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Watershed Keeper

Job classification

TitleWatershed Keeper
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z)
Labor agreement SEIU, Local 1021, Misc

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $36.6375 $38.4750 $40.3875 $42.4125 $44.5250
Rate /biweekly: $2,931.00 $3,078.00 $3,231.00 $3,393.00 $3,562.00
Rate /year: $76,206 $80,028 $84,006 $88,218 $92,612

Job description


CODE: 7470


Under general supervision, patrols and inspects watershed properties and facilities in preventing trespassing and pollution of watersheds; fights forest fires; and performs related duties as required.

Requires normal responsibility for: following established methods and procedures in patrolling and caring for watershed areas; keeping routine records and reports. Nature of work requires: considerable physical effort in patrolling the watershed area; continuing exposure to the elements and to working conditions where minor injuries may occur.


1. Patrols and inspects watershed and reservoir areas; removes all debris and dead animals; issues warnings to swimmers, hunters, fishermen, garbage dumpers and other trespassers; maintains landscaped areas.

2. Reads indicating meters and recording instruments and charts to determine water levels, water flow and temperature; keeps records of unusual conditions and work performed.

3. Patrols lakes and reservoirs by launch to inspect water conditions and takes samples; locates, reports and fights forest fires.

4. Operates various pipe lines, flumes, stream flow, spillways and sluice gates to regulate the flow of water from the reservoirs; measures and dumps fluoride into hoppers to keep continual flow into the pipe lines; inspects, adjusts and operates chlorine station equipment.

5. May take weather station readings, search for lost hikers, perform maintenance work and escort visitors.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).

Experience: One (1) year of experience in general laboring and caretaking work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

License and Certification: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Substitution: None

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of: methods and practices employed in the operation of gates, valves, screen systems, water measuring devices and other equipment related to reservoir operations; life saving and fire fighting equipment and artificial respiration.

Ability or Skill to: read gauges and measuring devices; use simple hand tools; fight fires; perform rescue operations; make simple arithmetical computations; write simple reports,


To: 7270 Watershed Keeper Supervisor


Standard information

Disaster service work

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.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $36.6375 $38.4750 $40.3875 $42.4125 $44.5250
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $34.8125 $36.5500 $38.3750 $40.3000 $42.3000
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $34.6375 $36.3625 $38.1875 $40.1000 $42.0875
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $33.4625 $35.1250 $36.8875 $38.7375 $40.6625
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $32.4875 $34.1000 $35.8125 $37.6125 $39.4750

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classification descriptions table, Compensation plan table