Eligibility Worker I (#RS0101)
$20.27-$24.64 Hourly / $3,513.83-$4,271.08 Monthly / $42,165.99-$51,253.02 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, learns to perform technical work in the determination of initial and continuing eligibility for one or more public assistance programs in accordance with established procedures and regulations; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Eligibility Worker series. Incumbents in this class receive on-the-job training and are provided limited caseloads which increase as training progresses. 


  • Gathers, verifies and learns to evaluate financial, personal and social information of clients to determine eligibility and benefit levels for one or more public assistance programs; initiates and processes casework through various automated systems.

  • Interviews applicants and recipients (scheduled and unscheduled) in person, by telephone or at a client’s home; reviews applications and forms to ensure information provided is accurate and complete; verifies information; organizes and maintains case records and documents to comply with established timelines.

  • Assists clients by explaining program eligibility requirements and client responsibilities for receiving benefits.

  • Learns and applies current state, federal and program regulations and procedures necessary for multi-program caseload management.

  • Determines the correct amount of benefit or assistance; explains eligibility determination to clients and applicants.

  • Initiates appropriate disposition of cases; approves, denies, transfers, or terminates public assistance programs; authorizes benefits within specified guidelines or makes appropriate referrals for immediate services and assistance; authorizes emergency assistance as necessary.

  • Coordinates with other agencies or individuals involved in cases; acts as liaison between clients and other counties; coordinates with other units in department; upon authorization, supplies information to other agencies and client representatives; directs clients to other offices or agencies for assistance as appropriate.

  • Attends and participates in meetings and training programs; learns policies, procedures, regulations, departmental organization, and community resources.

  • Works with staff to resolve issues; provides coverage as needed.



Experience: Two years of general clerical and/or office technical work.



Education: Completion of 60 semester/90 quarter units from an accredited college or university with major course work in liberal arts, social sciences, business or public administration, or related areas.



Education: Successful completion of the Eligibility Certificate program offered by San Joaquin Delta College or comparable program approved by San Joaquin Delta College. 



Special Requirement: Successful completion of the County’s induction training program is required within the first year of employment. Failure to complete the program may result in release from employment.


License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license if required by the nature of the assignment.


Standard office practices and procedures; personal computer systems and general office computer software; customer service principles and practices; techniques for interviewing and gathering information from a diverse population; filing and record keeping systems; language mechanics; correspondence and report formats; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and the use of tables and formulas.


Follow oral and written instructions; utilize supervision; maintain case records and documents; analyze and evaluate situations accurately; determine appropriate course of action in emergency or stressful situations; accurately enter data into automated systems; operate computers and related software and apply computer applications to departmental functions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with staff, the general public, and with culturally diverse or economically disadvantaged clients; accurately perform basic arithmetical operations; read, understand and apply federal, state and County public assistance laws, regulations, guidelines, and other information; learn to identify and report potential fraudulent situations.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device; constant sitting for extended periods; occasional pushing, pulling, reaching, grasping, bending, squatting, climbing; occasional driving; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; Vision-Constant good overall vision; reading and close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motions; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech and hearing/talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Occasional exposure to grief; exercise sound judgment, especially under stressful and emergency situations; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working overtime, weekends/nights; working alone; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

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: RS0101; EST: 10/26/1967; REV: 7/9/2008;