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Are you passionate about waste reduction and recycling and taking meaningful action to fight the climate change impacts of waste disposal? Would you like to join an organization of enthusiastic and innovative professionals advancing the County’s environmental sustainability initiatives and partnerships?

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The County of San Mateo’s Sustainability Department seeks qualified candidates for the position of Sustainability Program Manager – Waste Reduction Special Districts. We are looking for candidates who possess excellent program management skills, who have a deep understanding of waste management and recycling service delivery to the community, and who are committed to implementing innovated solutions to ensure recyclables and organic materials are diverted from landfills. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage candidates from varied backgrounds to apply.

Under the general direction of the Director, the Sustainability Program Manager – Waste Reduction Special Districts will lead a team to ensure successful delivery of waste, organics, and recycling services to communities located in the County’s unincorporated special districts and unfranchised areas. This position will engage with communities on recycling education and events, will serve as the County’s regional liaison on waste reduction service delivery for the unincorporated areas, and will support development of innovate solutions to help achieve the region’s long-term waste reduction and recycling goals.


This position leads the Waste Reduction – Special Districts team to oversee curbside waste services and related vendor contracts for the County unincorporated areas; works with residents, businesses, and others to promote and advance ways to reduce waste in the County’s unincorporated areas; and to increase diversion of recyclables, organics, and other items from the landfill. This position is also responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance with state recycling and waste diversion mandates, working to strategically plan for long-range financial sustainability of services, and serving as the regional liaison to the regional franchise coordination body, SBWMA, to represent the County.

As the Sustainability Program Manager – Waste Reduction Special Districts you will:

  • Manage the program by setting strategic direction; developing and managing the program budget; planning and establishing project priorities; assigning work to and professionally developing staff; developing and managing contracts; planning for long term program financial sustainability; and presenting to the Board of Supervisors on program matters.
  • Manage the delivery of curbside waste, recycling, and organics services and related vendor contracts for County Franchise Area (CFA) and County Services Area 8 (CSA-8) and liaise to the governing bodies on matters related to the franchise agreements, services, and rate setting.
  • Set the annual waste and recycling service rates for CFA and CSA-8 through a Prop 218 process and place the service charges on the CSA-8 tax roll.
  • Lead the implementation of SB 1383, the State’s organics recycling law, in the unincorporated areas to ensure successful implementation and compliance, conduct community education, and manage the non-exclusive franchise agreements.
  • Engage with residents, businesses, and others to promote and advance ways to reduce waste in the County’s unincorporated areas and increase diversion of recyclables, organics, and other items from the landfill.
  • Develop policies and laws to help fulfill the BOS commitments to waste reduction and to ensure compliance with state laws.
  • Work with County departments and external partners to reduce illegal dumping in unincorporated areas and to host community shred, e-waste, and litter pick up events.
  • Design and conduct community outreach and education programs on recycling and SB 1383 organics diversion requirements.
  • Serve as regional liaison and SBWMA Technical Advisory Committee member, contribute to long range planning for waste management infrastructure and innovative solutions, and support disaster debris planning and emergency response efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Formed in July 2014, the Sustainability Department strives to improve the sustainability of the County’s operations and the greater community through work in areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, resource conservation, active transportation, climate resiliency, affordable housing, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Here at the Sustainability Department we:

Are passionate about protecting and saving the environment, while serving our community.
Are committed to delivering effective and outcome-oriented programs and services to the communities we serve.
Are compassionate and empathetic to the needs of our colleagues, community members, and stakeholders.
Are committed to increasing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion through our work.
Actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase equity in our programs.
Value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all.
Take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting and hiring.
We know work isn’t only about what you do; it’s also about who you work for and with! The Sustainability Department has a fun and empowering work environment that supports a work-life balance, including:

Flexible, hybrid work schedule opportunities.
Wellness classes and resources to promote a healthy mind and body.
Generous benefits package.
Subsidy of up to $150 per month to cover the costs of public transit, vanpooling, carpooling, and bike and scooter share, or up to $480 per year for walking, biking, or carpooling to work.
At least 20 hours of training provided annually.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, Confidential or Management extra-help/limited term, or SEIU or AFSCME represented extra help/limited term positions prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Application Materials

The following are required to be submitted:

Regular online employment application form and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire
Cover letter expressing interest in the position
Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply” button. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to to apply.


Application Deadline: May 20, 2024, by 11:59 PM

Application Screening: May 21-22, 2024

Civil Service Panel Interviews (virtual): May 28 and 29, 2024

Departmental/Finalist Interviews (in person): June 4 and/or 6, 2024

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