5312 - Survey Assistant II

Recruitment #TPV-5312-096882


5312 - Survey Assistant II

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Water Supply and Treatment Division


November 14: Position reopened to allow for additional applications, those who applied do not need to reapply.

Appointment Type:  Temporary Provisional (TPV) - A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent appointment.  Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

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 Description:

Under general supervision of the Chief Surveyor, the Survey Assistant II will  perform journey level surveying work in the office or field for SFPUC's Water Supply and Treatment Division (WST). Essential functions include: performing surveying work as a member of a survey party; adheres to project deadlines; assigns responsibilities to subordinates; and manages ongoing work to ensure that surveys provide the necessary and desired information and documentation.

Reporting Location: 1000 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030. Will frequent from reporting location to regional WST facilities in the greater Bay Area.

Essential Duties:

1. Following procedures such as establishing line and grade for construction projects, assisting in the preparation of legal descriptions, preparing exhibit maps, performing topographic, boundary and other surveys, and establishing and maintaining precise monument and control lines, official elevations, survey lines, and boundary lines;
2. Operation of Trimble or Leica Surveying equipment, ie; total stations, GPS, digital levels;
3. Operation of Surveying and GIS software, ie; Autodesk Civil 3D, Trimble Business Center, ArcGIS etc.;
4. Post Processing field data collected via total station, GPS, levels, 3D laser scanners, and unmanned aerial systems;
5. Stay current on surveying techniques;
6. Discusses survey needs and projects with departmental staff and others to plan survey work so that it is completed accurately and provides necessary information;
7. Reads and interprets maps, deeds, drawings, and prior survey notes as they relate to subdivision, right-of-way, parcel, contour, lease maps, and construction drawings;
8. Prepares and maintains survey field notes by recording necessary data on the surveying process and final product, such as measurements, readings, problems encountered;
9. Reviews the field notes of subordinate personnel;
10. Performs mathematical computations necessary in surveying work to determine distances, elevations, angles, areas, earthwork, traverses, etc., and interprets findings;
11. Tracking supply and equipment needs for the survey party;
12. Utilizing a personal computer and survey applications to download, analyze and check survey data and maps;
13. Drives a vehicle to work sites to perform survey work;
14. May act as Survey Associate in the Associate's absence by supervising and directing a survey party;
15. Performs related duties as required.

Working Conditions:  The Survey Assistant II may work in rugged terrain and may encounter the following hazards: exposure to poison oak, rattlesnakes, ticks, and other wilderness conditions.

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

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

1. Two (2) years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) at a level equivalent to the City and County Class 5310 Survey Assistant I; OR

2. One (1) year of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field); AND 
    a. One year of verifiable surveying work in Class 5310 Survey Assistant I; OR 
    b. An Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Geomatics engineering or related field (see Note below); OR 
    c. Possession of a valid Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) license issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors; OR

3. Bachelor of Science Degree in Geomatics or related field (see Note below).


4. Valid California Driver's License

NOTES: Related educational fields include Geography, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Math, and/or Civil Engineering.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of traffic safety
  • Good communication skills


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 http://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 e-mail.

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). 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.

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 result in lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Danny Wan, by email at dwan@sfwater.org, or by phone at 415-554-1648.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - 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.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, 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 given a conditional offer of employment. 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 receive a conditional offer of employment, 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.


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: https://sfdhr.org/veterans-preference

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.

Issued: August 6, reopened on September 12, October 1, October 24, November 14.
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director 
Department of Human Resources 
Recruitment ID: TPV-5312-096882
PUC/DW (415) 554-1628


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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