Biologist

City & County of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

Full-time | Temporary
Introduction

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

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 www.sfwater.org
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:
As part of the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project (CDRP), the 2483 Biologist will research and synthesize existing information; and develop and write both the southern Alameda Creek watershed conceptual model, and the viability analysis for Steelhead and the Calaveras Reservoir Study Plan. For the conceptual model and viability analysis, the 2483 Biologist will run the model, evaluate the results, and adjust the parameters if necessary until achieving realistic results. For the Calaveras Reservoir Study Plan, the 2483 Biologist will work towards initiation and implementation of that plan. The 2483 Biologist will also take part in annual Oncorhynchus mykiss spawning surveys and instream electrofishing, snorkeling, benthic macroinvertebrate, and fish trapping surveys, and fish ladder operations as related to the southern Alameda Creek watershed conceptual model and viability analysis for steelhead and the Calaveras Reservoir Study Plan. In addition, the 2483 Biologist will play a major role in the Bioregional Habitat Restoration program. For all the above tasks the 2483 Biologist will be required to work in coordination with the Supervising Biologist, the 2484 Biologist III's and other 2483 Biologists within the Division. They may also be required to work with state and federal agency staff. The anticipated duration of this project is 36 months.

Essential functions:
Research and develop a conceptual model and viability analysis for Oncorhynchus mykiss in the southern Alameda Creek watershed.
Research and develop a study plan to monitor and manage the adfluvial Oncorhynchus mykiss population in Calaveras Reservoir and the Arroyo Hondo.
Take an active role in environmental monitoring and surveys that take place upland areas, in and along streams, and on lakes and reservoirs that may require driving to remote locations on both paved and unpaved roads in rainy conditions.
Collect and manage environmental monitoring and survey data, including the implementation of quality assurance and quality control procedures.
Produce environmental monitoring and survey reports that are suitable for both internal and external agency staff.
Advise and participate in the collection of ecological performance monitoring data and review annual reporting documents for compensatory Bioregional Habitat Restoration sites.
Participate in the planning and oversight of contracted maintenance activities on the Bioregional Habitat Restoration sites to comply with the permitted restoration goals.
Work and coordinate with other SFPUC Natural Resources and Lands Management staff in both the East Bay and on the Peninsula.
Other duties as required
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
If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

1. Possession of baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental biology, marine biology, aquatic biology, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, limnology, aquatic toxicology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related science; AND

2. Possession of a valid driver’s license.

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

Desirable Qualifications:
This position requires a thorough understanding of freshwater fisheries. An understanding of herpetology, benthic macro-invertebrates, other wildlife, and vegetation common to East Bay watersheds would be helpful.

Verification:
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 http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

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 http://www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

Select the desired job announcement
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 e-mail.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement 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 (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org). 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.

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 result in lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Carlos Cervantes or Anna Fagergren, by telephone at 415-554-1605, or by email at afagergren@sfwater.org or ccervantes@sfwater.org.