5293 Planner IV

Natural Resources and Lands Management

Recruitment #PBT-5293-106583


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


Natural Resources and Lands Management


The Natural Resources and Lands Management (NRLM) Division within the Water Enterprise of the SFPUC is responsible for the management of approximately 61,000 acres of Bay Area watershed lands under SFPUC ownership as well as 150 miles of utility right-of-way. NRLM Division is responsible for managing, protecting, restoring, and monitoring the ecological resources on these lands and environmental compliance for the operations and maintenance of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System which serves 2.7 million customers. We are committed to responsible natural resources management that protects and restores viable populations of native species and maintains the integrity of the ecosystems that support them for current and future generations. We strive to become a leader in science-based and collaborative environmental stewardship in order to continue providing high-quality and reliable water supplies to our customers.


Position Description:


Under general supervision of the NRLM Planning and Compliance Manager, and in collaboration with NRLM staff, this Planner IV will lead the Division’s efforts to develop or update land and resource management plans such as a wildfire risk reduction plans, and invasive species management plans. These efforts will ultimately culminate in updating the SFPUC’s Alameda and Peninsula Watershed Management Plans, or their components, including federal and/or state environmental compliance permits in support of maintenance and operations. The Planner IV will collaborate with and support SFPUC staff charged with implementing these updated or newly developed plans. These plans will support broader operations and maintenance activities such as, asset maintenance planning; budget planning and tracking; and issuance of land use agreements such as for third party utility use, grazing operations, or native plant nurseries. This Planner IV will also represent the SFPUC in regional planning efforts that are related to operations and maintenance of Water Enterprise assets within the Bay Area counties related to transportation planning, environmental restoration, climate adaption/mitigation, trail planning, and wildfire risk reduction. This Planner IV may also perform a wide range of related duties as required. 


Examples of Major and Essential Duties:


· Updates existing NRLM plans and develops new NRLM plans related to the management of watershed and utility right of way lands and the stewardship and protection of natural resources affected by SFPUC activities.


· Oversees the development of planning documents including environmental permits and CEQA/NEPA documentation. 


· Ensures plans and activities are consistent with SFPUC practices, policies and guidelines, local, state, and federal laws, industry standards, and up to date science including climate change adaptation and natural resources and land management best practices.


· Plans, schedules, and organizes complex planning efforts, keeping projects on schedule and budget while efficiently and accurately synthesizing input from various stakeholders and experts.


· Compiles land and natural resources planning data from multiple sources and prepares data for analyses; analyzes georeferenced or other types of planning data using various statistical methods and software tools; and oversees development of systems for archiving, retrieving, managing and analyzing data and records.


· Prepares comprehensive reports on complex planning topics relevant to land and natural resources management and protection; directs and creates various data visualizations, including charts, graphs, and maps; clearly and concisely presents data, findings and recommendations to experts and non-expert audiences. 


· Reviews projects regarding land use (including sale and purchase), reviews and analyzes project applications and plans with regard to watershed and utility right of way policies and planning standards, federal, state and local laws and for probable impacts; and works with project proponents to develop alternative approaches to minimize impacts to the environment and natural resources.


· Leads and directs environmental regulatory efforts and implementation of updated or newly developed NRLM plans. This includes overseeing compliance with NEPA and CEQA, negotiating new environmental permits (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish and Game Code), and tracking and reporting on environmental regulatory compliance.


· Leads budget planning, contract procurement, and asset planning efforts needed to implement these plans.


· Manages the work of consultant teams and staff. Writes scopes of work, evaluates and approves budgets, directs work, and evaluates and approves deliverables. Sets team goals and priorities, develops individual work plans, assigns tasks, and supervises work of multidisciplinary teams.  


· Communicates effectively and courteously across a wide range of interests and expertise to staff, managers, technical experts, departmental officials, regulatory personnel, and the public; addresses community, business and other groups to explain planning programs and to promote good public relations for the Department; and may represent the Department at the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, or to other government agencies, commissions or boards.


· Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Ideal Candidate:

Ideal candidate is an experienced planner who is highly organized, motivated, able to skillfully navigate high stakes conversations with diverse stakeholders, maintains accurate records, stays up to date on best practices for lands and natural resources stewardship and management, and is knowledgeable about environmental regulatory compliance in California.


Nature of Work: The nature of work may require working in the field in remote settings, including watersheds, estuaries, streams, rivers, and on reservoirs. The position may require driving or hiking to remote locations on unimproved dirt roads in inclement weather.  The positions may require overtime and work on weekends.


Work Location: The position is located on the 10th floor at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco CA or 1657 Rollins Road, Burlingame CA. The position may require the employee to temporarily telecommute on a full-time basis until further notice is given to return to the office.


Working Relationships: This position works with City Attorneys, Real Estate Services Staff, SFPUC Managers, Biologists, Foresters, Maintenance and Environmental Planners, Contract Managers, State and Federal Regulatory Agency Staff, Community Stakeholders, and others.


Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.


Minimum Qualifications


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND;



Six (6) years of experience in city, urban, and/or regional planning, and/or related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design) AND;



Possession of Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Sciences may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.


Special Conditions


Two (2) years of Natural Resource Protection and Policy Negotiation.


The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification. 


Desirable Qualifications:

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

  • Knowledge and experience with natural resource protection and land management, ecology, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance (Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, or California Fish and Game Code), climate science, or related field.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.



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

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


In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.


We communicate by email. 

You 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).


You 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, Kenson Wong, by telephone at (415) 638-1026, or by email at kkwong@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - 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.


Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (100%)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. 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 principles, practices, purposes, scope and techniques of various phases of land and natural resource protection and planning.

§  Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they relate to land and natural resource protection and planning.

§  Ability to plan complex projects and coordinate and monitor the progress of project components to successfully meet deadlines and project goals.

§  Ability to communicate with staff and representatives of business and public interest groups, organizations, and public officials in clarifying and interpreting planning policy and regulations.

§  Skills to use computer applications and tools for statistical and georeferenced data analyses.


A passing score must be achieved on the supplemental questionnaire examination listed above in order to be placed on the eligible list score report. 


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


The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:
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/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 are a selected candidate, 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.


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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities


Veteran's Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference


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


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.


Exam Type: CPE 
Issued: May 7, 2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 106583 



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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