County of Alameda

Lead Traffic Painter (#9576)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$37.29-$37.29 Hourly / $2,983.20-$2,983.20 BiWeekly /
$6,463.60-$6,463.60 Monthly / $77,563.20-$77,563.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to provide lead supervision and to work with a crew of traffic safety staff in painting lined and worded traffic control markings on pavement; to install traffic warning signs; to paint guards, barricades, raised traffic bars and similar devices; and to do related work as required.


This classification is found in the Maintenance and Operations Division of the Public Works Agency. The Lead Traffic Painter is distinguished from Crew Leader in that the latter works with crews assigned to road and flood control maintenance, construction and repair while the former works with a crew primarily responsible for Traffic markings. This position reports to a Traffic Safety Supervisor.

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. Receives daily work assignment from the Traffic Safety Supervisor; frequently drives a light truck to the job and provides lead supervision and works with small crew engaged in traffic painting work.

2. Reads and interprets drawings; measures and places center lines, crosswalks and other line markings by using a tape measure and cords; directs placement of painting equipment and signal flags at job site; operates a stencil truck and various equipment or supervises its operation in painting line marking on pavement.

3. Provides lead supervision and assists in stencil painting pedestrian legends, school legends, stop legends and other word traffic markings on pavement.

4. Provides lead supervision and assists in painting parking zones and colored curbs to indicate parking restrictions.

5. Provides lead supervision and assists in the installation of traffic work zone with warning and speed control signs.

6. Provides lead supervision and assists in painting traffic guards, barricades, raised traffic bars on pavement, and other devices.

7. Maintains and makes repairs to equipment, spray guns, and stencils.

8. Makes routine daily diary entries reports of work completed.

9. May be required to paint or provide lead supervision for the painting of corporation yard buildings, road equipment, wooden bridges and similar items.

10. Trains and instructs new employees in the work to be performed.

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The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Traffic Painter in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years’ full time experience in traffic painting or general road maintenance or construction work which must have included at least one year providing lead direction to small work crews.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

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:

• Principles of leadership.
• Use and maintenance of spray guns, brushes, stencils and other traffic painting equipment.
• Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code as they apply to traffic painting operations.
• Methods, procedures, materials, equipment and accepted safety practices used in traffic painting and sign posting.

Ability to:

• Provide lead supervision and guidance for a small crew in the use of traffic painting equipment.
• Measure and place traffic line markings accurately.
• Follow oral and written instructions.
• Keep simple records and complete simple reports.
• Read and interpret road maps.
• Work from blueprints and sketches.
• Communicate effectively and harmoniously with crew and the public.

New doc#: 9576.doc
CSC date: 8/15/01


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.