3426 Forester

Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

Recruitment #PBT-3426-082879


This position is located in Moccasin, California in the Sierra Foothills 
approximately 140 miles east of San Francisco.

Who are we?

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (SFPUC) provides retail drinking water & wastewater services to the City of San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, green hydroelectric & solar power to Hetch Hetchy electricity customers, and power to the residents & businesses of San Francisco through the CleanPowerSF program.

We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater and Power. These functions are supported by the Business Services, Infrastructure and External Affairs bureaus.

Headquartered at 525 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $1billion.

OUR MISSION: Provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

OUR VISION: We are an innovative utility leader, recognize 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

WORK LOCATION: Moccasin, California

Under general direction, incumbents in this class direct and supervise natural resource management activities for city-administered lands. The essential duties assigned to this class include: preparing, developing and implementing natural resource management plans; coordinating forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed management projects; advising government officials, boards, commissions, management and the public on forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed issues; maintaining and supervising the preparation of records, databases, reports and contractual agreements; preparing and administering grants; preparing and monitoring programs and program objectives; conducting workshops, informational and educational tours; performing studies and implementing plans; supervising staff, assigning work and inspecting forestry management activities; scheduling plots for tree planting and removals; conducting training for staff; developing, conducting and monitoring work safety programs; and preparing requests for personnel, supplies and equipment.

1. Direct and supervise natural resource management activities for city-administered lands including tree planting, removal and assessments, pest management, vegetation maintenance and wildlife.
2. Prepare, develop and implement natural resource management plans, including coordinating site preparation, landscape, species selection, planting and removal, road replacement, replacement upgrades and standardized maintenance practices, and planning for surplus wood and material utilization.
3. Schedule plots for tree planting and removals.
4. Provide advice to government officials, boards, commissions, management and the public on forestry, arboriculture practices and/or watershed issues; mediate forestry activities in local neighborhoods.
5. Supervise, assign work and inspect forestry management activities. Patrols watershed and right-of-way for encroachments.
6. Coordinate forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed management projects with City departments and other public and private agencies.
7. Prepare and monitor programs and program objectives including budget estimates; establishes and secures funding sources.
8. Prepare requests for personnel, supplies, and equipment.
9. Conduct in-services forestry/arboriculture training for field staff, including surveying techniques, silvicultural techniques, environmental considerations, and tree/landscape maintenance.
10. Develop, conduct and monitor work safety programs for field staff.
11. Perform studies and implement plans on resource protection and enhancement, including erosion control. Evaluate activities and projects for environmental and ecological compliance.
12. Conduct resource related workshops for in-house labor and volunteers.
13. Conduct informational and educational tours, lectures and meetings on forestry/arboriculture management practices and policies to school groups and the general public.
14. Maintain and supervise the preparation of records, databases, reports and contractual agreements. Ensures procurement of permits issued by regulatory agencies.
15. Prepare and administer grants and provides direction to community groups and agencies in preparation of grants for the enhancement of City-owned lands.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.

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.


Requires possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in natural resource management, forestry, or agroforestry.


Two (2) years of verifiable professional-level experience in natural resource management or forestry/arboriculture. Experience in gardening (ornamental horticulture), turf maintenance, nursery work, landscape architecture, landscape gardening, and landscape contracting will NOT be considered qualifying experience; AND

One (1) year of supervisory-level experience in natural resource management or forestry/arboriculture.

License and Certification:

Possession of a current class C or III driver license to be presented at the time of the appointment.


Additional qualifying experience as described above may substitute the required education on a year-for-year basis but may not substitute the required supervisory experience. Thirty (30) semester or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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, Jonathan Pettey, by telephone at 415-554-1636, or by email at jpettey@sfwater.org


Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 100%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Knowledge of principles of forest management as applied to the reforestation and vegetation management of urban park lands; knowledge of principles of forest management related tools, materials and equipment use to perform such work. Skills and abilities to plan, supervise and inspect the work of subordinate personnel engaged in tree planting and removal work over a wide area; deal tact-fully and effectively with the public and promote good public relations; maintain operating records and prepare related reports.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidates’ scores on this examination process may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

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 the List. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

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 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 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.


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 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.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted at the time of filing to be considered. Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
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:
Terms of Announcement:
Copies of Application Documents:
Right to Work:
Driver's License requirement:

Combined Entrance/Promotive - 3426
Issued: 06/18/2018
Recruitment No.: PBT-3426-082879
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/JP 415.554.1636


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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