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Sustainability Coordinator
County of San Mateo, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(650) 363-4385
Close Date: Jun 26, 2014
Salary: $31.18 - $39.98 Hourly

Are you creative, outgoing and interested in environmental issues? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

The County's newly created Office of Sustainability seeks qualified applicants for the position of Sustainability Coordinator. We want "sustainability champions" to empower our employees and our community members to embrace sustainability more fully and use resources more efficiently.

As part of our team, you will:

  • Coordinate with multiple county departments to implement our Climate Action Plan.
  • Market residential energy efficiency options.
  • Coordinate the County’s storm water management and lead efforts to stop illegal dumping.
  • Encourage bike sharing and flex/telework.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will have:

  • A strong interest in sustainability and environmental issues.
  • Experience in the field and a college degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy, Environmental Science or a related field.  A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master's degree is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal relations – a natural marketer that easily connects with people.
  • Clear communication – both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong analytical skills – experienced in conducting research and analyzing data.
  • Independence – can “hit the ground running” and work with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility – able to change course quickly and effectively.
  • A desire to learn more about a career in local government.

This is an exciting time to join San Mateo County’s workforce. We are establishing an Office of Sustainability to further the County’s goals for addressing environmental issues and commitment to sustainability. During this one year pilot, the Sustainability Coordinators, under the supervision of the Director of Sustainability, will be tasked with leading the County’s efforts in these important areas.

At this time we will be hiring one full-time, permanent Sustainability Coordinator position, one full-time, term-limited Sustainability Coordinator position funded for one year, and one Sustainability Fellow position, also funded for one year.   These positions will collaborate on the current initiatives, and each position will have the opportunity to lead one of the projects.

The Sustainability Coordinator should be an experienced, journey-level professional capable of independently performing the full range of duties in one or more specialized areas and serving as a subject matter expert in the assigned areas. The Sustainability Coordinator may provide supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, consultant/contract and volunteer staff.   

The compensation range for the Sustainability Coordinator positions is $31.18 - $39.98 per hour.

The Sustainability Fellow position is an entry level or trainee position and is ideal for someone enrolled in college or completing a bachelor or master’s degree. Some work experience in a sustainability-related field is preferred, but not required. 

The compensation range for this position is $16.00 - $20.00 per hour.

Note: The eligible list created from this recruitment could be used to fill future full-time permanent, part-time permanent, limited-term, extra-help and/or fellow positions.

Knowledge of:


  • Principles and practices of program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of contract management (if applicable).
  • Principles, practices, trends and technical information in the assigned specialty area of sustainability.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs, projects and activities.
  • Coordinate multiple functions and contracts.
  • Supervise permanent, temporary, contract and volunteer staff on a project basis (as needed).
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in assigned areas.
  • Work with a wide variety of people at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups and the public.
  • Identify problems and resolve them.
  • Track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations and agreements.
  • Develop and conduct outreach, public education, training and media activities.
  • Research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations.
  • Serve as representative on various boards, committees and community groups.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, letters and other written materials.
  • Provide information in regard to planning, developing and monitoring the budget.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.

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:

  • Sustainability Coordinator: A bachelor or master’s degree and one or more years of experience in the field of sustainability, which has included program analysis and coordination.
  • Sustainability Fellow: Enrollment in or recent completion of a bachelor or master’s degree in a sustainability-related area.  Some work experience in the sustainability field is preferred but not required.

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Interested applicants should submit an application along with a resume and cover letter stating interest in the position.  The supplemental questionnaire, that is part of the standard application, must also be completed.  The application and attachment must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document.)\

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the “Apply” button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

The examination process will consist of a panel interview (weight: 100%).  Depending on the number of applications, a screening committee may select the most qualified applicants and invite them to interview for the position.  Because of the screening process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the panel interview. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to give a presentation. Specific information will be provided when the interviews are scheduled.

Help us make San Mateo County more sustainable!  We hope to hear from you.

Final Filing Date:  June 26, 2014 by 11:59 pm.
Application Screening (Tentative):  Week of July 2, 2014
Panel Interview (Tentative):  Week of July 10, 2014

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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