Safety Officer, City of San Diego

Posted: Apr 11, 2018


Safety Officer positions plan, develop, and coordinate a comprehensive Safety and Health Program for the City or a major City operating department; supervise a professional staff of Safety Representatives; assist and advise the City or major operating departments on safety and health issues; generate and analyze accident and injury reports and statistics to determine trends; develop policies, procedures, and programs to reduce injuries, illnesses, and property damage; develop and conduct safety trainings for a multitude of delivery modes; evaluate the impact of applicable local, state, and federal codes and regulations on City or department operations and where applicable make recommendations; ensure compliance of the requirements of all applicable regulatory agencies; prepare written reports; and perform other duties as assigned.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.   EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, or a closely related field.         NOTE:

  • Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education lacked on a year-for-year basis. One year of full-time experience = 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units.

EXPERIENCE: Three years of full-time professional experience in Occupational Safety and Health work. Qualifying professional Occupational Safety and Health experience MUST include the following:

  • Inspecting facilities and equipment for compliance with Federal and/or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) codes and regulations.
  • Conducting field investigations involving the interpretation, application and enforcement of Federal and/or State OSHA codes and regulations.


  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.   HIGHLY DESIRABLE:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
  • Possession of an Associate Risk Management (ARM) professional designation.


  • Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue – Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:  Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:  Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check.  The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.  Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.  All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.  A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment.  Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.  Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 3 – April 6, 2018 (New Recruitment Date)

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 1200 3rd Ave., Suite 300, MS 51P San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 236-6400 (619) 236-6358