3486 Watershed Forester

Recruitment #PBT-3486-077062

Introduction

 

ANNOUNCEMENT EXTENDED TO BROADEN APPLICANT POOL, APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED NEED NOT REAPPLY

This is a Position Based Test administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.


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. 

POSITION INFORMATION
Under direction, implements the daily operations of the Watershed Management or Watershed Protection Program; organizes, designs, coordinates and supervises approved programs and projects that affect the natural resources and management of the watershed lands including wildfire suppression and pre-suppression programs, road management, erosion control and sediment removal; develops, defines, coordinates and supervises specific land management standards, practices, policies and procedures for all activities on watershed lands and system rights-of-way including forest and vegetation management, disease/insect detection and control, removal and reforestation of exotic non-native species; coordinates and supervises field activities controlled by applicable laws that affect the natural resources of the watersheds and safeguards the watersheds to meet goals for water quality and public health protection; plans, organizes and conducts environmental monitoring programs concerning water quality compliance standards; maintains cooperative relations with regulatory agencies, field representatives and environmental groups and other relevant agencies;  collaborates in managing watershed lands under the jurisdiction of SFPUC; establishes and maintains communications with relevant agencies that can affect watershed and water quality conditions.

MAJOR, IMPORTANT, AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES
• Ability to drive on mountain roads in snow and ice approximately 100 miles a day to inspect the watershed lands
• Lift and carry field sampling equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
• Walk on uneven, rocky, wet and slippery terrain in all weather conditions for approximately 10 miles a day
• Manage watershed lands and protect natural resources and water quality
• Prepare complex written reports
• May be exposed to potentially harmful conditions such as poison oak, snakes and other hazards in the watershed
• Other related duties as assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications

Education
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year college or university with major coursework in forest or watershed management, forest hydrology or related areas of natural resources management; AND

Experience
Four years of professional experience in forest or watershed management, including two years of supervisory and administrative experience. AND

License and Certification
Possession of a current Registered Professional Forester’s License issued by the California State Board of Forestry (see Note); a photocopy of the Registered Professional Forester’s License must be submitted at the time of filing. AND

Possession of valid Driver’s License

Note: Applicants who do not yet have the Forester’s License may participate in this exam under waiver if they provide PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY (acceptance notice) to take the Professional Forester License examination. Eligibles will be under waiver until they present the required license. Information about licensure can be obtained from the California State Board of Forestry, Professional Forester Registration

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, @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.

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: 100%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire that 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 principles of silviculture, forest/range management, mensuration, wildland/forest hydrology and forest protection from fire, disease and insects; forest/wildland road engineering and design, erosion control design and practices, fuel break construction and vegetation reduction; natural resource ecosystem relationships including flora, fauna and human interaction; State of California laws protecting and preserving natural, animal and cultural resources; real property survey work and interpretation of legal documents such as deeds and easements; and California Forest Practices Act and California Public Resources code as it pertains to forest and wildland resources.

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

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION
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=456 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.

CERTIFICATION
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination process 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=21246. 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.

Conclusion

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 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.

REQUESTS
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
Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted at the time of filing to be considered. 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 seniority credit can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit


NOTES
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20
Terms of Announcement:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions
Copies of Application Documents:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies
Right to Work:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification
Driver's License requirement:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#license

Extended: March 14, 2018 to expand applicant pool
Combined Entrance/Promotive - 3486
Issued: 01/08/2018
Recruitment No.: PBT-3486-077062
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/JP 415.554.1636
(#01101225)

Benefits

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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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