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Maintenance Worker
Public Works
City of San Carlos, San Francisco/Peninsula

Public Works Maintenance

For more info contact:
(650) 802-4284
Close Date: Mar 25, 2013
Salary: $25.03 - $30.43 Hourly

Final filing date: 5:00pm, Monday, March 25, 2013 (Supplmental Questionnaire Required) 

Tentative Interview Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

(Candidates selected for the oral board interview will be required to present a current DMV printout at the time of interview.)   

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of applications. Application, including all work history, must be fully completed if a resume is attached. Incomplete and/or inaccurate applications may result in disqualification from the recruitment process. All communication regarding your status in this recruitment process will be conducted via e-mail or postal mail. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address on the employment application. Applicants are responsible for notifying Human Resources of any changes to contact information.


Selection Procedure

Based on the application screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to an oral interview, which may include a written exam and/or practical exam.


Appointment to this position is contingent upon:

*A pre-employment fingerprinting criminal history records check

*A pre-employment alcohol/drug screening paid for by the City


About the Position

This classification performs semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance and repair of public works facilities, City parks, and City buildings. Possession of a commercial driver’s license highly desirable and must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.


Receives direct supervision from Senior Maintenance Workers, and indirect supervision from the Public Works Supervisor and Superintendent.


A typical qualifying background would be one year of work experience in public works, light maintenance work that includes some semi-skilled assignments and sufficient education to perform assigned duties. Must be available for on-call overtime and be able to report to the San Carlos corporation yard within 45 minutes. This position is classified by the Department of Transportation as a "safety-sensitive" position. Prior to beginning “safety-sensitive” duties a pre-employment alcohol/drug screening and participation in on-going random testing is required (paid for by the City).



Essential Duties

  • Efficiently uses his/her time. Performs assigned tasks at a productive and efficient work pace without the need for continuing direct supervision. Completes all tasks in conformance with accepted City standards for maintenance work, and seeks other tasks when current tasks are completed ahead of schedule. Travels to and from the job site by the shortest, safest route.

  • Observes safe work practices, using the correct work methods and proper safety equipment for each task. Skillfully operates light, medium and complex equipment. Knows, and is able to competently apply, techniques for operation of equipment in a safe manner, according to accepted City procedures. 

  • Competently performs daily safety checks and routine maintenance of equipment to ensure it is safe for use.

  • Performs all work tasks properly and competently, applying accepted City work techniques. Correctly uses the proper tools.

  • Repairs surface failures, utility cuts, and chuckholes in asphalt pavements properly and competently, using a pavement breaker to square cut the pavement, an emulsion spray unit to apply a tack coat to the edge of the pavement in the excavated area, hand tools to fill the excavated area with hot or cold asphalt and to rake it smooth, and a vibratory tamper, roller, or the dump truck to compact the asphalt. Hauls asphalt to the job site using a dump truck.

  • Seals cracks in asphalt pavement, including cleaning the cracks of foreign matter with an air compressor, filling the crack with an asphalt compound, and covering the asphalt compound with sand. Hauls the asphalt compound to the job site using a dump truck.

  • Breaks out and replaces concrete sidewalks and gutters using tools, including a concrete saw, pavement breaker, wooden forms, and hand tools to tamp, rod, and finish the surface. Hauls the removed concrete to the landfill using a dump truck.

  • Cleans sanitary sewer lines of debris such as grease, sand, roots, and rocks using tools including a hydraulic flusher and mechanical rodder.

  • Makes signs; paints curbs as needed.

  • Excavates, removes, and installs sanitary sewer mains utilizing hand tools such as shovels, power tools such as pavement breakers, compaction equipment, and operating dump trucks to haul material to and from the job site.

  • Rakes leaves, shovels, digs holes, waters.

  • Properly picks up and disposes of trash and debris from parks and roadsides. Correctly uses tools, including backpack blowers, poker sticks, rakes and brooms. Hauls debris to the City yard using a pickup truck or dump truck.

  • Controls the growth of weeds in lawn areas, shrub areas, and flower beds using hand tools, spray equipment and weed eaters. 

  • Trims trees, hedges, and shrubs using appropriate equipment, then rakes and picks up debris with a scoop shovel and places it in a pickup truck or dump truck. Thins and tops trees using chain saws and hand shears.

  • Thoroughly checks irrigation sprinkler systems and ensures their proper functioning, by cleaning and adjusting heads and digging up and repairing broken lines.

  • Provides set up of tables and chairs in City buildings.

Ideal Candidate:

Job-Related and Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of functions of and proper use and care of hand and power tools, including chain saws, hand shears, jack hammers, spray equipment and mowing equipment. Proper operation of vehicles, including light and medium 2-axle dump trucks and 3-axle heavy trucks; proper safety precautions and procedures; horticultural techniques; sprinkler systems; building maintenance procedures.
Ability to read, write and speak English in order to communicate effectively with the public, other employees and supervisors; comprehend and accurately follow brief oral instructions; count; perform heavy and physically demanding work for lengthy, continuous periods of time. Learn, use and retain knowledge of operating hand trowels, hydraulic flusher, mechanical rodder, backhoe, roller, digging tools, shovels, rakes, trimmers and power tools. Ability to establish, maintain and foster cooperative working relations with others contacted in the course of work.
Skills to safely drive vehicles of all sizes, including 3-axle trucks; accurately maintain simple records, including daily work reports.
Education and Training
Sufficient education and experience to satisfactorily perform the duties of this classification. A typical qualifying background would be one year of work experience in public works, parks, and building maintenance work and light maintenance work that includes some semi-skilled assignments.
Special Requirements
Must be able to perform the essential and important duties of this classification individually and unassisted by other persons, and be able to:
  • Work inside approximately 5% of the time and outside the other 95% in all weather conditions, including in the rain.
  • Work with equipment that gives off loud noises, including leaf blowers, power mowers, jack hammers, asphalt spreaders, and other noises. Ability to work with a jack hammer, which gives off vibrations. 
  •  Work in a stooping position 1-2 hours per day.
  •  Work while bending at the waist up to 90 degrees. 
  •  Lift and carry up to 100 pounds, 3-6 hours per week, occasionally lifting this weight vertically approximately 3-4 feet. 
  • Work with frequent neck motion and flexion, and continuous gripping and grasping.
Licenses and Certifications
Possession of a commercial California driver's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles within six (6) months of employment.


*CalPERS Retirement Formula: 2% @ 55 for "classic members" or 2% @ 62 for "new members" as defined by CalPERS

*The City of San Carlos participates in Social Security
*Employee & family medical insurance and dental reimbursement plan; employee vision insurance
*City-paid $100,000 basic life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance
*Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b)
*Flexible Spending Plans (Medical and Dependent Care)
*Employee Assistance Program
*12 – 25 vacation days/year; 12 sick days/year, 10 paid holidays/year, up to 40 hours float leave/year
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