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General Laborer - Access to City Employment (ACE) (7514)

Recruitment: REF3354E

Published: May 22, 2023


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 7514-General Laborer
Salary range: $72,566.00 - $88,218.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, performs a variety of manual labor tasks such as removing debris from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work; loading and unloading materials, supplies, furniture, and equipment; may work as part of a crew with other crafts; and operating various types of equipment and machinery including pneumatic and hand tools associated with general construction.

Distinguishing Features: This class is the entry-level class in the laborer series. Positions involve sustained physical effort and exposure to a variety of disagreeable working conditions and inclement weather.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list. 1. Excavates trenches (using various pneumatic and hand tools, including 90-pound jackhammers) for water and sewer lines, underground utility repair, or electrical conduits; backfills and compacts excavations; and potholes transmission mains and service piping. 2. Clears culverts, stakes fabric to prevent erosion of work sites, and cements and rip-raps upstream and downstream of culverts. 3. Stabilizes embankments by building wetwalls and drywalls alongside roadways and waterways. 4. Clears obstacles prior to machine mowing. 5. Serves as flag operator and sets up traffic barricades and lights or other barriers around work sites (on streets or in other locations). 6. Clears and chips vegetation, brush, limbs; clears firebreaks, watershed roadways, v-ditches, jogging and foot paths, pipeline rights-of-way, around structures, buildings, risers, vaults, and valve lots; cuts access routes to watershed domestic utility lines and springs; removes small trees and grinds stumps. 7. Installs and maintains chain link, barbed wire and hogwire fencing; cements watershed gate posts and chain link fence posts. 8. Loads and unloads materials, supplies, furniture, and/or equipment by hand or with booms, power tailgate, forklift, and other moving equipment for moving to and from worksites (examples: jackhammers, sandbags, cement bags, debris bags, railroad ties, whackers, vibratory plates). 9. Removes and cleans up debris resulting from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work around grounds and building areas using hands, broom, shovel, wheel barrow, etc. 10. Works in confined spaces to assist in cleaning and flushing catch basins, septic tanks, or sewage treatment plants with shovels, hoses, and pumps to ensure proper drainage of the sewer system. 11. Operates and maintains pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, and hand tools including air compressors, jack hammers, tie tampers, sand blasters, steam cleaners, hoists, drills, chain saws, cement mixers, chipping guns, weed whackers, spaders, stump grinders, fence stretchers, aerial lift buckets, and other hand tools to assist craft workers in getting their jobs done. 12. Mixes and prepares concrete. 13. Assists in the application of concrete and asphalt to repair roads and sidewalks. 14. Sweeps streets and sidewalks 15. Applies disinfectants, de-greasers, and herbicides to streets and sidewalks. 16. Scrubs streets, sidewalks, and plazas with a broom or high-pressure water hose. 17. Picks up litter and puts debris into bags. 18. Cleans up illegal dumping sites, spills on city streets, and sites of accidents. 19. Removes litter and signs from poles and benches. 20. Operates motorized sidewalk sweepers to clean sidewalks. 21. Uses radio communication system or other communication devices. 22. Manages a tool room, distributing tools and tracking inventory. 23. Completes forms such as work orders, daily work or field reports, and/or accident report forms. 24. Drives a truck and/or car to work sites and follows route or other maps. 25. Prepare surfaces for painting; removes graffiti from public/private property using a computerized color matching program, soda blaster, and/or steam cleaner.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: safe work practices, and safety equipment. Ability and Skill to: perform basic general labor procedures such as shoveling, trenching, grading, cribbing, lifting and carrying heavy materials; load and unload trucks, wheel barrows, etc.; break up pavement and concrete and assist in mixing and putting in sidewalks, streets, and pathways; take care of tools and equipment; wear appropriate forms of respiratory protection equipment; read, write, and follow oral and written instructions and complete simple reports; interact with co-workers, supervisors and the public in a polite and friendly manner; drive a car or truck to work sites and follow route or other maps; use pneumatic and hand tools such as air compressors, jack hammers, sand blasters, tampers, concrete saws, chipping guns, chainsaws, concrete mixers, water pumps, air hoses, shovels, pipe and crescent wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, crowbars, scoops, and hacksaws, etc.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Education: Experience: Three (3) years (6000 hours) of journey-level experience as a general laborer in the construction field.

License and Certification: Possession of a valid Class C California driver license (must be maintained during employment).

Substitution: Completion of a California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) or United States Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprentice construction laborer program may be substituted for the required experience.

What else should I know?

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.

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.