3420 Natural Resource Specialist

Recruitment #PBT-3420-103896


Announcement amended to reflect new final filing deadline for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

About Us:
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) manages and maintains more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the city, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100-acre system includes 24 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department's responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts and Lake Merced.

More than 2,000 talented individuals comprise our team, from gardeners, natural resource specialists, foresters and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

About The Natural Resources Division:

The Natural Resources Division is a branch of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) responsible for managing the city’s natural areas. Its mission is two-fold: to preserve, restore, and enhance remnant natural areas, and to develop and support community-based site stewardship of these areas. Some of our natural areas includes Bayview Hill, Corona Heights, Glen Canyon, Grandview Park, John McLaren Park, Lake Merced, Mount Davidson and Twin Peaks. Learn more about our Natural Resources Division by visiting: https://sfrecpark.org/1395/Natural-Resources

Position Description:

Under general supervision, the Natural Resource Specialist performs difficult and responsible field work to maintain, restore, protect and enhance natural resource areas, ecosystems, native plant communities and wildlife habitat from invasive species. The Natural Resource Specialist workload is mainly a field position.

Duties of the Natural Resource Specialists include: 

  • Uses hands-on approach to maintain, conserve and augment wildlife and native plant habitats, biological diversity, and intact ecosystems including the implementation of restoration and wildlife habitat projects; planting and plant maintenance; ecological restoration and natural resource management.
  • Identifies, and controls invasive species in all life stages. Applies Integrated Pest Management techniques, including herbicides, hand removal and mechanical methods to safeguard and protect natural resources, habitats, wildlife, and plants.
  • Collects seed and propagates hundreds of local native plant species for habitat restoration projects.
  • Determines plant composition for appropriate restoration of native ecosystems, wildlife habitat and rare and endangered species conservation.
  • Organizes, leads, and monitors volunteer groups in field activities to restore natural areas.
  • Practices methods and procedures to identify erosion of soils on steep slopes, addresses gullying and erosion in intact native ecosystems, and constructs and maintains trails.
  • Performs urban landscape clean-up and general maintenance activities, including litter removal, illegal dumping and homeless encampment clean-up as needed.
  • Studies, inventories, surveys and monitors rare plant and animal populations, habitat health and diversity, and endangered species populations; uses field methods to collect data.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Two (2) years of professional experience in the conservation and management of natural ecosystems, native plant communities and wildlife habitat.

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid California driver license.
  • Employees will be required to obtain a Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC) or a Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL) from the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


  • Completion of coursework in Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, AND Earth Science from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to eighteen (18) months of the required experience. Thirty (30) semester / forty-five (45) quarter units equals one (1) year.
  • Three (3) years of professional gardening experience may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience.
Verification of Work Experience or Education:
All applicants must submit verification of qualifying experience and education/training by the filing deadline. Verification of qualifying experience must be a letter/document signed by the authorized employer representative, on employer letterhead and specify dates of service, job titles and duties performed. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.

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.

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, Gary Chen, by telephone at 415-831-2762, or by email at gary.w.chen@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application to  This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position and to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualification to proceed into the next phase of the examination process. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training.

Training and Experience Evaluation (Weight: 100%):

Candidates meeting minimum qualifications will be provided a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) questionnaire that will be reviewed and scored by subject matter experts. The T&E will determine relative knowledge, skills, and abilities in job related areas which may include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of principles and practices of natural resources management sufficient to assess, monitor, maintain and augment wildlife, native plant habitats and vegetation; Knowledge of methods and techniques for native plant sufficient to achieve restoration goals in a safe and effective manner; Knowledge of native and invasive plant species sufficient to achieve habitat restoration goals; Ability to apply plant control techniques including mechanical, chemical and biological techniques sufficient to minimize impacts to surrounding native plant communities; Knowledge of methods and techniques for safeguarding rare and endangered plants and animals sufficient to identify, monitor, restore, improve, maintain, and protect.

A passing score must be achieved on all examination components in order to be placed/ranked on the resulting Eligible List. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making 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 of 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/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 click here.

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.


Terms of Announcement
Position Based Tests are administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A. General information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures may be found in the pamphlet entitled "Important Employment Information for Position Based Testing". This information is part of the terms of this announcement. The pamphlet is available at the Department of Human Resources Information Center, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or on-line at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#positionbasedtesting.

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 the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.

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.

Drug Test Requirement
Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Laborers International Local 261 (LiUNA) are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six months after the date of the positive test.

Before appointment, selected eligible candidates must pass a thorough physical examination by the Department Physician. This exam includes a urine test to screen for the presence of drugs or alcohol. Appointees must also pass an additional physical exam prior to the completion of their probationary periods.

Copies of Application Documents
Information can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies.

Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this recruitment can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#reasonableaccommodation.

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

Driver's License requirement
Most positions require a valid California's driver's license: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#license.

Veteran's Preference
Information can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit.

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

Exam Type: Combined, Promotive, Entrance

Issued: 3/17/2020; Amended 3/30/2020

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-3420-103896
REC / GWC / 415-831-2762


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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