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Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission job application video tutorial!

In this video, we will walk you step-by-step through the BCDC and California state job application process, showing you everything that you need to do to apply for a job at BCDC. BCDC is a State of California department, and like all other state departments, must follow the State's two-part job application process. These two parts consist of taking an examination to become eligible to apply for a job and filling out a job application for that position.

While many of the resources needed to apply for a job can also be found on the BCDCs website, this video tutorial will guide you through the application process using CalCareers, the job search and application platform used for all CA state jobs. Completing this job application process requires you to create a CalCareers account, and it is recommended that you do this first, before progressing any further in the application process. To locate the Cal Careers website, simply search for CalCareers on your web browser, or use the URL www.calcareers.ca.gov.

Now let’s get started!

Work for San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Searching for BCDC Jobs

  • If you are looking to begin your career at BCDC, the first thing you need to do is find an available job opening.
  • On the CalCareers website, you can search for current job postings by going to the "Get a State Job” tab and using the "Advanced Job Search". Available jobs at BCDC can be found by selecting "San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission” under the "Department” filter. The results of this search will display all job openings currently available at BCDC
  • Clicking on a job posting will provide you with a variety information including the "Job Description and Duties,” "Desirable Qualifications,” and additional application instructions.
  • The next step to apply for this position is to return to the top of the job posting and click on "Apply Now.

Job Eligibility Requirements

  • After finding a job you wish to apply for, the next step is to determine if you are eligible to apply for this position. Every California state job is linked to a certain classification, and before you are able to apply for a job, you must first take and pass an examination that corresponds to that job’s classification. The title of a job position will generally have the same title as its classification, and the corresponding examination.
  • If you have not yet taken the exam for the job you wish to apply for, click on "I want to obtain eligibility”. This link will direct you to a page that displays all the required classification examinations for that job.
  • The job posting on the previous page also provides you with additional information about a job’s classification requirements, which can be found under the "Minimum Requirements” header.
  • Click on an exam title to view the exam posting. From here, look under the "Where to Apply” header and click on the link to the "Official Exam Bulletin” link, in order to view the official exam bulletin.
  • The exam bulletin contains information on the "Minimum Qualifications” needed to be eligible to apply for that exam, as well as the instructions for how to apply for and take the exam.
  • If the exam is offered online, the link to the exam can be found here, under the "Filing Instructions” header.
  • From here, you can use your CalCareers account and proceed to take your required examination.

Applying for a Job

  • After you have completed and the corresponding classification examination for the job you are seeking to apply to, you are ready to fill out a job application and submit it to BCDC. All California state jobs applications are completed using the state’s "Standard Application Form,” known at STD 678.
  • STD 678 can be filled out by hand and mailed in to BCDC, but you can also fill it out and submit it electronically through the CalCareers website.
  • To do so, simply return to the job posting, click on the "Apply Now,” and proceed to fill out and submit all sections of the job application form, STD 678.

Conclusion

  • Congratulations, you have now successfully completed the job application process for a BCDC job. If you are interested in additional future job opportunities at BCDC or job that are not currently available, there are several steps you can take now to get a head-start on becoming an eligible applicant for these jobs.
  • BCDC encourages all candidates to frequent our new job postings and exam announcements. These job announcements will also display any additional application requirements, such as requirements for a resume or cover letter.
  • If you intend on applying to BCDC jobs in the future, or are waiting for a particular job opening, we recommend taking as many BCDC-relevant examinations as you can. Doing so will make you an eligible applicant for jobs within the corresponding classification and will place you on a classification-eligible list for each exam that you take. These lists are used by BCDC to contact job applicants, and you may be contacted when a job opening for that classification arises. Getting on classification-eligible lists will also make it easier to fill out applications for future job postings, as you will already have satisfied the classification eligibility requirements for these positions.
  • All BCDC relevant examinations can be found using the "Exam/Assessment” search under the "Get a State Job” tab, and by selecting "San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission” under the "Department” filter.

If you have any additional questions regarding the BCDC job application process, please contact Human Resources. Thank you for watching this video tutorial, we hope to see you at BCDC soon!

Job Eligibility Requirements

  • After finding a job you wish to apply for the next step is to determine if you are eligible to apply for this position. Every California state job corresponds to a certain classification, and before you are able to apply for a job, you must first take and pass an examination that corresponds to that job's classification.
  • Clicking in a job posting will provide you with information about that job position, and will also show the minimum requirements necessary to be eligible to apply for that position.
  • Under the "Minimum Requirements” header, you can find the classification that corresponds to that job. The corresponding examination will have the same name as the title of that classification. The name of the class can be used to search for the corresponding examination.

Searching for Exams

  • Using the classification name, you can search for your required examination under the "Get a State Job” tab, and by using the "Exam/Assessment Search.” Click on the exam that you wish to take to view the exam posting.
  • From the exam posting, look under the "Where to Apply” header and click on the link to the "Official Exam Bulletin” link, in order to view the official exam bulletin.
  • The exam bulletin contains information on the "Minimum Qualifications” needed to be eligible to apply for this exam, as well as the instructions for how to apply for and take the exam.
  • If the exam is offered online, the link to the exam can be found here, under the "Filing Instructions” header.
  • From here, you can create a CalCareers account and proceed to take your required examination.

Applying For a Job

  • After you have completed and the corresponding classification examination for the job you are seeking to apply to, you are ready to fill out a job application and submit it to BCDC. All California state job applications are completed using the State's "Standard Application Form,” known at STD 678.
  • STD 678 can be filled out by hand and mailed in to BCDC, but you can also fill it out and submit it electronically through the CalCareers website.
  • To do so, simply click on the "Apply Now” link from a job posting and proceed to fill out and submit all sections of the job application form, STD 678.

Job Application Step-by-Step Guide

How To Apply

Finding Open Job Positions

  • On CalCareers website:
  • On the BCDC website, current job openings can be found in two locations:
    • On the home page, under the "Career Opportunities” header
    • On the "Employment” page, located as one of the links under the "About Us” tab

Eligibly Requirements - Why Take an Exam?

(Note on Organization: Order: instead of organizing this information all together in this way, which is half instructions and half an explanation of how the process works, once this is organized into different sections/pages on the website you can put the general descriptions, such as explanations of what exams/classifications are, on one page, and step-by-step application instructions on another (and then link to "why take an exam" page, if applicant wants the additional information)

  • BCDC is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. This is to ensure individuals hired into and promoted within civil service are selected on the basis of their job-related qualifications. Therefore, to determine if an applicant qualifies for a specific job type, they must complete an examination for each job type (classification) to establish eligibility.
  • Upon completing an exam, the applicant receives their results, and successful candidates are then determined to be eligible for a classification and placed on an employment list divided into ranks by score. Only candidates in the top three ranks are immediately eligible for appointment and can apply for job openings in the classification for which they tested.
  • Additional Information Regarding Examinations:
    • Not all examinations/assessments are always available. Exams are posted based on department need, on a statewide basis.
    • There are two types of exams: open and promotional. If you're not already a state employee, you may only apply for open exams/assessments. If you're a current or former state employee, or veteran, you may apply for open or promotional exams/assessments.
  • (Tip: If you are intent on applying for CA state jobs in the future, it may serve you well to take as many examinations as you can to become eligible for any classifications that are required for job positions you may be interested in. This way, you will appear on the employment lists for all positions with these classifications and may be contacted in the future when there is a job opening for that classification. Getting on classification-eligible lists will also make it easier to apply for new job postings, as you will already have met the class specification application requirement.)

Applying For Exams

  1. On CalCareers, first find the required Examination/Classification for the job you wish to apply for the required class specifications for a CA job are listed under the ”Minimum Requirements” header of that position’s job posting. Clicking on these class specification links will lead you to a page describing that classification, and the various specifications within that class. The name of the class can be used to search for the corresponding examination.
    • (Examination/Classification requirements can also be found under the "Eligibly” header of the job posting on the BCDC website).
  2. Search for Exam/Assessment
    You can search for your required examination in CalCareers, using the "Exam/Assessment Search” under the "Get a State Job” tab. Click on the exam that you wish to take to view the exam posting.
  3. Apply and Prepare for Exam
    From the exam posting, click on the link to the "Official Exam Bulletin” link, under the "Where to Apply" header, in order to view the official exam bulletin.
    The exam bulletin contains information on the "Minimum Qualifications” needed to be eligible to apply for this exam, as well as the instructions for how to apply for and take the exam.
    If the exam is offered online, the link to the exam can be found on the exam bulletin. Although most all exam bulletins on CalCareers are organized in the same manner, the link to take the exam can most commonly be found under the "Taking the Examination” header, or the "Filing Instructions” header.
    While most exams can be taken online directly on the CalCareers website by following the link on the exam bulletin, some exams are only offered as in-person tests. In this case, they can applied for by filling out the Standard Application Form STD 678, which is the form used by the State of California for all job applications, as well as for exam applications that are not located online. Link to STD 678: (insert link to PDF here)
  4. Take Exam and Review your Results
    Your exam/assessment results, located in your CalCareers account, will tell you your score and/or rank. Once you're on an employment list, you may start receiving letters from BCDC and other state agencies inviting you to apply for openings.

Applying for Jobs

  • Once you have completed the corresponding classification examination, you can apply for a job by searching for BCDC job openings and submitting the State Application Form (STD 678). This can be done in two ways:
    • CalCareers provides an electronic version of STD 678, which can be filled out and submitted for any current and future state job applications.
    • Applicants may also apply for BCDC jobs by submitting STD 678 by mail. Instructions for this method of job application can be found in the job description on the BCDC website.

Current Examinations/Exam Listings

  • (include a "BCDC Examination Plan”...a list of required examinations for all BCDC job positions, which includes the date, type of exam, and the exam location for each)

Current Job Vacancies

Additional Resources

  • BCDC Examination Plan 2019
    • (A spreadsheet of all the BCDC job positions, and the corresponding required exams? This would make it simpler for people who may want to work for BCDC to actually get on the lists that they need to be on to get hired)
  • State Application Form (STD 678)
  • For more information about applying for jobs...(links to video? CalCareers Info/FAQ page?)