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Watershed Keeper - Natural Resources & Lands Management Division - SFPUC (7470)

Recruitment: RTF0126637-00307379

Published: October 11, 2022


Brandon Bradley -

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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 7470-Watershed Keeper
Salary range: $79,872.00 - $97,058.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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  • Application Opening: 10/07/2022
  • Application Filing Deadline: 10/21/2022
  • Annual Salary: $76,206 -$92,612
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0126637-00307379 (126638)

This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment.

Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

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

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.

To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at

Role description

Under general supervision, the Watershed Keeper is responsible for inspecting, maintaining, protecting, and patrolling 38,000 acres of San Francisco watershed lands and trails, 210 miles of pipeline rights-of-way, lakes and reservoirs on foot, ATV/UTV, vehicle, or by boat, in all types of weather conditions, with exposure to poison oak, rattlesnakes, and other potentially hazardous elements, Patrol for high Fire activity and fight wildland fires and to monitor for security, contamination, trespass activity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collects water samples for laboratory analysis, records data from water gauges measuring reservoir levels, water releases, and precipitation measurements.
  • Operates valves and identifies repairs to be made on machinery.
  • Removes debris and other unwanted materials from watershed property.
  • Assists with the repairs of fences and gates.
  • Reports and responds to various emergency conditions such as fighting brush fires and taking preventive measures against natural disasters.
  • Provides assistance to other departmental field personnel and responds to inquiries from other agencies and the public.
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports of all job-related activities.
  • Attends training workshops.
  • Provides directions, and instructions to individuals or group.
  • Operates boats, and a two-way radio in order to communicate with administration from the watershed.
  • Uses and maintains chainsaws, weed whackers, ATV/Tractors, and other power equipment to help maintain the watershed and trail.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Condition:

Incumbent must be able to foot patrol on rough and uneven terrain and drive 4X4 trucks on mountainous roads in inclement weather condition, operate boats, and use physical dexterity. Incumbent will be required to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Incumbent must have the ability to be deputized, wear uniform, and successfully pass background investigation.

How to qualify

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


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


  • 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.

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


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.

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.

What else should I know?

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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.

Human Resources Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Human Resources Analyst, Brandon Bradley, by

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.