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Utility Specialist (5602) - Hetch Hetchy Water & Power (Moccasin) - SFPUC (Temporary Exempt)

Recruitment: REF41402M

Published: May 31, 2024


Anna Owens -

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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 5602-Utility Specialist
Salary range: $118,716.00 - $175,526.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


  • Application Opening: May 24, 2024 
  • Application Filing Deadline: June 6, 2024 (*application deadline extended past May 31, 2024 to broaden candidate pool)
  • Annual Salary: $118,716 - $175,526

*Announcement was amended on 5/28/2024

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary 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 Name: Hetch Hetchy Water & Power (HHWP) Safety Program           

The 5602 Utility Specialist will provide direct support for HHWP field staff and safety. The 5602 will review existing procedural documents and programs, and current policies to identify deficiencies in compliance. The 5602 will also perform field investigations to evaluate HHWP crew safety procedure implementation. From the document review and field evaluations, the 5602 will identify improvements to procedures and trainings to ensure compliance with safety regulations. The 5602 will review scheduled work and provide safety mitigation measures.

Essential Functions:

1. Monitors operations to ensure compliance with policy directives, laws, and regulations with the support of other staff and departments.

2. Review and update procedures and documentation related to policies and procedures to improve operations and mitigate risks.

3. Identify needs for safety training from inspections, trend analyses, and review of regulatory requirements.

4. Collaborate with training staff and other departments to design and implement new trainings and evaluate and revise existing training programs.

5. Writes a variety of documents including reports; work plans; scheduled maintenance outage plans; general correspondence; operations plans; program descriptions; operating procedures and policy recommendations; meeting minutes; legal and regulatory interpretations and issues; spill prevention control and countermeasure plans; risk management plans; and other types of written documents as needed to support the diverse work activities assigned to this class.

6. Consult with managers, employees and other technical personnel and provides technical support and expertise for environmental and regulatory compliance.

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


1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably with major coursework in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to the utility business; AND


2. Four years of verifiable journey-level work experience in one or more of the following areas: planning, scheduling, cost estimating and resource projecting for mid to large scale projects; water supply/infrastructure management and planning; power operations planning and scheduling; analysis, interpretation and application of utility contracts and regulations in either water, power (electric and/or natural gas), telecommunications, or a wastewater/clean water program; utility market and environmental analysis and planning; power supply and transmission rates and contracts; generation, transmission or distribution planning and design; or long-term utility systems planning.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Every application is reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed in the job ad. Please review our articles on Employment Application and Minimum Qualifications and Verification of Experience and/or Education for considerations taken when reviewing applications. 

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 from 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.