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Palo Alto, CA

Environmental Specialist

Job Description:


The City of Palo Alto's Sustainability workgroup has an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Specialist position. The Sustainability Environmental Specialist is essential in helping the City achieve its environmental goals in the Sustainability Climate Action Plan.

The position is the lead for the Sustainability workgroups community engagement, data collection, and progress reporting. The position plans, drafts, and creates outreach strategy, stakeholder engagement, and education pieces (including print, electronic, and social media outreach) that promote sustainability and climate action. The position leads collaboration with other city departments to ensure consistent and professional communication with the community is conducted. The position is responsible for collecting data and tracking and reporting the progress of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. In addition, the position assists in the development of policies, procedures, processes, pilots, and the City's reporting responsibilities.

Full a complete job description, including the duties and minimun qualifications, please refer to the job description found HERE .

This position is part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Prepares designs, specifications, plans, estimates, reports, and proposals for projects of moderate complexity.
• Develops design and operational procedures for an environmental program that meets all requirements of various regulatory agencies having jurisdiction.
• Assists project manager for environmental programs and implementation, which includes: scheduling, cost estimating, and presentation of materials for approval by department and City Manager; analysis of equipment needs; and development of operational procedures and training programs for employees.
• In conjunction with other City staff, develops and explores new concepts and ideas related to environmental maintenance programs.
• Assists in preparing the Division's operating budget, quarterly reports, and other related reports required by various regulatory agencies; develops and prepares management information system to monitor and control operation.
• Assists in the coordination and review of design plans and specifications of technical staff.
IDEAL CANDIDATE/SKILLSThe ideal candidate will have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• A passion for sustainability and climate action
• A strong foundational knowledge of sustainability and climate change concepts, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories
• An understanding of how best to influence behavior change through community based social marketing
• Excellent customer service skills and proficient in answering verbal and written questions from the public about sustainability and climate action
• Experience in social marketing and partnership development
• Experience working with consultants, service contractors or maintenance contractors
• Experience tracking data and reporting on key performance indicators and similar metrics
• An understanding of how to write up work proposals for projects
• A demonstrated willingness to work with others and collaborate effectively, and the ability to work independently on projects with little supervision
• A high level of comfort working in Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.),
• Experience in website management; experience in Photoshop, InDesign, or other design software desired but not required
• Experience with ClearPath, the online software platform for completing greenhouse gas inventories and forecasts, desired by not required

Minimum Qualifications

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in environmental sciences or equivalent, including civil engineering course work or other related curriculum; and
  • Two years related experience.

Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Vaccination Status: The City of Palo Alto recently implemented a COVID19 vaccination policy, which requires employees reporting to work onsite to be vaccinated or regularly tested. Upon your start date, you will be asked your COVID19 vaccination status. If vaccinated, we will ask to see a copy of your vaccination card. A member of our Benefits team will explain the policy in more detail once onboarded.
Closing Date/Time: 6/21/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Job ID: 4844382738334667748

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