8300 Sheriff's Cadet

Recruitment #CBT-8300-903851


                                     Clerically amended on 01/23/2020

Description of Position

The Sheriff’s Cadet is a civilian position that performs non-law enforcement duties.  The Sheriff’s Cadet works at the Sheriff’s facilities and other facilities in San Francisco and San Bruno.  The Sheriff’s Cadet works under the supervision of sworn or civilian Sheriff’s Department personnel.  Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:  Assists sworn staff in maintaining security in buildings and areas under Sheriff’s Department control; monitors walk-through metal detectors and video surveillance equipment in public building security areas; operates hand-held metal detectors; searches handbags, briefcases, backpacks, and other containers; provides directions and other information to persons entering public buildings; answers telephones, routes calls and takes messages; completes, records and files correspondence, documents and other forms; operates a computer workstation; sorts and distributes mail; provides miscellaneous office and clerical support;  performs other related non-law enforcement duties as assigned, provides first aid and CPR in case of life-threatening emergencies, fingerprints new employees, records attendance of alternative program participants, collects urine specimens from alternative program participants, and analyzes urine specimens using an ADX machine.

Position Information and Requirements:
This is a Permanent Civil Service position.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications must pass all examination components to be placed on the tentative eligible list.  Applicants must pass all departmental selection requirements, including a background investigation, in order to be considered for hire.  Sheriff’s Cadets must maintain background clearance and a valid California Driver License as a condition of continued employment.

Sheriff’s Cadets are required to wear department-issued, non-sworn (civilian) uniform attire.  This position involves sitting and/or standing for prolonged periods of time and requires the ability to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds.  The position involves working in community service oriented assignments with members of the public in busy and crowded areas.

Sheriff’s Cadets will be assigned to one the following schedules:

Full-Time Employees
- Full-time appointees work 40 hours per week.  Appointees may be assigned to any shift of eight consecutive hours, eight and a half hours (with half hour meal break) or nine hours (with 1-hour meal break) within a 24-hour period, seven days per week.  Appointees may be required to regularly work weekends and/or holidays. Appointees may be required to rotate assignments and must be available to work overtime as needed.

Part-Time Employees - Part-time appointees may be assigned to any shift within a 24-hour period, seven days per week, and may be required to regularly work weekends and/or holidays. Appointees may be required to rotate assignments.  

Minimum Qualifications

This examination is open to individuals meeting all of the minimum qualifications listed below by the close of application filing, unless otherwise noted. 

  1. Eighteen (18) years of age AND
  2. Possession of a U.S. high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (e.g.,        G.E.D., California High School Proficiency Certificate).  AND
  3. Possession of a valid Driver License and a history of responsible motor                  vehicle operation at the time of appointment.

Desirable qualifications:  Six (6) months [1,040 hours] of verifiable and satisfactory work experience.

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. 

IMPORTANT:  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 address @sfgov.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.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

All applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applicants will be prompted to answer questions in the supplemental questionnaire in the online application process. All statements made on the application and supplemental questionnaire are subject to verification.

Upon successful submittal of the application online, you will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of the application. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online or if you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please email DHR-PublicSafety@sfgov.org.


Verification of certification/experience/education may be required at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process (background investigation).  Failure to provide verification, if requested, will result in ineligibility for employment. All statements made on the application or on subsequent documents required under this selection process are subject to verification. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application will result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Written Examination (Weight: 100%): 

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written examination that is designed to measure knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas which may include, but are not limited to, the ability to: communicate clearly; deal effectively with the public in a community service-oriented environment; work safely and effectively as part of a team, establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and members of the public; and work under direct supervision in a structured chain-of-command environment.  The areas of punctuality, reliability, responsibility and accountability for personal behavior will also be taken into consideration.

The examination component listed above is considered standardized and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.  Candidates must pass the examination component described above in order to continue in the process.

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 of twelve (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.

Certification Rule:

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

Department Selection Process:

Candidates whose names appear on the adopted eligible list will be invited by the Sheriff’s Department to participate in additional interviews, testing processes and background investigations listed below. 

Oral Interview: 
Candidates will be interviewed in order to evaluate their decision making, interpersonal skills and communication abilities. The oral interview will be rated by subject matter experts, who will make recommendations as to which candidates should proceed in the selection process.

Background Investigation:

Prior to employment with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, candidates must pass an employment, character and background investigation to determine suitability for employment. All statements by the candidates are subject to verification. A review of judicial and driving records will be conducted. Any indication of criminal history, repeated or serious unlawful behavior, use of controlled substances, poor credit, unsatisfactory job performance, inability to deal with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, negative employment or personal references or other relevant factors may result in disqualification.  Successful completion of the Background Investigation does not guarantee or imply an offer of employment.  Employees must maintain background clearance, jail clearance and a valid California Driver License as a condition of continued employment.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and 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) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an 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.


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.

Veteran’s Preference:

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

Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

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.

Exam Type: Entrance

Issued:  01/17/2020

Clerically amended on 01/23/2020

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: CBT-8300-903851

Public Safety Team/DK  


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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