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$31.18-$39.36 hourly / $5,404.00-$6,822.00 monthly / $64,854.40-$81,868.80 yearly


Under direction, perform a wide variety of sanitation maintenance tasks. Incumbents function either as a lead worker directing a small crew performing routine sanitation maintenance tasks or as an expert in a specific area of sanitation maintenance performing specialized projects, and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Sanitation Maintenance Worker III is the specialist and lead worker level in the Sanitation Maintenance Worker series. Positions in this classification are assigned to function either as a lead worker or as an expert in a specialized assignment. The former involves assignment as a lead worker for one of the following: a small Pump Maintenance Crew performing routine maintenance on pump stations or special projects related to pump station and wastewater and water treatment plant maintenance or a small Line Maintenance Crew performing routine maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems. Specialized assignments include the following: administrative/main facility, responsibilities for the Sanitation Maintenance Division and special projects related to pump station and wastewater and water treatment plant maintenance. This classification is distinguished from the lower level classification of Sanitation Maintenance Worker II by the lead worker and specialized assignments of the former. This classification differs from the next higher classification of Sanitation Supervisor in that the Sanitation Supervisor is the first full supervisory level in the Sanitation Maintenance series.

Typical Tasks

All Assignments: Perform journey level sanitation maintenance work alone or as a lead worker on a crew; determine equipment and supplies needed for daily work; plan the work methods and assignments for crew members; conduct tailgate meetings to communicate the assignment of each worker and the method that will be followed to accomplish the job; train new employees on various sanitation maintenance assignments; ensure that proper safety procedures are performed; maintain detailed written records and reports of daily activities; initiate requests for specific parts and supplies as required; solve problems at a job site in the absence of the supervisor and recommend long term solutions to supervisor; initiate improved work methods; may perform supervisory functions in the absence of a supervisor on an as-needed, rotational basis.

Pump Maintenance Crew Assignments:

Preventative Maintenance Crew: lead worker on a small crew performing routine preventive maintenance on pump stations, including: testing alarms; checking the fluid level in equipment where needed; inspecting for leaks; inspecting, testing, lubricating and cleaning pumps and making any necessary repairs; checking, cleaning, adjusting and repairing motors, vent systems, scrubber systems, bubble tubes, tanks, gauges, and compressors; and cleaning and maintaining the inside and outside of the stations; diagnosing operating difficulties and making adjustments and repairs on site. Projects: work alone or as a lead worker on a small crew performing special projects related to pump station and wastewater and water treatment plant maintenance, such as: overhaul and repair sewage pumps, repair and replace equipment, upgrade and modify equipment, and construct and install special equipment; perform carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, welding and/or mechanical projects as assigned.

Line Maintenance Crew Assignments:

Lead worker on a crew performing routine maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems, including: operating a hydra-flush truck and rodder truck to clean grease and roots out of sewer lines; operating a television van to video the inside of sewer lines to check for cracks and breaks; reading maps to locate and mark sewer and water line locations; cleaning, repairing and replacing air relief valves on force mains; and operating equipment and performing manual labor to dig up sewer and water lines to make necessary repairs.

 Main Facility, Administration Assignments:

Work with supervisors and managers to determine needs and order supplies, equipment, parts and tools needed for the entire Sanitation Maintenance Division; investigate options for purchasing, such as vendors, availability, and cost; prepare requisitions; process bills and invoices for payment; maintain computerized and hard copy records of requisitions, purchase orders, bills, and invoices; communicate with vendors regarding outstanding orders; maintain computerized records for stoppages, alarms and various system failures, work orders and completed projects; prepare reports as needed; monitor budgetary accounts for the Division; maintain inventory of all Division equipment and tools; lead facility crew performing various building and grounds maintenance tasks including rebuilding small pumps and compressors; monitor alarms and dispatch crews as needed; perform a variety of special administrative projects as assigned.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Working knowledge of:

  • The methods, procedures, tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance and repair of one or more of the following: wastewater collection lines, wastewater transmission equipment and facilities.
  • Safety practices and procedures relevant to sanitation maintenance operations.

Some knowledge of:

  • The principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Read and understand maps, blueprints, diagrams and manuals.
  • Maintain detailed records and prepare written and oral reports.
  • Communicate clearly orally and in writing.
  • Learn to store and retrieve information using a personal computer.
  • Read and interpret gauges and perform chemical tests. Determine materials and equipment needed to perform a job.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with coworkers and others contacted through the course of work.
  • Interact effectively with the public.
  • 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.
  • Drive vehicles, such as pickup trucks, utility trucks, vacuum trucks, flush trucks, and dump 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:

  • One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Sanitation Maintenance Worker II in Santa Cruz County which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities required for the assignment.

Special Requirements/Conditions: License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class B driver license; and within six months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license, with Tank Endorsement.

 Certification Requirements: Within one year of appointment, must obtain either a Grade I or higher Wastewater Collection System Maintenance certificate, a Grade I or higher Plant Maintenance Certificate, or equivalent certificates issued by the California Water Environment Association.

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' Comp Code: 1160
Revised Dates: 6/93; 8/95; 3/97; 11/03; 10/11

CLASS: MR5; EST: 7/1/1986; REV: 10/1/2011;