Series Specifications

Class Code:




Date Originated:


Date Revised:

6/93 8/95 3/97 3/06, 4/22



Under general supervision, perform a wide variety of tasks related to the maintenance and repair of pump stations and sewer lines and the maintenance of wastewater treatment and water treatment plants; and perform other duties as required.


Sanitation Maintenance Worker I is the trainee level in the series. Under close supervision, incumbents assist in sewer line maintenance and repair and perform routine cleaning and servicing activities on pumps and pump station facilities. Incumbents will normally advance to the Sanitation Maintenance Worker II classification after one year of satisfactory service at the Sanitation Maintenance Worker I level.

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II is the journey level classification for positions performing sewer line maintenance and routine pump maintenance. Incumbents may learn to operate and perform maintenance on wastewater treatment and water treatment plants. This classification is distinguished from the higher-level classification of Sanitation Maintenance Worker III by the specialized nature of the latter's assignments and its performance of the lead worker function.


         As a member of a small crew, perform a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled tasks associated with sanitation maintenance;

         Perform mechanically oriented tasks involved in servicing pumps and pump station equipment;

         Drive or operate controls on a flush truck to clean sewer lines;

         Operate a power jetter nozzle to clean sewer lines of hardened grease and roots;

         Assist in guiding a small television camera through sewer lines to diagnose problems and determine what types of equipment or repairs will be needed;

         Mix cement and cement concrete rings into place to raise access hole covers up to existing grade after roads have been repaved;

         Use hand and power tools and equipment to dig up and repair broken sewer and water lines;

         Perform routine maintenance at pump stations, such as cleaning pumps, adjusting and replacing packing, adjusting air flow, greasing pumps, assisting in pump and motor overhauls, cleaning pump stations and performing minor carpentry and painting tasks on pump station structures; perform maintenance of wastewater treatment and water treatment plants;

         Monitor alarm systems and dispatch crews as necessary to address problems;

         Respond to public inquiries, both by telephone and in person.



Sanitation Maintenance Worker I

Some knowledge of:

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II

Working knowledge of:

Ability to:

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I and II

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I

No experience required.

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II

One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Sanitation Maintenance Worker I in the County of Santa Cruz.

Possession of a Grade I or higher Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification or a Grade I or higher Water Treatment Plant certification or Grade I or higher Water Distribution certification issued by State Water Resources Control Board is desirable.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

License Requirements:

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I: Possession of a valid California class C driver license; and within twelve months from hire, possession of a valid class B driver license including Tank Endorsement.

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II: Possession of a valid California class B driver license, including Tank Endorsement.

Special Working Conditions:

Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces, such as being lowered into and performing work in access holes; heights, such as on ladders; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; electrical hazards; raw sewage; dust; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury or contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants; possible exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death; and working alone in isolated areas.

Other Special Requirements:

Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring class A or B driver licenses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandated by Department of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held which required operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

Availability to work irregular hours, including responding to twenty-four hour emergency call.

Bargaining Unit: 43
EEOC Job Category: 08

Occupational Grouping: 39
Workers' Compensation Code: 1160