Series Specifications

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Date Originated:


Date Revised:

6/93 9/94 2/95 5/95 11/97 3/06, 10/11




Under general supervision, perform maintenance and construction activities on roads, bridges, and drainage facilities; and perform other duties as required.



Public Works Maintenance Worker I is the entry and first working level in the series. Under close supervision, incumbents perform unskilled manual work and learn to operate light equipment and to perform a variety of semi-skilled road and drainage maintenance tasks. Incumbents will normally advance to the Public Works Maintenance Worker II classification after one year of satisfactory service at the Public Works Maintenance Worker I level.

Public Works Maintenance Worker II is the journey level classification for positions operating light equipment and performing a variety of semiskilled and skilled tasks involved in the maintenance and construction of roads, bridges and drainage facilities. Incumbents also operate heavy equipment on a relief basis or in a training capacity. This classification is distinguished from the higher level classification of Public Works Maintenance Worker III by the specialized nature of the latter's assignments and its performance of the lead worker function.



Shovel dirt, gravel and asphalt; cut brush; dig ditches; rake and spread gravel or paving material; load and unload trucks; flag traffic which involves dealing with the public; clear drainage ditches and culverts of debris and sweep debris from roadways; use a variety of hand tools; operate dump trucks, tank trucks, forklifts, street striping and street sweeping machines, mowing machines, and rollers; operate loaders to load trucks with asphalt or gravel; pave and patch roadways; spray drainage ditches and roadsides with herbicides; construct concrete forms for catch basins and retaining walls and perform related concrete work; paint traffic markings; install reflective markers on road surfaces; install sprinkler systems; plant shrubs and ground cover along roadsides; repair bridges and install guard rails; direct the work of extra-help and inmate crews performing work such as picking up litter along roadsides, clearing brush from roadsides and stream beds, or weeding landscaped areas; may assist as crew members in tree trimming; learn to operate complex heavy equipment on a relief basis.




 Public Works Maintenance Worker I

  Some knowledge of:

         The use of common hand tools.

         Basic safety practices and procedures related to performing unskilled manual work.

 Public Works Maintenance Worker II

  Working knowledge of:

         The operation and routine maintenance of trucks and light road construction equipment.

         The proper use of hand tools and power tools commonly used in public works maintenance work.

         Safety practices and principles related to road construction and/or flood control work.

  Some knowledge of:

         Basic methods and materials used in road, bridge or drainage maintenance work.


Ability to:

 Public Works Maintenance Worker I and II

         Work while standing for up to eight hours per day.

         Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

         Use tools and equipment efficiently and safely.

         Interact effectively with the public.

         Work cooperatively with others as part of a crew.

         Lift items weighing up to 75 pounds.

         Perform tasks requiring strength, such as shoveling, lifting equipment and materials into trucks, climbing over rough terrain, and using chain saws and pole saws.

         Drive vehicles, such as pick-up trucks, two-axle dump trucks and flatbed trucks.

         Learn to operate heavy equipment, such as three-axle dump trucks, mowers, rollers, loaders and back hoes.

         Distinguish colors, such as color-coded underground service alert markings and color-coded traffic signs.

         Put on, wear and use a respirator and other safety equipment, such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and ear protection.

         Hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of workers in noisy environments and sounds of operating equipment.


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:

Public Works Maintenance Worker I: No experience required.

Public Works Maintenance Worker II: One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Public Works Maintenance Worker I in the County of Santa Cruz.


Special Requirements/Conditions:

License Requirement:

Public Works Maintenance Worker I: Possession of a valid California class C driver license; and within twelve months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license with Tank Endorsement.

Public Works Maintenance Worker II: Possession of a valid California class B driver license; and within six months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license, including Tank Endorsement.

Certificate: Possession of a Qualified Applicators Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation is required for some positions.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: Variable temperatures and weather conditions; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on equipment, on cliffs or in the bucket of a bucket truck; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; vibration; dust and silica dust; potentially hostile or violent individuals; electrical hazards; allergens, such as poison oak and stinging insects; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, and contact with toxic substances and chemical irritants; working alone in isolated areas; and, for some assigned tasks, possible exposure to needles or blood which could possibly result in chronic disease or death.

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: 44
EEOC Job Category: 08
Occupational Grouping: 41
Workers' Compensation Code: 0399