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Resource Conservation Specialist I/II/III - Limited Term (Open)

County of San Mateo San Mateo County, CA
  • Expired: February 06, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

Are you passionate about sustainability and environmental issues, and being part of a team of enthusiastic and creative professionals, and being part of the changing ways in which local governments can develop and implement programs to address sustainability and environmental issues and serve the San Mateo County community?

The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified candidates for the position of  Resource Conservation Specialist. We want "sustainability professionals " to act as a liaison to empower our County departments and its employees, and the community to take meaningful actions on sustainable issues and environmental regulatory compliance.

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) has four working groups: Waste Reduction, Energy and Water, Livable Communities, and Climate Change. Each working group is seeking candidates to support the programs, and projects in their respective work groups. To learn more about each of the OOS workgroups, please visit:

Examples of responsibilities for the positions in the different working groups will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Waste Reduction Working Group (two positions):

  • Conduct, monitor, and evaluate outreach, public education, and garbage and recycling regulatory compliance programs' activities
  • Support the planning and implementation of local and State legislation including SB 1383 for the unincorporated County areas, and the new disposable food service ware ordinance
  • Support the implementation and transition to a new cloud-based database and tracking system for programs in the Waste Reduction working group
  • Process waste management plans for construction and demolition projects located in the unincorporated county areas
  • Answer questions and inquiries from the public on the Sustainability hotline
Energy and Water Working Group (two positions)
Energy (one position):
  • Find decision makers at municipal buildings, K-12 public schools, and small businesses to educate them about energy efficiency and energy management project opportunities, utility bill savings strategies, and financing options
  • "Drive" project opportunities to qualified contractors for audits and retrofits
  • Track energy efficient installation progress via site managers and contractors
Stormwater (one position):
  • Help the County meet current and future stormwater municipal regional permit (MRP) requirements
  • Track and coordinate watershed total maximum daily load (TMDL) reduction efforts at multiple sites with internal and external partners, including new TMDL requirements expected in the next few years
  • Work proactively with external agencies and multiple County departments to imbed planning and processes to meet expected new MRP requirements
Livable Communities Working Group (two positions)
Employee Commute Program (one position):
  • Provide marketing and outreach guidance and assistance for Shift, the County's employee commute program, through implementing the Shift marketing strategy and developing new marketing materials
  • Launch technology grants for departments to encourage teleworking for employees
  • Increase Shift participation by conducting onsite outreach events at the individual County office locations
  • Attend County Department staff meetings to promote the Shift program and recruit new users
  • Analyze program effectiveness and design and research transportation demand management best practices for employee commute programs

Home for All San Mateo County Initiative (one position):
  • Provide technical expertise on housing development and affordable housing funding and to Home for All task forces
  • Research innovative strategies and solutions to producing and preserving housing at all income levels
  • Assist in the development of a messaging platform, marketing strategy and outreach materials for the Home for All initiative
  • Serve as a liaison to cities and school districts on Home for All community engagement projects
  • Collaborate with decision makers, community partners and city staff on designing resources and implementing strategies to remove barriers to producing more housing
Climate Change Working Group (one position):
  • Provide technical expertise and insight for the Climate Change team when working with local governments and non-profits, to include reviewing and communicating about climate modeling data for sea level rise, flooding, heat, landslides and wildfire
  • Research and evaluate vulnerability to climate hazards and develop adaptation strategies, including the South Coast Sea Level Rise Risk and Solutions Study currently underway
  • Coordinate development of a policy toolkit and model ordinances for climate impacts
  • Support Lead efforts to incorporate climate change into planning documents, including General Plans, Capital Improvement Plans, Climate Action Plans, and Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for the County and cities
  • Work with County Departments to evaluate vulnerability of facilities to climate change and develop guidelines and recommendations for addressing climate risks
  • Support community engagement efforts related to climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Support development of climate mitigation projects and work related to Climate Action Plans, including helping to coordinate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
  • Provide support to the San Mateo County Green Business Program

At this time, we will be hiring term positions in the Office of Sustainability. This recruitment may also be used to fill future term positions. Those interested in positions in one or more of the working groups are encouraged to apply in this recruitment.

A competitive benefits package is associated with these positions. For complete information regarding benefits please click here.
In addition, and related to programs or projects implemented by one or more of the working groups, the  ideal candidate will possess: 
  • A general knowledge of best practices for environmental and sustainability activities, issues and regulations
  • The ability to track, audit and monitor developments in pertinent state mandates, laws, codes, rules, and regulations
  • Experience preparing written materials such as narratives, project summaries, or Board reports, technical charts, presentations, and public outreach materials
  • Experience delivering targeted presentations to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders
  • An interest in integrating race, equity, and social and environmental justice into Office of Sustainability programs and projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills - a natural marketer that easily connects with people and can act as a liaison with local, state agencies as well as the public
  • Communication skills - a team player with both verbal and written acumen
  • Strong analytical skills - experienced in conducting research, audits or analyzing data
  • Independence - can "hit the ground running" and work with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility - able to change course quickly and effectively
  • Responsible - for appropriately tracking and evaluating to ensure regulatory compliance obligations and activities
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Principles and practices of contract management
  • Principles, practices and trends in the assigned specialty areas of resource conservation
  • Technical information in the assigned specialty areas such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, and general sustainability initiatives
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, and codes and regulations

Skill/Ability to:
  • Interpret laws, regulations and data
  • Define difficult problem areas, research, audit and analyze data, and make valid alternatives and recommendations
  • Plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate multiple complex functions and assignments
  • Serve as subject matter expert in one or multiple areas of resource conservation
  • Track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations and agreements
  • Serve as representative on various boards, committees and community groups
  • Speak effectively and make public presentations, conduct outreach, training and/or public education as necessary
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with variety of individuals at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups and the public
  • Integrate race and social justice considerations into work duties
  • Supervise permanent, temporary, contract and volunteer staff on a project basis
  • Identify problems and work to resolve them
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, letters and other written materials
  • Provide information regarding planning, developing and monitoring a project's budget
  • Ability to translate technical topics for professionals and elected officials and to communicate across multiple disciplines
  • Plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs, projects and activities.
  • Research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.

County of San Mateo


San Mateo County, CA
94063-1663 USA