2483 Biologist

Recruitment #CBT-2483-901875

Introduction



ANNOUNCEMENT REOPENED TO REFLECT CHANGES IN SELECTION PROCEDURES
CANDIDATES WHO PREVIOUSLY NEED NOT REAPPLY

 

INTRODUCTION: The City and County of San Francisco is currently recruiting smart and talented biology specialists for permanent Biology (2483) positions that are currently vacant and/or that may become vacant in the near future. There are several specialty positions at the SFPUC and Airport, including Bioassay, Ecology, Fisheries, Marine Biology, Restoration and Planning, Parasitology, Microbiology, and Wildlife.

This recruitment adheres to the civil service examination process. Through this process, applicants must submit an online application and online Minimum Qualification Questionnaire. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a multiple-choice exam. The exam scores will be ranked in order to establish an applicant pool, also called an Eligible List. Then, when each hiring manager at the SFPUC or Airport needs to fill vacant Biologist positions, potential applicants will be referred to the departments from the Eligible List based this announcement’s certification rule. Additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to particular vacant positions, and will be stated on referral notification(s). The hiring departments may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

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.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.

POSITION INFORMATION:
Under general supervision, the biologist conducts field monitoring studies; collects and analyzes various types of biological data in the field, or laboratory; provides technical and biological expertise, researches permits, agreements, and other regulatory documents; provides assessments of potential effects of new regulatory obligations in compliance with state and federal regulations; performs other record management and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC); keeps detailed and accurate field, laboratory, and analytical records; uses a laboratory information management system to track, control and generate reports; follows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methods, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and other established procedures; keeps abreast of best practices in laboratory or field studies, literature review, and interactions with experts.

Depending on the specified specialty, positions may perform the following:

Bioassay (Natural Resources Division): The bioassay biologist performs chronic and acute WET bioassay testing in support of SFPUC water and wastewater treatment facilities. Additional responsibilities include: ensuring bioassay sample collection and testing meet test acceptability criteria and NPDES permit requirements; test organism maintenance and handling, maintaining and calibrating laboratory instrumentation; data analysis, interpretation and technical report preparation; shoreline sampling for indicator bacteria; and performing other duties as required.

Ecology (Natural Resources Division): The ecology biologist (located at SFPUC Headquarters, 525 Golden Gate Ave, SF, with field work on watershed lands in San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara, and SF Counties) provides ecological expertise (e.g., botany, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, insect and other invertebrate ecology, fire ecology, biological invasion ecology, plant disease ecology, and related fields) for land management efforts and technical support for planning, permitting, and environmental compliance. This includes: Researching and assessing biological reports, scientific literature, other relevant documents, and field conditions in order to evaluate biological monitoring and reporting requirements; Helping to design/modify projects to protect, conserve, enhance, restore, and monitor watershed biodiversity and special-status resources; Participating in a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial monitoring studies; Reviewing draft permits, contract specifications, technical reports, education and interpretive program materials, and other documents for biological accuracy and scientific credibility; Working collaboratively with other SFPUC staff and stakeholders to help align SFPUC and stakeholder programs with regulatory requirements and best available science; and representing the SFPUC in meetings with regulatory agency staff and other stakeholders. 

Fisheries (Natural Resources Division): The fisheries biologist (located in Sunol, CA) coordinates and participates in limnology surveys, manages stream flow and water temperature monitoring efforts, and directs annual benthic macroinvertebrate surveys. Additional responsibilities include: participating in snorkel and electrofishing surveys and other monitoring targeting fishes, reptiles, amphibians and wildlife; conducting survey data analyses and interpretation; preparing data summaries and technical reports; reviewing scientific documents; and performing other duties as required.

Limnology (Natural Resources Division): The limnology biologist (located in Moccasin, CA), under general supervision of the East Bay and Moccasin 2585 Supervising Biologist, coordinates and participates in all Upcountry limnology and related water quality surveys at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Cherry Lake, Lake Eleanor, and Priest and Moccasin reservoirs. Also spends approximately half of their time in the Moccasin lab conducting limnology and other analyses in support of both the Natural Resources and Water Quality groups and preparing data summaries. Occasionally participates in aquatic monitoring projects and survey for fishes, amphibians and other wildlife species.

Marine Biology (Natural Resources Division): The marine biologist (located at Oceanside wastewater treatment plant, SF) provides accurate identifications to the lowest possible taxon (usually species level) of benthic infauna and epibenthic invertebrates from marine and estuarine habitats in support of SFPUC projects and regulatory requirements. The position provides technical expertise in marine invertebrate taxonomy and nomenclature, is current with taxonomic literature, and interacts with appropriate professional organizations. Additional responsibilities include: offshore sampling of benthic habitats from a 60 ft vessel; shoreline sampling for indicator bacteria; data analysis, interpretation and technical report preparation; WET bioassay testing and monitoring; and performing other duties as required.

Microbiology (Water Quality Division): The microbiology biologist (located in Millbrae, CA) conducts testing to determine compliance with state and federal regulations; tests include presence/absence, multiple tube fermentation, membrane filtration, and heterotrophic plate count; analyzes, interprets test results; compiles data and generate technical reports; maintains accurate laboratory data, QA/QC protocols, and preventive maintenance records; assists in development of new test methodologies and analytical procedures for regulatory and operational needs.   Additional responsibilities include performing chemistry work, but not limited to testing for pH, fluoride and turbidity. May work overtime, weekends and holidays;  work schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday 8-5 PM and Sunday-Thursday 9-6 PM.

Parasitology (Water Quality Division): The parasitology biologist (located in Millbrae, CA) conducts testing to determine compliance with state and federal regulations; tests include presence/absence, multiple tube fermentation, membrane filtration, and heterotrophic plate count; examination for protozoan parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, including collection, separation, concentration, detection and identification using specialized microscopy using fluorescence and differential interface contrast techniques; may operate complex microbial detection and speciation systems such as PCR and other molecular biological identification systems.  Additional responsibilities include data analysis, written reports, detailed and accurate records; chemistry work, including, but not limited to testing for pH, fluoride and turbidity. May collect water samples in remote or adverse conditions; may work overtime, weekends and holidays;  The work schedule will be Monday-Friday 8-5 PM.

Restoration and Planning Specialty (Natural Resources Division): The restoration and planning biologist (located in Sunol, CA) coordinates and participates in Bioregional Habitat Restoration (BHR) projects, evaluates the work of contractors, and provides technical support for internal staff, regulatory agencies and consultants. Additional responsibilities include: participating in a variety of surveys targeting fishes, reptiles, amphibians and wildlife; conducting survey data analyses and interpretation; preparing data summaries and technical reports; reviewing scientific documents; and performing other duties as required.

Wildlife (Airport):  The wildlife biologist (located at San Francisco International Airport) provides biological expertise in management of endangered species and habitat, Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations, and permitting and mitigation programs; assists in the development of plans and strategies for the reduction of environmental conditions and habitat that create hazards to airport operations, consistent with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wildlife Hazard Management practices; conducts terrestrial and aquatic species monitoring studies; evaluates habitat availability and suitability for specific endangered and threatened species; assists in the development of monitoring protocols and mitigation requirements for construction projects in sensitive habitat areas; participates  - with consultant biologist and Airport Environmental Planners to address environmental issues related to obtaining all necessary environmental permits and authorizations for construction and maintenance projects; maintains record of Airport permits, authorizations, and compliance for the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, ESA Section 7 Consultations, and CWA 404/401 permits and mitigation programs. 

MAJOR, IMPORTANT, AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
• Provides technical expertise in the development of monitoring protocols and study plans to ensure regulatory compliance and executes the protocols and the plans in the field and/or laboratory to ensure regulatory compliance and non-regulatory data collection.
• Researches permits, agreements, and other regulatory documents and assists in providing assessments of potential effects to the department of new regulatory obligations and planning for changes in regulations.
• Collects and analyzes various types of biological data in the field or laboratory.
• Maintains detailed and accurate laboratory and field records.
• Performs record and data management, data analyses, and quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) and maintains data integrity.
• Works with regulatory agencies and diverse stakeholders, multidisciplinary teams, departmental officials, managers, staff, and public regarding departmental projects, permit compliance, and other activities.
• Follows standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other established procedures.
• Enters data into laboratory information management system (LIMS) or other databases.
• Assists with coordination and scheduling of projects including preparation of staffing, sampling supplies field equipment and data sheets.
• Prepares status reports, compliance reports, data analyses, map, graphic presentations, and technical memos, and reports.
• Keeps abreast of best practices in laboratory or field studies, literature review, and interactions with experts.

NATURE OF THE WORK
Some positions may require working in the field, watersheds, estuaries, streams, and rivers, on monitoring vessels in lakes, San Francisco Bay or the Pacific Ocean, with mechanical/electrical equipment, and hazardous materials (including treated and untreated wastewater); other positions require working in the laboratory, in the Airfield Operations Area (AOA), sensitive habitat areas, at the airport and mitigation sites in the Bay Area; may require driving or hiking to remote locations on unimproved dirt or mountain roads in inclement weather; may have little or no advance notice for fieldwork and may be required to work overtime, shifts, weekends, and holidays.

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

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

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

EDUCATION:
Possession of baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental biology, marine biology, aquatic biology, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, limnology, aquatic toxicology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related science.

LICENSE:
Possession of a current valid driver’s license. (Attach a copy of driver's license to application at time of filling)

Some positions may have additional requirements which may be assessed after the examination.

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.

Verification: 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

Need help completing the application?
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.

We communicate by email.
You may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, you must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on your computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, you should set up your 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 your online application has been received in response to every announcement for which you file.  You should retain this confirmation email for your 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, Jonathan Pettey by email at jpettey@sfwater.org, or Michelle Chee by email at mchee@sfwater.org

 

Selection Procedures

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE (MQSQ) - (WEIGHT: 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.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION EXAM: WEIGHT 100%
Candidates deemed qualified will be invited to participate in the online multiple-choice test. Candidates will be sent a web link via email that will allow them to take the online 2483 Biologist Exam that is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Knowledge of biology (e.g., botany, fisheries, wildlife, ecology, taxonomy, toxicology, or microbiology); biological methods, regulations and procedures, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures and requirements; Ability to participate in field sampling activities ; operate field sampling equipment; work independently; collect, synthesize, and analyze data; prepare written reports, keep accurate and detailed records of field and analytical activities; communicate scientific and technical information through graphs, charts, maps, data entries, memos and reports; work collaboratively and effectively with diverse and multi-disciplinary teams; resolve differences effectively; communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including the public and regulatory agency staff.

This computer-administered test can be taken at home or at a time and location of one’s convenience, but only within a two-week period specified on the test notification.  Candidates must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection to participate in this exam. Questions are presented one at a time on the computer screen. There is no penalty for guessing. Candidates may not return to questions presented earlier in the exam; they can only move forward.  A passing score must be attained on this test in order to continue further in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list. 

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

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.

CERTIFICATION:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

ELIGIBLE LIST:
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 Six (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/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246  

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.

Conclusion

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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules

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://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Driver's License requirement: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#license

THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Announcement amended 08/10/2020 - Selection procedures
Announcement amended 02/20/2020 - Minimum qualifications, selection procedures, and conclusion
Entrance – 2483
Issued: 02/14/2020
Recruitment No.: CBT-2483-901875
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/JP jpettey@sfwater.org

Benefits

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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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