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Recruitment #18-MV8-01


THE JOB: Under direction, to plan, organize, direct, manage, and oversee the County road maintenance program; to provide strong leadership and direct, through subordinate supervisors, the work of a large staff engaged in a wide variety of road maintenance and road repair activities; to keep written and electronic records and communicate clearly orally and in writing; to skillfully use technology and devices (computers, tablets, phones, hardware, and software) to plan and document work as well as create, maintain, and approve reports, timesheets, spreadsheets, and documents, and to communicate with management, staff, and the public; and to do other work as required. 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 training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be to have six years of experience in road maintenance or construction work, including two years performing duties comparable to those of a Public Works Supervisor in Santa Cruz County, or performing duties that would demonstrate application or possession of the knowledge and abilities listed for Road Superintendent in Santa Cruz County.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License (upon hire.) 

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of methods, equipment, and materials used in road maintenance operations; methods of estimating costs of road maintenance projects; the capabilities, operation, and maintenance of light and heavy road construction equipment; accepted safety practices in road maintenance work; general knowledge of budgeting techniques and the principles of supervision, training, and personnel management.

Ability to: Plan, organize, and administer extensive road maintenance program; coordinate and direct the work of a large staff engaged in a variety of road maintenance and repair activities; understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications; prepare reports and correspondence; maintain accurate records; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


- 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years’ service. Available after 1 year of service.
– One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days 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 eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
- 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. County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
- Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium 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. 


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.