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Engineer (5241) - San Francisco Department of Public Health

Recruitment: RTF0119110-01150277

Published: May 13, 2022

Accepting Applications Until: May 23, 2022


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Department: Public Health
Job Class: 5241-Engineer
Role Type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


5/13/2022: Announcement reopened for further recruitment. 
3/24/2022: Announcement amended to extend filing deadline for further recruitment. 

Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt. Position is limited to no more than three (3) years. Exempt employees are considered "at will" and serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

  • Application Opening - March 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline - May 23, 2022
  • Salary: $68.42-$83.20 Hourly (Click here for more information)
  • Recruitment Id: TEX-5241-119111

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), Environmental Health Branch, is accepting applications for one (1) full-time temporary exempt position in class 5241 Engineer.

The incumbent in this position will work under various programs under the regulatory branch of the DPH, Environmental Health Branch, which oversee site mitigation, the cleanup or management of chemical contaminants in soil, soil vapor or groundwater, and limiting of dust generation during construction activities near sensitive receptors.

The applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future TEX vacancies in this class at other locations within DPH.

Role Description

Under general direction, the 5241 Engineer performs difficult and responsible professional engineering work in the field and office; and supervises and manages professional and technical engineering staff, consultants, and other related staff engaged in a variety of engineering projects. The essential duties include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Supervises professional and technical engineering personnel, including consultants, in the preparation of engineering studies, reports, designs, calculations, cost estimates, specifications, and contract documents for a wide variety of routine projects concerned with the construction, maintenance or operation of buildings, bridges, structures, roads, airports, sewers and waste water treatment facilities; and reviews federal, regional and local legislation affecting engineering work; 
  • Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, evaluates and counsels staff in accordance with memoranda of understanding and Civil Service Rules;
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of documents, including advertisement for bids, instructions to bidders, detailed specifications, and contract bonds; reviews and analyzes bids for conformance with specifications and for approval of final awarding of bids; negotiates contracts and contract modifications; and resolves claims and disputes;
  • Supervises and monitors the inspection of a wide variety of major and complex engineering projects; organizes and supervises the activities of field inspection staff;
  • Prepares engineering designs, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with requirements and project objectives; prepares cost estimates of labor, equipment, and materials; performs difficult engineering calculations;
  • Reviews requests for proposals and bids to ensure that the work is accurate and completed timely and efficiently; analyzes work load and budgets; assigns work for a group of engineers and technicians to meet project demands on specific engineering projects;
  • Analyzes and solves complex engineering and process related problems, which may include, water/wastewater treatment, traffic systems, civil, chemical (environmental/sanitary), structural, electrical, and mechanical; may direct and/or participate in scientific research projects relating to the study of water and/or wastewater treatments and their effects on the environment or other engineering functions;
  • Writes, reviews, and/or approves departmental correspondence, legislation, reports and other related documents; and 
  • Conducts meetings and makes presentations to staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies, and the general public.

The 5241 Engineer performs other related duties as assigned/required. 

How to Qualify

1. Five (5) years verifiable professional engineering (civil, chemical, sanitary, environmental, mechanical, electrical, or transportation (traffic)) work experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to the 5207 Associate Engineer level or higher; AND

2. Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in one of the following disciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical (environmental/sanitary), or transportation (traffic).


a. A Masters degree in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only or A Grade Four Certificate in Water/Wastewater Treatment Operation (CA) may substitute for one year work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.

b. A Ph.D. in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only may substitute for two years work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.

c. There is no substitution for the required two years work experience equivalent to 5207 Associate Engineer or higher.

d. Candidates licensed in other states, who otherwise meet the minimum requirements of this announcement but do not possess the required California License, may file for this recruitment, and if successful, will be placed under waiver until the required California License is presented. 

e. City and County of San Francisco employees having six (6) months experience as a 5207 Associate Engineer or higher will be admitted to the exam process. Successful candidates will be placed under waiver until the two-year requirement is met in full. (Please note that this is an exempt recruitment and is exempt from the Civil Service exam process).

One year of full-time 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 full-time employment.

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

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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.  Any experience or education field that lists see resume will not be considered. 

Selection Procedures 
The selection procedure will include evaluation of the application packet in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. 

What else should I know?

  1. Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.
  2. Note on ICARE: Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions:
  3. Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.
  4. Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.
  5. Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.

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.

The City and County of San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

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

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

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

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 exam analyst, Juliette Soto at or (415)554-2915.

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

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.