Environmental Services Specialist series, Environmental Services Dept
Job ID#: 2100016
Salary Range: $66,435.20 – $103,147.20 Annually
Closing Date: February 9, 2021
About the Department
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2019 Annual Report (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=49182). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!
Positions & Duties
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is recruiting for the Environmental Services Specialist (ESS) series which includes three levels/classifications: Assistant ESS, Associate ESS, and ESS. ESD intends to use the candidate pool developed from this recruitment to fill current vacancies, as well as future ESS series vacancies. Depending on your qualifications (see Minimum Qualifications below), the application you submit may be considered for an Assistant ESS, Associate ESS, or ESS position.
The ESS series (Assistant/Associate/Environmental Services Specialist) defines a class of environmental professionals responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining municipal environmental programs. The job specifications for this series can be found here.
Annual salary by classification within the ESS series:
Assistant ESS $66,435.20 – 80,745.60
Associate ESS $76,980.80 – 93,537.60
ESS $84,843.20 – 103,147.20
The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the ESS classification series shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.
Duties may include: negotiating contract terms; coordinating and monitoring the work of independent contractors; developing and maintaining databases for departmental information; analyzing and interpreting statistical, economic, and highly technical data; analyzing problems and identifying solutions; preparing presentations and written reports; planning, coordinating, and staffing environmental outreach events; facilitating community events and meetings; preparing and monitoring project budgets; developing and evaluating program goals and policies; preparing public education material regarding environmental services information; assisting the general public with respect to environmental compliance issues and using City provided environmental services; implementing environmental health and safety programs; implementing regulatory programs; serving as a liaison to outside agencies and regulatory bodies; grant development and oversight; and performing field inspections.
Note: ESD currently has over 40 ESS positions in the department. Candidates interested in positions in Integrated Waste Management, Watershed Protection, Sustainability and Compliance, and/or Water Resources programs are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about the great work we do in these divisions, please go to sjenvironment.org.
Currently, there are several vacant ESS positions available in the Sustainability and Compliance (Water Compliance), Integrated Waste Management (Commercial Services), and Watershed Protection (Stormwater Management) Divisions. Vacant positions may change based on internal movement, and we will provide specific position information prior to interviews.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
1. Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
ASSISTANT ESS – One (1) year of experience promoting and participating in the implementation and administration of an environmental services program in air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, water resources, archaeology, geology, resource conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.
ASSOCIATE ESS – Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program in air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, water resources, archaeology, geology, resource conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.
ESS – Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program in air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, or water resources, archaeology, geology, resources conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance, including two (2) years of experience leading a team.
ESS Acceptable Substitution – A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program in air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, or water resources, archaeology, geology, resources conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Computer Skills – Experienced with common business computer applications including, but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
Creativity – Addresses objectives and problems while questioning traditional assumptions/solutions in order to generate creative ideas and new ways of doing business; exhibits creativity and innovation when contributing to organizational and individual objectives; seeks out opportunities to improve, streamline, reinvent work processes.
Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.
Leadership – Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.
Project Management – Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.
Team Work & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.
The job ID for this position is 2100006. To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Shellyne Urban at email@example.com or 408-975-2569.