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Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator - SF Environment Department (Job Class 5640)

Recruitment: RTF0133975-01071905

Published: May 03, 2023

Accepting applications until: May 08, 2023


Sana Ahmed -
Adam Romoslawski -

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Department: Environment
Job class: 5640-Environmental Specialist
Salary range: $100,152.00 - $121,732.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


Do you love designing programs and policies for waste reduction and recovery? Are you a seasoned collaborator who enjoys engaging diverse partners and stakeholders in support of project goals? Would you thrive working on a committed team? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

Who We Are – The San Francisco Environment Department (SF Environment) advances climate protection and enhances quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is a department within the City and County of San Francisco, a local government committed to innovation, leadership and collaboration in creating environmental change.  SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing toxic chemical hazards, advancing environmental justice, promoting low-carbon transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team that values credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation and equity. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

SF Environment Racial Equity Statement - For over 20 years, SF Environment has worked with San Francisco’s Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to mitigate environmental burdens, increase accessibility of environmental programs and benefits, engage community members, and improve health outcomes. BIPOC communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors that include air and soil pollution, illegal dumping of toxics and other materials, industrial land uses and transportation impacts. They are more likely to live in housing conditions with limited access to green space and where poor indoor air quality from pests, mold, and the use of toxic products contributes to the prevalence of asthma and other health disparities. They are more likely to be employed in areas with high levels of exposure to toxics. Now, they are the first communities feeling the impacts of climate change, with the fewest resources to respond. SF Environment has a longstanding commitment to the principles of environmental justice, whereby communities most impacted by environmental stressors and climate change are prioritized and the long-time work of community leaders is recognized and supported. We are committed to uplifting the contributions of local environmental leaders of diverse racial backgrounds and ensuring that racial equity is the cornerstone of all of our programs, policies, and services.

Role description

As the Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, you will be responsible for the implementation, evaluation and enforcement of the City’s Zero Waste policies and programs in the commercial sector. As a team member on the Department of the Environment Commercial Zero Waste team, you will provide expertise and analysis to government and service provider partners on issues that may affect our path to zero waste including, but not limited to, policy development, advocacy, and implementation, equipment and processing technologies, behavior change methods and waste generation reduction strategies. As the Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, you will have day-today decision-making responsibilities for projects as well as the ability to negotiate within project scopes.

Serving in a Coordinator-level position (Class 5640), you’ll work under the supervision of a Class 5642 Senior Environmental Specialist responsible for defining project scopes and deliverables. You will also supervise a small team of Assistant Coordinators (Class 5638).

What You’ll Do - The duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this position and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Provide research, assist development and comment on proposed legislation to aid progress toward San Francisco’s zero waste goals.
  • Assist in developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating zero waste programs to increase waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting in the commercial sector.
  • Assist in the implementation and business-community compliance with various policies including the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance, the Refuse Separation Compliance Ordinance, the Single-Use Plastics, Toxics and Litter Reduction Ordinance, the Checkout and Pre-Checkout Bag Ordinance, as well as compliance with California SB 1383 regulations.
  • Supervise one or more staff members who assist on commercial zero waste programs, including but not limited to, developing action plans, meeting regularly to evaluate progress, and ensuring projects stay within scope and on timeline.
  • Coordinate with service providers, businesses, trade associations, and other organizations in implementing outreach and special programs to increase commercial sector material generation reduction and recovery.
  • Conduct site visits, perform, or review refuse audits, analyze refuse generation/recovery service reports and bills, make recommendations, provide technical assistance and training, overcome obstacles to participation and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Research and evaluate new technologies that improve and expand on source reduction and recovery efforts.
  • Maintain the appropriate databases to track all pertinent information and prepare reports.
  • Assist with refuse rate review and setting process.
  • Assist with managing contracts or grants.
  • Represent the City at public forums, including those at the federal, state, and local level.
  • May include additional duties as assigned.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications
Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, or a field related to zero waste (including but not limited to environmental studies, economics, or geography) from an accredited college or university.; AND

Experience - Two (2) years of professional experience in performing duties similar to those described in this class, within the specialty area of zero waste

The above minimum qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications - The desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. We do not expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed.  We highly encourage you to apply if you are interested in joining us.

  • Experience supervising or leading staff.
  • Experience working with the commercial sector on material reduction and recovery.
  • Experience with project coordination involving a wide range of internal and external stake holders.
  • Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
  • An interest in learning about and applying equity, inclusion, and diversity concepts. 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How to Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and


  • Salary Range - $95,550.00 - $116,142.00 per year
  • Work Location: Hybrid - work from home two days per week; #LI-Hybrid
  • Application Opening: April 13, 2022
  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2023
  • Recruitment ID: 133976
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

What else should I know?

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Please email Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the Selection Procedures section.

Selection Procedures - After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) - After submitting your application and receiving the confirmation email, you will receive an email with a link to the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ). Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. The MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%) - Qualified candidates will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation. In order to advance, candidates must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. This includes knowledge of: behavior change best practices; local, state and federal operations and institutions; local, state and federal solid waste legislation; material recovery equipment and technologies: policy implementation and evaluation: Zero waste principles and application. And includes the ability to: communicate effectively in writing and orally, including making presentations; conduct research and analysis; design, plan and manage projects including identifying objectives, setting priorities, and developing workfow strategy; utilize a computer, including word processing and spreadsheets.

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

Certification - The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List - A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.