Civil Process Server (#RL3050)
$20.67-$25.13 Hourly / $3,583.39-$4,355.63 Monthly / $43,000.72-$52,267.64 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs civil legal process service work and related recordkeeping work; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for locating persons and serving notices and papers in civil matters in accordance with California Civil Process Code and may make such services in all matters except those that require service by a Peace Officer. This is a non-safety class.


  • Serves and makes return on civil process and papers; serves subpoenas for appearance in court.
  • Arranges cases according to priorities and geographical areas to facilitate the service of process with a minimum of travel.
  • Informs persons of the general contents of the documents being served.
  • Maintains records and logs of cases and activities using an automated system; signs proof of service documents; completes forms for transmittal of information to courts.
  • Contacts debtors who are unable to come into office; gathers biographical and financial data.
  • Serves as messenger carrying documents to and from other offices and the departments.
  • Informs supervisor of complex or difficult service cases.
  • May act as a keeper; may assist sworn officers.


Experience: One year of paid work experience which required substantial public contact.
Education: Thirty (30) semester units at an accredited college or university. 

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.


Principles and practices of public contact work; fundamental aspects of human behavior; public relations techniques and practices; basic recordkeeping techniques and computer application skills; map reading; legal terminology applicable to civil processes.


Follow directions; read and understand laws and regulations and other job related materials; work independently; maintain confidentiality of information and demonstrate integrity and ethics; establish and maintain working relationships with others.


Mobility: walking; driving; climbing stairs required; Visual Requirements: overall vision required; requires reading and close-up work; Dexterity Requirements: holding, reaching, grasping, and writing; Hearing and Talking: requires ability to hear normal speech; talk in person and on telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors: requires public contact, working alone, travel within the County; Environmental Conditions: may encounter noise and outdoor weather; Special Requirements: work irregular hours, nights, weekends and holidays, as needed.

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

CLASS: RL3050; EST: 9/17/1979; REV: 10/13/2021;