Sustainability Specialist (Stormwater) I/II/III

County of San Mateo, Office of Sustainability Published: November 9, 2021
Redwood City, CA
Job Type
Corporate Sustainability / Certification / Outreach / Advocacy /
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Formed in July 2014 as a part of the County Manager’s Office, the Office of Sustainability strives to improve the sustainability of the County’s operations and the greater community through work in areas of climate change, energy and water conservation, waste reduction and making our communities more livable.

The Office of Sustainability identifies with the following values that guide its work: Empowerment, Equity, Collaboration, and Inspiration, and serves the diverse, multi-cultural communities in San Mateo County.

    • Are you passionate about sustainability, housing, and transportation issues?
    • Do you want to contribute to a team of enthusiastic professionals, and be 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?

Position Overview

The goal of the Stormwater Program is to protect and enhance environmental water quality in unincorporated San Mateo County. Reducing pollutant runoff, monitoring water quality, conducting community outreach, and improving infrastructure can all help protect water quality in our creeks, the San Francisco Bay, and Pacific Ocean.

The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Sustainability Specialist (Stormwater). We are seeking one full-time Sustainability Specialist who can empower our departments, community partners, and community members to plan for and implement projects that protect environmental water quality.

We want "sustainability champions" with experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are looking for candidates with excellent project management and communication skills to lead initiatives and empower our employees, community partners, and community members to take meaningful actions on sustainability. OOS is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from varied backgrounds to apply.


As Sustainability Specialist (Stormwater) you will:

  • Provide support for the development of new stormwater infrastructure projects, including grant writing, reviewing project design, and coordinating across multiple agencies.
  • Help the County meet current and future stormwater municipal regional stormwater permit (MRP) and total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements by working proactively with external agencies and multiple County departments to embed stormwater planning and implementation into department processes.
  • Track and coordinate watershed TMDL compliance efforts at multiple sites with internal and external partners, including new TMDL requirements expected in the next few years.


The ideal candidate will possess these qualifications:

  • Significant understanding of state and local stormwater regulations, and best practices for watershed management and pollution reduction.
  • Extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise in a broad range of topics related to environmental water quality and associated sustainability issues.
  • The ability to track, audit and monitor developments in pertinent state mandates, laws, codes, rules, and regulations, and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations.
  • Experience preparing written materials such as narratives, project summaries, or Board reports, technical charts, presentations, and public outreach materials, and delivering targeted presentations to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Apply an understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities to improve project design and implementation.
  • Experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders and perspectives, with a customer service orientation, to identify and achieve collective goals.
  • Communication skills – a team player with both verbal and written acumen.
  • Strong analytical skills – experience conducting research, audits or analyzing data.
  • Independence – can "hit the ground running" and work with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility – ability to change course quickly and effectively.

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:
    • One year of experience in the field of resource conservation which has included program analysis and coordination.  

Note: This is a limited term, at-will position, not to exceed 3 years, in the Office of Sustainability.  Limited Term employees receive full medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a portable 401(a) plan. However, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies. 

Also: This recruitment may be used to fill future term positions.


  • $6,368.27 - $9,464.00 Monthly -- $36.74 - $54.60 / Hour 
  •  A competitive benefits package is associated with these positions. For complete information regarding benefits please click here.

To Apply

  • To learn more about the position and to apply online, please click "Apply on Company Website" below to  visit our website and access this job posting. Applications are only accepted online.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application forma resume, and a cover letter. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. 

FINAL FILING DATE:  November 15, 2021


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