5148 Water Operations Analyst

Moccasin, CA

Recruitment #PBT-5148-075029








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

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 class 5148 Water Operations Analyst will be responsible for collection, analysis and interpretation of hydrologic information collected in field studies and preparation of reports summarizing study findings; performing advanced work in hydrology of considerable scope and complexity on watersheds, streams, ground water and other water resources with the ultimate goal of attaining wise use, conservation and prevention of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s water and natural resources on watershed lands.


• Plans, conducts and reports on hydrological interpretive studies
• Collects hydrological field data on stream flows, reservoir transfers, ground water analysis and other water resources
• Analyzes, evaluates and interprets data related to water rights, water quantity, water quality, sediment transport and effects on reservoir storage capacity
• Maintains an awareness and understanding of the latest state-of-art techniques, instrumentation and technology for conducting hydrological studies and data collection/analysis
• Installs, configures and performs routine maintenance of remote automated weather stations (RAWS), stream gauges, data loggers and other instrumentation used for hydrological analysis
• Develops computer-based models of watershed hydrological systems
• Contributes data to the watershed Geographic Information System as it relates to hydrology, hydro-geology and ground water resources
• Provides technical advice to watershed and engineering staff regarding operational, maintenance and construction activities and their impacts on watershed hydrological conditions, including techniques to maximize water yield
• Consults with the watershed staff relating watershed restoration, erosion control, riparian/wetland management and other projects
• Participates with system planners in the development of project proposals or descriptions relating to water resources
• Provides professional review of alternative water and land use proposals and their effect(s) on water resources
• Supervises the work of technicians and employees, serving as members of the project team in the collection and analysis of hydrologic information collected
• Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

May require working independently in the field, sometimes in rugged conditions, on steep and uneven terrain and in inclement weather; may be required to swim and access streams, wetlands or other water appurtenances; may be required to work overtime.



Under general direction, Water Operations Analysts perform technical tasks and analyses required for operation and maintenance of water storage, transmission, pumping, and treatment facilities, as well as right-of-way and watershed lands. Water Operations Analysts coordinate activities not only within the Division but also with other portions of the Public Utilities Commission, other City agencies, Bay Area Water Users, and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science, wildlife biology or other degree related to the specific function to which the position will be designated, or acceptable equivalent based on work experience; AND

Four (4) years of verifiable experience related to water supply and treatment operations or environmental management; AND

Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license

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

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 scientific hydrologic principles and concepts; knowledge of conventional hydrologic data collection methods, techniques and field/lab equipment; knowledge of and ability to interpret the effects and impact of any change in the level of water resources; knowledge of remote automated weather stations (RAWS) operations and maintenance; ability to use computers to program and configure RAWS and other instrumentation; and written communication ability.

    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.

    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.

    The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be Rule of Three (3) Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

    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.


    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.

    Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
    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:
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    General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
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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 position represented by Stationary Engineers Local 39, may be required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident.

    Combined Entrance/Promotive - 5148
    Issued: September 25, 2017
    Recruitment No.: PBT-5148-075029
    Micki Callahan, Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Team: PUC/JP 415.554.1636 (#01095793)


    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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