5293 Planner IV

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5293 Planner IV

Natural Resources and Lands Management

Recruitment #PBT-5293-106583

Salary: $124,670.00 - $151,502.00/year

Filing Deadline: 6/18/2021 5:00:00 PM

For more information and where to apply, please visit the job announcement at:

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.

Natural Resources and Land Management

The Natural Resources and Lands Management (NRLM) Division within the Water Enterprise of the SFPUC is responsible for the management of approximately 61,000 acres of Bay Area watershed lands under SFPUC ownership as well as 150 miles of utility right-of-way. NRLM Division is responsible for managing, protecting, restoring, and monitoring the ecological resources on these lands and environmental compliance for the operations and maintenance of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System which serves 2.7 million customers. We are committed to responsible natural resources management that protects and restores viable populations of native species and maintains the integrity of the ecosystems that support them for current and future generations. We strive to become a leader in science-based and collaborative environmental stewardship in order to continue providing high-quality and reliable water supplies to our customers.

Position Description:

Under general supervision of the NRLM Planning and Compliance Manager, and in collaboration with NRLM staff, this Planner IV will lead the Division’s efforts to develop or update land and resource management plans such as a wildfire risk reduction plans, and invasive species management plans. These efforts will ultimately culminate in updating the SFPUC’s Alameda and Peninsula Watershed Management Plans, or their components, including federal and/or state environmental compliance permits in support of maintenance and operations. The Planner IV will collaborate with and support SFPUC staff charged with implementing these updated or newly developed plans. These plans will support broader operations and maintenance activities such as, asset maintenance planning; budget planning and tracking; and issuance of land use agreements such as for third party utility use, grazing operations, or native plant nurseries. This Planner IV will also represent the SFPUC in regional planning efforts that are related to operations and maintenance of Water Enterprise assets within the Bay Area counties related to transportation planning, environmental restoration, climate adaption/mitigation, trail planning, and wildfire risk reduction. This Planner IV may also perform a wide range of related duties as required. 

Examples of Major and Essential Duties:

• Updates existing NRLM plans and develops new NRLM plans related to the management of watershed and utility right of way lands and the stewardship and protection of natural resources affected by SFPUC activities.

• Oversees the development of planning documents including environmental permits and CEQA/NEPA documentation. 

• Ensures plans and activities are consistent with SFPUC practices, policies and guidelines, local, state, and federal laws, industry standards, and up to date science including climate change adaptation and natural resources and land management best practices.

• Plans, schedules, and organizes complex planning efforts, keeping projects on schedule and budget while efficiently and accurately synthesizing input from various stakeholders and experts.

• Compiles land and natural resources planning data from multiple sources and prepares data for analyses; analyzes georeferenced or other types of planning data using various statistical methods and software tools; and oversees development of systems for archiving, retrieving, managing and analyzing data and records.

• Prepares comprehensive reports on complex planning topics relevant to land and natural resources management and protection; directs and creates various data visualizations, including charts, graphs, and maps; clearly and concisely presents data, findings and recommendations to experts and non-expert audiences. 

• Reviews projects regarding land use (including sale and purchase), reviews and analyzes project applications and plans with regard to watershed and utility right of way policies and planning standards, federal, state and local laws and for probable impacts; and works with project proponents to develop alternative approaches to minimize impacts to the environment and natural resources.

• Leads and directs environmental regulatory efforts and implementation of updated or newly developed NRLM plans. This includes overseeing compliance with NEPA and CEQA, negotiating new environmental permits (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish and Game Code), and tracking and reporting on environmental regulatory compliance.

• Leads budget planning, contract procurement, and asset planning efforts needed to implement these plans.

• Manages the work of consultant teams and staff. Writes scopes of work, evaluates and approves budgets, directs work, and evaluates and approves deliverables. Sets team goals and priorities, develops individual work plans, assigns tasks, and supervises work of multidisciplinary teams.  

• Communicates effectively and courteously across a wide range of interests and expertise to staff, managers, technical experts, departmental officials, regulatory personnel, and the public; addresses community, business and other groups to explain planning programs and to promote good public relations for the Department; and may represent the Department at the Board of Supervisors committee meetings, or to other government agencies, commissions or boards.

• Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate is an experienced planner who is highly organized, motivated, able to skillfully navigate high stakes conversations with diverse stakeholders, maintains accurate records, stays up to date on best practices for lands and natural resources stewardship and management, and is knowledgeable about environmental regulatory compliance in California.

Nature of Work: The nature of work may require working in the field in remote settings, including watersheds, estuaries, streams, rivers, and on reservoirs. The position may require driving or hiking to remote locations on unimproved dirt roads in inclement weather. The positions may require overtime and work on weekends.

Work Location: The position is located on the 10th floor at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco CA or 1657 Rollins Road, Burlingame CA. The position may require the employee to temporarily telecommute on a full-time basis until further notice is given to return to the office.

Working Relationships: This position works with City Attorneys, Real Estate Services Staff, SFPUC Managers, Biologists, Foresters, Maintenance and Environmental Planners, Contract Managers, State and Federal Regulatory Agency Staff, Community Stakeholders, and others.

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.

5293 Planner IV

Natural Resources and Lands Management

Recruitment #PBT-5293-106583

Salary: $124,670.00 - $151,502.00/year

Filing Deadline: 6/18/2021 5:00:00 PM

For more information and where to apply, please visit the job announcement at:


Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Application Deadline
    June 18, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$124,670 - $151,502


525 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

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