Aide (9920) and Associate (9922) support the City’s zero waste, toxics reduction, energy efficiency, clean transportation, environmental justice and climate action goals through in-person and virtual outreach to the public, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental stressors. You’ll gain knowledge of environmental outreach tactics and behavior-change strategies, public speaking, and program administration, including Salesforce CRM. Knowledge and experience gained will position you for success as environmental communication and outreach professional equipped to serve San Franciscans and beyond—plus career advancement opportunities in related fields.

Bilingual Positions: Three (3) 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.

What You'll Likely Do (9920 Aide Positions)Under immediate supervision and with professional training, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Conduct outreach to engage residents, businesses and schools in the City’s environmental policies and programs through door-to-door canvassing, phone calling, event tabling, virtual and in-person presenting, email communication, and surveying
• Facilitate virtual and in-person meetings and workshops with businesses, neighborhood associations, parent-teacher organizations, and community groups
• Conduct on-site zero waste assessments and train employees and residents at businesses and apartments
• Respond to public inquiries
• Research, collect, and compile data, while learning to use Salesforce CRM
• 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

What You'll Likely Do (9922 Associate Positions)
Under immediate supervision and with professional training, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
All duties listed in the 9920 Aide positions above, plus:
• Assist with day to day operations for outreach projects including, developing strategy and messaging and coordinating and scheduling outreach activities for the team
• Collaborate with the partner organizations and internal programs on citywide environmental initiatives
• Assist with scheduling special events and coordinating team involvement
• Assist in leading team training activities and mentoring new employees, while developing your leadership skills
• Assist with updating and developing department collateral in coordination with the broader communications team

Mentors & Supervisors
During the period of employment, you’ll serve as an active member of the Environment Now 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 them. In some cases, the mentor and supervisor may be the same person. Mentors and supervisors work closely together to provide employees with comprehensive, quality training and a rich experience in the fields of environmental outreach and behavior change.

Exempt Employment Status
These positions (multiple vacancies will be filled) are exempt appointments, with a duration of 1-2 years. 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. These positions are excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Environmental Outreach Aide (9920)Required EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination)Environmental Outreach Associate (9922)Required EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination); and Required ExperienceOne year of experience in environmental outreach or education

Required for both positions
Available to work some weekends and/or evenings as needed
Ability to work in all neighborhoods of San Francisco


Desirable Qualifications applicable to both positions• Interest and ability to engage with the public throughout an 8-hour workday by going door-to-door in a residential neighborhood, apartment building or business district
• Interest in learning more about equity, inclusion and diversity concepts and applying them in the environmental field
• Customer service, sales, and/or outreach experience with ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written format
• Word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet proficiency
• Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a City-issued vehicle as needed (vehicle is provided)

Desirable Qualifications applicable to 9922 Environmental Outreach Associate only
• Desire and ability to take on project leadership roles with oversight from your Supervisor
• Ability to motivate and build trust amongst team members

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.

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Please email Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Adam.Romoslawski@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the ‘Timeline’ section under the Selection Plan heading.

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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$21.88/hr ($45,500 annually); 9922 - $23.94/hr ($49,790 annually)