State of California Veterans Jobs

ca-edd Logo
Mobile ca-edd Logo

Job Information

San Mateo County, CA Resource Conservation Specialist I/II (Open) in County of San Mateo, California

Resource Conservation Specialist I/II (Open)



Resource Conservation Specialist I/II (Open)


$74,193.60 - $102,086.40 Annually


County of San Mateo, CA

Job Type



Public Works Administration

Job Number



9/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

  • Description

  • Benefits

  • Questions


The County of San Mateo's Department of Public Works is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Resource Conservation Specialist I/II.

Resource Conservation Specialists I/II, under general direction, develops, implements, coordinates, promotes, monitors, and evaluates one or more resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting programs/projects; serves as subject matter expert and technical resource in assigned areas; researches, analyzes, and interprets information and data; designs and conducts studies and field surveys; develops, conducts, monitors, and evaluates comprehensive outreach and public education activities; provides supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, contract, and volunteer staff; and performs other work as required.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in biology, natural resource management, or environmental studies with related coursework such as aquatic ecology, zoology, fisheries management, conservation biology, geomorphology, hydrology, geology, GPS/GIS, statistics, plant ecology and water law. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following experience, skills and abilities:

  • Experience in construction monitoring

  • Basic knowledge about construction BMPs

  • Experience conducting biological surveys (e.g., wildlife, nesting birds, plants, sensitive species)

  • Knowledge of endangered species, environmental and stormwater regulations

  • Experience with environmental permitting

  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills and experience in preparing detailed reports (e.g., biological assessment reports and habitat and mitigation and monitoring plans)

  • Training in GIS

  • Ability to interpret engineering plans

Resource Conservation Specialist I is the entry and trainee level class which works under immediate supervision. Incumbents may be assigned to a specific area or may work in multiple areas. This class is flexibly staffed with Resource Conservation Specialist II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level.

Resource Conservation Specialist II is the fully experienced, journey level class which works under general direction. This level is capable of independently performing the full range of duties in one or several specialized areas and is expected to serve as subject matter expert in these areas. Incumbents may provide supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, consultant/contract, and volunteer staff. This class is distinguished from Resource Conservation Specialist III which is responsible for multiple assignments and programs/projects of a complex nature in a wider range of areas and for representing management, as needed, on complex and sensitive issues.

Examples Of Duties

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

  • Performs a variety of professional duties related to the County‚Äôs resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting programs/projects such as RecycleWorks, Recycling and Composting, Green Building, Stormwater, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permits, Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) Pollution Prevention Reduction grant, and other programs/projects.

  • Develops, implements, coordinates, promotes, monitors, and evaluates one or more resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting programs/projects.

  • Serves as subject matter expert to the county, external agencies, businesses, community groups, and individuals in the assigned areas.

  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, local, and other pertinent environmental mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations, and agreements within assigned areas.

  • Researches, analyzes, and interprets information and data.

  • Designs and conducts a wide variety of studies and surveys, including biological field surveys; designs best management practices (BMPs), prepares biological assessments and permit applications; negotiates permit conditions with various regulatory agencies, and prepares and implements mitigation and monitoring plans.

  • Reviews and provides comments on various technical and environmental documents, including environmental impact reports, initial study/mitigated negative declaration, mitigation plans, and biological assessments.

  • Develops, prepares, negotiates, and monitors grants; ensures compliance with grant stipulations and funding agency reporting requirements.

  • Prepares written materials such as narrative reports, technical charts, and publications.

  • Develops, conducts, monitors, and evaluates comprehensive outreach, public education, training, and media activities.

  • Provides supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, and volunteer staff.

  • Reviews consultant deliverables and invoices to ensure compliance with contract stipulations, permits, and County standards.

  • Represents the section on committees, boards, and other related groups.

  • Develops systems and procedures to support program/project activities.

  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for new and existing programs.

  • Participates in developing and implementing short and long range goals and objectives for the section.

  • Provides management with information related to developing and monitoring budgets.

  • Stays abreast of new trends, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related fields of resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of program planning, implementation and evaluation; principles and practices of contract management; principles, practices and trends in the assigned specialty areas of resource conservation; technical information in the assigned specialty areas such as recycling, composting, land filling, construction and demolition, and source reduction and procurement; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill/Ability to: Plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs, projects and activities; coordinate multiple functions and contracts; supervise permanent, temporary, contract and volunteer staff on a project basis; serve as subject matter expert in assigned areas; work with a wide variety of people at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups and the public; identify problems and resolve them; track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations and agreements; develop and conduct outreach, public education, training and media activities; research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations; serve as representative on various boards, committees and community groups; prepare comprehensive reports, letters and other written materials; provide information in regard to planning, developing and monitoring the budget; establish and maintain effective working relations with others.


Open. Anyone may apply. Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click on the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

The examination process will consist of an application screening based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening may be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Application Screening: Friday, October 2, 2020

Combined Panel Interviews: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and/or Wednesday, October 21, 2020

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Arlene Cahill (09162020) (Resource Conservation Specialist I/II - J082/J083)

Please visit for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.


IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses.

  • I have read and understand this important information.


This position requires a valid California driver license or equivalent. Do you have a valid California driver license or equivalent?

  • Yes

  • No


If you have a driver license, please provide the following information regarding your license: (a) driver license number, and (b) expiration date. (Type N/A if you do not have a driver license.)


Explain how your education and/or experience qualify you for the position of Resource Conservation Specialist I/II with Watershed Protection Emphasis. Provide details regarding your experience in researching applicable permits, conducting required field work, preparing permit applications, and observing or directing field work in order to satisfy the permit conditions.


Describe your experience performing field work surveys. Include in your description: (a) the types of data you collected; (b) the methods you used to analyze the data; and (c) the results of your analyses.


Describe the general software applications you have used (word processing, spreadsheets, computer-assisted drafting, etc.) What have you used them for?


Describe your experience working in a customer-oriented environment where customer service was highly valued. What type of interaction did you have with customers and regulatory permitting agencies?


Describe your experience and/or knowledge with erosion and sedimentation regulations. If you're certified, provide certification(s) related to your knowledge.


Are you related by blood or marriage to anyone currently employed in the San Mateo County Public Works Department? Your response to this question is not rated. A YES response will not screen you out of the recruitment process.

  • Yes

  • No


If YES to the previous question: (a) What is the name of the employee? (b) What is your relationship with the employee (i.e. daughter, stepson, aunt, cousin, etc.)? Your response to this question is not rated.


San Mateo County departments sometimes need extra-help workers in addition to permanent employees. Extra Help positions offer temporary part-time or temporary full-time employment for 1040 hours (which equates to working full-time for approximately six months). Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment. Are you interested in extra-help employment? Your response to this question is not rated. A NO answer to this question will not affect your application for permanent employment.

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


County of San Mateo


County of San Mateo Human Resources Department

455 County Center

Redwood City, California, 94063-1663


(650) 363-4343

(650) 363-4303