7342 Locksmith

Recruitment #PBT-7342-102925




Announcement amended to reflect new final filing deadline for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

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

About the Recreation and Park Department:
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) manages and maintains more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the city, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100-acre system includes 24 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department's responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts and Lake Merced.

More than 2,000 talented individuals comprise our team, from gardeners, foresters and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

The mission of the Structural Maintenance Yard is to provide superior, professional maintenance services to ensure Recreation and Park facilities foster a sense of community pride and well-being, and meet the high expectation and need of park patrons. The Structural Maintenance Yard is organized into 10 shops  and 13 trades consisting of: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Electricians, Heavy Equipment Operations (Operating Engineers, Truck Drivers, Laborers, and Riggers), Iron Workers, Painters, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, and Stationary Engineers. Structural Maintenance has two major functions: routine repairs and maintenance, and deferred maintenance projects. Routine repairs and maintenance is performed daily to secure the safety and guarantee the operations of our facilities. Deferred maintenance includes capital-funded projects and philanthropy projects initiated through funding provided by donors for park improvements

Position Description
Under general supervision, performs skilled work identifying, installing, maintaining, adjusting, repairing, fabricating, rebuilding and replacing lock cylinders, combination locks, and other institutional hardware.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Identifies, installs, maintains, adjusts, repairs, custom fabricates, rebuilds, and replaces lock cylinders and combinations on safes and locks, including ADA-approved locks and other institutional hardware, on wood and metal doors and frames.
  2. Uses hand and power tools such as saws, files, screwdrivers, hammers, levels, lock picks, installation jigs, grinders, cutters, electric drills, key cutters, and other related locksmith tools.
  3. Installs, adjusts, services and repairs door hardware, hinges, overhead and floor door closers, mechanical, electric and electronic access controls.
  4. Will develop and maintain a digital key management/tracking system and a physical security system for duplicate keys. 
  5. Devises and installs master key systems by numeric progression to create levels of security;
  6. Opens locks when keys or combinations are inoperable, by picking locks, impressioning key blanks or disassembling locks
  7. Selects appropriate key blanks, using knowledge of key codebook to fabricate or duplicate keys;
  8. Communicates orally in writing using email and word processing software to explain methods and procedures related to locksmith operations, work requests and supplied needed;
  9. Uses a two-way radio, cell phone; maintains a clean working environment in the shop and mobile van;
  10. Safely drives department vehicle to various Recreation and Park facility or Park to provide locksmith service;
  11. Uses a computer to input and track, retrieve hardware information, to keep inventory of supplies, prepare reports of time worked, materials used, and to communicate via email;

Work Schedule: The typical work schedule is from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Structural Maintenance Yard in Golden Gate Park. Locksmiths are dispatched to various REC facilities and parks throughout the City.

Camp Mather Assignment Requirement: This position will be required to temporarily live and perform duties at Camp Mather, a rustic campground operated by the Recreation and Parks Department, located in the Sierra Mountains near Yosemite National Park. Camp Mather work crew assignments typically lasts up to four (4) weeks during the spring, summer and fall season. Additional work periods at Camp Mather may be required. Housing and meals is provided at while working at Camp Mather and a REC vehicle is supplied.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Four (4) years of verifiable journey-level experience as a locksmith; AND
  2. Possession and maintenance of a valid class "C" driver license and good driving record.

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
  • Experience developing a key management system.
  • Experience custom fitting locks onto doors.
  • Experience with low voltage hardware.
  • Experience with Primus key systems.
  • Experience with Mortise key systems
  • Experience with Corbin key systems.
  • Experience with interchangeable cores.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word.

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.

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.

Verification of Work Experience and Education

All applicants must submit verification of qualifying work experience and education/training. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or appointment in this class.  Refer to the following links for information on acceptable forms of verification:

Instructions for Sending Verification Documents:

  1. Scan and email documents to Gary.W.Chen@sfgov.org; OR
  2. U.S Mail or hand delivery to: Recreation and Park Human Resources, 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1898, ATTN: 7342 VERIFICATION.


Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. Resumes are NOT considered a verification document.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Gary Chen, by telephone at 415-831-2762, or by email at gary.w.chen@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, training and/or licensure, consistent with the information provided on their application. The supplemental questionnaire will be used to evaluate whether applicants meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. The information in the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will not be scored and is collected for information purposes.

Performance Examination: (Weight: 100%)

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an Oral/Performance Examination to determine their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas for the 7342 classification which may include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of design and construction of locks and related hardware; tools and equipment used in locksmith work; key code systems to generate master keys; and safety procedures such as occupational hazards and procedure for accident prevention.Knowledge of ADA-approved locks and ADA door installation and operation codes; use locksmith related hand and power tools; possess visual acuity necessary to see inside a dark cylinder or to see a pin that is less than 1/8 inch in diameter. Only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report to the oral/performance examination.

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

Eligible List:
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 click here.

Medical Examination Requirement:

Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.

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.


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 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.

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 online at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

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

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

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: 3/17/2020; Amended 3/30/2020


Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID#: PBT-7342-102925
REC / GWC / (415) 831-2762


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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