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$26.90-$33.97 hourly / $4,663.00-$5,888.00 monthly / $55,952.00-$70,657.60 yearly

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$29.28-$36.97 hourly / $5,075.00-$6,408.00 monthly / $60,902.40-$76,897.60 yearly


Under general supervision, perform a wide variety of tasks related to the maintenance and repair of pump stations and sewer lines and the maintenance of wastewater treatment and water treatment plants; and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I is the trainee level in the series. Under close supervision, incumbents assist in sewer line maintenance and repair and perform routine cleaning and servicing activities on pumps and pump station facilities. Incumbents will normally advance to the Sanitation Maintenance Worker II classification after one year of satisfactory service at the Sanitation Maintenance Worker I level.

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II is the journey level classification for positions performing sewer line maintenance and routine pump maintenance. Incumbents may learn to operate and perform maintenance on wastewater treatment and water treatment plants. This classification is distinguished from the higher level classification of Sanitation Maintenance Worker III by the specialized nature of the latter's assignments and its performance of the lead worker function.

Typical Tasks

As a member of a small crew, perform a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled tasks associated with sanitation maintenance; perform mechanically oriented tasks involved in servicing pumps and pump station equipment; drive or operate controls on a flush truck to clean sewer lines; operate a power rodder to clean sewer lines of hardened grease and roots; assist in guiding a small television camera through sewer lines to diagnose problems and determine what types of equipment or repairs will be needed; mix cement and cement concrete rings into place to raise access hole covers up to existing grade after roads have been repaved; use hand and power tools and equipment to dig up and repair broken sewer and water lines; perform routine maintenance at pump stations, such as cleaning pumps, adjusting and replacing packing, adjusting air flow, greasing pumps, assisting in pump and motor overhauls, cleaning pump stations and performing minor carpentry and painting tasks on pump station structures; perform maintenance of wastewater treatment and water treatment plants; monitor alarm systems and dispatch crews as necessary to address problems; respond to public inquiries, both by telephone and in person.

Employment Standards


Sanitation Maintenance Worker I  

Some knowledge of:

  • The use of common hand tools.
  • Basic electrical and plumbing concepts.
  • Basic safety practices and procedures related to performing unskilled manual work. 

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II  

Working knowledge of:

  • The use and care of common hand tools.
  • Either the basic method used in the maintenance and repair of sewer and water lines or mechanical equipment common to sewage transmission facilities.
  • Safety practices and principles related to sewer line and pump station maintenance and repair.

Ability to:  

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I and II

  • Read and understand manuals and maps.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Keep simple written records.
  • Learn to use tools and equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Learn to read and interpret gauges and make simple chemical tests.
  • Interact effectively with the public.
  • Work cooperatively with others as part of a crew.
  • Lift items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Perform tasks requiring strength, such as shoveling, lifting equipment onto trucks, climbing over rough terrain, pulling hoses up embankments, positioning a hose full of sludge or climbing three flights of stairs up to ten times per hour.
  • Perform tasks requiring manual dexterity, such as calibrating equipment, assembling tools and machinery and pouring chemicals.
  • Learn to operate equipment used in sanitation work including a backhoe, television van, flush truck, rodder truck, vacuum truck and dump truck.
  • Drive vehicles, such as pick-up trucks and utility trucks.
  • Distinguish colors, such as color-coded wires and chemical test guides.
  • Work in low light conditions, such as in access holes.
  • Put on, wear and use a respirator, a self-contained breathing apparatus and other safety equipment, such as hard hats, gloves, and ear and eye protection and safety shoes.
  • Hear and distinguish various sounds, such as the voices of workers in noisy environments and the sounds of operating equipment.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I

No experience required.  

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II

One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Sanitation Maintenance Worker I in the County of Santa Cruz. Possession of a Grade I or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification issued by the State of California Department of Health Services is desirable.

Special Requirements/Conditions:  

License Requirements:

Sanitation Maintenance Worker I: Possession of a valid California class C driver license; and within twelve months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license including Tank Endorsement.

Sanitation Maintenance Worker II: Possession of a valid California class B driver license; and within six months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license, including Tank Endorsement. Some positions may require HAZMAT Endorsement.  

Special Working Conditions:

Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces, such as being lowered into and performing work in access holes; heights, such as on ladders; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; electrical hazards; raw sewage; dust; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury or contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants; possible exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death; and working alone in isolated areas.  

Other Special Requirements: Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring class A or B driver licenses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandated by Department of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held which required operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

Availability to work irregular hours, including responding to twenty-four hour emergency call.


Bargaining Unit: 43
EEOC Job Category: 08
Occupational Grouping: 39
Workers' Compensation Code: 1160
Analyst: JF/LM, CB
Revised Date(s): 6/93, 8/95, 3/97

CLASS: MR1; EST: 7/1/1986; REV: 3/1/2006;
CLASS: MR3; EST: 7/1/1986; REV: 3/1/2006;