9213 Airfield Safety Officer

Recruitment #cbt-9213-903912


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at any time after 5:00 p.m. on December 27, 2019.

The Department
SFO is a world-class, award-winning airport that served more than 58 million passengers annually.  SFO offers non-stop flights to 51 international cities on 43 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport also connects non-stop with 86 U.S. cities on 12 domestic airlines.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and its core values are safety and security, teamwork, excellence, and care. The airport is committed to redefining air travel by providing the highest level of service to our guests.

The Airport, an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, has a workforce of approximately 1,700 City employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. For more information, visit www.flysfo.com and watch this video about careers at SFO.

Position Description
Under general supervision, the Airfield Safety Officer performs patrol and inspection duties of airfield and other facilities and conducts investigations for the enforcement of the Airport Security Program and to ensure compliance with Federal, Airport and Transportation Security Regulations. This position controls and enforces Airport regulations and gives out admonishments for violations; ensures compliance with and enforces proper procedures; responds to and investigates security breaches and all airfield incidents and accidents, and performs other related duties assigned.

The essential functions of this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspects and evaluates airfield facilities, such as; runways, taxiways, safety areas, paved & non-paved surfaces, lighting, signage, markings, security related assets (i.e., fences/gates, navigational aids) and other aeronautical facilities for conformance with safety and security regulations.
  • Closes and reopens airfield facilities, including runways, taxiways, ramps, aircraft gate positions, and security related assets (i.e., fences and gates) dependent upon safe and secure conditions.
  • Monitors and directs the movement of vehicles, persons, and equipment on the airfield, and provides escort and safety/security support to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Notifies aeronautical users through various communication channels; monitors multiple radios to ensure safety and security of any changes in airfield conditions.
  • Verifies compliance with assigned aircraft parking space to ensure maximum utilization of facilities.
  • Enforces Airport regulations and issues citations/admonishments for violations; enters and/or submits citations in database.
  • Responds to security breaches, violations, and all emergencies; acts as first responders to all incidents or accidents on the airfield/ramp area, and, as required, administers first aid. Maintains emergency equipment and supplies to be used to respond to any Airport incidents or accidents; sets up and operates the Mobile Command Post.
  • Investigates all airfield incidents and accidents, and identifies potential contributing factors for airfield safety and security; recommends corrective action, including facility repairs/upgrades, and/or new or improved procedures and policies.
  • Identifies proper placement and storage of hazardous materials on the airfield; maintains and coordinates removal of ground handling equipment; participates in safety risk assessments; compiles hazard data into Safety Management System (SMS) reports.
  • Prepares detailed informational and operational reports related to safety/security incidents, injuries, and accidents. Attends briefings for updates and shares information.
  • Conducts wildlife surveys and performs wildlife management and eradication duties, including habitat control, harassment and depredation.
  • Develops and administers training programs, standard operating procedures, and other related programs; presents to groups and provides operations related training to airline tenants, service companies or other aeronautical or non-aeronautical users.
  • Monitors and coordinates maintenance and construction work sites on the airfield to ensure safety and security; implements and adjusts maintenance and construction site closures based on operational conditions.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).

Two (2) years of safety and/or security operations experience at an airport, airbase, airline, or military base performing safety, security and inspection duties, of which six (6) months must include recent airfield operations experience.

Note: Recent airfield operations experience (within the last 7 years) must have included inspecting and analyzing airfield and related facilities for safety and security related data and to develop recommendations in Airfield Operations, including the composition of related letters, memoranda and reports.

License and Certification
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver license prior to employment.

Education Substitution: Possession of an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Aviation Management or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of the required safety and/or security operations experience only.

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Aviation Management or a related field may substitute for the two (2) years of required safety and/or security operations experience only.

Experience Substitution: Completion of a six (6) month program equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco’s Airfield Operations Training Program may substitute for the required six (6) months of recent airfield operations experience.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.

  • Working knowledge of CFR Part 139.
  • Experience in communicating with 2-way radio.
  • Pilot’s Certificate.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • AAAE Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations.

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

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time 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 Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, or the Airport Commission Human Resources office at 710 N. McDonnell Road, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94128.

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. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Nina Huey, by telephone at 650-821-2028, or by email at nina.huey@flysfo.com.

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.

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 here.

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

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. Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

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.

Written Multiple-Choice Examination (Weight: 60%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written, multiple-choice examination, designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas. The multiple-choice examination component may include, but not be limited to:

  • Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations and Transportation Security Regulations (TSR).
  • Knowledge of aviation terminology and phraseology.
  • Knowledge of Airfield and Airport Safety & Security principles, method, practices and equipment.
  • Ability to read and comprehend Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, and State and Local codes.
  • Ability to write operational and investigative reports.
  • Ability to read maps, diagrams, and airfield plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish good working relationships.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly, multitask, and prioritize varied demands.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment when making a decision.
  • Ability to think critically and analyze output from various security technologies to effectively investigate security incidents and comply with Transportation Security Regulations (TSR).

A passing score must be achieved on the written multiple-choice exam in order to continue in the selection process. This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Scores attained on the Written Multiple-Choice Examination will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this examination. The Written Multiple-Choice Examination may be used for many other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes this Written Multiple-Choice Examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Written Multiple-Choice Examination. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Written Multiple-Choice Examination is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 40%)
Applicants who achieve a passing score on the written multiple-choice exam will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire designed to measure the knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas required for the position which may include but not be limited to:

  • Knowledge of Airfield and Airport Safety & Security principles, method, practices and equipment;
  • Knowledge Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations and Transportation Security Regulations (TSR);
  • Ability to write operational and investigative reports;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish good working relationships;
  • Ability to work under stressful physical and emotional conditions on a daily basis;
  • Ability to solve problems quickly, multitask, and prioritize varied demands.

A passing score on both the Multiple-Choice Exam and the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation must be achieved in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Customs Clearance
This position requires that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

Medical Examination
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.

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

Eligible List
A confidential eligible list with names of candidates who have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established so interested parties can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of candidates 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 that 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 six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To see which departments use this classification, click here.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 selected as a finalist, 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

Veterans Preference
Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found here.

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. (Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.) The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website here.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

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 here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Exam Type: Entrance
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 903912 


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.

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