Resource Conservation Specialist I/II/III

County of San Mateo Published: July 11, 2019
Redwood City, CA
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Planning / Land Use / Recycling/Composting /
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Join the County of San Mateo - join a progressive county. 

Contribute to innovative programs and services, and make a real difference in the community. Knowing that employees are our greatest asset, the County of San Mateo conducts an annual employee engagement survey. In 2014, 78% of employees ranked their experience working for the County as "very good/good" and 85% stated that they would recommend the County as a great place to work. 

  • Are you passionate about sustainability and environmental issues, leading a team of enthusiastic professionals, and especially being part of the changing ways in which local governments can develop and implement programs to address these issues and serve the San Mateo County community?
  • Do you have a knack for identifying and working with the right people in organizations to effect change?

Position Overview 

The County's Office of Sustainability seeks well qualified applicants for the position of Resource Conservation Specialist I/II/III. We are seeking a full-time Resource Conservation Specialist in the Waste Reduction Program who can empower our employees and our community members to embrace sustainability more fully and use resources more efficiently.

The Waste Reduction Program aims to promote resource conservation throughout San Mateo County through the 4R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycling, Rot/Compost). Our vision embodies a sustainable future where little to no waste is sent to landfills in a cradle to cradle closed loop system.

To this end, the Waste Reduction team works on a variety of programs and initiatives that increase public education and awareness, provides technical assistance, integrates resource conservation with local school curriculum, and fosters regional collaboration with agencies and organizations throughout the County. We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed below, but you are excited by this role, we encourage you to apply.
Under the direction of the Waste Reduction Sustainability Program Manager, this position will be responsible for supporting (1) the transition of the County's Surplus Property program into a web-based system and (2) the County's waste diversion and reduction program for internal departments. The Surplus Property program works with departments to find better and higher use for unwanted furniture, electronics, vehicles, etc., and the internal waste diversion program is responsible for ensuring the highest amount of waste reduction and diversion from departments.


Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Support the transition of the County's Surplus Property program to a virtual, web-based system
    1. Help develop new surplus property procedures and workflow
    2. Conduct outreach to different departments to raise awareness and promote the new system
    3. Coordinate and manage vendors and contractors
  2. Support the ongoing operations of the current Surplus Property program
    1. Process surplus vehicles for auction
    2. Maintain the warehouse and surplus inventory
    3. Coordinate with various County staff, schools, non-profits, and other County partners to find the best uses for various surplus items
    4. Provide administrative support for the program
    5. Promote reuse over disposal or recycling of County property
  3. Support the implementation of the County's internal waste diversion and reduction program
    1. Coordinate with waste haulers and County staff in various departments to support recycling and composting efforts, including but not limited to implementing composting and recycling collection programs and running special diversion projects
    2. Conduct outreach to County departments to raise awareness around waste reduction initiatives and programs
    3. Implement and support various source reduction policies in County facilities, such as the disposable/reusable food service ware and go-paperless policies
    4. Assist with the operation of the County's battery recycling program
    5. Track and report diversion across County facilities


The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • A strong interest in solid waste, sustainability and environmental issues.
  • Experience in the solid waste field and a college degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy, Environmental Science or a related field. A Master's degree is preferred.
  • Project management skills – able to independently manage a project from start to finish in a timely manner.
  • Strong interpersonal relations – a natural marketer who easily connects with people.
  • Clear communication skills – 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.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

  • I Level:Bachelor's degree in environmental science, public policy, biology, natural resource management, ecology or a related field.
  • II Level: One year of experience in the field of resource conservation which has included program analysis and coordination.
  • III Level: Two or more years of journey-level program coordination experience, including coordination of resource conservation or sustainability program(s) that comprise broad range of area.

Compensation: This position with the County of San Mateo pays $34.30-$47.19/Hour. A competitive benefits package is associated with this position. For complete information regarding benefits please click here.

To Apply

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  • Applications are only accepted online.
  • Final Filing Date: July 23, 2019


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