3410 Apprentice Gardener

Recruitment #TEX-3410-058416

Department: Recreation and Parks
Analyst:Lisa Nakamura
Date Opened: 11/18/2011

Filing Deadline: 12/2/2011 4:30:00 PM

 Salary: $13.28 – $23.60/hour

 Job Type: Temporary Exempt

 Employment Type: Full-Time



The Apprentice Gardener is a trainee classification which performs routine and basic duties to assist Gardeners in the care of athletic fields, squares, parks, playgrounds, stadiums, thoroughfares, medians and/or other landscaped areas.   Under direct supervision, learns to perform care and maintenance of a variety of plants and landscaped areas, including planting, pruning and pest control; removes debris and litter; operates hand or power lawn mower; performs routine maintenance of tools and equipment; and performs related duties as required.  Assigned duties increase in scope and difficulty as the Apprentice Gardener demonstrates skills in performing diverse duties that are learned through an on-the-job training rotation.  Work is performed under direct supervision and is evaluated on the basis of progress in a structured work experience training program. 

Demonstrated competence and successful completion of the structured training program leads to meeting the minimum qualifications for the promotional class of Gardener.  Failure to achieve demonstrated competence and acceptable work habits or the inability to complete the training program within two (2) years results in loss of employment in the 3410 class.  The appointing officer may provide an extension of time to complete the training program, however, appointments to this class cannot exceed 3 years.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  The nature of the work may require exposure to inclement weather conditions and may require exposure to infectious and/or hazardous materials and/or conditions.  Some positions may require driving.  Some positions may require riding mowers and driving small utility vehicles.  Some positions may require heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.  Some positions may require weekend or shift work.


1.  Possession of a High School Diploma or proof of successful completion of an equivalency test (G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Examination);AND
2.  Six (6) months (1,040 hours) of verifiable experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped general ground areas;AND
3.  Meets all eligibility and entrance criteria for enrollment in the required Apprentice Gardener course work at City College of San Francisco.

•    Possession of a valid (Class C) California driver’s license;
•    Verifiable experience in a physically-demanding position (e.g., gardener, laborer, etc.);
•    Ability to safely and correctly lift, drag and/or move with assistance large and/or heavy plants and equipment to truck bed level, and the ability to kneel, bend and squat for considerable periods of time. (The probationary period will be used to evaluate this qualification.);
•    New or continuing student status at City College of San Francisco.


Applications for this recruitment will be accepted beginning Friday, November 18, 2011 and must be submitted along with required verifications no later than Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an on-line process. Visitwww.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin application process.
* Select the desired job announcement (TEX-3410-058416)
* Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
* Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
* Follow instructions given on the screen. 

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  However, because the computers will be shut down at 5:00 P.M., it is recommended that you arrive by at least 4:30 P.M. to allow time to complete the application.

Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply.  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment process please contact John Raulli at (415) 242-6375 or via email atJohn.Raulli@sfgov.org.  Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  All applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates posses in job-related areas, which have been identified as critical for positions in class 3410 Apprentice Gardener.  All candidates’ responses to the supplemental questionnaire are subject to verification.

VERIFICATION: All applicants must submit verification (proof) of possession of a valid California driver’s license, qualifying education and experience.
Verification of valid California driver’s license – Applicants must submit a legible copy of their  driver’s license with photograph clear and visible.
Verification of experience must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of the applicant, job titles(s), duties performed, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative.
Verification of education (high school diploma, G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Examination) – Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of their high school diploma, certificate of completion or college degree (if applicable).

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be considered if supported by documents verifying  earnings, and duties comparable to minimum qualifications listed above.  Applicant must indicate details of all duties and experience used to meet the minimum qualifications on the application.  Copies of income tax records, business license or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request for waiver.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit all required verification or request for waiver by Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 P.M. may result in the rejection of the application.

All Verifications may be submitted by U.S. Mail or hand delivery to: Recreation and Park Department, Human Resources, 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1898, ATTN: 3410 VERIFICATION.


Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those candidates most qualified will be invited to the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are NOT guaranteed advancement to the selection process.

Please note:  Interviews are tentatively scheduled (subject to confirmation) for the week of December 12, 2011.  Specific information (final date/time) will be provided to individuals if invited to advance in this competitive process

Prior to appointment, selected applicants must successfully pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screen, to determine their ability to perform the essential functions of the job.


General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfdhr_page.asp?id=46208, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Copies of Application Documents:  Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

Terms of the Announcement:  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 of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: www.jobaps.com/sf.

Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and Equal Opportunity Statement:  The Recreation and Park Department does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its programs or activities. Persons with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact Lisa Nakamura at (415) 831-2735,Lisa.Nakamura@sfgov.org; or in writing at the address listed on the job announcement as soon as possible after filing the application.

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