1466 Meter Reader

Recruitment #TEX-1466-902720


Appointment Type:        TEX


This is a temporary exempt appointment, excluded by the Charter from Civil Service examination process, and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Location:   Based in San Francisco, CA


This position is located at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Customer Service Bureau, and is limited to a maximum duration of three years.


Who We Are


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is recognized throughout the world as a leading utility agency which delivers high quality water, wastewater treatment and power services through efficient, state of the art technologies which protect and sustain the resources entrusted in our care.


We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater and Power. We provide retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco’s municipal departments and tenants and redevelopment areas. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million. The SFPUC is nationally recognized for its excellence and as a premier employer.


General Description


Under general supervision, the Meter Reader reads water meters in an assigned district and records consumption data into a hand-held computer system; observes unusual conditions found while in the field, including exceptional water usage, theft of water, reversed meters, illegal turn-ons, no-go meters, broken meter box covers, broken meter dials, broken glass covers, broken curbs and sidewalks adjacent to meter boxes, leaks in water mains and in meter couplings, prepares and submits standard report of conditions found in accordance with established rules, methods and procedures.


Examples of important and essential duties:


The essential functions of this class include: explaining existing rules and regulations to consumers and others; making regular contacts with the general public, consumers and property owners or their representatives, obtaining or furnishing routine information; keeping routine meter reading records and inspectional reports.


Nature of duties require sustained physical effort involving considerable walking up to a distance of nine miles per day, bending, stooping, and lifting up to 90 pounds, repetitive operations involving manual dexterity, frequently working in inclement weather conditions, with occasional exposure to minor accident hazards and disagreeable elements such as rodents in dark confined spaces.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. One year of verifiable clerical experience with major duties including mathematical calculations and the use of computers for entering and retrieving data; OR
  2. One year of verifiable utility meter reading experience; AND
  3. Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

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 Princess Campbell, by telephone at 415-554-1667, or by email at pcampbell@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to make final hiring decision. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.


Note:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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.


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.



Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 



Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 



Issued:  May 10, 2018


Micki  Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: 902720

PUC/ PPC / 415-554-1667


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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