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Assistant Superintendent, Trees and Landscape

City and County of San Francisco, Public Works Bureau of Urban Forestry
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
San Francisco
Job Description:

   Under administrative direction, this position reports directly to the Superintendent of Bureau of Urban Forestry, and manages supervisory personnel engaged in directing the activities of urban forestry, landscaping and maintenance including management of trees and other vegetation in cities. 
   Essential functions of this job code include: assisting in the administration, development, review, analysis, interpretation, investigation, implementation and enforcement of operating methods and procedures, rules, regulations, codes, policies, and written reports relevant to the bureau's operations; planning, organizing, assigning, coordinating, prioritizing, scheduling, monitoring, and evaluating the work of bureau personnel through supervisory staff; supervising second-level supervisors by leading, motivating, disciplining, and providing recognition and training to ensure conformance with operating methods and procedures, policies and standards; assisting in directing the bureau's safety and training programs and enforcing safety codes; providing fiscal management by assisting in the preparation and execution of the bureau's annual budget; facilitating the requisition, storekeeping and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment and ensuring that mechanical and motorized equipment is maintained and replaced as necessary; assisting with directing the preparation of interdepartmental work orders (IDWOs) for services from the bureau, and with requests for proposals (RFPs) for services to the bureau, and with making recommendations regarding the awarding of contracts; acting on behalf of the superintendent and representing the department in labor negotiations, to legislative bodies, other city departments, community based organizations and the public; investigating, documenting, recording findings and analyzing results in response to problems, inquiries, requests and complaints; communicating orally and in writing with departmental director, deputy directors, bureau superintendent, other assistant superintendents, staff members, City and outside agency representatives, contractors, business and property owners, or the general public; using a personal computer to write memos, letters, complex reports, performance appraisals, and to develop spreadsheets, presentation tools and databases; using a two-way radio, cell phone or pager to communicate; maintaining a valid driver license and driving to various locations; conducting field inspections to ensure conformity with established work practices and standards; and participating in departmental and City-wide emergency response team; and performing related duties as required. 
   Nature of Work: This position requires incumbent to be available after hours, 7 days a week including holidays, to respond to emergency requests and issues. 


   1. Seven (7) years of experience in urban forestry, landscaping, and maintenance activities including management of trees and other vegetation in cities; AND 
   2. Three (3) years of this experience must be as a second-level supervisor or manager in the operations, activities and maintenance of the public right-of-way or land. Qualifying experience must be in the areas of urban forestry and landscaping activities. This experience must include direct reporting to an assistant superintendent, assistant department head, or company vice president; AND 
   3. Possession of a valid driver’s license (Candidates must maintain a valid California driver’s license throughout the duration of employment.) 
   Note: One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hours work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment. 
   Applicants must meet the meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. 
   The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. 
   Possession of Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree in Horticulture or related fields 
   Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture 
   Bay Friendly Landscape Qualification 


   Basic Supervisory Exam: (Weight: 50%) 
   Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure basic knowledge of various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g. directing, counseling, guiding, evaluating, motivating, disciplining, developing and training subordinates, delegation, etc.) as well as customer service and reading comprehension. 
   This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review. 
   This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review. 
   The examination is administered via computer or in paper format. Qualified candidates will be notified of the particular format to be used in their test appointment notification. 
   The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory classes therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent. 
   Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation: (Weight: 50%) 
   Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation is designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: technical knowledge, management ability, supervisory ability, written communication ability. Only those applicants who pass the Basic Supervisory Written Examination will receive a score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation. 
   Note: Candidates must achieve a passing score on both the Basic Supervisory Exam and the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list. 
   The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of List. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.: 
   Eligible List… 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. 
   Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see…. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification. 

$125,736.00 - $160,446.00/year

   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. 

How to Apply:

   Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit to begin the application process by registering an account. 
   Click and select the 0932 Manager IV, Assistant Superintendent, Trees and Landscape, Urban Forestry 
   Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information 
   Click on “I am a New User” 
   Follow instructions given on the screen