Special Event Traffic Controller I

County of San Diego
$20 - $25 Per hour CA San Diego Police Department Central Division, 2501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102, United States



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Special Event Traffic Controller I positions work under the general supervision of the San Diego Police Department; direct traffic on City streets and parking areas at  Balboa Park, Convention Center, Sports Arena, Snapdragon Stadium, PETCO Park, and other areas as assigned; place cones, barricades and signs; provide information to the public and respond to questions/complaints regarding events, parking, and traffic conditions; and perform other duties as assigned.

NOTES: It is important to note that by submitting an application, you are agreeing to the work conditions listed below as well as the varying work schedules.

  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25

  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees are available only on a limited, hourly basis with the hours varying depending on the season and special events schedule. There is no implied guarantee of a set number of hours.
  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees are required to work day and evening hours, weekend, and holidays.
  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees work in all weather conditions; spend long periods of time standing; and may be exposed to vehicle and flare fumes.
  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees interact with members of the public who may become angry, difficult, and/or abusive.
  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees may require the ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs., and the ability to push and pull up to 60 lbs.
  • Special Event Traffic Controller I employees must wear standard apparel which will be provided by the Police Department upon appointment.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
AGE: You must be at least 18 years of age.
CITIZENSHIP: You must be a United States Citizen or have the current legal right to work in the United States.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.

  • Graduation from high school; or satisfactory completion of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination.
  • Six months of full or part-time experience providing information to the public.
  • Customer service, military, traffic control, and/or experience which includes sensitive, adverse, or confrontational situations.


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 for one year. 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 applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. 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, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.
                                                                                           Rev. 4 - July 03, 2023 (Pay Note Added)