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Waste Management Specialist I

Salary $66,412.16 - $80,708.93 Annually Location Santa Rosa, CA Job Type Full-Time Department Transportation & Public Works (TPW) Job Number 21/09-5185-O Position Information

Grow your career in resource conservation and waste reduction with Zero Waste Sonoma - Become a Waste Management Specialist I! Starting salary up to $38.67/hour ($80,708/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
Zero Waste Sonoma is Sonoma County's local government entity for all things related to Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), organics municipal composting, and education and planning for recycling and solid waste disposal. As a joint powers authority for the County's unincorporated areas and nine cities and towns, Zero Waste Sonoma helps residents and businesses reduce, reuse, recycle, and discard all materials in the safest and most environmentally responsible way possible. As a Waste Management Specialist I, you will support Zero Waste's efforts by encouraging community participation in e-waste, HHW, and propane collection events. Additionally, you will be responsible for processing grant applications and performing outreach work related to compliance initiatives and food recovery programs such as SB 1383.

The ideal Waste Management Specialist I candidate is a self-starter with a strong work ethic and has:

  • Good judgment when gathering, analyzing, and organizing data to more effectively communicate through written reports and verbal presentations
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact and build professional relationships with audiences of all levels
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience presenting, performing public outreach, and/or providing educational training
  • The ability to independently plan, prioritize, and follow through on multiple, simultaneous projects/assignments
  • A passion for engaging diverse groups of people to work towards improving our communities' environment now, and for future generations!

Learn more about the services they provide our community by visiting for additional details.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Waste Management Specialist II (up to $42.21/hour)

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the and our directory. Zero Waste Sonoma staff are employees of the County of Sonoma's Transportation and Public Works Department and work within the County of Sonoma civil service system. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Education: Academic course work which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Course work in planning communications, education, environmental science or other related courses would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. One year experience in a program of waste diversion or resource conservation which involved public contact is highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: laws, ordinances and regulations applicable to waste management and waste diversion requirements; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation; the principles and techniques of establishing and maintaining effective public relations; principles and techniques of mass communications, public speaking and journalism.

Ability to: use computers and software relating to word processing, desktop publishing and data base management; effectively speak in public; use audio visual equipment for presenting educational programs; maintain records and to prepare oral and written reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agencies, civic organizations, private industry and the public.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted online at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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HR Technician: KC


Sustainability Specialists


1 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Santa Rosa, CA 95401, US