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Recruitment #18-MR5-01


THE JOB: Under direction, perform journey level sanitation maintenance work alone or as a lead worker on one of the following: A small Pump Maintenance crew performing routine maintenance on pump stations or completing special projects related to pump stations, wastewater, and water treatment plants; or a small Line Maintenance crew performing routine maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems. Specialized assignments include administrative/main facility and special projects related to pump stations, wastewater, or water treatment plants.  Typical tasks: 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; monitor alarms and dispatch crews as needed; perform other duties as required. May perform supervisory functions in the absence of a supervisor on an as-needed, rotational basis. After a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be required to provide an H-6 (10-year driving record) from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that demonstrates a responsible driving history. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: 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: 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.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of safety practices and procedures relevant to sanitation maintenance operations as well as 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. 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.

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.    

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


ANNUAL LEAVE – 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS – 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. The County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
SDI – Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.