County of Alameda

Bindery Worker Trainee (#9206)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$19.66-$19.66 Hourly / $1,474.50-$1,474.50 BiWeekly /
$3,194.75-$3,194.75 Monthly / $38,337.00-$38,337.00 Yearly

This series specification describes two bindery worker classes which under close supervision at the lower level and under general supervision at the higher level, learn the fundamentals of bindery work, perform a variety of tasks, including the operation of all machines and equipment in the Bindery Section of the Reprographics Division; and to do related work as required.


Bindery Worker Trainee is an apprentice position designed to give a comprehensive training program in bindery work. At the completion of the training program, Bindery Worker Trainees are expected to qualify for the journey-level position of Bindery Worker.

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. Operates bindery equipment including a power drill for drilling multiple holes of variable sizes and positioning, power stitcher, jogger, multi-station collator power cutter, multi-station mail inserter, and other equipment as required.

2. Performs hand collating of short-run projects, checking correct sequence of order, stapling, power stitching, or binding.

3. Assembles printed forms into final order and places in padding racks in precise stacks, applies padding compound to stacks, and, when dry, splits and places in mobile racks for shipment to shipping department.

4. Handles special hand inserting and merging of gathered sets as required.

5. Keeps work area and time records of all chargeable activities.

6. Keeps accurate time records of all chargeable activities.

7. Operates the Addressograph machine, printing addresses on envelopes, mailing wrappers and folders.

8. Maintains mailing lists in current order.

9. Maintains and makes minor repairs to equipment.

10. Performs hand bindery operations such as binds and cloth strips multi-page books; hand folds, scores and glues special projects; merges pre-gathered book sections into proper sequence; operates hand numbering machines; inserts chipboard dividers and performs all padding functions including carbonless paper.

Either I

Successful completion of a course in bindery work at a high school or community college level.


The equivalent of six months of experience at a trainee level in general bindery work.

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.

Knowledge of:

· Current bindery methods and commonly used bindery equipment.


· Using bindery tools and equipment.
· Keeping accurate time records.
· Inspecting bindery work processed for correctness of sequence, conformity to the Printing Requisition, quantity and final delivery requirements.
· Interpreting oral and written instructions.
· Correctly identifying possible machine malfunctions and performing minor repairs.

Revised: 3/84
Old document: 0839h
New document: Jobspecs/9206T-9207
CSC Date: 4/25/84


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

  • 11 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.