Maintenance Worker
City of Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA

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The current vacancies are in the Transportation and Public Works Department.


In Fiscal Year 2012-13, City of Santa Rosa employees in this position are required to participate in a 64 hour Mandatory Time Off Without Pay Program. New employees shall be required to take a pro-rated number of MTO hours during the fiscal year, to be determined based on their date of hire and full time or part time status. Effective January 1, 2013, the City's PERS retirement formula for new employees hired in this classification will be 2% @ 62.

This recruitment is to fill the current vacancies in the Transportation and Public Works Department and to establish an eligibility list that may be used to fill Maintenance Worker positions in other departments as vacancies occur.

The fundamental reason for the existence of this classification is to perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance and landscaping of City facilities and system operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:

  • Follow safe work practices and observe safety rules and precautions;
  • Drive light trucks and dump trucks and operate other construction equipment;
  • Use a wide variety of large, small, and hand manual, power, pneumatic, and hydraulic tools;
  • Shovel/dig, load, unload and transport earth, debris, or construction materials;
  • Set up traffic cones and barricades to channel traffic;
  • Read maps, blueprints, diagrams, and work orders;
  • Assist the public and warn them of hazards;
  • Clean, lubricate, and maintain trucks, equipment, and tools used on the job;
  • Maintain daily work logs and inventories;
  • Dispose of litter, broken glass, debris, and brush;
  • Repair and/or report vandalism, damage or major maintenance requirements.
Additional Duties:
  • Clean up of biohazards, e.g., animal carcass removal, human/animal waste clean up;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition to the essential duties listed above, Maintenance Workers in the following departments may perform the additional duties listed below. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed for an assigned department, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.

Assignment Descriptions by Department :
Recreation & Parks : Landscape maintenance and construction; routine building maintenance tasks involving carpentry, painting, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, minor electrical and mechanical work, and cleaning and custodial duties; operation and repair of irrigation systems; plant, prune, and remove trees of all sizes; perform building and plumbing repairs and minor construction or remodeling of City facilities and structures. Aquatics maintenance duties include handling chemicals.
Transportation and Public Works : Street and downtown construction and maintenance including asphalt, concrete, graffiti removal, hazardous materials, signs, street markings, and storm water; operation of heavy construction equipment, specialized tools, and computerized data collection devices; photograph, layout, and form pedestrian ramps to meet ADA standards.
Utilities : Dig, shore, and back fill open trenches and tamp holes and repair curbs, streets and sidewalks; work safely in open trenches and confined space areas; perform routine maintenance on pumps, motors, and other equipment; operation of biosolids machinery and vehicles to perform tasks related to composting and biosolids land application.
Economic Development and Housing : Assist in the maintenance of parking meters and the operation, maintenance, and repair of automated parking access control equipment; collect, bag, weigh and tag parking meter revenue; perform minor building maintenance and custodial duties in parking garages, on curbs, sidewalks, and drains; maintain outdoor landscaped areas and simple irrigation systems; and assist in building and repairing a variety of City facilities, structures, and equipment.

For more information a detailed job specification is available from Human Resources or can be viewed on the Internet at

Knowledge of : Uses and purposes of a wide variety of general construction tools and equipment; basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; safe work practices, including safety precautions for operating power equipment, working in traffic and under hazardous conditions. Ability to : Perform heavy manual labor under adverse conditions; learn to use standard manual, power, pneumatic, hydraulic and custodial equipment; perform general building maintenance and repairs requiring the ability to climb ladders and reach for objects; repeatedly dig and lift shovels of earth or debris weighing at least 35 pounds; work with various fluids and chemicals using normal protective wear; set up and remove barricades, traffic cones or similar objects; learn job-related material through oral instruction, observation and reading; understand and carry out oral and written directions in order to accomplish assigned tasks in a timely manner; take basic measurements of boards or spaces; fill out work orders, daily logs of work performed and perform physical inventories; learn to use computer technology as necessary to complete job tasks, e.g., complete online timecard, send/read email, complete online training; maintain good working relationships with co-workers and volunteers; communicate with the public in a tactful and effective manner; work various work schedules including weekend shifts and possibly called out for emergency work at night, on weekends or holidays. In addition to the abilities listed above, qualifications for Maintenance Worker in specific departments include the following: Transportation and Public Works: Operate heavy equipment; obtain a Class A or B commercial license (depending on assignment). Recreation & Parks: Maintain simple irrigation systems; obtain a Class A license, depending on assignment. Economic Development and Housing : Ability to learn to maintain electronic parking access control equipment; maintain simple irrigation systems. Experience and Education : Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Six months of experience in heavy manual work; Education - Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate : Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class C California motor vehicle operator's license. Possession of a Class A or B license will be required prior to completion of the probationary period for positions where the license is required for performance of job duties. To view the City of Santa Rosa Driving History Standard click HERE .

Additional Information:
Work is generally performed outdoors, in all weather conditions, walking over flat, uneven or rocky surfaces for extended periods of time with exposure to heavy traffic, noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, airborne particles, noxious odors, grease, oil, cleaning chemicals, solvents spills using normal protective equipment. Assignments may include work in cramped areas such as manholes and trenches and sitting for short periods of time. Incumbents must have the strength, flexibility, and coordination to perform the following repetitive movements: hand-arm, bending, stooping, squatting, climbing, lifting, reaching and shoveling of various contents. Lifting and reaching can be above shoulder level and/or overhead. Repairing small objects requires making skillful, controlled manipulations, precise arm-hand movements, static arm-hand positions and fine, highly controlled manipulations. A computer keyboard is used to enter and retrieve data. Incumbents must have the hand and foot coordination to operate vehicles and machinery with automatic or manual transmission requiring coordinating the movement of more than one limb simultaneously. Operation of heavy equipment will require making fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of a control mechanism. Incumbents are required to move objects weighing up to 95 pounds for distances of up to 20 feet and objects weighing up to 50 pounds for more than 20 feet. A Maintenance Worker must have auditory ability to hear alarms and other warning devices and visual acuity to see hazards, read written material and discriminate among and match colors.