Park Patrol Officer (Temporary Exempt/As Needed)

Recruitment #TEX-8208-055879


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PROFILE OF ORGANIZATION AND POSITION: The Department administers and maintains more than 200 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces on 5,600 acres throughout the city, and two outside the city limits - Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system also includes 15 large, full-complex recreation centers, nine swimming pools, five golf courses and hundreds of tennis courts, ball diamonds, athletic fields and basketball courts. Also included in the Department's responsibilities are the Marina Yacht Harbor, Candlestick Park, the San Francisco Zoo, and City landmarks such as the Palace of Fine Arts and Coit Tower. The Department has an operating budget of $125 million and a workforce of approximately 1,000 employees. For extensive additional information about the Recreation and Park Department, i.e., Strategic Plan, Recreation Assessment, Golden Gate Park Plan, and Commission-related information, please visit our website at

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision, the officer will patrol all properties throughout the City’s 200-plus recreation and park facilities, including community centers, parks, squares, pools, golf courses, marina, lakes and historical landmarks covering approximately 3,500 acres of parklands. Essential functions in the performance of these duties include patrolling areas on foot, by bicycle, truck, horse and patrol car; preventing damage, destruction and theft to park and recreation grounds and facilities; following published general orders and established procedures in carrying out patrol assignments; making contact with the general public in connection with the enforcement of Park codes, Health and Safety codes, Municipal police codes and other applicable laws and regulations; preparing and completing departmental routine reports on daily patrol activities. The officer will be required to work any shift, weekends, holidays and wear a uniform and equipment such as handcuffs, baton and chemical agents while on duty. The nature of the work requires considerable physical effort, i.e., standing, walking for long periods of time (8 hours or more), running, lifting barricades and other heavy objects (up to 45 lbs), exposure to inclement weather, and exposure to physical injury and other danger inherent in security work. The officers may be required to work alone at times without additional personnel or direct supervision. Candidates must be able to operate electronic equipment such as two-way radios, emergency lights, computers and sound metering equipment. These positions are subject to budgetary constraints

DUTIES: The primary duty of the officer is the enforcement of park codes, protection of park property and the preservation of the peace therein. The officer may also enforce other applicable state and municipal codes. Pursuant to these duties, the officer may also perform the following:

  • Inspect buildings to assure they are properly secured; check equipment to see that fire hazards are not present; check the area for vandalism; check and secure/lock rest rooms and other properties at night and unlock for daytime use; report any problems that need corrections through an electronic work order system; maintain the security of the buildings/facilities; punch clocks at various locations in area assigned;
  • Remove road obstructions, lift and place barricades (20 or more) at road closures as required;
  • Prevent improper or prohibited use of recreational facilities and equipment by park users;
  • Assist the public as an informational officer for directions around the park system and for park events information;
  • Assist the public in locating lost children;
  • Act as a public officer, apprehend or cite persons engaged in acts of vandalism, theft and other criminal activity and turn subjects over to police department and report such actions to the police department, when necessary;
  • Write reports when arrests are effected as a result of criminal actions;
  • Coordinate response on wildlife issues such as rescue, protection and preservation of park wildlife with appropriate agencies; enforce the existing dog, bird and wildlife policies;
  • Extinguish small campfires, barbecue pits, trash and vehicle fires prior to the fire department arrival; and
  • Perform related duties as required.

Successful candidates are NOT guaranteed specific job placements, work site locations or fixed hours and will be called for daily work assignments.  A limited number of successful candidates may be assigned to work fixed hours for the duration of a certain assignment up to a maximum of thirty-nine (39) hours per week for a fixed, short-range period of time. All selected candidates will be required to attend particular training and orientation sessions to be determined.

WORK SCHEDULE: This program is a seven day operation – There are generally three (3) work shifts (day, swing or midnights) as well as special events coverage shifts. However, based on the Department's operational needs, specific workdays and shifts are subject to change. May require working nights, weekends and holidays.


  1. One year of verifiable experience as a police officer, member of a military police unit, security guard, park ranger, or other similar work involving the safeguard of life and property; AND
  2. Possession of a valid driver’s license (to be presented at the time of the appointment).


  • Two (2) or more years of verifiable experience as stated above;
  • Current 832PC arrest course completion certificate Level I, II, III or basic academy certification;
  • Current State of California security guard, baton and chemical agents (e.g., tear gas) license; and
  • Possession of First Aid, CPR or First Responders certificate.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications must be filed through an online process (see instructions below).  Visit to begin the application process:

  • Click and select the 8208-055879 job announcement
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness, 4th Floor, San Francisco, for use by the public to file a City job application if no other internet link is accessible. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Katherine Dere at (415) 831-6868 or by email at Applications and required verification for this recruitment process must be submitted no later than Friday, October 3, 2009, 5:00 p.m. Copies of DMV records can be mailed to 8208 Recruitment, RPD Human Resources, 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA  94117 or fax to (415)666-7050.

Verification of EmploymentAll applicants MUST provide written verification of all qualifying experience.   All applicants may be required to submit additional verification of qualifying experience at any point in the application or departmental selection process.  Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented 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, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

NOTE: Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those candidates most qualified will be invited for an interview. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Verification of qualifying experience may be required at a later date.

SELECTION PROCEDURES: Qualified candidates will be asked to participate in an oral interview as well as a performance test which may include a physical agility component to test their abilities to perform the essential functions/job duties of this position. This physical agility test may include activities such as riding a bicycle, a running exercise and carrying metal barricades.


  1. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same or additional material at the time of appointment and/or at a later date.
  2. Prior to appointment, some positions require that candidates complete a personal history statement and pass a thorough background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation is limited to job-relevant and legally mandated matters, and may include a reference check, verification of employment history and education, military and financial history, fingerprinting, and criminal and motor vehicle records. Some positions require that candidates undergo drug/alcohol screening, and clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting prior to appointment.  Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this selection process MUST contact the analyst by telephone at (415) 831-2705 or by email at

Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and Equal Opportunity Statement: The Recreation and Park Department does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its programs or activities. Persons with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact Katherine Dere (415) 831-2705; or in writing at the address listed on the job announcement as soon as possible after filing the application.

Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply An Equal Opportunity Employer

Issued: 9/18/09 KD

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