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Electrical Line Helper - Department of Technology (7432)

Recruitment: RTF0139805-01148386

Published: September 27, 2023


Carol Wong -

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Department: Technology
Job class: 7432-Electrical Line Helper
Salary range: $91,078.00 - $110,708.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


IMPORTANT: Your application MUST include responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

Applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire prior to starting the online application process.  Application will not be reviewed without completed supplemental questionnaire.


Why Work for the Department of Technology (DT)? DT is the centralized technology services provider in the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). We deliver technology infrastructure and services to approximately 33,000 employees! With an annual operating budget of over $140M and approximately 260 employees, DT provides a host of services that range from Public Safety radio and wiring and Network services to Enterprise Support and the Cloud.

Benefits of Working for CCSF:  In addition to challenging and rewarding work, the City provides a generous suite of benefits to its employees.

  • Job security, pension, and robust retirement options
  • Competitive pay with consistent bi-yearly or yearly increases
  • Hybrid Work with a minimum of 20% of time spent in our office in San Francisco, California for all IT related roles
  • Generous paid time off, family leave, and more!
  • Diverse work environment in a diverse city
  • Union protections and representation
  • Career development and growth — move between departments, learn on the job, or take subsidized/reimbursed classes!

PEOPLE-CENTERED SOLUTIONS — have a powerful, meaningful effect on the community each day with people at the heart of every solution!

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE — bring the benefits of the internet to low-income and marginalized residents!

SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT MATTERS — join an award-winning production team at SFGovTV to help residents watch legislators or learn more about what makes this City great!

DRIVE INNOVATION — deliver new, cutting-edge technology to residents and city partners to help San Francisco serve its residents!

Role description


Under supervision, performs semi-skilled and labor-based line work in the maintenance, repair, and installation of communication cables and infrastructure for the City’s fiber network.  Work may also include installation of copper wiring, Category 5/6 cable, and emerging wireless and microwave technologies.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assists cable splicers with job set up, safety, and materials for splicing cable.  Assists line crew with all construction-based projects for underground and overhead cable installations
  • Digs holes and trenches to accommodate pipework as well as christy boxes, junctions, vaults, and manholes and conduit installation
  • Assists line crew with assembling and installing poles and cross arms, prepares hardware and tools for line workers
  • Assists with installation of various types of cables including copper, data, category 5 and 6, and fiber optic. 
  • Work with various types of equipment including bucket trucks, line trucks, pulling packs, and Posi-plus or Hogg-Davis
  • Work in proximity to other departments infrastructure including confined spaces, vaults, utility holes, and medium and high voltage equipment and cabling   

Work Location:

Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at various City Agencies throughout the City of San Francisco as well some remote CCSF facilities outside of the City and County of San Francisco.  The incumbents primary reporting and dispatch location will be 200 Paul Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124.

Nature of Work:

Candidate must be willing to work a 40-hour week as determined by the department, including mandatory rotations at Swing Shift (3:00pm - 11:00pm) and Graveyard Shift (11:00pm - 7:00am).  Travel within San Francisco may be required.

Job Appointment Type: 

Temporary Exempt (TEX) - Full Time (4 positions) are excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process. The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of up to thirty-six (36) months.

How to qualify

Education: Possession of a high school diploma or proof of successful completion of an equivalency test (G.E.D or California High School Proficiency Examination).

Experience: Two (2) years of full time verifiable general electrical and mechanical work experience in maintenance/construction.

License or Certificate

Possession and maintenance of, or the ability to obtain and maintain, a current valid California Class C driver license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of: basic maintenance, repair, and installation of communications and traffic and street lighting systems, transit power lines, and overhead and underground electrical transmission lines including the use and care of basic hand tools used by an electrical line crew; safe working practices and the correct and safe use of basic tools, equipment, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Skill in the care and use of basic tools for general laboring and electrical maintenance work (e.g. hand tools, pneumatic tools, pavement breakers, etc.)
  • Ability to effectively interact with co-workers, subordinates, representatives from other divisions and/or departments, and the public; 


1. MEDICAL TESTING: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates must successfully pass the medical testing process.

2. SECURITY CLEARANCES AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate's suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. 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?

Compensation: $42.8250 - $52.0500 (hourly) / $89,076 - $108,264 (annually)

How to Apply:

  • In addition to submit your application, you MUST submit this supplemental questionnaire:
  • Your application MUST include a resume.  To upload, please attach using the "additional attachments" function.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time but not earlier than October 4, 2023. This position is open until filled.

You may contact Carol Wong via email at with questions regarding this opportunity.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.  Please be informed that the Department of Technology will not sponsor visa applications/transfers.

Helpful Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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.