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Regulatory Specialist - Water Resources Planning - SFPUC (5620)

Recruitment: RTF0139981-01117730

Published: October 12, 2023


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 5620-Regulatory Specialist
Salary range: $120,666.00 - $146,640.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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October 12, 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 28, 2023
  • Application Deadline: November  9, 2023 (Extended Deadline)
  • Compensation Range: $118,014 - $143,416
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0139981-01117730 (139982)

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 direction of the Groundwater Program Manager, this position provides technical, analytical and policy support on SFPUC Groundwater Resources related interests. The position is also responsible for implementing programs, developing groundwater monitoring and planning documents, as well as coordinating various efforts to support the SFPUC’s groundwater programs. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implements the SFPUC’s groundwater monitoring, California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) and wellhead protection programs including collecting water level data, collecting well pumping data, assisting in, and coordinating the collection of water quality samples, and managing data using various databases. 
  • Manages, reviews, compiles, and analyzes technical data, manages contracts and budgets, and prepares documents and reports.
  • Reviews and coordinates work of technical consultants. 
  • Reviews requests for withdrawal of groundwater from new or modified production wells in San Francisco.
  • Coordinates efforts among SFPUC staff, other City departments, other utilities, as well as regulatory and resources agencies as relates to the Groundwater Monitoring Program.
  • Represents the SFPUC’s and the City’s interests at hearings, meetings, stakeholder groups, and regulatory forums. 
  • Prepares summaries and briefings for dissemination of information to the Water Resources Director and other SFPUC management. 
  • Performs field investigations on foot in rough terrain and uneven surfaces. 
  • Performs regulatory coordination as needed with various local resource agencies including the Regional Water Quality Control Board, The Department of Toxic Substances Control, San Francisco Department of Public Health and others as needed. 

How to qualify

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


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in natural sciences, engineering, environmental or resource planning or a related field: AND


  • Four years of verifiable work experience in environmental permitting and regulations; environmental investigations; environmental or other regulatory compliance; or environmental project management; or utility regulatory analysis.

Special Condition:

  • Possession of 48 Months of Journey Level Experience in Groundwater Regulatory Compliance. 

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license.


  • A master’s degree in natural sciences, engineering, environmental or resource planning, public policy, economics or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of work experience.
  • A law degree may substitute for one (1) year of work experience.
  • A PhD in natural sciences, engineering, environmental or resource planning, public policy, economics, or related field may substitute for two (2) years of work experience. 

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Possession of bachelor’s degree in engineering, geology, environmental science or related field.
  • Possession of License in the State of California as a Professional Geologist, Professional Engineer or the ability to get a license in 2 years.
  • Experience in designing and implementing groundwater monitoring programs, including.
    • Designing and installing groundwater monitoring wells.
    • Measuring and recording water levels.
    • Conducting groundwater quality sample collection, handling and management.
  • Experience in preparing various reports including Groundwater Monitoring Reports.
  • Experience in reviewing compiling and analyzing technical data (laboratory water quality data, water level data), preparing contour maps.
  • Experience in Regulatory coordination with local resource agencies including the RWQCB, DTSC, CADWR and others as needed.

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.