3435 Urban Forestry Inspector

Recruitment #PBT-3435-096382

Introduction

This announcement has been reissued to allow for additional recruitment.  Applicants who have applied under the terms of the announcement dated 1/14/20 need not reapply.

 

This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Under general supervision, the 3435 Urban Forestry Inspector performs duties involving the evaluation and inspection of trees and other vegetation for maintenance, removal and/or planting.  The essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to: assessing and evaluating condition of trees and other vegetation; maintaining tree inventories; keeping work records using a handheld tablet; implementing the Urban Forestry Ordinance, Article 16 of the Public Works Code, including issues related to street tree planting and removal, public notification, maintenance needs, responsibility for street trees, and investigation of code violations; preparing and distributing work order requests for tree maintenance and sidewalk repairs related to City-maintained trees to supervisor; handling emergency tree situations that may require immediate evaluation and recommendation for abatement; assisting property owners with the tree removal and planting permit application process; responding to inquiries and complaints from the public and other government agencies regarding tree removals and maintenance responsibilities; and educating and informing the public regarding proper arboricultural practices and relevant City, State, Federal laws and guidelines; using safety equipment, a hand saw or operating a power saw to remove limbs, stacking, chipping and loading brush in preparation for disposal, as necessary; driving trucks; representing the department as back-up to Urban Forestry Manager at departmental hearings, on occasion; and performing related duties as required.

Nature of Work:  Incumbents in this position may engage in some activity that requires physical demands and manual dexterity with exposure to inclement weather, and other arduous and disagreeable working conditions.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Three (3) years of verifiable experience in tree planting and maintenance activity, inspecting and evaluating trees; writing reports and making presentation. Experience pruning trees alone is not qualifying experience; AND
  2. Possession of Arborist Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture or ability to obtain certification within 18 months of appointment; AND
  3. Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C driver’s license.

Substitution: College-level course work equivalent to two years (60 units) in arboriculture, urban forestry or horticulture may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.

Notes:

  1. One-year full-time employment is considered equivalent to 2000 hours (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.
  2. A valid out-of-state driver’s license is acceptable during the application process. A valid California driver's license must be obtained prior to appointment and maintained throughout employment.
  3. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
he stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Ability to educate public/property owners regarding urban forestry policies and maintenance schedules
  • Ability to work with the public and neighborhood groups • Ability to implement programs and analyze its effectiveness
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

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 begin the application process by registering an account.

  • Click and select the 3435 Urban Forestry Inspector
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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).

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. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Angie Ignao, at (415) 554-6107, or via email to: angie.ignao@sfdpw.org.

VERIFICATION OF EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of the qualifying experience and education, at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of verification of qualifying experience and education. When requested, applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign and/or non-accredited college or university may be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment. 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/index.aspx?page=456

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

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.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%)
Candidates who are deemed qualified will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. Candidates’ responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate your experience including the knowledge, skills and abilities that you possess in job related areas identified as critical for successful performance, which may include but are not limited to: knowledge of tree physiology, pathology, and species identification, methods in hazard tree evaluation, and proper safety procedures; human relations ability; written communication ability. All responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification and should be consistent with the information provided in your application. The information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine your final score and rank on the eligible list. Failure to submit the supplemental questionnaire may result in disqualification from the examination process.

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT:
Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by (Laborers, Local 261), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive function positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

CERTIFICATION RULE:
The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make 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 of 12 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.

Conclusion

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 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:   http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process #veteranspreference

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.

Terms of the 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.

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

Exam Type:  ENTRANCE
Issued:  January 14, 2020
Reissued: January 29, 2020 to allow for additional recruitment

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-3435-096382
PW/AI: 415-554-6107

Benefits

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.

 



Powered by JobAps