County of Alameda

Public Works Aide I (#7401)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$21.34-$22.16 Hourly / $1,600.50-$1,662.00 BiWeekly /
$3,467.75-$3,601.00 Monthly / $41,613.00-$43,212.00 Yearly

Under instruction and close supervision, to learn skills in grounds maintenance, janitorial building security and other related areas; and to perform other related duties as required.


The purpose of this class is to provide employment opportunities in the Public Works Agency for candidates with little or no prior work experience. Incumbents will receive training in one of several areas that will give them work experience necessary to qualify for the examination of the class being trained in. This class differs from the next higher level class Public Works Aide II in that it trains for classes requiring a lessor degree of work skills. Incumbents may promote to the regular class being trained for or to Public Works Aide II and the subsequent higher level classes.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assists in sweeping, dusting, mopping, waxing, cleaning, sanitizing, and equipping office, halls, meeting rooms and rest rooms.

2. Assists in patrolling grounds, making rounds of buildings, checking for fires or fire hazards, building security, checking improperly functioning equipment, parking cars, and operating a small fire truck in emergencies.

3. Assists in cutting lawns, spading and hoeing around plants, shrubs and trees; watering lawns, plants, trees and shrubs; cleaning up of brush and other debris; cleaning and oiling of tools; and the planting of flowers, shrubs and trees.

4. Assists in performance of sub-professional field and office work.

5. Assists in performance of less technical work of skilled crafts and tradesmen.

6. Assists in the performance of heavy manual tasks in the maintenance of roads and bridges, flood control facilities and County buildings.

7. Assists in servicing automotive vehicles, including filing gas tanks, cleaning windshields, checking and changing oil, and repairing tires.

Ability to read and write English.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Ability to:

· Read and write English.
· Follow oral and written instructions.
· Perform manual labor.

Retyped: 3/77
Retyped: 3/85
Old document: 0691h
New document: Jobspecs/7401


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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