5272 Landscape Architect Associate II

City Wide Exam

Recruitment #CBT-5272-064052


Position Description:
Under general supervision, performs a variety of landscape architectural work in connection with the design and preparation of preliminary and final construction drawings, cost estimates, and specifications for the construction or renovation of City parks, recreational areas, urban public spaces, parkways, boulevards, and other roadways; plans, assigns, supervises, and evaluates the work of subordinate landscape architectural and support personnel; may act as the lead inspector for construction of landscape architectural work; performs related duties as required. 

Essential Functions of the Job:

- Prepares or supervises the planning of and design of landscape construction projects and prepares portions of larger landscape projects. 
- Prepares or supervises the preparation of architectural renderings of landscape projects for public presentation.
- Computes quantities, determines scope of work, and establishes schedules and costs of projects.
- Writes and edits construction specifications; prepares reports, memoranda, and all correspondence pertaining to landscape architectural work.
- Coordinates and reviews contract documents with other design professionals involved in the design project, including but not limited to architects, engineers, and other design disciplines.
- Performs site review of landscape projects under construction to ensure quality and conformance to plans and specifications.
- Reviews, coordinates, and comments on work prepared by consultants when necessary for conformance with project requirements.
- Provides technical assistance and direction to subordinate landscape architectural and support personnel.
- Attends meetings to coordinate and present projects to clients, commissions, agencies, departments, communities, and other interested groups.
- Supervises subordinate personnel by planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating work; responsible for development of subordinates through training and disciplinary processes.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Baccalaureate degree in landscape architecture from an accredited college or university; AND

2. Six (6) years of verifiable experience in landscape architectural design; preparation of preliminary and final working drawings, cost analyses, specification preparation, construction review, and construction inspection of projects. Two (2) years of the six (6) years must have been in providing technical leadership and direction to subordinate landscape architectural and support personnel in the preparation of plans and specifications; AND

3. Possession of a current, valid California’s Drivers License; AND

4. Possession of a California License to practice as a Landscape Architect.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

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.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Laura Carucci, by telephone at 415-554-6050, or by email at laura.carucci@sfdpw.org.


Applicants must provide the following: a cover letter specifically indicating how you meet the Minimum Qualifications and Desirable Qualifications as stated in the announcement, a copy of your resume, a PDF portfolio (10 pages maximum), and verification (see below). 



Verification of education must be submitted in the form of a diploma or certification. Verification of experience must be signed by the employer, on the employer’s letterhead, and specify dates of service, job titles and duties performed, including percentage of time spent performing duties which meet the minimum requirements. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. City employees may submit performance evaluations or letters from the appointing officer of the department as proof of qualifying City experience, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver by the final filing date, Tuesday June 9, 2015 at 5pm, may result in rejection of the application. 

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.

 Applicants may submit verification documentation by: 

1. Uploading the documents through JobAps; OR 

2. Scanning the documents and send as an attachment to: Laura.Carucci@sfdpw.org OR

3. Faxing the information to GSA: (415) 554-6042: Attention: Laura Carucci - 5272 Exam OR 

4. Sending the documents via U.S. Postal mail to: General Services Agency, Human Resources, 1155 Market St, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, Attention: Laura Carucci - 5272 Exam

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight 100%) Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. Candidates’ responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate your experience including the knowledge, skills and abilities that you possess in job related areas identified as critical for successful performance, which may include but are not limited to: Knowledge of the principles and practice of landscape architecture; knowledge of drafting procedures and practices; knowledge of planting and construction materials and appropriate usage in the design and implementation of landscape projects; knowledge of cost estimating; ability to prepare conceptual, planning, drafting, and design work; ability to draft by hand and using AutoCAD; ability to prepare reports and correspondence. All responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification and should be consistent with the information provided in your application. Failure to submit the supplemental questionnaire may result in disqualification from the examination process. ADD PORTFOLIO LANGUAGE

Please attach your portfolio in as a single file and in printable format. If your portfolio is too large to attach it to your JobAps application in a single file, please e-mail it to the analyst at laura.carucci@sfdpw.org.

The department may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five Scores.

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

The eligible list resulting from this examination 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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Selection Procedures Notes:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to provide a complete employment history for the past ten (10) years and an explanation of all gaps in employment during that period.  The past ten (10) years of the candidate's employment will be verified.  In addition, candidates will be required to undergo a criminal history check, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening.  Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination.  Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Customs Clearance:

Positions with the San Francisco Airport Commission require that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and 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) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying 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 applying 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.

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.


General Information concerning CCSF Employment Policies and Procedures

A hard copy of Important Employment Information for the CCSF can be obtained at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.  


Employment, Character and Background Investigation

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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://www.sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=300.


Copies of Application Documents:  

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.


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.     


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:  Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit 

Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: May 26, 2015
Recruitment ID Number: 064052
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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