5314 Survey Associate

CITYWIDE EXAMINATION

Recruitment #CBT-5314-903381

Introduction

THIS IS A CITYWIDE EXAMINATION

Clerically amended to provide additional information regarding departmental selection procedures.

Position Description:
Under general direction, the Survey Associate is responsible for supervising the work of a survey party following established surveying methods and procedures; interacting and discussing with department staff, contractors and others on survey needs and projects.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
1.  Supervises the work of a survey party by planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of subordinates, including completing performance evaluations for subordinates and administering disciplinary procedures when necessary.
2.  Plans and organizes surveying work by determining the logistics for conducting each survey; setting and adhering to project deadlines; assigning responsibilities to subordinates; and managing ongoing work to ensure that surveys provide the necessary and desired information and documentation.
3.  Trains survey party staff to use surveying equipment and follow procedures such as establishing line and grade for construction projects (including streets, highways, tunnels, buildings and pipe lines), performing topographical and other surveys, cross-sectioning and contour line-setting, and establishing and maintaining precise monument and control lines, official elevations, survey lines, and boundary lines; stays current on surveying techniques and improvements in equipment.
4.  Discusses survey needs and projects with departmental staff, contractors, and others to carefully plan survey work so that it is completed accurately and provides necessary information.
5.  Reads and interprets maps, drawings, and prior survey notes, such as subdivision, right-of-way, parcel, contour, hydrographic (Port), lease maps, and construction drawings to plan survey work.
6.  Prepares and maintains survey field notes by recording necessary data on the surveying process and final product, such as measurements, readings, problems encountered; and reviewing and including the field notes of subordinate personnel.
7.  Performs mathematical computations necessary in surveying work to determine distances, elevations, angles, areas, traverses, etc., and interprets findings.
8.  Utilizes a personal computer and survey applications to download and check survey information and maps; includes use of AutoCAD Civil 3D and related software to create maps, plats, and cartographic products as needed.
9.  Drives a vehicle to work sites and meetings.
10.  Uses laser scanning, pre-planning, data collection and data reduction (post processing); registers point clouds; creates usable maps and displays from collected data.
11.  Writes and interprets legal descriptions both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.
12.  Establishes terrestrial and GPS control surveys including performing static adjustments using appropriate software.
13.  Performs related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:
Depending on assignment, working conditions may include, but not be limited to: sustained physical effort including walking several miles off road and climbing steep inclines; working in confined spaces, pipelines, tunnels and penstocks for extended periods of time; working at height with rope support; working on or near roadways with heavy traffic; exposure to poison oak, rattlesnakes, insect bites and wild animals; working in adverse weather conditions (e.g. noise, inclement weather, long hours, weekends, and nights); ability to mobilize and demobilize various survey related equipment in various environments; driving city vehicles to remote locations on winding mountain roads, in fog, rain, ice and snow, which may require the incumbent to install chains on tires without assistance; working on and/or navigating a small boat in the San Francisco Bay in order to conduct hydrographic measurements.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Six years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

2. Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics or related field AND two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

3. An Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Geomatics or related field AND four years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II; OR

4. Possession of a valid Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) license issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors AND four years of verifiable surveying experience (either in the office or field) which must include two years of experience in a position with duties comparable to those of Class 5312 Survey Assistant II.

Notes:
• Related educational fields include Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Math, and/or Civil Engineering.
• Some positions require that the incumbent travel to various work sites.
• One-year full-time employment is considered equivalent to 2000 hours (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.
• Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

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, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education, training, apprenticeship, experience and driver license 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 at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Sean Sexton, by telephone at (415) 554-6050, or by email at sean.sexton@sfgov.org.

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.

Basic Supervisory Exam (Weight: 50%)
Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure basic knowledge of various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g. directing, counseling, guiding, evaluating, motivating, disciplining, developing and training subordinates, delegation, etc.) as well as customer service and reading comprehension.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

The Basic Supervisory Exam will be administered either on a computer or in paper format.  The type of format will depend on the size of the qualified applicant pool.  Qualified candidates will be notified of the type of exam format in their exam appointment notification.

The score you achieve on this examination shall 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 test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory 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 test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this 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 test. 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 this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Written Examination (Weight: 50%)
Candidates achieving a passing score on the Basic Supervisory Exam will be invited to participate in a written multiple-choice examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas, which may include, but not be limited to:  knowledge of procedures, methods, practices, mathematics, operation of equipment and safe working practices used in surveying work; written communication ability; interpersonal relations skills; ability to perform drafting tasks.  A passing score must be achieved on the multiple choice exam.  This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.  Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Note: Candidates must achieve a passing score on both the Written Examination and the Basic Supervisory Exam in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

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

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants 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 the 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 of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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 may require 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.

TWIC Card:
This position may require that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the Port’s Maritime Transportation System (MTS). An application for a TWIC card may be submitted after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent undergo a criminal history check, immigration check and terrorist threat assessment, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance. The incumbent must submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a TWIC card. Per Civil Service Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain a TWIC card, a requirement for this position, may be the basis for termination from employment with the Port Commission. Note: TWIC requirements and procedures are located in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 49 U.S.C. 114, 40113, and 49 U.S.C. 5103a.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, 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.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
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 at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

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.

 
Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance (CPE)
Issued: 11/8/19
Amended: 11/13/19 to add language regarding departmental selection procedures
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-5314-903381
ADM - SS (415) 554-6050

Benefits

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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