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5302 Traffic Survey Technician

Recruitment #PBT-5302-059245




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The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this examination announcement is to establish an eligible list for this classification.


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.



Under general supervision, performs surveys in connection with measurement of traffic flow, carries out inspections and performs sub-professional level field and office traffic engineering work in connection with the installation and maintenance of traffic and street signs, markings, parking meters, signals and other traffic control devices.


Nature of work:  Working conditions include exposure to inclement weather conditions and hazards related to motor vehicle traffic and working in and around construction sites.  Incumbents must also be able to drive a vehicle to reach job sites and to transport equipment, tools, measuring devices and supplies.



1.     Performs field surveys and compiles data in connection with the measurement of traffic flow, vehicle speed and signal timing; installs traffic counters to record vehicle volume counts; collects and tabulates data relative to traffic movement.

2.     Performs field surveys to adjudicate parking protests, compile data for hearing division, and research the necessity of colored curb zones.

3.     Performs field investigations and inspections to determine placement and condition of traffic and street name signs; within prescribed limits, determines location for installation of signs; prepares work orders for installation, maintenance and/or modification of street and traffic signs; in high priority and hazardous situations, may assign work directly to maintenance workers.

4.     Performs field inspections to determine condition of traffic lines; interprets plans for layout of traffic lines for painting according to previously prepared drawings; prepares schedules for traffic line renewal and painting; coordinates posting of temporary street closures; exercises work direction over assigned traffic painters.

5.     Performs a variety of ordinary drafting work and makes sketches involving traffic signals and sign locations, parking and parking meter layouts, colored curb changes and pavement striping.

6.     Prepares reports in connection with a variety of inspection and investigation activities; researches information; inputs and tabulates data collected from field surveys, computer/internet research tools  and other sources; maintains databases and other records related to traffic surveys.

7.     Assists in the research and compilation of data involving accident claims and litigation; prepares reports and maintains records relative to court cases and the hearing division and claims from insurance companies and City Attorney's Office.

8.     Receives, investigates and responds to inquiries and complaints from members of the public, departmental personnel and representatives of other City agencies regarding traffic and street name signs, parking meter installations, colored curbs, pavement striping and other traffic issues; meets with citizens to discuss parking and traffic concerns.

9.     Posts public notice of hearings regarding traffic issues.

10.  Drives a motor vehicle to reach job sites and to transport equipment, tools, measuring devices and supplies.  This also includes taking the assigned vehicle in for scheduled maintenance as necessary.

11.  Performs related duties as required.



1a. Two years full-time of verifiable experience surveying, inspecting, and/or collecting/recording data or other field work equivalent to that of a 5302 Traffic Survey Technician; OR

1b. Two years full-time of verifiable experience installing and maintaining traffic and street signs or other traffic control devices; OR

1c. Two years full-time of verifiable experience inspecting traffic or parking control devices to assess their condition and enforceability;




2. Possession of a valid Class C Driver License



Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being 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.


·         Click and select 5302 Traffic Survey Technician (PBT-5302-059245)

·         Click "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 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 online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement. 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, @sfmta.com).


Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Merit Section. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415-701-5009 between 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday, excluding holidays).


Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


All applicants must submit verification (proof) of all work experience and/or licenses needed to qualify.  This required verification must be submitted by filing deadline (postmark not accepted). 


Verification can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: PBT-5302-059245; or
  • attach to the online application in the “Other” tab; or
  • hand-deliver to One South Van Ness Avenue, Sixth Floor (closes at 5pm); or
  • mail to One South Van Ness Avenue, Sixth Floor; ATTN: PBT-5302-059245; San Francisco, CA 94103.

Verification of Driver License:  ALL applicants must submit verification of valid, Class C Driver License.  A copy of the Driver License must be submitted at the time of application.


Verification of Experience:   

Verification of work experience must be on the employer’s letterhead; must show the name of the applicant; job title(s) and duties performed; dates of employment; types of employment (part-time/full-time); and must be signed by the employer.  City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed or assigned unless sufficient and credible documentation is provided to verify performance of other duties.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.  City employees who qualify based upon a combination of City and outside experience must also verify the outside qualifying experience.


Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification of employment may request a waiver of the verification requirement.  The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request, the name(s) of the employer(s) with whom qualifying experience was obtained, job title(s), duties performed, and the dates of employment.  Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 


Failure to submit the required verification, or a request for waiver of verification, by filing deadline (postmark not accepted) may result in disqualification of the application.



Training and Experience Evaluation (Weight: 100%)

Information provided in the application and the supplemental application will be evaluated in terms of their duration and relevance to class 5302 Traffic Survey Technician job-related knowledge, skills and abilities to determine the final score and rank of qualified candidates on the eligible list.  All relevant experience must be on the application in order to be reviewed in the rating process.  All statements made on the application and supplemental application are subject to verification.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be Rule of Three Scores.


The department may administer additional selection procedures in order 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 http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=13693.  Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.


Position Based Testing:



Reasonable Accommodation Request:



Veteran’s Preference:



Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:



General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:



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


The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies


Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer




Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Announcement No.: PBT–5302-059245

Issued: 4/2/2013

MTA/SW (415) 701-5009

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.


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, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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