PAY RANGE: 11
CLEAN BLOCK OFFICER
This is sanitation enforcement and neighborhood development field work, ensuring the public’s participation in, and adherence to the requirements of the City’s sanitation program. Positions allocated to the Neighborhood Development assignment contact residents of city neighborhoods in an effort to enlist and maintain their interest and active support in good sanitation practices. Motivating, advising and continually maintaining public interest and participation in such a program are significant aspects of the work. Positions allocated to the Enforcement assignment patrol an assigned geographical area, enforce the City’s sanitation laws and regulations and exercise good judgment in the issuance of written and electronic warnings and violations. Educating the public and community groups on sanitation laws and regulations is a significant aspect of the work.
Work may require handling rubbish in an effort to identify violators. Work in all assignments involves some undesirable conditions, and is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
1. The position must be responsible for either patrolling an assigned geographical area and enforcing the City’s sanitation laws and regulations, or contacting City residents in the various neighborhoods in an effort to enlist and maintain their interest and participation in neighborhood development and sanitation.
2. The position must perform work in the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Neighborhood Development Assignment:
Canvasses areas in the city contacting individuals in order to establish clean block committees; attends committee meetings and explains the purpose and procedures for implementing the clean block program; notifies police districts and sanitation area supervisors of streets scheduled for clean-up.
Instructs residents and participates in the painting of curbs and parking areas and the cleaning of alleyways, yards and streets. Addresses school groups, civic groups and organizations of clean block and related sanitation programs; advises organizations and school personnel in the techniques of implementing and maintaining interest in various sanitation programs.
Makes follow-up contact with block captains and others participating in the program to ensure its maintenance; disseminates information to clean block captains on regulations and procedural changes; maintains records and prepares reports concerning block operations.
May receive requests from residents or civic groups for city services such as the erection of no parking signs, the boarding-up of abandoned houses and other services not directly related to the clean block program; forwards information to the appropriate agency for action; follows up to determine that appropriate action has been taken.
May make referrals pertaining to problems encountered while in the field to appropriate agencies.
Performs related work as required.
Patrols an assigned geographical area on foot or bicycle to enforce sanitation laws and regulations; sight checks trash and recyclables of homeowners and businesses for proper method of disposal; advises homeowners and businesses of improperly placed waste and recyclables, and unclean sidewalks; may be required to rummage through materials to locate names and address of violators; researches past history of violations; prepares and issues written or electronic warnings or notices of violations to offenders.
Answers questions from the public about the sanitation laws and regulations that are designed to improve public cleanliness; solicits public help in meeting citizens’ responsibility for adherence to the City’s sanitation laws and regulations.
Reads and becomes familiar with program procedures and relevant laws and regulations; performs simulation of actual duties; participates in on-the-job training; periodically attends follow-up training.
Maintains a daily log of areas inspected and warnings or violations issued.
Performs related work as required.
Performs the duties of an area of assignment listed above with members of the English language speaking and designated non-English language speaking populations.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· the English language and spelling
· the standard practices of sanitation operation
· inspection and observation techniques related to sanitation
· interviewing methods and techniques
· learn the Streets Department’s operations as related to street cleaning and solid waste disposal and collection
· learn relevant sanitation ordinances and regulations
· satisfactorily complete a prescribed course of training in sanitation enforcement procedures
· communicate sanitation laws and regulations to the public
· exercise sound judgment and discretion in the performance of sanitation enforcement duties
· learn the functions and use of electronic equipment pertinent to the issuance of warnings and notices of violations
Neighborhood Development Assignment
· learn the Streets Department’s sanitation operations and services
· employ a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and judgment in creating public interest in the City’s clean streets sanitation program
· prepare and deliver talks on the City’s sanitation program to diversified groups and organizations
· speak and understand English and the designated non-English language for the bilingual specialty
· interacting with the public in a courteous and tactful manner
· learn public relations methods and practices used in dealing with the public
· maintain records and prepare a wide variety of reports
· learn City geography as applied to assigned work area
· understand and follow oral and written instructions
· patrol an assigned geographical area on foot or bicycle as required by assignment
· learn and explain the City ordinances and regulations governing sanitation principles and practices
· establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 6/18.)
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
Two years of experience, performing semi-skilled and manual work in general laboring activities in a Streets Department sanitation operation.
Two years of clerical or field experience which shall have involved, as a significant job assignment giving information to or eliciting information from the public and answering complaints.
Three years of experience performing manual work in general laboring activities in the Streets Department sanitation operation
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA CLASSES THAT TYPICALLY MEET THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Laborer (7A01) (Positions in Streets Sanitation Division only)
Semi-skilled Laborer (7A03) (Positions in Streets Sanitation Division only)
Clerk 2 (1A03)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR BILINGUAL SPECIALTY
Sufficient training and or experience to be able to converse effectively in English and the designated non-English language.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties, including foot or bicycle patrol, and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if required by work assignment.
Class Established - 1/63
Spec. Revision 3/90
Spec. Revision: CSC - 10/04 Ad. Board - 1/05
Spec. Revision: CSC – 2/14, Ad. Board - 3/14
Spec. Revision: CSC – 11/15, Ad. Board - 12/15
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC – 5/18
Ad. Board – 6/18