6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures

Recruitment #PBT-6220-081233



Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time,
but no earlier than April 12, 2019   

March 29, 2019:  Reopened for additional applicants.  Previous Applicants need not reapply. 

The City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (DPH) strives to protect and improve health and quality of life for all San Franciscans by improving the environmental quality where they live, work, and play. The Environmental Health Branch advances this mission by implementing San Francisco's health-protective environmental policies and laws to ensure safe and nutritious food; protection from excessive noise; prevention of exposure to chemicals, polluted soil, air and water; habitable housing; and quality neighborhoods.  

Under general supervision, class 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures inspects and tests weighing and measuring devices, petroleum products, and packaged commodities for labeled content and retail price verification inspections; carries out, interprets, and enforces policies and procedures relative to inspection activities; regularly explains applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations to employees, businesses, and the public; and maintains records and prepares reports on inspection activities.  

Nature of Work:  Inspections are performed primarily at off-site locations and may require a moderate degree of physical exertion including lifting and carrying up to fifty (50) pounds; bending; stooping; climbing; crouching; reaching; kneeling; and manual dexterity.   

Class 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures performs essential job functions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Investigates complaints concerning illegal weights and measures practices;
  • Conducts field tests of various weighing and measuring devices;
  • Inspects pre-packaged meats and other packaged commodities;
  • Enforces state and county laws related to weights and measures by issuing warning notices and citations;
  • Takes samples of gasoline and other petroleum products;
  • Answers questions from the general public related to weights and measures; serves as a source of information and maintains good public relations;
  • Assists with annually calibrating all field standards and on the job training; and
  • Writes daily inspection reports and investigative reports, as required by law.  

Class 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

1.  Possession of any two (2) of the required three (3) valid County Weights and Measures Inspector Licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (see Note A below):   

  • Weight Verification License;
  • Measurement Verification License;
  • Transaction and Product Verification License;  AND  

2.  Possession of a valid California Driver License.   

    A.  6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures employees are required to obtain the third valid County Weights and Measures Inspector License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture within twelve (12) months of hire.

    B.  For the duration of employment, to perform essential duties as described above, the nature of the 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures position requires:

    • The ability to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds.  
    • The ability to drive a vehicle owned by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF).  6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures employees are required to comply with the Department of Public Health and CCSF Vehicle Use Policies.

    Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

    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.

    • Possession of a valid California Class A or B Driver License
    • Bilingual fluency in another language (e.g. Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese)
    • Public outreach experience (e.g. cold calls)
    • Computer skills
    • Experience with high volume regulatory inspections and enforcement actions
    • Experience effectively managing conflict/confrontational situations  

    Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

    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.

    Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.  

    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.  City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience. 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.     

    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 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

    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.

    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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

    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.

    Applications and application-related materials (e.g. supplemental questionnaires) that are incomplete or completed improperly completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Yvette Gamble, by telephone at (415) 554-2911 or by email at yvette.gamble@sfdph.org

    Selection Procedures

    Training and Experience Evaluation:  (Weight: 100%)
    Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline.  The information provided must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification.  Submitted responses will assist with determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  

    The Supplemental Questionnaire/Training and Experience Evaluation is also designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: 

    • Knowledge of weighing and measuring devices refers to the knowledge of the construction, maintenance, and operations of scales, meters, standards of weights and measures, and other devices used in field work in the market place;
    • Ability to inspect weighing and measuring devices refers to the ability to inspect and test weighing and measuring devices for accuracy within established tolerance limits and for compliance with specification and requirements;
    • Knowledge of laws refers to the knowledge of State and local laws pertaining to weights and measures as described in the Business and Professions Code and the California Administrative Code;
    • Ability to investigate refers to the ability to use proper investigative techniques to gather facts, analyze situations and to note precise measures and quantities accurately and expediently.  Based on information obtained, the Inspector of Weight and Measures completes the investigative process by taking appropriate enforcement actions;
    • Oral Communication skill refers to the ability to communicate effectively with staff personnel, merchants, owners, and employees of business establishments, the general public, and others, in oral format;
    • Written Communication skill refers to the ability to express ideas clearly in a written format with correct grammatical form for daily inspection reports, investigative reports, notices of violation and citations;
    • Interpersonal relation skill refers to the ability to relate effectively to merchants, managers, and employees of business establishments and the general public.  Included is the ability to suggest changes, handle complaints, turn down requests, and to deal with escalated and stressful situations; and
    • Physical strength and dexterity refers to the ability lift and carry heavy weights such as a five (5) gallon container of gasoline or fifty (50) lbs. of test standards  

    Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed.  Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.  Successful applicants will be placed on the eligible list, in rank order, according to their final score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation.  

    After the eligible list is finalized/adopted:

    • The department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). 
    • Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.   

    The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making 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 six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

    Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.  To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

    Conviction History

    As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, 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.



    Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
    At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

    Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout duration of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.   

    Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR):
    The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.  

    Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.  

    Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.  

    Medical Examination: 
    Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, medical examination, and/or drug test.

    Terms of Announcement:
    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 the 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.

    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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process 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.

    Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

    Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

    Exam Type:  Entrance
    Issued:  December 15, 2017; Reissued:  March 29, 2019
    Micki  Callahan
    Human Resources Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Recruitment ID Number: PBT-6220-081233
    DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911  (#01136927)


    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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