Watershed Keeper

San Francisco, CA, United States 🇺🇸


Under general supervision, Watershed Keepers are responsible for inspecting, maintaining, protecting and patrolling 63,000 acres of San Francisco watershed lands and trails, 210 miles of pipeline right-of-ways, lakes and reservoirs on foot, by vehicle or by boat, in all types of weather conditions, with exposure to poison oak, rattlesnakes and other potentially hazardous elements, to monitor for security, contamination, trespass activity and clean-up; collecting water samples for laboratory analysis, recording data from water gauges measuring reservoir levels, water releases, and precipitation measurements; operating valves and identifying repairs to be made on machinery, removing debris and other unwanted materials from watershed property; assisting with the repairs of fences and gates;  reporting and responding to various emergency conditions such as fighting brush fires and taking preventive measures against natural disasters. Incumbent must have the ability to be deputized, wear uniform, and successfully pass background investigation; provide assistance to other departmental field personnel and respond to inquiries from other agencies and the public; prepare comprehensive written reports of all job related activities; attend training workshops, conduct tours of the watershed areas and provide directions and instructions to individuals or group; may perform other duties as assigned.

Essential functions of this class require confined space entry, physical dexterity in the use, maintenance and upkeep of chainsaws, weed whackers, ATV/Tractors and other power equipment to help maintain the watershed and trail; operate boats and a two-way radio in order to communicate with administration from the watershed, and prepare comprehensive written reports.  Incumbent must be able to foot patrol on rough and uneven terrain and drive 4X4 trucks on mountainous roads in inclement weather conditions, in order to inspect the watershed.  Incumbent will be required to work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. Positions in this classification are located in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and also in Moccasin, CA, approximately 150 miles from San Francisco. 

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a valid driver’s license. (Copy must be attached to the application at time of filing); AND                     
2. Two (2) years (60 semester units or 90 quarter units) in an accredited College or University, with major coursework in either Watershed Management, Natural Resource Conservation, Forest or Park Management, Wildland/Range Management, Wildland Recreation, Biology, Natural Resources, Physical Sciences or other closely related fields; OR
3. Two (2) years of verifiable work experience in any of the areas mentioned above while employed at a Water Utility District, State or Federal agency, or with a private employer responsible for the management of natural lands within a large watershed area. 

• Experience in watershed management, range management, hydrology, monitoring techniques 
   and procedures for water and natural resource protection and enhancement
• Ability to operate and maintain mechanical equipment such as farm or forestry machinery
• Additional training in P.O.S.T (PC832); Natural Resource Academy, or completion of a Park Ranger Academy
• Ability to communicate verbally to a large group of people
• Ability to utilize personal computer for word processing and electronic communication

Positions located in Sunol and Millbrae require that incumbents have the ability to be deputized and wear uniform. In order to be deputized, one must be 18 years old, successfully pass a background investigation and successfully complete Police Officers Standard Training P.O.S.T. (PC-832) within one year of appointment.

Verification of driver’s license, education and work experience must be submitted by July 15, 2016. Copies of these required documentations not received will result in disqualification.

Verification of work experience must be on the employer’s letterhead and include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of service, and signature of the employer. San Francisco City and County employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit verification of outside experience. San Francisco City and County 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.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Verifications can be submitted in the following manners:
1. uploading to the “Resume” tab while completing the online application
2. faxing to 415-554-1687, Attn: 7470, #900496
3. emailing to [email protected], Subject: 7470, #900496
4. hand delivering or mailing to SFPUC, 525 Golden Gate Ave., 3rd flr, SF CA 94102, Attn; 7470, #900496.

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, Catherine Yuen, by email at [email protected].

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire – Weight: 100%
Applicants will be prompted to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire which must be submitted during the online application process. Information provided by the candidate on the Supplemental Questionnaire will be evaluated to determine the final score. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. It is important that the information provided on the supplemental application be accurate and complete. All statements made on the application materials are subject to verification.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three 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 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.
The Human Resources Director may approve use of the eligible list resulting from this selection process to make permanent Civil Service appointments to other position(s) involving the same or similar title in any department.