5382 Student Design Trainee III

Recruitment #TEX-5382-099901




Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.




The Port of San Francisco is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco and is governed by a Commission of five members appointed by the Mayor. The Port Commission is responsible for overseeing a broad range of waterfront commercial, maritime, and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California. The Port’s jurisdiction covers approximately 7.5 miles of waterfront land from Pier 98, near Hunter’s Point in the southern part of San Francisco, to Fisherman’s Wharf in the northern part of the City. 

The Port’s diverse business portfolio includes over 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases including cargo shipping, ship repair, excursion boats, ferry boats, fishing and fish processing/distribution, tourism, filming, harbor services, and cruise-shipping. With some of the most modern and flexible shipping-terminal facilities on the West Coast, as well as naturally deep water, the Port can handle just about any type of cargo, including containers, break-bulk, neo-bulk, automobiles, and project cargoes. 

The Port of San Francisco has many internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Exploratorium, the Ferry Building and Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. With its unique and historic properties, the Port is home to a variety of tenants and uses. The Port Commission over the last five decades has led a remarkable transformation of the Port; maintaining its industrial maritime heritage while developing new uses, including commercial and public activities, that have helped San Francisco remain one of the most visited and popular cities on the globe.





The Port of San Francisco is seeking undergrad or graduate school student interns for multiple positions that support the Engineering, Information Services and Planning and Environment Divisions. Selected students will be hired  to work 10-20 hours/week during the school year and full-time for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer. Exact starting dates and number of hours may adjust depending on college schedules.



Engineering Division

The Engineering Division provides project and construction management, engineering design, facility inspection, contracting, code compliance review and permitting services for all of the Port's facilities including piers, structures, buildings, cranes, utilities, public and private areas, development projects, streets and walkways. Engineering assists and coordinates with other City Departments to assure an appropriate transition between the City and the property in the Port's jurisdiction.


Architecture Intern

This position will assist the Port Architectural and Engineering Staff with improving and updating the Port’s AutoCAD base plans using AutoCAD 2019.Duties may include Auto Updating existing CAD files to current Port layering standards for Architectural and Engineering disciplines; updating existing CAD files to current as-built conditions for Architectural and Engineering disciplines; verification of site conditions by researching drawing files; verification of site conditions in the field; filing of CAD files; collaborating with CAD leads and permit staff; or reporting progress with CAD leads for Architectural and Engineering staff.


Mechanical Engineering Intern

This position applies engineering principles and practices to mechanical engineering projects to prepare routine studies, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD; conduct field inspections of existing structures, construction sites and projects; prepare reports; gather engineering data and records; and perform related duties as required by Port Engineering Staff. 


Project Management Office Intern

The position performs field visits to construction site(s) and take notes, photographs, and measurements; attend meetings, take notes, and write memorandums; performs civil engineering calculations under the direction of a professional engineer; assist with project documentation by maintaining spreadsheet document logs; pull financial data from the City’s financial system of record for financial reports; update project schedules based on project manager or analyst’s direction; process invoices for selected projects; update log for Professional Service contracts; using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for any of the above tasks. 




Information Services Group

The Information Technology group consists of Business Applications and Infrastructure teams that support the Port's mission, strategic plan, and daily operations with a focus on positive relationships with and quality service to everyone associated with the Port.


Information Services Intern

This position is a supporting role for both Infrastructure (helpdesk) and Business Applications teams. Helpdesk tasks include basic customer support, desktop imaging, software installation, telephone and cellular/mobile device installs and support, and administrative tasks for management of hardware and software. Business Application tasks include software installation, data entry, and management of system accounts. Our goal is to provide general experience in both categories so the person can learn about all aspects of IT while completing academic studies.


Planning & Environment Division

The Planning & Environment team is responsible for: maintaining current policies in the Plan which, from time to time, may be amended; leading community planning projects on Port property. The Development team manages large-scale public-private waterfront development projects, from developer solicitation phase through the project entitlement phase.


Planning & Environment Intern

The Student Planning Intern supports the Port’s Planning and Environment staff working on a variety of projects that implement the Port’s Waterfront Land Use Plan. Duties may include: conduct research; prepare graphics for planning, development, and environmental projects; develop and maintain GIS-based and Access databases of environmental records and other property information; research and analysis of environmental resources and regulatory requirements; regulatory compliance support; prepare materials for public meetings and community outreach; draft architectural and landscape architectural plans and construction details; assist in facilitating and providing support for public meetings; assist in the evaluation of projects for consistency with Port design policies and the secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties; assist writing tasks; develop and manipulate spreadsheet proformas; and assist in developing and maintaining the Port’s web site.



Minimum Qualifications

At the time of filing, the applicant must be in an accredited Engineering ·Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Computer Science/Information Services Program · Mathematics · Biology · Natural Resources at a university or a related field at a community college. An applicant must be returning to their undergraduate program or entering/continuing a graduate program in the Fall 2020. For students that have graduated, an applicant can be appointed to begin work within 6 months after graduation.


Applicants must be a US citizen or have an alien registration (green) card or a foreign student with legal work permit prior to filing application.


How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being 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 announcement TEX-5382-099901
• 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). 

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. 


Applicants are also required to submit a copy of their college transcripts.  Submission date for college transcripts may be extended if it is impossible to obtain them by the filing date. Applicants must submit a signed statement explaining why transcripts cannot be obtained by the filing date. Extension requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility that all application materials and support documentation be received in a complete and legible form.

Please contact Lynee Atkins by email at 
Lynee.Atkins@sfport.com or at (415) 274-0441, or if you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process. 

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include the evaluation of applications and assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities by oral interview. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Port will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview.

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.


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


Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process may contact the examination analyst by telephone at (415) 274-0569 (voice) or if hearing impaired (415) 557-4810 (TDD) or in writing (specify #5382) to Port of San Francisco, Human Resources Office, Pier 1, San Francisco, CA 94111 as soon as possible.

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.

Issued: February 28, 2020
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 099901
PRT/LA/ 415 274-0441


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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