7457 Sign Worker

Recruitment #PBT-7457-904418


The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.

Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this examination announcement is to establish an eligible list for this classification. 

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 411A

Under supervision, a Sign Worker fabricates, installs, repairs, inspects and maintains a variety of signs. Essential duties of the class include: transporting equipment such as signs, poles, ladders, tools and safety equipment to job sites using a maintenance or bucket truck; reading and interpreting written and technical instructions related to fabricating and installing signs; fabricating, cutting and drilling signs; cutting lettering and symbols; laying out signs; preparing signs for installation in/on buildings, on streets, viaducts, parking garages and/or various other locations; installing and maintaining bike racks; breaking cement; digging holes; using and pouring cement; using power tools such as: cement breakers, power drills, core drills, electric band saws, rivet-guns, drill presses, and impact wrenches; using hand tools such as: saws, wrenches, ratchets and sockets, center punches, hammers, screwdrivers, sledge-hammers, levels, tape measures, shovels and trowels; using cement mason tools; installing into the ground and repairing poles or posts using tools such as: tamping-bars, chipping bars, pole-straighteners and post-hole diggers; attaching signs to poles, posts or other structures using tools such as: banding tools, band-its and brackets; ensuring that all installations meet safety codes; using computer and plotter for fabricating signs; removing graffiti and posted materials from signs using chemical solutions; applying and/or removing architectural graphics on/from spaces, in and around buildings; and maintaining records and filling out forms detailing work orders and emergency assignments using laptop and/or handheld computer. Performs other duties as required.

    Nature of Work:
    Involves physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs, and body; working independently; interacting with the public; working from heights such as ladders or lift bucket trucks while carrying tools and heavy materials; working under hazardous conditions including working in congested, busy traffic areas, and inclement weather. Employees are required to lift and carry objects weighing up to ninety-eight (98) pounds. Employees may be required to work weekends, overtime, and rotating schedules.

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (General Education Diploma or California High School Proficiency Certificate.); AND
    2. One (1) year of verifiable experience in the operation of power tools such as: power drills, electrical band saws and cement breakers.; AND
    3. Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license.

    Experience using and operating pneumatic and power tools including: power drills, electrical band saws and cement breakers must be clearly listed on the job application, if applicable.

    *Positions at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) require the ability to lift and carry heavy objects weighing up to eighty-five (85) lbs. This ability will be evaluated during the pre-employment process if you are selected as a finalist for a position. 

    Desirable Qualifications:

    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under strict and tight deadlines
    • Ability to interact effectively with other City departments, external agencies, and the general public
    • Ability to work independently
    • Proficiency with basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, or other database software
    • Strong experience in the construction field

    Additional Notes:
    Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    How To Apply

    City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an online process only. Visit www.jobapscloud.com/sf to begin the application process.

    • Click and select 7457 Sign Worker (PBT-7457-904418)
    • Click “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
    • Click on either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
    • Follow instructions on the screen

    In order to comply with social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely at this time. As a result, the Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s and SFMTA’s Human Resources offices are currently closed to the general public. We highly recommend applications be completed early.  If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415-701-5413 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by e-mail at Matthew.Hurd@sfmta.com.

    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).

    Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Merit Section.  

    Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, and driver license at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the examination announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City 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. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. 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/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.

    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.

    Written Multiple-Choice Examination: (Weight: 100%)
    The written examination is designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of codes, policies and procedures; interpersonal ability; ability to conduct administrative hearings; written communication ability, oral communication ability, basic ability to use a computer; investigative skill; and ability to prioritize.

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

    For your reference, a Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Manual is available on the DHR website: http://www.sfdhr.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=18426.

    The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Three (3) Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

    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 Director of Transportation or the Civil Service Commission.

    The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination will be twenty-four (24) months and may be extended with the approval of the Director of Transportation.

    Medical Examination/Drug Testing
    Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will be placed under waiver until this requirement is met. The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.

    Conviction History

    As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 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.

    Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are selected as a finalist, 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.


    Reasonable Accommodation Request
    Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities .

    Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the SFMTA by phone at 415-701-5413 or 415-701-5043 (TTY); or email to: Matthew.Hurd@sfmta.com. For further information, contact 415-701-5413.

    Veteran’s Preference
    Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

    Position Based Testing

    General Information Concerning San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Employment Policies and Procedures
    Important employment information for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency can be obtained online http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

    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.jobapscloud.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 411A.35.1. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 South 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/.

    Copies of Application Documents
    Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

    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.

    Employee Wellness Program
    The SFMTA strives to be your employer of choice by providing an environment that supports your personal health & wellbeing with physical, nutritional, mental/emotional and financial resources. Since 2010 the SFMTA has been providing worksite wellness activities, as well as providing recognition opportunities to those individuals who successfully achieve personal milestones in wellness. For more details on the Wellness Program, please visit Employee Wellness Program Description page https://www.sfmta.com/reports/employee-wellness-program. .


    Exam Type: Entrance
    Issued: May 28, 2021
    Jeffrey Tumlin
    Director of Transportation
    San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
    Recruitment ID Number: 904418


    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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