Sustainability Specialist

Applications closing on December 20, 2022, 05:00 PM

  • Job typeFull-time
  • Salary range$74,587–$89,602 annually

Description

This is the journey-level class in the Sustainability Specialist classification series, responsible for performing the full range of environmental and sustainability program duties. Responsibilities include supporting and managing basic to moderately complex projects and programs related to environmental compliance and sustainability, including community outreach, compiling data and reports, conducting inspections for qualification of certain programs and benefits, monitoring budgets, and collaborating with other City personnel and external contractors and consultants. Incumbents are expected to work independently and exercise judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Examples of some typical job functions:

  • Prepares designs/specifications/plans/estimates/reports/proposals for moderately complex projects.
  • Develops design and operational procedures for environmental programs.
  • Implements, updates and participates in the City's water conservation programs and projects.
  • Reviews and provides input on environmental documents and studies.
  • Provides technical assistance to City staff during project design and implementation to avoid or mitigate adverse environmental effects and ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
  • Develops public outreach/education campaigns and cost estimates for water projects and programs including marketing and explaining to the community, schools, and other organizations.
  • Researches, applies for, and assists in the administration of grants and public-private partnerships.
  • Assists in the selection of consultants and managing of work plans, schedules, receivables, progress payments and work of consultants.
  • Analyzes regulations and programs on environmental matters and provides recommendations
  • Reviews and ensures compliance with environmental mitigation by monitoring conditions placed on projects.
  • Conducts research and collects and analyzes environmental performance measure data.
  • Assists in preparation and monitoring of budgets for assigned program areas.
  • Attends City Council, community groups and other meetings as required; may assist in setting agendas, presenting updates and recording minutes.
  • Assists in developing and analyzing surveys, and cost benefit analyses; performs research and basic statistical analysis.
  • Develops, designs and distributes notices, flyers, web content, brochures, newsletters, media releases, news articles, forms, spreadsheets, worksheets and other informational materials about programs and services; develops and updates guidelines or protocols related to water programs.
  • Investigates and follows up on public requests for service, complaints and requests for information.

Ideal candidate

We are looking for an energetic, mindful, and influential individual to join our dynamic team. Menlo Park may be a small city but you will be working for a community that is at the forefront of environmental sustainability with active and engaged residents and businesses. We are home to Meta, Stanford Research Institute and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. In addition to being exposed to these innovative companies, you will also be working with multiple departments to increase your perspective and technical skills in planning, building, parks and recreation and maintenance.

Education and experience

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in environmental science, resource conservation, geography, biology, civil engineering or a related field.
  • Two years of experience providing professional support to environmental programs.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California class C driver’s license by time of appointment.
  • Experience in water program and policy development and/or implementation is desirable.

Job description

Sustainability Specialist

Benefits

The City offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • A City-paid Caltrain Go Pass; City Hall is centrally located and within walking distance from Caltrain and downtown Menlo Park
  • For non-Caltrain riders, the City offers employees a commuter check program of up to $150.00 per month toward the purchase of a non-Caltrain monthly transit pass; or a transportation allowance program provides employees with $1.50 per day when they walk, bicycle or carpool to work at least once per week
  • Health insurance: City contribution up to $2,351 per month toward a cafeteria plan which can be used to purchase medical insurance and participate in a flexible spending account for health care and/or child care reimbursement
  • Dental: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: 88–176 hours of vacation leave accrual each year, depending on length of service
  • Sick leave: 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year
  • Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per year, prorated based on hire date
  • Retirement: CalPERS, for classic members 2.0%@60 formula; for all others, 2.0%@62 formula
  • Deferred compensation: Voluntary participation in city plans
  • Life insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1-1/2 times regular annual wage
  • Long term disability: City-paid coverage
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement
  • Employees receive free on-site gym access

For additional benefit information, visit menlopark.org/laboragreements and review the City of Menlo Park and Service Employees International Union memorandum of understanding.

Special instructions

Important: Please be sure to fill out the required City application completely, including all relevant work experience. Applications with “See Resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered. First review of applications will be Nov. 15, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review. If 26 or more qualified applications are received, candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Panel Examination. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An eligibility list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The hiring department will review the eligibility list to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

The City of Menlo Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact John Castanha at 925-895-8756 or john@its-personnel.com before the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a reference check, criminal investigation history questionnaire and DOJ fingerprinting. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review. If 26 or more qualified applications are received, candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Panel Examination. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An eligibility list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The hiring department will review the eligibility list to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

Applicants must be successful in all phases of the selection process to be considered for this position.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.

Recruitment contact: 
John Castanha
Its Personnel
925-895-8756