Parking Enforcement Officer

  • City of Sacramento, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $42,111.56 - $59,255.19 Annually USD

Job Description



Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available

The Department of Public Works, Parking Services Division, is seeking both full-time and part-time Parking Enforcement Officers. Employees are eligible to work a flexible 40-hours per week, with 20 hours at a set schedule (part-time), and the option to work an additional 20 hours at varying times to reach full-time hours (flex option). New hire training is a duration of approximately two months under a set schedule of 40 hours each week. Flexible schedule will start after training is completed. Employees who successfully pass probation are eligible to continue with their flexible schedules or request a 40-hour set schedule.

Ideal candidates will:
  • Demonstrate high professional standards as representatives of the City of Sacramento.
  • Have strong customer services skills and experience working with the public.
  • Be adept in writing and possess the ability to issue parking citations, respond to complaints and inquiries, perform investigative and field work involving the enforcement of codes, laws, and regulations.
  • Possess proficiency in communication due to regular interactions with other sections and departments within the City of Sacramento.
This position will require reporting to work on weekends, holidays, evening shifts, and in inclement weather conditions. The ability to work independently and attention to public safety is a must.


To perform office, investigative and field work involving the enforcement of appropriate codes, laws, regulations and validation programs pertaining to on-street and off-street parking within the City of Sacramento. Writes and issues parking citations, responds to complaints and inquiries. This is a non peace-officer classification that does not carry a firearm or weapon.

SPECIAL NOTE : all parking enforcement vehicles will be outfitted with global positioning devices.


General supervision is provided by a Parking Enforcement Supervisor or higher level supervisory/management staff in the Department of Transportation. This classification does not directly supervise, but may train other staff if necessary.
- Patrol an assigned route of city streets and parking lot facilities to identify and cite vehicles in violation of parking codes/utilizing a three-wheel motorized vehicle, automobile, bicycle, or on foot.
- Perform field investigations for parking citation reviews.
- Respond to parking complaints and inquiries regarding enforcement and control activities.
- Investigate, respond to and enforce disabled parking placard provisions and issue misdemeanor citations.
- Immobilize vehicles when authorized by the placement of a device on the wheel of the vehicle.
- Identify and cite vehicles in violation of preferential parking regulations.
- Identify and cite vehicles in violation of parking regulations.
- Report traffic accidents, abandoned vehicles, hazardous vehicles and traffic hazards encountered in the course of work.
- Provide information to the public regarding location of streets, buildings, parking lot facilities and other points of interest.
- Attend neighborhood association community and business meetings.
- Confer and coordinate with other agencies and City Departments on the investigation and disposition of parking code violations.
- Direct traffic as needed.
- Maintain assigned equipment and supplies such as citation books, tire-marking chalk, including arranging for repair and routine maintenance of assigned vehicles.
- Operate an on-board license plate recognition camera system; perform minor maintenance.
- Operate an electronic ticket writing system.
- Operate a department issued personal digital assistant (PDA) device.
- Operate a two-way radio and maintain close communications with dispatching personnel.
- Complete forms and reports as necessary.
- Maintain records and secure confidential documents.
- Produce computer generated reports and other correspondence as necessary.
- Train coworkers in area of responsibility as needed.
- Appear for administrative hearings or court trials; give testimony as necessary.
- Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.
Knowledge of:

- City policies related to the violation enforcement code.
- City street and address system.
- Basic skills in public contact.

Skill in:

-Effective verbal and written communication in the English language.

Ability to:

- Learn, understand, interpret and enforce appropriate City and State parking and vehicle codes, laws and regulations.
- Observe situations; record and recall pertinent details.
- Learn and operate personal computers and applicable software programs.
- Learn the functions of, and operate a two-way radio, on board license plate recognition system, electronic ticket writing system, PDA device.
- Identify and report parking and traffic problems encountered in the course of work.
- Learn technical aspects of the job.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, law enforcement personnel, and other parking enforcement personnel.
- Maintain routine records and logs.
- Perform assigned duties with significant independence.

Experience and Education

High School Diploma or GED.


One year of experience involving public contact and independent decisions.


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Penal Code Course:

Successful completion of a Penal Code (PC) 832 Arrest, Search and Seizure course during the probationary period is required.

Work Conditions:

Must be able to work varied shifts, including weekends, nights and holidays.

Environmental Conditions:

Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions.

Physical Conditions:

Must be able to visually observe details up close, or at a distance; read, sit or walk for an extended period of time, enter/exit vehicles frequently. Must have finger dexterity/grasping ability to operate issued equipment/devices, or a computer.

Probationary Period:

Must complete six (6) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level to gain permanent status.
Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application for further consideration.
  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. If you’re requesting Veteran’s credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application. Information regarding the use of Veteran’s credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C. Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply.2. Training and Experience Exam: (Weighted 100%) - The questions located at the end of the application are the Training and Experience (T&E) Exam. Responses to the T&E questions will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. The exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the T&E questions, please note:
  • Responses to the T&E questions must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the T&E questions.

3. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. Candidate’s eligibility expires one year from the date of notification of a passing score for the Parking Enforcement Officer examination.

4. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)- All candidates that pass the examination and are in one of the top three ranks will have their application forwarded to the hiring department for review. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department.

5.Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:
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  • Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726

Bilingual Pay
Did you know that the City offers bilingual pay? That's right, most labor agreements offer the option of providing employees with bilingual pay if the department deems it to be operationally necessary.

Pension Reform Act
The City of Sacramento is covered by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and as such, must adhere to the California Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013. Please note that the provisions within this act may affect or impact an applicant's eligibility and/or selection for open vacancies at the City of Sacramento.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Additional Information
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Salary Schedule:

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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Job Address

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