San Mateo County Office of Education

Equipment Operator

San Mateo Union High School District
Parks Maintenance
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$26.58-$32.28 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.





Open Until Filled


Under general supervision , operate a variety of motorized  mechanical equipment and vehicles used in performing maintenance work; assist in performing grounds keeping work; and perform  related duties as assigned by the Director of Maintenance, Operations and Facilities Use.


Positions in this class require skill obtained through moderate training and experience to operate heavy grounds keeping equipment. Employees use initiative to carry out recurring tasks independently, and refer problems and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to the supervisor for decision or help. Specific guidelines covering all important aspects of the work are provided to employees, and the work consists of duties that involve related steps, processes and methods. The work requires considerable physical exertion such as walking, climbing, bending, lifting, and carrying objects.


  1. Operate and maintain a variety of heavy power equipment including heavy mower, spreader, tractor, loader, trenching machine, grader, heavy truck with trailer, back hoe, auger, irrigation controllers and timers, and valve traces  equipment.
  2. Load, spread, grade and unload heavy supplies, equipment and other materials.
  3. Prepare and grade level soil for turf, trees and plants; prepares rough and finish grades on tracks and all fields; hauls and moves dirt, tan bark and other materials as needed, where needed; spreads crushed rock for walkways.
  4. Irrigate and cultivate trees, shrubs, lawns, and ground covers; prepare and apply approved fertilizers, herbicides and commercial aerosol insecticides, treated fertilizers, and ground mixes.
  5. Clean and maintain tools and motorized mechanical equipment in proper working order; check oil, gas, tires and batteries, these are basic equipment checks.
  6. Install irrigation and drainage systems, fences, irrigation controllers, valve heads and clock mechanisms.
  7. Repair irrigation systems and install new irrigation systems.
  8. Other duties as needed.


  • Incumbent must be able to perform essential duties 1- 8 above with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Incumbent must maintain a positive, helpful, constructive attitude and working relationship  with the department supervisor  and departmental employees, other District employees, the Board  of Education, students, parents and the general public.


This position  is currently assigned to Districtwide; however, this assignment may be subject to change due to District need.




Education/Training  Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed below.
  • Three (3) years of experience operating heavy grounds maintenance equipment and grounds keeping experience.



  • Operation, maintenance, ·and safe use of heavy maintenance equipment.
  • Methods and procedures for clearing, leveling, and fine grading land parcels.
  • Athletic field maintenance and care.
  • Grounds keeping and gardening methods and practices including limited safe use of herbicides for weed control.
  • Irrigation systems A-Z. Installation, programming and repairs.



  • Safely operate heavy grounds and maintenance equipment and vehicles in a school environment.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Perform strenuous physical labor.
  • Work independently to complete jobs after being given general direction.
  • Ability to implement new energy efficient systems and technology.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships; work cooperatively with others.
  • Observe health and safety regulations.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Maintain routine records related to work performed.
  • Meet District standard of professional attitude as outline in Board Policies 4119.21, 4219.21, & 4319.21, Professional Standards for Classified Employees.



Indoor and outdoor environment. Driving a vehicle to conduct work.

Regular exposure to fumes, dust and odors.

Working around and with machinery having moving parts. Hazardous chemicals.

Working in a cramped or restrictive work chamber. Working at various heights.

Exposure to lubricants, fumes and other agents associated with HVAC-R; compressed gases, hydraulic and air power sources; equipment temperatures  extremes.

The District provides OSHA regulated safety training as needed.



Vision sufficient to read printed material such as material safety data sheets and see distant objects with clarity, font.

Hearing sufficient to hear conversation and to hear sounds from machines and equipment, 100' radius.

Speech sufficient to speak in an understandable voice.

Physical stamina sufficient to reach, bend, stoop, and climb for Jong periods of time.

Strength sufficient to lift objects weighing up to SO lbs. Work in a dirty environment with outside elements.



Must maintain a valid California Driver License and insurability to drive a District vehicle.

Must successfully pass the District's pre-employment  Department of justice Live Scan fingerprinting.

Must successfully pass the District's pre-employment tuberculosis testing. May require a forklift certificate and a pesticide applicator's certificate.

Speak, read and write in English.

Attend required trainings and pass tests if provided.




Work Year:  12 months plus 15 paid holidays.


Hours:  37.5 hours per week.



Salary:  Range 137 (2018-2019 Salary Schedule)


                          A                    B                    C                    D                    E
HOURLY:     $26.58          $27.89           $29.27          $30.71           $32.28

Fringe Benefits:

Fringe benefits with District-paid premiums valued at approximately $27,500.00 annually, which includes medical, dental, life, vision, and longterm­ disability.



For more information, and to apply, please contact the San Mateo Union High School District

Linda Carlton


Brad Barncord



Reasonable accommodations may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the above stated essential functions and the application procedure.

The San Mateo Union High School District is an equal opportunity employer in that our policy, in accordance with Federal and State laws, prohibits employment discrimination solely on the basis of a person's race, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, or disability except where a reasonable, bonafide occupational qualification exists.

The San Mateo Union High School District complies with the rules and regulations contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I I of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Special Instructions

Interested candidates should contact:

Linda Carlton


Brad Barncord

Recruitment Contact

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