Sheriffs Central Services Assistant (#RC2040)
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$18.39-$22.36 Hourly / $3,187.88-$3,874.89 Monthly / $38,254.66-$46,498.78 Yearly


Under close supervision, assists with various operations in the Sheriff's Central Services Division; and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class for both the Sheriff's Materiel Specialist series and the Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist series. Incumbents of this class perform a variety of materiel management and/or inmate work activities that support the Sheriff's Central Services Division. Although incumbents are initially given duties of a limited scope under immediate supervision, the breadth and relative independence of the duties increases as knowledge and experience are gained. This class is distinguished from the Sheriff's Materiel Specialist I and Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist I by the level of supervision provided to incumbents and the limited breadth of the duties assigned.


  • Helps receive, store, issue and deliver supplies, equipment and various items; verifies that goods are not missing or damaged and assures that quantity and quality specifications are met; may fill materiel orders and requisitions; retrieves, issues and delivers materiel.
  • Helps process departmental and inmate mail and shipments; picks up, sorts, weighs, cancels and delivers mail; maintains list of registered mail; searches mail for contraband; determines which mail items are acceptable for delivery; receives money through mail and maintains basic ledgers, accounts and records.
  • Helps assign, direct and monitor inmate work crews assigned to Central Services functional areas including housekeeping, laundry, grounds keeping, Distribution Center, commissary, property storage and mail; may direct and monitor inmate work crews on assignments both on and off the main Sheriff's compound; ensures that assigned work is completed in a timely manner and according to established procedures.
  • Helps train inmates regarding the technical aspects of work site assignments; completes various jail, alternative work, work furlough and other records and reports; maintains daily attendance, supply and equipment usage records as assigned; documents disciplinary actions and/or inmate performance issues as assigned.
  • May enter and retrieve computer data; may produce reports and correspondence; may attend meetings or participate on committees.
  • May meet with various County and/or other staff regarding work assignments and/or scheduling issues; may provide information to the public and other staff regarding program procedures; may use specialized machines, County vehicles, heavy equipment, and/or power tools to perform assignments.


Experience: One year of paid work experience performing general warehouse, housekeeping, laundry, landscaping/horticultural or related duties in a large commercial or institutional facility. 

Experience: Two years of general office clerical work, one year of which must be comparable to Office Assistant II in San Joaquin County. 

Substitution: Completion of coursework from an accredited college, university, or approved vocational/technical school may be substituted for this experience on a year for year basis. 

License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Basic principles and practices of supply handling; basic mathematics, grammar and punctuation; record keeping principles and techniques; methods of locating and verifying information; operation of standard office equipment, including computers; safe methods of lifting heavy objects and performing manual tasks; basic concepts of human behavior.


Understand and follow oral and written directions; maintain records and write reports; assign, direct and monitor inmate laborers; read and understand job-related material; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively with others; drive delivery vehicles; lift and move heavy objects safely.


Mobility-Frequent standing for long periods, walking, bending, squatting; occasional operation of keyboards, sitting for long periods, pushing, pulling, driving, operation of heavy equipment, climbing ladders and/or stairs, crawling; Lifting-Constantly 5 pounds or less; frequently 5 to 30 pounds; occasionally 30+ pounds, restraining/lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision-Good overall vision required including frequent use of color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception, peripheral vision; occasional reading/close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion; occasional writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, and hearing faint sounds; frequent talking in person; occasional talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration; occasional emergency situations, exposure to trauma/grief/death, public contact, decision making, heights, hazardous materials, working alone, working weekends/nights, overtime/travel; Special Conditions-Frequent exposure to varied indoor/outdoor weather, temperatures and conditions including dust, dirt, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, and noise.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC2040; EST: 6/9/1999;