9357 Wharfinger II

Recruitment #PBT-9357-090202



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

The Port of San Francisco is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco and is governed by a Commission of five members appointed by the Mayor. The Port Commission is responsible for overseeing a broad range of waterfront commercial, maritime, and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California. The Port’s jurisdiction covers approximately 7.5 miles of waterfront land from Pier 98, near Hunter’s Point in the southern part of San Francisco, to Fisherman’s Wharf in the northern part of the City.

The Port’s diverse business portfolio includes over 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases including cargo shipping, ship repair, excursion boats, ferry boats, fishing and fish processing/distribution, tourism, filming, harbor services, and cruise-shipping. With some of the most modern and flexible shipping-terminal facilities on the West Coast, as well as naturally deep water, the Port can handle just about any type of cargo, including containers, break-bulk, neo-bulk, automobiles, and project cargoes.

The Port of San Francisco has many internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Exploratorium, the Ferry Building and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. With its unique and historic properties, the Port is home to a variety of tenants and uses. The Port Commission over the last five decades has led a remarkable transformation of the Port; maintaining its industrial maritime heritage while developing new uses, including commercial and public activities, that have helped San Francisco remain one of the most visited and popular cities on the globe.

Job Description
Under general direction, the Wharfinger is responsible for an assigned area and industry grouping of the Port’s maritime facilities and industries. The Wharfinger will typically do the following work:

• Conduct daily patrols of piers and wharves; monitor assigned area to ensure compliance with Port and government laws, regulations, safe practices, vessel berth assignments, and agreements.

• Record berth occupancy status and transient berth activity.

• Initiate and collect, as necessary, billing for dockage, wharfage, storage, and related use fees.

• Maintain and update vessel files; monitor and maintain logs for contract security providers, water quality reporting, recycling, and spill/debris inspections.

• Perform regular inspections of facility conditions.

• Generate reports for incident/damage cases; monitor maintenance and repair work requests.

• Maintain contact with the public, tenants, government agencies, and Port staff.

• Operate harbor patrol boat, pump-out boat, dewatering pumps, and bilge discharge treatment equipment.

• Climb vertical ladders above and below piers; work around and over the waters of SF Bay; maneuver aboard vessels; perform basic mooring-line handling.

• Respond to emergencies.

• Prepare and maintain marine terminal agreements, leases, and permits for use of Port maritime properties.

• Initiate work orders and capital project requests.

• Investigate damage to Port property and/or claims against the Port; negotiate settlements

• Devise solutions to problems that arise at maritime facilities and properties; serve as liaison between Port police, contract security, and maritime customers; support safe and efficient business operations.

Nature of Work
This is a field-oriented position with extensive contact with the public, other city and government agencies, and Port tenants. The nature of the job requires the ability to: operate harbor patrol boat, pump-out boat, dewatering pumps, and bilge discharge treatment equipment; climb vertical ladders above and below piers; retain confidence working around and over SF Bay waters; maneuver aboard vessels and perform basic mooring-line handling and moderate lifting (up to 25 lbs). The position is designated for emergency response responsibilities. Regular work shifts may include night and weekend shifts and working under adverse weather conditions. 




Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Four (4) years of experience at a port, terminal operating company, or shipping company performing duties needing extensive knowledge of marine shipping practices, tariffs and port terminology.

License and Certification:
Possession of a valid California driver license.

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. One year of experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework.

Incumbents appointed to positions in class 9357 Wharfinger will be required to obtain and provide verification (proof) that they possess the following certifications with six (6) months of hire.
Failure to meet this requirement may be basis for termination of employment.

• Possession of a Standard First Aid (SFA) Certificate.
• Possession of a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certificate.
• Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card


The ideal candidate will have knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures related to the management of the Port’s maritime industries; have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all facets of the maritime industry; have the ability to identify and solve problems; have the ability to operate a harbor patrol boat and dewatering pumps; have the ability to use general mathematical principles to calculate dockage, wharfage, and other Port charges; have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 

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 register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

• Select announcement PBT-9357-090202
• 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).

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.

Please contact Suzette Love at (415) 274-0569, or by email at
Suzette.Love@sfport.com if you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process.



Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - Qualifying)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the MQSQ and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the MQSQ will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ - Weight: 100%)
The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas, which have been identified as critical for this position and include, but are not limited to: knowledge of laws, regulations and procedures related to management of the maritime industries including tariffs and rates; principles of file and record keeping; basic accounting principles; environmental best practices for harbors including first responder responsibilities and reporting for spill events; basic seamanship including safe mooring practices, vessel types and towing procedures; basic pier structures, utilities and fixtures in preparation of repair work requests; and ability to develop effective working relationships with all facets of the maritime industry as well as with other divisions at the Port; identify problems and recommend and coordinate solutions as necessary; operate a personal computer to perform such functions as data entry and e-mail, to generate spreadsheets, and to use other word processing software; write various types of correspondence and documents clearly and concisely; speak clearly, concisely and effectively to individuals and/or groups.

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 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

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

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

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 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.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Announcement #097823
Issued: October 25, 2019
Port/SL (415) 274-0569


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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