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Public Service Aide - Street & Environmental Services - San Francisco Public Works (9916 TEX)

Recruitment: RTF0116764-01138937

Published: November 18, 2023


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Department: Public Works
Job class: 9916-Public Service Aide - Public Works
Salary range: $44,122.00 - $46,696.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below.

Application Opening: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Application Deadline: This is a continuous recruitment. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Friday, March 17, 2023.
Compensation Range: $40,586 - $45,656 Annually
Recruitment ID: RTF0116764-01138937

San Francisco Public Works (SF Public Works) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $352 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion, and a workforce of 1,600-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keep the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges, including homelessness. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors, and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

We invite you to learn more about the three workplace core values we live and embrace every day here at Public Works, visit our site here: Respect, Integrity, and Responsiveness.

San Francisco Public Works currently has vacancies for the position of Public Service Aide (9916). 


The Bureau of Street Environmental Services
Keeps the City’s streets, sidewalks, and other public spaces clean with mechanical and manual sweeping, graffiti abatement, and power washing. The 24/7 operation runs specialized operations, including the Hot Spots teams that focus on encampment cleanups, CleanCorridorsSF, which provides a weekly deep cleaning to neighborhood commercial corridors, and proactive illegal dumping runs in the most impacted areas. The team also supports volunteer programs to advance San Francisco’s cleaning and greening initiatives.

Appointment Type: Temporary-Exempt (TEX), Category 18. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment is expected to be 12 months.

Role description

Under general supervision, as a Public Service Aide, you will clean and maintain the merchant corridors under the Corridor Ambassador Program.

Important and Essential Duties:
As a Public Service Aide, your duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Clean curb catch basins and areas between cars.
  • Sweep tree basins and remove any debris.
  • Fill bags with trash, leave enough room so you can tie the bag, and leave in common pick up area.
  • Report any deficiencies that are beyond your tool or your capability.
  • Ambassadors are responsible for removing graffiti and tags and scraping off stickers on public properties. This includes but is not limited to: all street poles, garbage cans, utility boxes, benches, mailboxes, fire hydrants (but not the top), and parking meter poles.
  • Sweeping and debris removal from public areas including sidewalks, curbside, plazas, stairways, building frontages, and other areas of public path of travel.
  • Remove illegal posting as needed on assigned route.
  • Weeding as needed from sidewalks, tree basins, and gutters.

How to qualify

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.

  • Referral by Community-Based Organizations
  • Willing to work various shifts including evenings, and weekends

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

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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Selection Procedures:
The selection process will include an evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will move forward in the recruitment process.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all of the steps in the selection procedure.

Drug Testing Requirement:
Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by the Laborers, Local 261, are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six months after the date of the positive test.

Medical Examination:
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine their ability to perform the essential functions and/or meet physical requirements.

What else should I know?

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

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Kristi Sevilla, at

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.