Apply as a Transfer/Demotion applicant

$37.51-$47.37 hourly / $6,502.00-$8,211.00 monthly / $78,020.80-$98,529.60 yearly


Under direction, act as crew leader and assistant supervisor to Public Works Maintenance Workers performing maintenance and construction activities on roads, bridges, and drainage facilities; and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Public Works Maintenance Worker IV's act as crew leaders over a large crew or direct the work of several small crews and function as assistant supervisor. Incumbents also direct the work of heavy equipment operators and operate heavy equipment on a relief basis. This classification is distinguished from the lower level classification of Public Works Maintenance Worker III in that the former acts as an assistant supervisor. This classification is distinguished from the higher level classification of Public Works Supervisor in that the latter is the full supervisory classification in the Public Works Maintenance Worker series.

Typical Tasks

Act as a crew leader and assistant supervisor of Public Works Maintenance Workers performing road, bridge or drainage maintenance activities; plan and coordinate complex public works maintenance operations; assign crew members to specific tasks; insure that work is performed properly and that safety precautions are observed; resolve minor personnel problems and report more serious personnel problems to the Public Works Supervisor; train subordinates in proper work procedures and in the operation of heavy equipment; operate heavy equipment on a relief basis; assist the Public Works Supervisor in patrolling roads and drainage areas in order to determine the need for and priority of maintenance and repair work; respond to emergency calls when supervisor is unavailable; determine personnel and equipment necessary to correct problems; assist supervisor in evaluating performance of subordinates; communicate with other County departments, other agencies and the public in order to resolve problems; act for supervisor in supervisor's absence.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Safe road construction practices.
  • Basic methods and materials used in road, bridge or drainage maintenance work.

Working knowledge of:

  • The proper operation and maintenance of heavy and light road construction equipment.
  • The proper use and maintenance of hand tools and power tools used in public works maintenance work.
  • The principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Assign, direct and coordinate the work of a large crew or several small crews engaged in a variety of public works maintenance activities.
  • Train subordinate staff in the operation of equipment, the performance of specialized maintenance activities and safe work practices.
  • Skillfully operate complex heavy equipment used in road construction work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Use and operate tools and equipment efficiently and safely.
  • Prepare written and oral reports related to the activities performed by assigned crew.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, the public and outside agencies.
  • Work cooperatively with others as part of a crew.
  • Work while standing for up to eight hours per day.
  • Lift items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Perform tasks requiring strength, such as shoveling, lifting equipment and materials into trucks, climbing over rough terrain, and using chain saws and pole saws.
  • Drive vehicles, such as pick-up trucks, two-axle dump trucks, tank vehicles, and flatbed trucks.
  • Learn to operate heavy equipment, such as motor graders, hydraulic excavators and cranes.
  • Distinguish colors, such as color-coded underground service alert markings and color-coded traffic signs.
  • Put on, wear and use a respirator and other safety equipment, such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and ear protection.
  • Hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of workers in noisy environments and 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 Public Works Maintenance Worker III in the County of Santa Cruz that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Special Requirements, Conditions:

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

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: Variable temperatures and weather conditions; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on equipment, on cliffs or in the bucket of a bucket truck; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; vibration; dust and silica dust; potentially hostile or violent individuals; electrical hazards; allergens, such as poison oak and stinging insects; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, and contact with toxic substances and chemical irritants; working alone in isolated areas; and, for some assigned tasks, possible exposure to needles or blood which could possibly result in chronic disease or death.

 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: General Representation (44)
EEOC Job Category: 07
Occupational Grouping: 41
Workers' Comp Code: 0399
Revised Dates: 6/93; 9/94; 5/95; 10/11 

CLASS: MU9; EST: 12/1/1990; REV: 10/1/2011;