Construction and Demolition Zero Waste Associate - Department of the Environment (9922) (115815)

  • 1155 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Permanent Exempt
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 9922-Public Service Aide - Associate To Professionals

Company Description

Has your passion for sustainability ever made you wonder how Zero Waste principles and Green Building practices intersect? Are you inspired to by local government initiatives to drive large-scale behavior changes in support of climate action and racial equity? If you’re someone who values working in a collaborative setting focused on innovation, inclusivity, and impact, then we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco.

Who We Are - The San Francisco Department of the Environment (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.

Job Description

As the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Zero Waste Associate, you’ll support the City’s climate action and zero waste goals by working on a variety of initiatives designed to prevent waste generation and recover resources from construction project discards. You will also assist in administering, developing, and conducting outreach campaigns and efforts to monitor and enforce compliance with State and local debris management requirements. You can expect to work collaboratively with colleagues, partners and stakeholders that include construction contractors, debris haulers, and recycling facility operators.

The  C&D Zero Waste Associate is an entry-level role designed to offer exposure to a career pathway in the fields of Zero Waste and Green Building. Through work duties, mentorship, and professional development opportunities, you’ll build foundational experience in policy & program development and implementation, public outreach, project management, stakeholder engagement, and customer support while meeting designated position objectives.

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.

  • Assist with implementation, monitoring and improvement of zero waste programs and policies in the construction and demolition sector.
  • Review and approve electronic Material Reduction and Recovery Plans (MRRP) submitted through the city’s online debris tracking system.
  • Review C&D debris transporter permit applications, generate payment invoices, issue permit decals, and track activity using Salesforce.
  • Assist with development and dissemination of outreach materials, including maintaining web information, engaging contractors and debris transporters over the phone, email, and at active construction sites as needed.
  • Support research and development of new policy and program considerations in support of San Francisco’s zero waste programs to increase source reduction, reuse, recycling and/or composting in the construction sector to help meet zero waste targets of reducing discard material generation 15% by 2030 and disposal 50% by 2030.
  • Support efforts to implement a virtual (i.e., Online) marketplace to facilitate the donation and sale of salvaged and surplus construction products
  • Provide administrative support and perform other tasks as required.
  • May require occasional night and/or week work.

Exempt Employment Status - This is an exempt appointment with an anticipated duration of three years, contingent upon City budget conditions, demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment. Participation in this program does not guarantee future employment with the San Francisco Department of the Environment or the City and County of San Francisco. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Minimum Qualifications - Education

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; OR

Two years of college education from an accredited college or university, and six (6) months of professional work experience, including internships, research positions, or other experience, relevant to the duties described in the job description.

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 gaining compliance with legislation – particularly with Zero Waste focused policies, and/or building code requirements (e.g., debris management)
  • Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
  • An understanding of equity, inclusion, and diversity concepts.

Additional Information

  • Application opening: July 11, 2022
  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
  • Compensation: $54,522/year
  • Recruitment ID: 115815

Supplemental Information - after submitting your application, you will receive two emails with requests for additional information about your knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to these positions.

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

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Selection Process

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to give application status updates. While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, the hiring manager will contact you directly after the filing deadline if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position.

Stage 1 of the selection process will consist of an evaluation of applications. Stage 2 - Based on the evaluation of applications, candidates whose skills and experiences are a strong match for the position will be invited to a phone interview. Stage 3 - Candidates who most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to participate in the panel interview selection process, including an assessment of relative job-related skills and abilities. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the hiring process.

For any questions regarding the position or hiring process- please contact the recruitment analyst, Adam Romoslawski at [email protected]

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

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.