3402 Farmer, Sheriff's Department

Recruitment #PBT-3402-903371


Amended to reflect changes to the minimum qualifications.

Description of Position:
Under direction of the Planning and Projects Division, through the Sheriff Bureau of Building Services (SBBS), sworn command or civilian personnel, the farmer performs various agricultural duties in the operation of the land that is managed by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, adjacent to the jail on County Jail property. The farmer is responsible for the efficient utilization of land, equipment and farm supplies.

The essential functions include: plowing, discing, cultivating and preparing the soil; planting, irrigating, fertilizing and harvesting crops; pruning trees; organically controlling weeds, rodents, and other pests; foliage obstruct and fire risk abatement; and operating and maintaining farm tools and equipment including the preventative maintenance and general care of the tractor and tool attachments and parts. The farmer is also charged with the care of the farm building, the green house area, and all landscaping and planting around the buildings. The farmer also demonstrates farming concepts and techniques to program participants. Performs related duties as required.

The San Bruno site has federally identified and protected wetlands along with several protected habitats. Applicants shall demonstrate general knowledge of safety guidelines and protection measures from hazardous discharge and/or intrusion of protected habitats.

In addition, the farmer must conduct regular weeding around the facility (including secured perimeter), the sewage plants, and the outer perimeter including the parking lots and immediate areas at the front gate security check-point. These areas extend to all roads and road side drainage.

Nature of Work:
Employees will be required to work in a jail environment, as the position is located at the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno, California. The Farmer must be willing and able to collaborate with SFSD contracted non-profit partners who operate a horticulture training program for 16 to 24 year olds that utilizes the San Bruno site on a part time basis.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Two (2) years of verifiable farming experience; AND
2. Ability to operate a tractor; AND
3. Possession of a current valid California Driver License.

Education Substitution: College-level units in agriculture-related coursework may be substituted for farming experience on a year-for-year basis up to one year.

Desirable qualification: Experience using alternative (organic) methods of farming

How To Apply

How to Apply:
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an on-line process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

• Select the 3402 Farmer 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 the instructions provided on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 0800 to 1700 Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness, 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. 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.
A completed application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online to the Public Safety Team, Department of Human Resources by 4:00 pm on April 26, 2019. Failure to submit the completed application and supplemental questionnaire by the deadline will result in disqualification from this selection process.

After submitting your application online, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the application. If you have questions regarding the online application process, please contact Jen Lo by email [Jen.Lo@sfgov.org]

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 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.

Selection Procedures

Performance Examination (100%): Candidates' will be evaluated to determine relative knowledge, abilities and skills in job related areas. These areas may include but not be limited to: knowledge of the general principles and practices used in the planting and growing of crops; knowledge of the operation and maintenance of general farm equipment; ability to apply the organic principles and practices utilized in general farming; ability to operate and maintain tools; human relations ability; and communication ability.

Testing Information:
Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact date, time, and location of the exam components, which are tentatively scheduled to be administered June 2019.

Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at

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.


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 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.

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.

Departmental Selection Process:
Candidates whose names appear on the adopted eligible list may be invited by the Sheriff’s Department to participate in additional interviews and testing processes. Successful candidates will be invited to proceed to the background investigation. Completion of the Background Investigation does not guarantee or imply an offer of employment. The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department reserves the right to hire only the most suitably qualified candidates for this position. The decision of the Appointing Officer as to an applicant’s qualifications for further screening and appointment will be final.

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

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.

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.

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 of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at https://jobapscloud.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.


1) The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. The 3402 Famer position qualifies as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for safety-sensitive positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

2) After appointment to a permanent position, the employee must serve a six-month probationary period, during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position. All time off taken will extend the probation end date by the same amount of days.

Any changes to your contact information (name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, etc.) should be updated immediately. To update your contact information, go to www.jobaps.com/sf, click on “Update My Contact Info,” enter your UserID and Password, then enter your new information. You must click on “Update Contact Information” again at the bottom of the page in order for your changes to be submitted. Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility.

ISSUED: April 15, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT #: PBT-3402-903371
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
PST, (415) 551-8946 JLo


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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