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7524-Institutional Utility Worker

Recruitment: REF15131K

Published: December 05, 2022


Eddie Aguirre -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 7524-Institution Utility Worker
Salary range: $60,008.00 - $72,956.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


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Compensation Range: $28.15 - $34.22 hourly; $58,552.00 - $71,188.00
Application Opening: 9/22/2022
Application Deadline: 9/30/2022

*** PLEASE NOTE: The closing deadline for this recruitment has been extended through 12/09/2022 to allow a larger pool of qualified applicants. 


How to Apply:
Applications for 7524-Institutional Utility Worker at City and County of San Francisco are only accepted through an online process. Visit to begin the application process.  Select “Apply Now” at the top of the job ad and follow instructions on the screen and follow instructions on the screen.

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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,

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.

Role description

Position Description
Under general supervision, performs a variety of manual and general labor tasks in connection with the operation and maintenance of institutional buildings and grounds, and performs other related duties as required.

@Distinguishing Features: The 7524 Institutional Utility Worker is an entry level position, which is distinguished from class 7514 General Laborer that primarily performs a variety of manual labor tasks such as removing debris from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties
•    Cleans and removes debris around buildings and grounds; consolidates and loads refuse onto trucks for transport to disposal site, or into dumpsters for removal. Makes contact with appropriate vendors, such as recycling, garbage, and non-profit agencies for recycle, reuse, or refurbish.
•    Operates a motor vehicle while transporting a variety of items which include money, refuse, donations, equipment, furniture, food, medical related items, and interdepartmental forms of communication. This includes items for pick-up and/or delivery. May operate a motor vehicle in the transfer of employees and/or patients.
•    Performs minor repairs on plumbing and kitchen equipment such as garbage disposals and grills; performs minor automotive repair and minor carpentry; and may complete other minor repair tasks, such as installation of work cubicles and hardware.
•    Performs general maintenance and labor tasks within the buildings including emergency cleaning and replacing light bulbs.
•    Assists the engineering staff and/or electricians in the performance of their duties, which may include the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system.
•    Assists others in daily tasks.
•    Assists in building inspections by participating in the walk through to identify health and safety issues.
•    Assists in setting up or rearranging meeting rooms and the reconfiguration of work areas.
•    Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Note: The nature of the work requires the following physical skills and work environment: the ability to drive to various work related sites; to work occasionally on weekends and nights; and may involve some dirty and disagreeable work conditions such as tight crawl spaces with hot steam pipes. Employees will be required to lift 50 - 70 pounds depending upon the position.

@Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: general maintenance, and safety procedures. Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships; and speak and write in a clear and effective manner.

How to qualify

Experience and Training:  
1. One year of full-time verifiable experience (equivalent to 2,000 hours) in the maintenance of buildings and grounds; OR
2. Six months experience in Class 7524 Institutional Utility Worker; AND

• A valid out-of-state driver’s license is acceptable during the application process. A valid California driver's license must be obtained prior to appointment and maintained throughout employment.
• Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Eddie Aguirre by email at  

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience 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

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.

What else should I know?

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 Examination (Weight 100%):
Candidates will be administered a written multiple choice exam to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability level in one or more of the following job related areas as appropriate. These areas may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of how to safely and effectively use a variety of different tools; understanding of written and pictorial instructions; knowledge of safety behaviors and procedures; basic knowledge of mathematics and measurement; basic knowledge related to painting tasks, ground maintenance tasks, cleaning tasks, simple plumbing repairs, assembling furniture and equipment, and assisting with simple electrical repairs; ability to effectively interact with co-workers and customers; and knowledge of trouble-shooting simple building-related problems.
The multiple-choice 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.
This is a standardized written multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Services Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.
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. 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 (even if it turns out to be lower than your original score).
A passing score must be achieved on the written examination in order to be ranked and placed on the eligible list.

Date(s) of Examination: Only those applicants appearing to meet the Minimum Qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report to the examination. Invited applicants must bring a photo ID to be admitted to the exam. All materials and supplies for applicant use during the test will be provided. Devices such as cell phones, smart watches, and cameras are prohibited from the test room and will be collected prior to the test.
Requests for an alternative test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.
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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.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

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 City's Career website at 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

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.