2485 Supervising Biologist
|Department||Public Utilities Commission|
|Date Opened||2/15/2019 08:00:00 AM|
|Filing Deadline||3/1/2019 5:00:00 PM|
|Salary||$53.03 - $64.44/hour; $9,191.00 - $11,169.00/month; $110,292.00 - $134,030.00/year|
|Job Type||Permanent PBT|
2485 Supervising Biologist
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Amended and re-issued on February 15, 2019 to reflect changes in the Selection Procedures.
Applicants who filed during the period of January 4, 2019 through January 21, 2019 need not re-apply.
This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.
WHO ARE WE?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.
Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.
Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.
We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org
We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.
Under general direction, supervises biologists and technicians performing field and laboratory environmental monitoring studies and microbiological analyses of water, wastewater, and other materials; directs special study projects; interacts with bureau and departmental managers to identify and provide logistical support; performs related work as required. The 2485 Supervising Biologist will work with and supervise other Biologists, technicians and special project teams. May have exposure to other agencies and/or the general public for collaboration and meetings and may work with outside vendors.
What you will be doing:
Develops, supervises, reviews, and evaluates environmental and bacteriological monitoring programs; plans, assigns, directs, and evaluates work of biologists, technicians and special project teams performing environmental field and laboratory studies.
Establishes analytical procedures, sets goals, determines priorities, and develops work schedules.
Directs the training of staff; reviews and evaluates employee performance, and recommends staffing changes to meet established goals.
Participates in studies conducted by regulatory agencies, consultants or professional groups to evaluate existing toxicology, bacteriology or parisitology analyses.
Evaluates environmental monitoring data to determine compliance with regulatory agency standards.
Coordinates the planning and development of sample collection and monitoring programs, conferring with supervisors of other sections as required.
Interprets policies and procedures to employees and maintains safe working conditions.
Prepares periodic and special reports and correspondence; may prepare research papers for presentation and technical conferences.
Assists with preparing and monitoring the annual budget; evaluates environmental services and equipment needs, and makes purchasing recommendations.
Confers with representatives of various bureaus, divisions, departments and other agencies concerning the activities of the biology section; may represent the department in meetings with other agencies or the public.
Class 2485 Supervising Biologist performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:
Possession of baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major work in biology, marine biology, aquatic biology, environmental biology, fisheries biology, limnology, wildlife biology, aquatic toxicology, microbiology or related environmental science; AND
Eight (8) years of verifiable experience in field or laboratory biology, one (1) year of which must be verifiable experience in water quality or wastewater environmental biology.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.
Note: 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.
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=456.
Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.
Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.
Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.
Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.
How To Apply
Applicants who filed during the period of January 4, 2019 through January 21, 2019 need not re-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
Need help completing the application?
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.
We communicate by e-mail.
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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).
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.
Word of advice:
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.
Have questions about the application process?
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Tiffany Tran, by telephone at 415-554-2416, or by email at TDTran@sfwater.org.
Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): (Weight: Qualifying)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Supervisory Test Battery: (Weight: 40%)
Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication & Conflict Management. For more information about this Supervisory Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=325.
A passing score must be achieved on the Supervisory Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.
This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.
Scores attained on the Supervisory Test Battery will 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 the Supervisory Test Battery. The Supervisory Test Battery may be used for many other 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 selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Supervisory Test Battery, 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 Supervisory Test Battery. 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 the Supervisory Test Battery is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.
Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: 60%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire. All applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas, which have been identified as critical for this position and include, but are not limited to:
Knowledge of: Theory and principles of marine, fresh water and terrestrial ecology; watershed management; community population dynamics; taxonomy; microbiological analyses and techniques; aquatic toxicology; and field sampling techniques; sources of information related to drinking water and wastewater environmental issues; methods of evaluating the impact of discharges on receiving waters; sampling program design and techniques; and statistical analyses; principles of drinking water and wastewater treatment; supervisory techniques including planning, scheduling, training and budgetary control functions; use of data processing techniques to solve plant processing problems.
Ability to: plan, assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of biologists; select employees and train staff; communicate effectively with representatives of other bureaus, divisions, departments and other agencies; prepare clear, complete and accurate records and reports.
Skill in: field sampling and laboratory techniques.
NOTE: A passing score must be achieved all on examination components in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List. The hiring department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.
Candidate scores on these exams may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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 6 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/score report 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 https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.
The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment, 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 were given a conditional offer of employment. 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 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 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 receive a conditional offer of employment, 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 the 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.
Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities
Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference
Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:
Information regarding requests for seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20
Copies of Application Documents:
Right to Work:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.
Amended and re-issued on February 15, 2019: Announcement re-issued to reflect changes in the Selection Procedures
Amended January 7, 2019: Announcement re-opened to reflect changes in Selection Procedures
Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance (CPE)
Issued: January 2019
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-2485-081593/01061859
PUC - TDT- (415) 554-2416
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.