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Get to know the City's hiring process

Employment within the City of San Francisco is governed by a set of rules known as the civil service rules. The purpose of the civil service rules is to ensure that every individual who makes up the City's team has a fair chance at a Career with Purpose.

Most positions within the City are considered Permanent Civil Service (PCS, for short), meaning that they are covered by the civil service rules. There are also many opportunities that are exempt from the civil service rules. Learn more about position types

Understand Position Types

Learn more about PCS and Exempt positions.


While this guide is intended to assist you in understanding our hiring processes, each job class, position, department, and situation is different, and the exact process for the position that you are interested in may vary.