CITY OF SAN JOS…
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SPECIALIST (8203)
Under general direction, performs highly technical and specialized functions to preserve environmental resources and to provide public protection in the area of environmental sciences; develops, organizes, and coordinates assigned plans, programs, and/or special projects for the City and its environmental services; and acts as a primary resource in designated area(s) of expertise to City officials, departmental management, community, and industry.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESULTS: (Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.)
- Acts as a primary resource, team or project lead, and/or City/departmental representative in a designated area of expertise in such environmental services as integrated waste management, resource conservation, permitting and compliance, legislative advocacy, resource development and planning, and/or enforcement.
- Assists in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures by providing leadership and cooperative participation on programmatic work teams; contributing input and expertise in highly complex and technical program area(s) as necessary and upon request.
- Plans, organizes and directs assigned program and/or project activities including such functions as contract management, monitoring, and compliance; legislative advocacy and tracking; policy planning and development; technical and specialized research and analysis; and program design and development.
- Participates as a knowledgeable, cooperative, and supportive member of assigned programmatic and administrative teams responsible for a variety of goals and activities; provides technical and specialized input to team efforts, acts as team leader on a rotational and/or assigned basis, updates knowledge base and learns new skills in a continuous effort to grow and become a more productive team participant.
- Develops and oversees the development of assigned programsí work plans; assigns work activities, projects and programs to appropriate staff/team members; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
- Reviews and analyzes proposed legislation and regulatory issues related to designated and specialized area of expertise; provides input and analyzes of review and recommends appropriate course of action for the City according to its needs and priorities; develops and advocates Cityís position on legislation and/or issues upon request.
- Participates in the preparation of assigned program budget; assists in budget implementation; participates in the forecasting of funds needed for staffing resources, equipment, and materials; prepares appropriate documentation and paperwork needed for tracking and monitoring purposes.
- Oversees and coordinates the work of consultants and contractors performing specialized and necessary work for the City and its environmental services programs to include compliance and protection issues; monitors contracts, billings, and work in progress.
- Represents the City, department, and assigned division to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community, professional, and industry groups and committees; provides specialized technical assistance and advice as necessary and upon request.
- Researches and prepares highly complex and/or sensitive technical and administrative reports and presentations addressing areas of expertise and concentration; provides supporting documentation to include statistical and/or scientific analyses; prepare written correspondence and/or position papers upon request.
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, other organizations and their representatives, and the general public exhibiting effective customer service and communication skills.
This is the advanced journey level within the flexibly staffed Environmental Services Specialist job series. Incumbents in this classification may design and develop new and modified programs; act as the lead to assigned and major program areas/vertical teams; provide highly specialized and knowledgeable technical assistance to other programs, teams, divisions, and/or departments; and represent the Cityís environmental services programs and interests as assigned. This classification would require significant specialized and in-depth experience in designated environmental program areas as well as demonstrated knowledge of the City and the departmental operations and policies.
Minimum Knowledges, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of principles and practices of environmental science and services.
- Knowledge of principles, practices and applications of designated and specific area of environmental service.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of program and policy development and implementation.
- Knowledge of pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations as they apply to designated and specialized areas of environmental services.
- Knowledge of budgeting procedures, techniques and control.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of scientific and statistical analysis.
- Knowledge of modern office procedures and computer equipment and software.
- Ability to design and implement a comprehensive environmental services program area.
- Ability to, on a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; problem solve program related issues; remember various rules, and explain and interpret policy.
- Ability to understand, interpret, and explain a variety of complex technical and specialized processes and regulations.
- Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Ability to gain cooperation and agreement through discussion, persuasion and negotiations.
Competency Knowledges, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
- Ability to communicate clearly, tactfully concisely and persuasively in both oral and written forms.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Training and Experience
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university, and four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services programs similar to duties performed as an Associate Environmental Services Specialist with the City of San Jose, including two (2) years of team leading responsibility.