Public Utilities Commission

Watershed Keeper – 7470

$67,574.00 – $82,108.00/year

Full job description and to apply, visit:  https://www.jobapscloud.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=CBT&R2=7470&R3=903253

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since the announcement may close at any time but no sooner than November 18, 2020.

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.sfwater.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.

Work Locations:  Positions are located in Burlingame and Sunol, California.

Position Information:

Under general supervision, patrols and polices watershed properties and facilities in preventing trespassing and pollution of watersheds; fights forest fires; and performs related duties as required.

Requires normal responsibility for: following established methods and procedures in patrolling and caring for watershed areas; keeping routine records and reports. Nature of work requires: considerable physical effort in patrolling the watershed area; continuing exposure to the elements and to working conditions where minor injuries may occur.

Example of Major and Essential Duties:

1. Patrols, and inspects watershed and reservoir areas, dams, facilities, pipelines, and right-of-ways on foot, by vehicle or boat; removes all debris; monitors and documents trespassing, and vandalism in accordance to state, county or local laws, and issues warnings to swimmers, hunters, fishermen, garbage dumpers and other trespassers; maintains watershed, reservoir, and landscaped areas to ensure a high quality water yield for public consumption.

2. Reads and maintains data on indicating meters, and recording instruments and charts to determine water levels, water releases, water flow, temperature, and precipitation measurements; keeps records of unusual incidents, conditions, improvement projects and work performed.

3. Patrols lakes and reservoirs by launch to inspect water conditions and takes samples; assists personnel from local, county, state and federal agencies who request assistance in duties such as search and rescue operations for lost hikers, locates, reports and assists in fighting forest fires, and responds to emergency situations.

4. Operates various machinery related to flow of water to and from reservoirs such as pipelines, penstocks, valves, flumes, stream, flow, spillways and sluice gates; operates vehicles, power tools and hand tools for the proper preventive maintenance; measures and dumps fluoride into hoppers to keep continual flow into the pipelines; inspects, adjusts and operates chlorine station equipment.

5. Escorts visitors, manages public access trails, conducts tours and assists in recreational activities such as weddings and new employee orientations.

6. Attends training and workshops to stay current on laws and regulations; maintain appropriate certifications as necessary such as for confined space entry.

7. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:


Possession of high school diploma, GED, or equivalent; AND


One (1) year of verifiable experience in general laboring and caretaking work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience; AND


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license; AND

Bond and deputization as a deputy sheriff.

NOTE: 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.

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.

Bond and deputization as a deputy sheriff.

Experience working at a watershed and/or large area of land.

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.