5261 Landscape Architectural Assistant II

Recruitment #PBT-5261-083497


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.
This announcement has been amended to extend the filing deadline.

About Us:
San Francisco Public Works, Building Design and Construction (BDC) provides programming, architectural design, site and master planning, conceptual design, landscape architecture and construction management services. BDC works closely with client departments and community groups to create buildings and spaces that are sustainable, respect the urban context and reflect the uniqueness of San Francisco neighborhoods. We are one of the few departments that provide full architectural design and project delivery services for other City departments’ assets, which includes libraries, health centers, recreation centers, police and fire stations, sewer and lighting systems and playgrounds.

Our Vision:  A forward-thinking organization that honors the public trust
Our Mission:  We care for and build the City’s assets for the people of San Francisco
Core Values:  Respect, Integrity and Responsiveness

Position Description:
BDC’s Landscape Architecture section currently has an opening for a 5261 Landscape Architectural Assistant II.  The ideal candidate will utilize strong design, technical and graphic skills as an emerging professional who is interested in developing well-rounded experience from design through construction in all aspects of landscape architectural project delivery.  The Landscape Architectural Assistant II will perform more complex and responsible duties and may exercise limited work direction over positions in Class 5260 Landscape Architectural Assistant I. The successful candidate will perform entry to mid-level landscape architectural work in the office and field, under supervision and in connection with the preparation and design of landscape architectural documents for parks, playgrounds and streetscape throughout the city. 

Essential Duties Include:
Participates in early concept and schematic design presentation work;  prepares SketchUp, Photoshop and presentation documents;  advances project development through design development and construction documents;  visits project sites to make field observations of projects under construction;  assures conformance with plans and specifications;  maintain records, plans and files on assigned work;  prepares written reports, summaries and correspondence related to landscape architectural activities;  performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited college or university; AND
2. Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the landscape architectural field including landscape architectural design, landscape architectural detailing, construction documents, programming, preliminary cost budgeting, specification coordination and review, and construction administration, all under the direction of a licensed landscape architect; AND
3. Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Substitution: A professional degree in Landscape Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required education.

Note:  The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled, which may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
• Highly skilled in AutoCAD and/or Civil 3D modeling
• Skilled in Sketch-Up or Photoshop.
• Working knowledge of PowerPoint and/or Illustrator.
• Design and/or construction document and detailing experience a plus.
• Working knowledge of state & local codes.

How To Apply

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

In addition to completing an online CCSF application, you must submit the following by the filing deadline: 1) a cover letter specifically indicating how you meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated in the announcement; 2) a separate copy of your resume; 3) a PDF Portfolio showing your best work, highlighting design and technical skills (10 pages maximum); and 4) verification (see below). 

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 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 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.  Verification of education from an accredited college or university may be in the form of a diploma or transcript.  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 valid certification or licensure, including a driver's license, may be a photocopy of the official document from the appropriate issuing agency. 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 (Weight 100%):
All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. Information provided by qualified candidates on the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assess their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas identified as critical for successful performance, which may include, but not be limited to, knowledge of: landscape architectural theory, design and drafting practices, techniques, basic construction processes, procedures, projects, final contract documents, applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, mathematics and its application to landscape architectural design and drafting problems; ability and skill to: prepare accurate and complete landscape architectural drawings and specifications, apply landscape architectural techniques and methods to solve problems, make field observations to insure conformance with industry practices and contract documents, make landscape architectural and mathematical computations, assist in the review and coordination of cost estimates, use spreadsheet and word processing software, write landscape architectural reports and correspondence, use electronic landscape architectural drafting and/or 3D modeling software. Applicants must include the best examples of work from their portfolio up to a maximum of 10 pages in PDF format.

Responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire and portfolio examples will be evaluated and scored. All information should be consistent the official employment application and is subject to verification. Failure to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and submit 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 lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination 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. Upon approval of the Human Resource Director, the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, 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 were given a conditional offer of employment. 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 receive a conditional offer of employment, 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:
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.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:
Information regarding requests for seniority credit in promotional exams can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit.

Veteran’s Preference:
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.

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.  Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

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
Issued: April 26, 2018
Amended: May 14, 2018 to extend the filing deadline

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-5261-083497
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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