5274 Landscape Architect

Recruitment #PBT-5274-060608



AMENDED AND RE-ISSUED TO reflect appropriate weight of the selection procedures


Under general direction, the Landscape Architect is responsible for planning, designing and evaluating construction of landscape architectural improvement projects for City parks, playgrounds, recreational areas, civic spaces, streetscapes, boulevards and roadways; prepares or supervises staff in the preparation of conceptual, schematic, final designs and construction documents with specifications and cost/quantity estimates; leads projects by coordinating work with staff, other design disciplines,  City departments, agencies, the public and affected stakeholders; assists section manager in reviewing and checking construction documents to ensure conformance to codes and quality assurance standards; manages project schedules and budgets, supervises and mentors  staff; prepares performance evaluations; negotiates with clients and other design disciplines for scope of work and fees; prepares Memoranda of Understanding, written reports, meeting minutes and correspondence; coordinates departmental and agency meetings or presentations; develops subordinates through training and supervision; makes public presentations to all interested and affected stakeholders; and performs related duties as required.  The candidate may be required to drive a vehicle to and from work sites.

Minimum Qualifications

1.      Possession of a Baccalaureate degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited college;AND

2.      Possession of a California Certificate of Registration as a Professional Landscape Architect for at least two (2) years; AND

3.      Eight (8) years of verifiable directly-related experience working for a landscape architecture design office under direction of a licensed Landscape Architect; at least two (2) years of the required experience must have been in a position at a level comparable to that of class 5272 Landscape Architectural Associate II or higher; AND

4.      Possession of a valid California driver’s license at the time of appointment.




Possession of a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 



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

·        Exemplary design talent with strong emphasis in parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

·        Exceptional experience in the preparation of conceptual studies, design development drawings and construction documents.

·        Strong horticultural knowledge of plants with strong technical knowledge of site design and appropriate use of construction materials.

·        Experience and successful implementation of sustainable design practices; LEED certification or other relevant credentials.

·        Extensive experience completing quality projects on time and on budget.

·        Proficiency in AutoCADD, Microsoft Office Suite. Experience and proficiency using presentation graphics programs such as ADOBE Creative Suite (including In-Design, Illustrator and Photo-Shop) and other programs such as Sketch-Up, Revit or 3-D Studio would be highly desirable.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills.  The Landscape Architect will be expected to make presentations before Commissions, neighborhoods, various approval agencies and other interested groups.

·        Strong organizational and people management skills with the ability to work collaboratively in team environments.  Ability to build and achieve consensus among diverse stakeholders with various interests and viewpoints.

·        Ability to work effectively, tactfully, and courteously with management, staff, clients, other City Departments and agencies, and the general public; effective client relationship and coordination skills with the ability to work well with diverse multi-discipline teams.



How To Apply

Applications and supplemental applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.  Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.


·        Click and select the 5274 Lanscape Architect (PBT-5274-060608).

·        Click on "Apply" and read and acknowledge the information.

·        Click on "I am a New User".

·        Follow instructions given on the screen.



Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.


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.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Maria Chan, at (415) 554-6002, or via email to: maria.chan@sfdpw.org.


Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online City and County of San Francisco application.


Applicants: please submit best examples of your work from your portfolio in PDF format, and keep the submittal under 8 megabytes.  Work samples must be submitted by the deadline date (4/7/2014). 



Applicants MUST submit verification (proof) of all required work experience with their online application.  If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.


Verification of qualifying experience must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative 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.  City employees who qualify based solely on City employment or a combination of City employment and outside experience may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above.  City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.  Self-employment requires evidence of total earnings (copies of income tax returns or other official documents), occupation and duties performed which demonstrate that the applicant meets the qualification requirements.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or waiver request will result in rejection of application. . Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification.


Applicants may submit verification and portfolio sample by: Uploading the documents through JobAps; OR scanning the documents and sending as an attachment to: maria.chan@sfdpw.org; OR Hand delivering or sending the documents via U.S. Postal mail (postmarked on 4/7/14) to: General Services Agency, Human Resources, 1155 Market Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1523, Attention: Class PBT-5274-060608.

Selection Procedures

Management Test Battery (Weight: 40%)

Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication; Conflict Management and Process Improvement. For more information about this Management Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=343. Please note: this examination is only held in San Francisco. A passing score must be achieved on the Management Test Battery 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 Management Test Battery 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 the Management Test Battery. The Management Test Battery 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 the Management Test Battery, 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 Management Test Battery. 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 Management Test Battery 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: 60%)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application process.  The Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Interpreting, carrying out and enforcing existing landscape architectural procedures and methods; making regular important contacts with other departmental personnel, outside agencies and organizations, and the general public relative to landscape improvement projects; preparing and reviewing detailed and complex landscape architectural plans, drawings and related data and information; supervisory ability; human relations and verbal and written communication ability.  Applicants must submit the best examples of their work from their portfolio in PDF format and keep the submittal under 8 megabytes. 


Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advancement through all of the steps in the selection procedure.


The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.



The certification rule for the ranked eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Seven Scores.


Eligible List:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

The eligible list resulting from this examination 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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.  To find other Departments that use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=13693. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.


Position Based Testing:



Reasonable Accommodation Request:



Veteran’s Preference:



Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:



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 at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.


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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.


The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.


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


Combined Entrance and Promotive

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Announcement No.PBT-5274-060608

Re-issued: 5/2/2014 to reflect appropriate weight of the selection procedures

Issued:  03/17/2014

GSA/MPC (415) 554-6002

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and 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) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.


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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