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Integrated Pest Management Specialist - Urban Forestry - Public Works (3424) (132618)

Recruitment: RTF0132592-01126128

Published: February 16, 2024

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Department: Public Works
Job class: 3424-Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Salary range: $91,338.00 - $110,994.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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The announcement has been amended to extend the filing deadline to accept additional applications.  Candidates who have previously applied DO NOT need to re-apply.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below.

Application Opening: Friday, November 17, 2023
Application Deadline: This is a continuous recruitment. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Friday, December 1, 2023.
Compensation Range: $89,336 - $108,550 Annually
Recruitment ID: RTF0132592-01126128

Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV). 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 Works (Public Works) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $453 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,700-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

The Bureau of Urban Forestry
We oversee the median maintenance, tree planting, and maintenance of 124,000-plus City-owned trees through the voter-backed  StreetTreeSF program. San Francisco Public Works is developing StreetTreeSF into an efficient and cost-effective system to routinely and proactively maintain street trees, ensuring that all public trees are inspected and pruned on a regular basis. In addition, crews repair sidewalks and build curb ramps to advance safety and accessibility.

Please visit the “About Us” section of our website at to learn more about the department’s core values, Racial Equity Initiative, leadership team, history, budget and more.

Public Works currently has vacancies for the position of Integrated Pest Management Specialist (3424) within our Urban Forestry Division.

Role description

Under supervision, the Integrated Pest Management Specialist will inspect trees, shrubs, turf, rights of way (roads, flood control channels, transportation corridors, lots, landscaping and easements, etc.), bodies of water, and structures for evidence of various pests and related damage, and take the appropriate steps to resolve problems.

Important and Essential Duties:
As an Integrated Pest Management Specialist, your duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Survey and inspect trees, shrubs, grass, rights of way, and other vegetation, aquatics, and structures for evidence of disease or presence of harmful pests by using visual aids, field observations, and history records.
  • Monitor pest ecosystems to evaluate the presence of pest species, natural pest predators, and conditions that may contribute to pest problems.
  • Assist and provide expertise in the development of an integrated pest management program strategy.
  • Utilize traps, chemical and non-chemical methods to manage pests.
  • Provide expertise, assistance, and training to staff, structural contract service providers, and the public about pest biology, the IPM approach, new pest management strategies, and toxicology of pesticides for use.
  • Mix, apply, and monitor various recommended chemicals, fertilizers, compounds, and baits to be used for treatment, elimination, or control of specific conditions found.
  • Provide technical direction and oversight to gardening staff and other departmental employees.
  • Implement pest control measures in accordance with the City's Integrated Pest Management Program (Chapter 39 of the San Francisco Administrative Code).
  • Operate and maintain specialized equipment such as sprayers of various types, small boats to spray lakes for algae and weed control, and/or large-capacity truck sprayers for surface areas.
  • Requisition and evaluate needed supplies and keep records of chemicals used and recommendations for spray control operations.
  • Direct the spray truck driver's work.
  • Maintain detailed IPM records.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

One (1) year of verifiable experience working as a professional gardener, nursery worker or professional pest control provider.

License and Certification:
Possession of a California Commercial Applicator Certificate (QAC/QAL) which includes one or more of the following categories: Residential, Industrial, and Institutional; Landscape Maintenance; Rights-of-way; Forest; Aquatic; and Wood Preservation.

Possession of a valid California class C driver’s license.

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

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hours work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, 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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Selection Procedures:
After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ):
Candidates may be required to complete an MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

What else should I know?

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

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Analyst, Eric Chan, 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.