3434 Arborist Technician

Temporary Provisional

Recruitment #TPV-3434-101042

Introduction


 

 

APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY AS THE ANNOUNCEMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME, BUT NOT BEFORE NOVEMBER 8, 2019.

Appointment Type:

This is a Temporary Provisional (TPV) appointment, this is not a Permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in the upcoming Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years. Provisional appointees serve at the discretion of the appointing officer and are not guaranteed permanent selection.



About SF Recreation and Parks Department:

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department 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 25 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. Learn more about us at: https://sfrecpark.org/


Position Description:

Under general supervision, the 3434 Arborist Technician performs duties involving the maintenance and removal of trees and other vegetation and performs related duties as required.  The essential functions of the class include climbing up trees and/or using aerial lift equipment to reach dead, damaged or unwanted limbs or tree tops for removal and pruning, or for purposes of complete tree removal; performing various types of rigging with cranes, skitters, tractors and other heavy equipment; preparing brush for disposal, operating chipper and driving aerial lift equipment vehicles, heavy loader trucks or other required vehicles. Nature of work involves exposure to a high risk of physical injury to the employee and constant vigilance to public safety. Positions in this job code require considerable physical demands, manual dexterity with frequent exposure to arduous and disagreeable working conditions, including inclement weather.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assesses and evaluates condition of trees and other vegetation; maintains tree inventories;
  2. Climbs trees and removes dead, diseased or otherwise unwanted limbs or tree tops; prunes, fells and cuts up trees; piles trimmings for pick up and disposal;
  3. Performs various types of rigging in connection with this work; operates chain and hand saws, aerial ladder truck, chipper, and other equipment;
  4. Drives heavy equipment; and
  5. Performs related duties as assigned.

Camp Mather Assignment Requirement:

This position will be required to temporarily live and perform duties at Camp Mather, a campground operated by the Recreation and Parks Department, located in the Sierra Mountains near Yosemite. Camp Mather work crew assignments typically lasts between two (2) and eight (8) weeks during the spring and fall seasons before and after Camp Mather season. Additional work periods at Camp Mather may be required. Room and board is provided at Camp Mather and a REC vehicle is supplied.

 

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.

Education:

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).

Experience:

  • Three (3) years of verified journey-level experience as a tree work professional. Duties must have included climbing trees of considerable height for the purpose of removing tree limbs, treetops or entire tree in accordance with safety standards. Experience in pruning trees from a ladder is not qualifying experience.

License and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license at the time of application; AND
  • Possession of a valid California Class B driver’s license with no air brakes restriction is required upon completion of the probationary period.

Substitution:

  • Successful completion of an Arborist Technician Apprenticeship Program approved and registered with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

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.

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.

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.

 

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATIONS:

All applicants must submit verification of qualifying experience and education/training by the filing deadline. Verification of qualifying experience must be a letter/document signed by the authorized employer representative, on employer letterhead and specify dates of service, job titles and duties performed. If the qualifying experience was performed on a part-time or as-needed basis, the total number of hours worked or average hours worked per week must also be included in the letter/document.

Verification of qualifying education/training is by presenting a photocopy of the unofficial transcript or diploma. All degrees, licenses, certificates from colleges and universities, and other educational institutions must be accredited by a recognized authority as outlined in the education verification guidelines.  

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

Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.

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


Selection Procedures

Selection Procedure:

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Only the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to the interview process.

Medical Examination Requirement:
Prior to appointment, all 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.

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 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 positions for six months after the date of the positive test.


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

General Employment Information: General Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process

 

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#copies

 

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. https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#identification

 

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

 

Issued:  10/25/2019

 

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TPV-3434-101042
REC / GWC / 415-831-2762

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.

 


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