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2310-Surgical Procedures Technician

Recruitment: RTF0125259-01129876

Published: May 26, 2023

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2310-Surgical Procedures Technician
Salary range: $85,280.00 - $103,714.00
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


Amended on 05/19/2023 to reflect changes to the Minimum Qualifications

  • Application Opening – February 23, 2023
  • Application Deadline – March 17, 2023 the application filing will be open at least through Friday, March 17, 2023 and will close any time thereafter
  • Salary: $40-$48.65 Hourly
  • Recruitment Id: RTF0125259-01129876

The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans.

SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of two main Divisions - the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health.

The San Francisco Health Network is the City’s only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers.

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill future and current vacancies in this class at other locations within the DPH for the duration of the eligible list. 

DPH statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the diversity of its workforce. All employees are required to participate in the Department of Public Health's work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity through: 

  • Commitment to providing exceptional care and services to all residents of the City and County of San Francisco service population, with heightened awareness of responsiveness to racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse members of the service population and the DPH workforce. 
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in anti-racism, racial justice, and equity work that improves quality of patient care and employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to drive change in these areas. 
  • Desire to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse service population and workforce.
  • Commitment to health equity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status. 

Role description

The 2310 may perform other duties as assigned/required. Positions are located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a large acute care teaching hospital which provides a Level I Trauma Center for the City and County of San Francisco and offers a comprehensive range of inpatient, ambulatory, skilled nursing, rehabilitative and community-oriented programs and is affiliated with the University of California - San Francisco. The Department of Public Health serves the culturally diverse,

safety net and underserved population of San Francisco. The hospital is open on a twenty-four

(24) hours, seven (7) days per week basis. The basic work week is forty (40) hours per


The Essential functions of the 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician include:

•Gowns and gloves all members of the surgical team;

• Examines the packaging of all surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment;

• Observes activities of the surgical team to determine that sterile technique is used and

sterile procedure is followed;

• Cleans and decontaminates surgical instruments;

• Assists other operating room staff members;

• Performs patient care activities;

• Checks specialized surgical instrumentation and equipment;

• Promotes efficiency and safe procedures by participating in the orientation and

training of members of the surgical team;

• Adheres to directions and instructions given by supervising operating room


• Maintains compliance with all written policies and procedures to disinfect and sterilize

surgical instruments;

• Assembles and tests surgical power equipment;

• Problem solves equipment issues in collaboration with Biomed and manager;

• Coordinates counting of sharps, sponges, and instruments;

• Follows all written policies and procedures for the Hospital Nursing Department and

Operating Room;

• Communicates specific issues and problems, reports unsafe conditions, and provides

written documentation;

• Provides assistance with processing of instruments, set up of case carts, and attends

in-service programs;

• Handles sterile supplies in an appropriate manner;

• Assures safe handling of specimens.

The 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician also performs related duties as required.

How to qualify


Possession of a certificate of graduation/diploma from a school of surgical technology accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or equivalent accrediting agency; OR

Completion of comparable surgical technology training in an accredited community college, the military service, or an accredited nursing education program. OR


Two (2) years of experience performing scrub duties in an acute care hospital providing elective and emergency surgery within the last five (5) years may be substituted for the required education.

Verification of Experience:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One-year fulltime employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine fulltime employment.

Verification of Experience:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Verification of Education: 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.

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.

Selection Procedures:
After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ)
Applicants may be required to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) at any point in the recruitment process. The MQSQ will be emailed to the address listed on the applicant’s online job application. Applicants must complete and submit the MQSQ as directed in the time frame indicated to continue in the recruitment process. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. 

Performance Assesment: (Weight: 100%)
Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in 2310 exam that is designed to measure the knowledge, skills, and abilities in job related areas which may include but not be limited to:

This 2310 assessment will require verbal responses. Your responses will be recorded and rated by assessors.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the 2310 exam in order to continue in the selection process and will be placed on the confidential eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

What else should I know?

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of Ten Scores.  

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 lists, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available to 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 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process. 

Our e-mail communications may come from more than one department so please make sure your email is set to accept messages from all of us at this link. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to contact the Analyst if they update their email address. 

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. 

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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at . The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others. 

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Ileana Enriquez at or (628) 271-6708.

We may use text messaging to communicate with you on the phone number provided in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging.” 



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.