0922 Manager I - Area Land & Rangeland Manager

Recruitment #PBT-0922-071857



This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

There are currently three (3) positions in the Land and Natural Resources Division:
- (2) Area Land Managers
- (1) Rangeland Manager

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Our mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and sustains the resources entrusted in our care. We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater, and Power. We provide retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco’s City facilities and properties. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Under general direction, the 0922 Manager I manages staff performing the day-to-day operation of watershed and/or Right of Way (ROW) lands, which could include construction, maintenance and repair of roads, drainage structures, fences, fuel breaks, trails, and mitigation sites; supervises staff responsible for day-to-day patrols and security issues, in coordination with local law enforcement an staff engaged in integrated pest management, maintenance, repair and operational tasks; assists in developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures related to maintenance, planning, and operation of watershed and/or ROW lands, including vegetation management plan (e.g., Rangeland Management Plan, Grazing Unit Management Plan, Urban Forestry Plan, fire hazardous fuel reduction efforts, etc.), public access and recreation, and education programs; participates in budget development, spending control and carrying out the policies, goals and objectives of the organization; works closely with City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) departments, SFPUC’s Water Enterprise Division, and other government agencies to oversee, coordinate and execute work, work orders, and repair and maintenance activities; and serves as project manager for contractual work related to the above. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Working locations and conditions: These positions are located at the Natural Resources and Lands Management Division, Sunol Corporation Yard and Water Department’s Burlingame office. These positions may require working independently on weekends, evenings, and/or in remote locations.

Essential functions of these positions may include:
- Managing, directing, and supervising urban forestry and watershed management programs and activities for SFPUC administered lands including implementation of all aspects of urban forest management as well as implementation of best management practices for urban watershed management and right of way management with the goal of protecting and enhancing water quality conditions of reservoirs, streams, and runoff in the catchment area;
- Managing, directing and supervising watershed management activities for the SFPUC Peninsula Watershed lands in accordance with the Peninsula Watershed Management Plans goals and objectives;
- Managing, planning, and directing supervision of urban forestry activities including the activities of the arborist crew in carrying out vegetation management, tree planting and landscaping, species selection, site preparation, tree removal, hazardous tree reduction, tree trimming, fire hazard reduction, and forest health and safety assessments and tree care programs;
- Directing the watershed keepers and supervisors in conducting watershed protection including, but not limited to, water quality protection, fire prevention and suppression, law enforcement, security, water operations, watershed maintenance and repair, hazardous materials, erosion control, etc.; and routine watershed maintenance including, not limited to, fire guarding, fire hazard reduction, weed control, general cleanup, litter abatement, erosion control, vegetation management, fence repair, habitat restoration, etc.;
- Managing, planning and coordinating land use planning including watershed management, utility uses, and compatible forms of recreation (where applicable) to meet multiple objectives such as protection of water quality, compliance with open space initiatives, and providing opportunities for public use while protecting sensitive natural resources;
- Managing, planning, and directing work, through Maximo work order system, routine daily Operations and Maintenance activities including construction, maintenance, and repair of: road systems; culverts and drainage structures; gates and fences; water system appurtenances such as ditches, canals, reservoirs, streams, facilities, etc.; roadside vegetation management; fuel breaks; trail systems; etc.;
- Managing and directing the supervision of the Integrated Pest Management Coordinator and program to address exotic invasive and pest management and control projects in a manner that is environmentally sound;
- Advising management and the public on urban forestry and watershed issues; and conducting neighborhood consultation regarding urban forestry matters to resolve disputes;
- Managing, planning, and directing supervision of crews involved in urban forest management activities. Patrolling and inspecting watershed, rights of ways, and urban forest to evaluate the work of crews;
- Coordinating daily operations, urban forest, and watershed management projects with Calfire, City departments and other public and private agencies. Participating as a member of the County Fire Safe Task Force;
- Managing, directing, and performing in-service training for field staff in urban forestry, arboriculture, surveying techniques, tree measurement, silvicultural techniques, logging practices, and environmental considerations;
- Preparing program objective and budget estimates; preparing requests for personnel, supplies and equipment; developing markets for wood utilization.
- Coordinating planned work with staff biologists and regulatory staff to ensure proposed work is done consistent with SFPUC stewardship policy and environmental laws and regulations; and
- Coordinating with GIS specialist in mapping all aspects of planned and performed work for documentation and future analysis needs.

Essential functions of this position include:
- Directing and supervising natural resource management activities on the Alameda Watershed lands including vegetation/fuel management, noxious weed control, infrastructure maintenance and wildlife management (feral pigs, rodents, special status species, etc.);
- Recruiting, supervising and managing a team including a watershed supervisor, watershed workers and an Integrative Pest Management Specialist;
- Managing and monitoring grazing leases including stocking rates, lease value calculations, water development, grazing infrastructure and rent credit improvement plans;
- Developing, updating and implementing Grazing Unit Management Plans and Rangeland Management Plans;
- Acting as SFPUC contact and overseeing/monitoring nursery and quarry tenant operations;
- Serving as a liaison and/or representative of the SFPUC to other governmental agencies, boards, commissions, utility districts, park districts, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, NGOs, etc.;
- Procuring and managing contracts for natural resource management work within the Alameda Watershed;
- Providing informational and educational tours, lectures and meetings regarding NRLMD management policies and practices within the Alameda Watershed to various entities including educational institutions, parks and open space managers, community groups, agriculture groups, etc.; and
- Coordinating and collaborating with county Resource Conservation Districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other experts/entities to perform studies, produce reports and implement projects on resource protection/enhancement, erosion control, residual dry matter, grazing impacts, alternate water developments and vegetation management

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably with major coursework in Forestry, Rangeland, Watershed, Wildlife Management , Botany, Ecology or a closely related field; AND

2. Four (4) years of experience in the operations and maintenance of rangeland, forest, watershed, and/or ROW lands, and the repair or rehabilitation of their components, including rangeland or forestry, vegetation management, roads, erosion control, fences, culverts, and fire management, which must include 2 years of supervisory experience; AND

3. Possession of a valid class C Driver’s License.

SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Some Positions May Require:
• Pest Control Advisor (PCA)
• Licensed Timber Operator (LTO)
• Certified Arborist
• Certified Rangeland Manager
• Ability to be deputized (pertaining to the Peninsula Area Land Manager)

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement 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 (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

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.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Jonathan Pettey, by telephone at 415-554-1636, or by email at jpettey@sfwater.org


Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: 50%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire which must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Knowledge of general watershed and land maintenance and repair procedures; knowledge of standard practices used in managing and coordinating watershed, park land, rangeland, forest and/or ROW land management; knowledge of policies, procedures and regulations of federal and state environmental regulatory and land management agencies, and Health & Safety agencies; ability to direct and coordinate the work of subordinate staff on watershed and land repair and maintenance projects; knowledge of various computer software and databases; ability to select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; ability to establish and maintain cooperative business relationships; ability to adapt to technological, regulatory and organizational change; ability to negotiate and coordinate activities with other government agencies that have relationships and/or oversight; ability to develop alternative solutions to maintenance problems by utilizing biotechnical methods and new materials and procedures; knowledge of rangeland or forestry, arboriculture, wildland fire management, hydrology, vegetation management, biology, and engineering principles; written communication skills, and ability to exercise good judgment, ability to follow through on projects and achieve results; demonstrates resilience to setbacks and flexibility to reprioritize and to quickly adapt to changing situations.

Trades Supervisory Written Examination: (Weight: Minimum 50%)
Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that includes test items that relate to various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g., directing subordinates, delegating tasks to subordinates, providing customer service, demonstrating appropriate supervisory/leadership behavior, addressing and/or evaluating subordinate issues, behavior and performance, etc.) and well as reading comprehension items.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory classes therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Only candidates who are most qualified and whose backgrounds best match the position will continue in the selection process.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidates’ scores on this examination process may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of the List. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=13693. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.
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Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Municipal Executives’ Association (MEA), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident.

Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Following deadline extended to broaden applicant pool - November 17, 2016
Combined Entrance and Promotive – 0922
Issued: November 03, 2016
Recruitment No.: PBT-0922-071857
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/JP 415.554.1636
MCCP #: 47-005, 47-006, 47-008


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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