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Forester - Hetch Hetchy Water & Power (Moccasin) - SFPUC (3426)

Recruitment: RTF0139360-01095787

Published: October 06, 2023


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 3426-Forester
Salary range: $111,800.00 - $149,786.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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October 6, 2023: Amended to extend the filing deadline to expand the candidate pool. Candidates who have already submitted an application do not need to re-apply.

  • Application Opening: September 18, 2023
  • Application Deadline: October 13, 2023 (Extended Filing Deadline)
  • Compensation Range: $109,330 - $146,484 (Additional notesPlease note, the last four steps in this salary range must be approved by the Department of Human Resources, Classification and Compensation Division.)
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0139360-01095787 (139361)

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

Position Description:

Under general direction, incumbents in this class direct and supervise natural resource management activities for city-administered lands. The essential duties assigned to this class include: preparing, developing and implementing natural resource management plans; coordinating forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed management projects; advising government officials, boards, commissions, management and the public on forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed issues; maintaining and supervising the preparation of records, databases, reports and contractual agreements, especially as related to compliance; preparing and administering grants; preparing and monitoring programs and program objectives; performing studies and implementing plans; supervising staff, assigning work and inspecting forestry management activities; scheduling plots for tree planting and removals; conducting training for staff; developing, conducting and monitoring work safety programs; and preparing requests for personnel, supplies and equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Directs and supervises natural resource management activities for city-administered lands including tree planting, removal and assessments, pest management, vegetation maintenance and wildlife.

2. Prepares, develops, and implements natural resource management plans, including coordinating site preparation, landscape, species selection, planting and removal, road replacement, replacement upgrades and standardized maintenance practices, and planning for surplus wood and material utilization.

3. Research and tracks all federal, state, and local regulations that may affect the Right of Way department.

4. Supervises, assigns work, and inspects Right of Way activities. Inspects watershed, and right-of-way for encroachments, trespassing and compliance issues.

5. Coordinates forestry, arboriculture and/or watershed management projects, presentations, and reports with City departments and other public and private agencies.

6. Prepares and monitors programs and program objectives including budget estimates; establishes and secures funding sources.

7. Prepares requests for personnel, supplies, equipment, and regulatory activities.

8. Develops, conducts, and monitors work safety and compliance programs for field staff.

9. Performs studies and implements plans on resource protection and enhancement, including erosion control. Evaluates activities and projects for environmental and ecological compliance.

10. Conducts resource related workshops for in-house labor and volunteers.

11. Conducts informational and educational tours, lectures and meetings on forestry/arboriculture management practices and policies to school groups and the public.

12. Maintains and supervises the preparation of records, databases, reports, and contractual agreements. Ensures procurement of permits issued by regulatory agencies.

13. Prepares and administers grants and provides direction to community groups and agencies in preparation of grants for the enhancement of City-owned lands.

14. Performs other duties as assigned.

Reporting Location:

Moccasin is located 140 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area and requires a 5-hour round trip commute by car in fair weather.

How to qualify

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


  • Requires possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in natural resource management, forestry, or agroforestry.


  • Two (2) years of verifiable professional-level experience in natural resource management or forestry/arboriculture. Experience in gardening (ornamental horticulture), turf maintenance, nursery work, landscape architecture, landscape gardening, and landscape contracting will NOT be considered qualifying experience.


  • One (1) year of supervisory-level experience in natural resource management or forestry/arboriculture.

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a current class C or III driver license to be presented at the time of the appointment.


Additional qualifying experience as described above may substitute the required education on a year-for-year basis but may not substitute the required supervisory experience. Thirty (30) semester or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

Verification of Education and Experience:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at:

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.

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

    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.