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PEX 7514 - General Laborer

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

Under general supervision, works in support of all other crafts and performs a variety of manual labor tasks such as removing debris from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work; loading and unloading materials, supplies, furniture, and equipment; and operating various types of power equipment and machinery including pneumatic and hand tools. This class is the entry-level class in the laborer series. Positions involve sustained physical effort and exposure to a variety of disagreeable working conditions and inclement weather.

Important and Essential Duties:
● Excavate trenches (using various pneumatic and hand tools, including 90-pound jackhammers) for water and sewer lines, underground utility repair, or electrical conduits; backfills and compacts excavations; and potholes transmission mains and service piping.
● Clears culverts, stakes fabric to prevent erosion of work sites, and cements and rip-raps upstream and downstream of culverts.
● Stabilize embankments by building wet walls and drywalls alongside roadways and waterways. ● Clears obstacles prior to machine mowing.
● Serves as flag operator and sets up traffic barricades and lights or other barriers around work sites (on streets or in other locations).
● Clears and chips vegetation, brush, limbs; clears firebreaks, watershed roadways, v-ditches, jogging and foot paths, pipeline rights-of-way, around structures, buildings, risers, vaults, and valve lots; cuts access routes to watershed domestic utility lines and springs; removes small trees and grinds stumps.
● Installs and maintains chain link, barbed wire and hog wire fencing; cements watershed gate posts and chain link fence posts.
● Loads and unloads materials, supplies, furniture, and/or equipment by hand or with booms, power tailgate, forklift, and other moving equipment for moving to and from worksites (examples: jackhammers, sandbags, cement bags, debris bags, railroad ties, whackers, vibratory plates).
● Works in confined spaces to assist in cleaning and flushing catch basins, septic tanks, or sewage treatment plants with shovels, hoses, and pumps to ensure proper drainage of the sewer system.
● Operates and maintains pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, and hand tools including air compressors, jack hammers, tie tampers, sand blasters, steam cleaners, hoists, drills, chain saws, cement mixers, chipping guns, weed whackers, spaders, stump grinders, fence stretchers, aerial lift buckets, and other hand tools to assist craft workers in getting their jobs done.
● Mixes and prepares concrete.
● Assists in the application of concrete and asphalt to repair roads and sidewalks.
● Sweeps streets and sidewalks
● Applies disinfectants, de-greasers, and herbicides to streets and sidewalks. ● Picks up litter and puts debris into bags.
● Cleans up illegal dumping sites, spills on city streets, and sites of accidents.
● Operates motorized sidewalk sweepers to clean sidewalks.
● Uses radio communication systems or other communication devices.
● Manages a tool room, distributing tools and tracking inventory.
● Completes forms such as work orders (CMMS), daily work or field reports, and/or accident report forms, both physically and electronically on a laptop/Chromebook.
● Drives a truck and/or car to work sites and follows route or other maps.
● Prepare surfaces for painting; remove graffiti from public/private property using a computerized color matching program, soda blaster, and/or steam cleaner ● Works well with others and assists with other crafts as needed.
● Able to carry out instructions and executes well under pressure. ● Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

● Experience: Three (3) years (6000 hours) of journey-level experience as a general laborer in the construction field. AND
● License and Certification: Possession of a valid Class C California driver license (must be maintained during employment).
● Substitution: Completion of a California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) or United States Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprentice construction laborer program may be substituted for the required experience.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
● Requires considerable knowledge of: safe work practices, and safety equipment.
● Requires considerable ability to: perform basic general labor procedures such as shoveling, trenching, grading, cribbing, lifting and carrying heavy materials; load and unload trucks, wheelbarrows, etc.; break up pavement and concrete and assist in mixing and putting in sidewalks, streets, and pathways; take care of tools and equipment; wear appropriate forms of respiratory protection equipment; read, write, and follow oral and written instructions and complete simple reports; interact with co-workers, supervisors and the public in a polite and friendly manner; drive a car or truck to work sites and follow route or other maps.
● Requires considerable skill in: using pneumatic and hand tools such as air compressors, jack hammers, sand blasters, tampers, concrete saws, chipping guns, chainsaws, concrete mixers, water pumps, air hoses, shovels, pipe and crescent wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, crowbars, scoops, and hacksaws, etc.

What We Offer

SFUSD offers $ 33.35 per hour. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

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  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. 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 from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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