City & County of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA4.1


1770 - Photographer

San Francisco - Public Utilities Commission, Infrastructure Division


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

June, 10, 2019: Announcement filing deadline has been extended to allow for additional recruitment, candidates who applied do not need to re-apply.

Who are we?

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

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. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

Position Description:
Under direction of the 1774 - Head Photographer, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), 1770 - Photographer will fulfill SFPUC wide requests for images and video by utilizing a digital camera to capture high quality visual content for internal and external use then will use computer software to professionally edit the images and videos for publishing or archiving; the Photographer will also assist with maintaining digital asset management system by creating detailed meta data and with preservation work for the historic photo archive.

Essential Duties of this position includes:
Creating photographic and video documentation of SFPUC construction including repairs, replacement, and seismic upgrades of water, power, and wastewater facilities.
Photographing and creating video of public events, taking portraits of SFPUC Commissioners and staff.
Creating and reproducing high quality images and videos for use in public relations projects, scholarly studies, social media, print media, and litigation purposes.
Editing images and video using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere or similar photo and video editing software.
Working closely with SFPUC engineers, project managers and other individuals including the public, in need of photographic, video, and historical research services.
Assisting with preservation and digitization of the SFPUC historic photo collection by scanning negatives, slides, and prints; rehousing negatives into archival envelopes; and transferring into cold storage.
Creating detailed metadata for digital assets for archiving in Canto Cumulus Digital Asset Management (DAM) system.
Updating historical metadata fields in the DAM system.
Creating prints and enlargements of images to be used for public outreach, art exhibits, and displays.
Reporting Location: 525 Golden Gate Avenue, frequent travel to Bay Area jobsites and occasional travel to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (145 Miles outside of San Francisco) and other regional jobsites.

Nature of work: Requires continuous close attention for accurate results, involving some physical effort and dexterity in the use of fingers and hands in taking and processing photographs. May be exposed to dust, odors, chemicals and other hazardous materials. May be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). May be required to attend work-related training including safety courses. May be required to walk difficult terrains, climb ladders to rooftops and other high points, and take photographs and video in confined spaces. Requires the ability to operate a vehicle and drive to construction projects in the field.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.

Minimum Qualifications
These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1. Education:
Possession of a valid High School Diploma, GED or California High School Proficiency Certificate, AND
Completion of a professional training course in commercial photography, AND

2. Experience:
Two (2) years of fulltime verifiable experience in black and white and color photography; AND

3. License:
A valid California Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of training and experience listed above.

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

Highly-organized with a strong record of meeting deadlines and attention to detail.
Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team to accomplish organizational goals.
Experience with audio and music mixing, sound effects, and color correction for video content. Also, experience producing, conceptualizing, storyboarding, shooting, and editing videos.
Experience creating instructional training videos.
Experience operating a small unmanned aerial vehicle/drone as well as possession of FAA Part 107 small unmanned aircraft systems commercial drone license.
Familiarity with digital asset management systems.
Knowledge of archival practices to preserve and protect aging negatives, photographs, albums, and film.
Knowledge of professional editing and scanning software and ability to retouch and resize different file formats.
Strong knowledge of construction safety regulations and protocols.
Highly-organized with a strong record of meeting deadlines and attention to detail.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

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.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

How To Apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

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  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen
Need help completing the application?

Computers are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

We communicate by email.

You may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, you must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on your computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, you should set up your email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses:,,,,,,,,,,,, You will receive a confirmation email that your online application has been received in response to every announcement for which you apply. You should retain the confirmation email for your records. Failure to receive the email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of advice:
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.

Have questions about the application process?

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Danny Wan, by telephone at 415-554-1648 or by email at