5216 Chief Surveyor

Recruitment #PBT-5216-078267


File immediately.  This recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of qualified candidates are received, but will not close before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October, 3, 2017.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC 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 Description

Under general direction, manages a section or division by planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of a group of technical and professional personnel engaged in land survey activities or the processing of map applications and the monument preservation and maintenance program. The Chief Surveyor may be placed in charge of field crews and office staff performing a variety of land survey related disciplines. This position will be based out of our Burlingame, CA location.

Essential functions of this position include: Manages a section or division by planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating the work of subordinates; Reviews surveying or map requirements and resolves problems as needed; Examines areas to be surveyed and assigns the appropriate survey party; Checks field survey or map work in progress and directs subordinates when necessary; Performs surveying or map processing operations when necessary to assist staff in difficult situations; Manages the budget for survey section to ensure adequate staffing, supplies, and equipment; Collects and reviews survey notes or map applications for completeness and accuracy; Supervises the maintenance of official records, maps, and survey reports and the preparation of related reports; Coordinates with other  agencies on requests for service, time schedules, and cost estimates; Assists the Division Manager or Section Manager in making revisions of programs, objectives, and goals; Develops, interprets, and coordinates surveying and map processing policy and methods for the department; Writes and checks boundary legal descriptions and performs other professional duties which require a licensed land surveyor; Manages horizontal and vertical control systems which may include use of Global Positioning System (GPS)  monumentation/documentation program; Implements and maintains Geographic Information System (GIS) based map system; Updates codes and regulations and reviews proposed bills and budget, cost, and fee assessments; Makes regular contacts with the general public, other departments, contractors, private surveyors, and outside organizations relative to municipal mapping and survey practices and procedures; Drives a vehicle to work sites and meetings when necessary; Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Four years of experience supervising survey parties; AND
  2. Possession of a valid California Professional Land Surveyor License, or a valid California Civil Engineer license (issued in 1981 or before); AND
  3. Possession of a valid California driver license (at least Class C).

Desirable Qualifications

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

  • Experience managing all aspects of survey projects from writing proposals and contracts, research and planning, and ensuring projects are delivered within budget and deadlines
  • Experience managing projects requiring compliance with state and local planning and subdivision code
  • Experience with high precision vertical and horizontal controls, networks, data processing, and geographic information systems

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).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, Amy Lavezzo, by telephone at 415-554-0769, or by email at alavezzo@sfwater.org .

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation: (Weight - 100%)

Applicants will be required to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure the knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas including, but not limited to: Knowledge of all phases of land survey work including methods of conducting various types of surveys such as GPS, automated data collection and control surveys, and construction surveys; Knowledge of processing of survey notes and reports; Knowledge of laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to land survey in the City of San Francisco and other counties where surveying is done and the State of California including the Land Surveyor’s Act; Knowledge of safety practices and procedures applicable to survey work; Ability to plan assign, direct, monitor, and evaluate the work of subordinates; managerial/supervisory ability, knowledge of all phases of land survey work, written communication.  All responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification and should be consistent with the information provided in your application. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire may result in the disqualification from the examination process.

Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire in order to be placed on the eligible list.

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.


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.

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.


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. 

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Exam Type: CPE
Issued:  September 20, 2017
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5216-078267
PUC/AL/415-554-0769/ (01095135)


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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