Supervising Environmental Services Specialist, Environmental Services Department

City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD) | San José City Hall | san José, CA

Salary Range: $89,419.20-$109,012.80 Annually
Open Date: 02/28/2019
Close Date: 3/25/2019

Position Description

About the Department

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 530 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please click here or visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Positions & Duties

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is recruiting for Supervising Environmental Services Specialist (SESS) positions. ESD intends to use the candidate pool developed from this recruitment to fill vacancies specified in this announcement, as well as potential future SESS vacancies. Depending on qualifications, the application you submit may be considered for current and/or up-coming positions.

The annual salary range for this SESS classification is $89,419.20-$109,012.80. Effective July 1, 2018, all employees holding positions in this classification shall receive an approximate 5% ongoing non-pensionable compensation increase.

Note: ESD currently has thirteen (13) SESS positions in the department. Candidates interested in positions in Watershed Protection, Integrated Waste Management, Capital Improvement Program, Sustainability and Compliance, and/or Water Resources programs are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about the great work we do in these divisions, please go to

At this time, there is one (1) vacant SESS position available in the Watershed Protection Division.


The Watershed Protection Division’s (WSP) approximately 100 staff implement programs and activities that minimize the impact of pollutants on the City’s waterways and the San Francisco Bay caused from human behaviors, while complying with regulatory requirements. These programs are largely directed by the City’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued by the State and include provisions that require: programs to reduce discharges of pollutants of concern, including trash, pesticides, and mercury to the City’s creeks and rivers; programs to respond to illegal discharges, and regulate and educate businesses to prevent pollutant discharges to the stormwater and sanitary systems; and sampling and analytical services to monitor water quality and ensure environmental protection and compliance. The four main sections of WSP are Stormwater Management, Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Engineering & Source Control (aka Pretreatment), and Laboratory Services. For more information about the Stormwater Management section, please visit:

The current vacancy is in the Watershed Protection Division’s Stormwater Management Program. The Stormwater Management Program is responsible for coordinating, supporting, implementing, and reporting on the City’s programs and activities facilitating City compliance with the Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES permit (MRP) for San Jose’s municipal separate storm sewer system. The purpose of the MRP is to keep pollutants out of the City’s storm sewer system, and ultimately out of creeks and the Bay. Stormwater Management staff works collaboratively with other City departments and the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program and Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association to implement MRP-required activities. The City is currently recruiting an SESS to oversee the Monitoring, Pollutants of Concern, and Municipal Compliance section of the Stormwater Management Program. This SESS directly supervises a work group of four professionals responsible for coordinating, supporting, implementing, and reporting activities related associated with MRP provisions addressing water quality monitoring; controls for various pollutants (e.g. pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], mercury, and copper); municipal operations, public education, and outreach; and conditionally exempted discharges. The SESS is responsible for participating in the development and review of regional stormwater technical studies and reports and assessing impacts to the City.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental Studies, Environmental Health, Public Health, or other major related to the assigned program area.

Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in developing, promoting, and implementing environmental services programs similar to those of the City of San Jose, including two (2) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience or lead responsibility for other professional staff.

Acceptable Substitutions: Additional years of experience in developing, promoting, and implementing environmental programs may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. There will be no substitution for the experience.

Licenses or Certificates: Designated positions may require a valid State of California Environmental Health Specialist registration pursuant to California Health & Safety Code, Sections 106600-106735.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Collaboration - Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.

Leadership - Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

Supervision - Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

How to Apply

The job ID for this position is 1802045. To view the full announcement and to apply for this position, please visit If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Lisa Harding at or (408) 975-1436.