Los Altos

Maintenance Worker I/II (19961125)

Public Works Maintenance
South Bay
Until filled
$57,166.20-$78,578.10 Annually


707 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, 94024


Salary Range

Maintenance Worker I- $57,166.20 - $69,485.87 DOE

Maintenance Worker II- $64,646.40 - $78,578.10 DOE


Performs a variety of routine, heavy, unskilled, semiskilled and skilled manual tasks by operating light and heavy equipment in the Maintenance Department. Usually works on a crew, but may work alone on special assignments.


Maintenance Worker I: Under general supervision, the Maintenance Worker I (MWI) performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled manual tasks with a crew in one of the following: sewer, street,or park maintenance.  This is the entry-level class in the Maintenance Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker II (MWII) by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to workers in this series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of discretion and judgment on matters related to established procedures and guidelines as required of the MWII level. Must be able to perform heavy physical labor.


Maintenance Worker II: This is the full journey-level class within the Maintenance Worker series. This class is distinguished from MWI by the assignment of a full range of duties. Employees at the MWII level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.


The City may hire employees into the MW I or the MW II classification.


EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The following statements are intended as general illustrations of the work in the Maintenance Worker series. 


  1. Inspect city owned buildings, park grounds, streets, sewers, structures, medians, and related facilities for safety, appearance, and vandalism.
  2. Clean and clear park grounds, structures, streets and sewers of debris and hazardous conditions; maintain city facilities, streets and sewers; prepare indoor and outdoor facilities and streets for special events.
  3. Plant and maintain trees, shrubs, and plants; clear sites of weeds.
  4. Assist in the maintenance, construction, and repair of parks, streets, and city facilities as necessary.
  5. Operates trucks. Operates power equipment including, backhoes, tractors, rollers, compressors, jackhammers, mowers, edger, sprayers, saws and chipper. Cleans and performs minor repairs on assigned equipment.
  6. Handle complaints and answer questions from the public.
  7. Perform general painting, plumbing, and carpentry work as needed.
  8. Make minor adjustments on service equipment; maintain tools and equipment in working order.
  9. Perform duties related to pesticide control.
  10. Lift and moves heavy objects.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.



KNOWLEDGE OF: Uses and purposes of various hand tools employed in basic laboring; safety precautions and practices necessary in working with hand tools and heavy equipment; the operation and maintenance of a variety of light and heavy equipment. Ability to perform the specific the division duties as outlined below.


Maintenance Worker I


  • Basic knowledge of street maintenance duties such as concrete and asphalt repair, sweeping, painting, crack sealing, signing and storm water system inspection and cleaning.
  • Ability to perform general manual labor duties related to street maintenance.
  • Knowledge of safe use of streets related tools and machinery.


  • Knowledge of sweeping, trash pick-up, trash removal and hauling, leaf removal, pruning, tree trimming, and other routine park maintenance work.
  • Ability to perform general manual labor duties related to landscape maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the safe use of parks related tools and machinery.                                            



  • Basic knowledge of installing, maintaining, repairing, and servicing sewage facilities.
  • Knowledge of the safe use of sewer related tools and machinery.



  • Minimum of one year of experience in construction or maintenance work
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent



A MWI who has passed probation and worked for the City for two continuous years in the MWI position with satisfactory annual performance evaluations may move to the MWII class – regardless of openings in the classification – if he or she obtains a Class B California Driver’s License and at least one of the following:

  • Qualified Applicator Certification
  • CWEA Grade 1
  • OSHA Electrical Certification

A MWI that moves to the MWII classification will be placed at Step A of the MWII salary schedule or the MWII step immediately above their current MWIsalary step, whichever is greater.

After being elevated to the MWII classification, the employee will be in probationary status.  After completion of probation, an employee must maintain the certification that served as the prerequisite to moving to the MWII classification, and must satisfy all other requirements of the MWII classification.

Maintenance Worker II

In addition to the minimum qualifications for Maintenance Worker I:


  • Ability to properly provide Maintenance Workers I instruction on the correct use of materials and equipment related to street maintenance.
  • Ability to perform complex street maintenance duties and provide technical assistance to crews.
  • Ability to work with contractors in the field providing contract services for street projects and maintenance.


  • Ability to repair mobile and fixed equipment such as playground apparatus, picnic tables, movers, and other items as well as the knowledge of installation and care of turf, shrubs, trees, and other vegetation.
  • Knowledge of the installation, repair, and revisions of irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of the proper sweeping, trash pick-up, trash removal and hauling, leaf removal, pruning, tree trimming, spraying, and other routine maintenance work.                  


  • Knowledge of the correct use of materials and equipment related to sewer maintenance.
  • Ability to provide information for SSO reporting if an SSO occurs.   
  • Ability to investigate sewer-related complaints.
  • Ability to properly provide instructions and training to Maintenance Worker I in proper execution of sewer related work. 


  • Three years of experience in construction or maintenance work.
  • Must possess and maintain a Class B California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent


ABILITY TO: Perform routine maintenance activities related to park, street or facility maintenance; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work with the variety of tools related to maintenance; learn to operate a variety of maintenance equipment; and perform heavy manual labor.; work indoors or outdoors under adverse weather conditions.



While performing maintenance activities, the Maintenance Worker I/II is required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; lift and/or move 80 lbs. Heavy physical indoor or outdoor work is required during the course of a normal maintenance work day. Work in inclement weather is also required. Work on holidays, weekends, and nights may be required.


IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS:  Is highly professional, patient, respectful, and ethical; possesses excellent problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude. Communicates effectively and proactively both verbally and in writing. Enjoys working in a small-town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners and residents.


The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a livescan background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination. 


This position is open until filled with a first review date of January 30, 2020.

Maintenance Worker I- $57,166.20 - $69,485.87 DOE

Maintenance Worker II- $64,646.40 - $78,578.10 DOE


The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. 


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.  

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