2310 Surgical Procedures Technician

Recruitment #CBT-2310-903005



9/1/20- Announcement reopened for additional applications. Applicants who submitted applications do not need to reapply.

**Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than September 9, 2020.** 

Under supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or Physician, the Surgical Procedures Technician acts as a technically trained assistant to a Physician under conditions of asepsis as defined in the operating room. 

Location: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94110.

Positions are located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a large acute care teaching hospital which provides a Level I Trauma Center for the City and County of San Francisco and offers a comprehensive range of inpatient, ambulatory, skilled nursing, rehabilitative and community oriented programs and is affiliated with the University of California - San Francisco. The Department of Public Health serves the culturally diverse, safety net and underserved population of San Francisco. The hospital is open on a twenty-four (24) hours, seven (7) days per week basis. The basic work week is forty (40) hours per week. 

The Essential functions of the 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician include: 
  • Gowns and gloves all members of the surgical team; 
  • Examines the packaging of all surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment; 
  • Observes activities of the surgical team to determine that sterile technique is used and sterile procedure is followed; 
  • Cleans and decontaminates surgical instruments; 
  • Assists other operating room staff members; 
  • Performs patient care activities; 
  • Checks specialized surgical instrumentation and equipment; 
  • Promotes efficiency and safe procedures by participating in the orientation and training of members of the surgical team; 
  • Adheres to directions and instructions given by supervising operating room personnel; 
  • Maintains compliance with all written policies and procedures to disinfect and sterilize surgical instruments; 
  • Assembles and tests surgical power equipment; 
  • Problem solves equipment issues in collaboration with Biomed and manager; 
  • Coordinates counting of sharps, sponges, and instruments; 
  • Follows all written policies and procedures for the Hospital Nursing Department and Operating Room; 
  • Communicates specific issues and problems, reports unsafe conditions, and provides written documentation; 
  • Provides assistance with processing of instruments, set up of case carts, and attends in-service programs; 
  • Handles sterile supplies in an appropriate manner;
  • Assures safe handling of specimens. 
The 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician also performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a certificate of graduation/diploma from a school of surgical technology accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); OR 

Completion of comparable surgical technology training in an accredited community college, the military service, or an accredited nursing education program. OR

Two (2) years of experience performing scrub duties in an acute care hospital providing elective and emergency surgery within the last five (5) years may be substituted for the required education.

Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification 
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Verification of Education: 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/how-verify-education-requirements

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.

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 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, Margarita Gonzalez Diaz, by telephone at (415) 554-2921, or by email at Margarita.gonzalez-diaz@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire in the Job Application that will be used to determine if they meet the Minimum Qualifications for the 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician. 

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%): Candidates who are determined to meet the Minimum Qualifications for the 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician will be evaluated on the responses on the questionnaire. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: 
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Asepsis and Decontamination.
  • Skill in maintaining and operating special operating room equipment.
  • Knowledge of current operating room techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to follow instructions for arranging sterile instruments and supplies in prescribed order in the operating room. 
  • Maintaining accurate inventory of supplies.
  • Interpersonal relations ability to deal courteously and tactfully with patients, co-workers and others regarding operating room procedures.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with other operating team members. 
All relevant experience, education and/or training must be included in the application to be reviewed during the scoring process. Candidate responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed once submitted. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score on the Supplemental Questionnaire. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. 

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) Scores . Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions. 

Eligible List/Score Report:
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 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/score report 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 https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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 length 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 ICARE: DPH employees are expected to demonstrate world class care in alignment with ZSFG’s caring framework, ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit).

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 FaceFitting Respirator. 

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

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. 
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.

Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

Exam Type: Entrance 
Reissued: September 1, 2020
Issued: June 19, 2020
Micki Callahan 
Human Resources Director 
Department of Human Resources 
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-2310-903005
DPH/ MGD/ 415-554-2921


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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