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Assistant Engineer (Green Stormwater Infrastructure)- Wastewater Enterprise – SFPUC (5203)

Recruitment: RTF0144601-01148814

Published: March 26, 2024


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 5203-Assistant Engineer
Salary range: $119,886.00 - $145,756.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


  • Application Opening: March 26, 2024
  • Application Filing Deadline: April 8, 2024
  • Annual Salary: $119,886- $145,756
  • Recruitment ID:  RTF0144601-01148814; PEX-5203-144602

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.

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

Project: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project Review

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is seeking a 5203 Assistant Engineer, Green Stormwater Infrastructure position to support the high-performing Stormwater Management Program within the Wastewater Enterprise, Urban Watershed Planning Division.

The Assistant Engineer will work under direction of the Stormwater Program Manager and will work in close collaboration with the Project Review Team to implement the San Francisco Stormwater Management Ordinance (Ordinance). The position will provide technical outreach to the development community, coordinate Ordinance implementation with project teams, and be responsible for the review and approval of stormwater management plans for large and complex redevelopment areas and infill projects within the City and County of San Francisco. City-wide stormwater management projects span the full range of private and public land portfolio types, including: parcel development such as commercial and industrial, market rate and affordable housing; redevelopment areas and districts; parks and open space; and public street ROW. The position will ensure that stormwater management controls (a.k.a. stormwater BMPs, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, etc.) are designed and built to local requirements and guidelines. This position will serve as a technical expert on stormwater management design, program policies and processes, and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a strong Civil Engineering background with experience in general land development, a deep understanding of stormwater management, and a passion for pushing for the advancement of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) in an urban environment. Common stormwater management tools include bioretention, permeable paving, vegetated roofs, and rainwater harvesting. You will be self-motivated with strong written and verbal communication skills, possess a desire to learn and work on complex and unique projects, be interested in learning and improving program policy and processes, and enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary collaborative team.

Essential Functions:

  • Support Program Manager to assist and/or independently coordinate the review and approval of a portfolio of City-wide redevelopment areas while working to ensure that SFPUC’s regulatory and policy positions are rigorously applied.
  • Actively communicate with City-Family partners, Developers, and Project Teams regarding local MS4 permit, Ordinance requirements, and program processes.
  • Actively coordinate the planning and implementation of Ordinance requirements into San Francisco’s parcel and large redevelopment areas.
  • Conduct review of Developer documents, development agreements, infrastructure plans, stormwater master plans, stormwater management modeling, operation and maintenance agreements, and related submittals.
  • Conduct Project Review for public and private parcel development projects within target review schedule. Assure stormwater management reports and project design documents are designed to local compliance, including: stormwater approach and design analyses, calculations review, internal collaboration, providing clear and concise written formal comments, and ongoing project team communication.
  • Provide stormwater management and green infrastructure related technical outreach and support regarding the design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Coordinate with Project Review Team, SFPUC Enterprises, City-Family partners, and Development Teams.
  • Provide regulatory and technical assistance to Development Teams to ensure appropriate compliance with the Ordinance, most current requirements of the MS4 permit, policy, guidelines, and applicable standards.
  • Identify and actively participate in ongoing program improvements, solve design problems, perform as needed policy analysis, propose and implement process improvements to improve green infrastructure project design and delivery.
  • Possess working knowledge of various industry-standard hydrologic calculation methods: SWMM, continuous-time models, and Santa Barbara Unit Hydrograph (basis of local BMP Sizing Calculators).
  • As needed, identify and resolve routine BMP Sizing Calculator improvements and updates.
  • Coordinate with other division work groups conducting post-construction inspection, stormwater grants, and infrastructure acceptance.
  • Actively coordinate with Program Manager to assist in making planning and design level stormwater management infrastructure determinations.
  • Ability to support Program Manager at redevelopment project meetings with staff from City development authorities, Public Works, Mayor’s Office, and other city agencies to coordinate approach to land development, including design requirements, project phasing, construction sequencing, and asset acceptance and operation.

Nature of the work:

Position Location: 525 Golden Gate 11th Floor – partial remote until further notice
Position Working Schedule: M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

How to qualify

  1. a. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an engineering program with a major in the field of study related to the specialty area defined for each position.

Civil: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Structural Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or Engineering Management


b. One (1) year of verifiable professional engineering experience performing at least three of the following tasks:

  • Preparing or assisting in preparing studies, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools
  • Collecting data to assess project needs and define project scope through site visits, surveying, review of existing documents, reports, drawing and manuals, performing measurements, collecting samples, or/and interviews with the stakeholders.
  • Preparing or assisting in the preparation of contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.
  • Preparing or assisting in the preparation of engineering reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.
  • Conducting data analyses and mathematical calculations, in order to determine type or size of material or equipment.
  • Conducting routine field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

Note: Internships, drafting experience and student design work do not qualify as professional engineering experience.


c. Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).


2. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in the field required for each specialty from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

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

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

  • Strong Civil Engineering background with experience in general land development, a deep understanding of stormwater management, stormwater BMPs, and a passion for the advancement of Green Stormwater Infrastructure in the urban environment.
  • Excellent verbal communicator, technical writer, critical thinker, and team player.
  • Possession of a master’s degree in a major field of engineering study.
  • Experience interacting with and sharing information across multiple disciplines, including regulatory compliance, planning, engineering, and design teams.
  • Ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, city agencies, and work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience preparing site development construction documents, specifications, stormwater management reports, and construction administration oversight on projects implementing green stormwater infrastructure. May include experience with private parcel developed, redevelopment areas, or governmental capital programs.
  • Experience preparing technical stormwater infrastructure feasibility studies, alternative analyses, complex multi-phase stormwater master plans, and utility-related planning.
  • Experience preparing hydrologic calculations or modeling.
  • Experience conducting design review on large land development projects or parcel development implementing green stormwater infrastructure.

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. Education verification information on 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.

What else should I know?


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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 updated. 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.

Job Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the job analyst, Anna Owens 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.