5272 Landscape Architectural Associate II


Recruitment #CBT-5272-903088



Position Description:
Under general supervision, the Landscape Architectural Associate II performs landscape architectural duties related to the planning and development of landscape improvement projects for City parks, recreational areas, urban public spaces, parkways, public rights of way and other lands on City-owned facilities.  This class performs landscape architectural work without close supervision and is expected to use independent initiative and judgment to complete assignments ranging from medium complexity to high complexity and also performs a full range of first line supervisory duties.

Essential Duties Include:
1. Prepares and/or supervises the planning and design of landscape architectural projects.
2. Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of presentation materials for landscape architectural projects.
3. Determines scope of work, and establishes schedules and estimated costs of projects.
4. Writes and edits construction specifications; prepares reports, memoranda and all correspondence related to landscape architectural work.
5. Coordinates and reviews contract documents with other City and consulting staff including architects, engineers, maintenance and crafts personnel.
6. Performs site review or inspections of landscape projects under construction to ensure quality and conformance to plans and specifications.
7. Reviews, coordinates and comments on work prepared by consultants for conformance with project requirements.
8. Provides technical assistance and direction to subordinate landscape architectural and other supervised staff.
9. Coordinates, facilitates, and/or presents projects to clients, commissions, agencies, departments, communities and other interested groups.
10. Supervises subordinate personnel by planning, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work; is responsible for development of subordinates through training and disciplinary processes.
11. Reviews and checks contractors’ correspondence, reports, change order requests, payment requests and submittals including shop drawings, material samples and substitutions to insure contract compliance and conformity with the design intent.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the landscape architectural field, including design; preparation of preliminary and final working drawings, cost analyses, specification preparation, construction administration, and observation of landscape architectural construction projects of which two (2) years must have been served as a job captain, project lead, or in a role of increased responsibility on a project.

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a California License to practice as a Landscape Architect
  • Possession of a valid California driver license.

Note(s): Applicants must meet minimum qualifications requirement and submit verification (see "How to Apply" below) by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobapscloud.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

Computer kiosks 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 Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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, @sfusd.edu, @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.

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.


Verification of a valid landscape architect license and driver's license, may be a photocopy of the official document issued by the state. Verification of work experience must be on the employer’s letterhead, include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of service and signature of the employer.  City and County of San Francisco employees do not need to submit verification of qualifying City employment, but must submit verification of outside experience. Employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1.  Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by copies of income tax papers verifying income and earnings, business license and/or other documents listing occupations and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position.  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. Failure to submit the required verification by the filing deadline may result in rejection of the application.

Applicants may submit verification by either:
    1. Uploading the documents to JobAps as part of the application; OR 
    2. Sending the documents as an attachment to: Sean.Sexton@sfgov.org.

Note: Falsifying one’s education 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 you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Sean Sexton, by phone at (415) 554-6050 or email to: Sean.Sexton@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying):
Applicants will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, training and licensure, consistent with the information provided on their application. The supplemental questionnaire will be used to evaluate whether applicants meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. The information in the supplemental questionnaire will not be scored and is collected for informational purposes.

Behavioral Consistency Questionnaire (Weight 100%):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and submit the required verification will be sent a behavioral consistency questionnaire to complete and return by e-mail.  This questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of landscape architecture principles, practices, regulations, codes, drafting procedures and practices, planting and construction materials, appropriate usage in project design and implementation; skill to prepare reliable cost estimates, prepare illustrative, planning and design work, draft conceptual and technical plans by hand, use CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), use 3D modeling and graphic design software; decision making skill; supervisory ability; written communication ability; interpersonal skill and human relations ability.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of the behavioral consistency questionnaire candidates must include the best examples of their work, which highlights their design and technical skills from their portfolio up to a maximum of 10 pages in .PDF format. Responses to the questionnaire and portfolio examples will be evaluated and scored. All information should be consistent with the official employment application and is subject to verification. Failure to complete the questionnaire and submit PDF portfolio examples may result in disqualification or a lower score in the examination. Candidates must achieve a passing score in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the ranked eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5) Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Customs Clearance:
This position may require that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veteran’s Preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/veterans-preference

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Combined Promotive and Entrance

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: CBT-5272-903088
GSA - SS (415) 554-6050


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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