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Assistant Industrial Hygienist - HRS H&S - SFPUC (6137) (130651)

Recruitment: RTF0130650-01077778

Published: February 13, 2024


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 6137-Assistant Industrial Hygienist
Salary range: $101,660.00 - $123,578.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 5 What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


Posting extended to obtain more applications. Those who have already applied will not need to reapply.

  • Application Opening: 01/23/2024
  • Application Filing Deadline: 03/29/2024
  • Annual Salary: $101,660 to $123,578 Annually 
  • Recruitment ID: Eligible List ID - 130651, RTF Code ID: RTF0130650-01077778 

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

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

Role description

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) seeks an Assistant Industrial Hygienist to join our Health and Safety team. 

We are looking for an individual that possesses strong and effective written communication, presentation, and training skills. The incumbent would also possess strong interpersonal communication skills.

Under supervision, performs routine industrial hygiene work in connection with hazardous materials and other health and environmental hazards; conducts and participates in industrial hygiene surveys of SFPUC facilities; conducts routine industrial hygiene monitoring of chemical, biological, and physical agents; maintains, calibrates and inventories standard industrial hygiene equipment; assists in developing and conducting occupational health and safety training programs; assists in developing technical materials; and performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts and participates in industrial hygiene surveys of SFPUC facilities for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, recommending controls, and regulating the use of hazardous chemical, biological, and physical agents; investigates and evaluates health and safety hazards and advises industrial hygienists and health and safety personnel of findings for necessary remedial action.
  • Provides technical assistance to SFPUC to help establish legally mandated elements of Occupational Safety and Health Programs; assists departmental personnel in evaluating employee reports of unhealthy working conditions.
  • Assists in developing and conducting training programs on occupational health and safety topics.
  • Advises departmental health and safety personnel on matters pertaining to occupational health; provides technical support in identifying, preventing, and recommending controls of health and safety hazards, and in coordinating implementation of applicable laws, policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Assists in administrative tasks related to regulatory and internal programmatic requirements; maintains technical reference materials and records; compiles data and assists in preparation of reports.
  • Participates in meetings with departmental groups concerning industrial hygiene and hazardous materials matters.
  • Conducts respiratory protection fit-testing.

The 6137 Assistant Industrial Hygienist will perform other related duties as assigned.

Nature of Position: This position may occasionally require the incumbent to spend multiple nights away related to work at offsite locations and travel to conferences/training.

How to qualify


Possession of a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene; Occupational Safety and Health; Environmental Sciences, Health, or Management; or an equivalent degree in a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Applicant’s college (undergraduate or masters) coursework must include a minimum of 6 semesters of any combination of chemistry, biology, and/or physics.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid driver’s license; if not a California driver’s license ability to obtain a California Driver’s License within 45 days of hire.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sciences, Health, or Management; Occupational Safety & Health; or in a closely related major (examples include but are not limited to toxicology; chemistry, physics; biology; or mechanical, chemical, or environmental engineering). Applicant’s college coursework must include a minimum of 6 semesters of any combination of chemistry, biology, and/or physics.

Six (6) months of exposure to industrial hygiene practice by way of an internship, trainee position, or technician under the direction of an industrial hygienist may substitute for the required Education and Experience.

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

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Proficiency of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Ability to develop and present training;
  • Ability to create a positive working environment with fellow coworkers and stakeholders.

The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.


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 will be required to complete a 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.

Written Exercise Examination (Weight 100%)

The Written Exercise Examination Questionnaire is an exam and contents will be evaluated and scored. The purpose of the Written Exercise Exam is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas which have been identified as critical for this position. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of chemicals, physical, and biological agents and assessment of chemical, physical, and biological hazards;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental and occupational health and safety and hazardous material laws, regulations, and ordinances;
  • Knowledge of technical training methods and techniques;
  • Ability to perform routine industrial hygiene monitoring utilizing standard industrial hygiene equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Qualified candidates will be sent email notices to complete the MQSQ and details pertaining to the written exam. Failure to complete these steps by the established deadlines will result in disqualification. 

A passing score must be achieved on the exam to be placed on the eligible list and continue in the selection process. 

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles when directed by the Human Resources Director. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

What else should I know?

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5). Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at 

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


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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.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Linda Muir 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.