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Recruitment #22-MU5-01



THE JOB: Under general supervision, perform maintenance and construction activities on roads, bridges, and drainage facilities; and perform other duties as required.

Public Works Maintenance Worker II is the journey level classification for positions operating light equipment and performing a variety of semiskilled and skilled tasks involved in the maintenance and construction of roads, bridges and drainage facilities. Incumbents also operate heavy equipment on a relief basis or in a training capacity. This classification is distinguished from the higher level classification of Public Works Maintenance Worker III by the specialized nature of the latter's assignments and its performance of the lead worker function. The list established from this recruitment may 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. 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 I in the County of Santa Cruz.


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, including Tank Endorsement.

Certificate: Possession of a Qualified Applicators Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation is required for some positions.

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.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the operation and routine maintenance of trucks and light road construction equipment; the proper use of hand tools and power tools commonly used in public works maintenance work; and safety practices and principles related to road construction and/or flood control work. Some knowledge of basic methods and materials used in road, bridge, or drainage maintenance work.

Ability to: Work while standing for up to eight hours per day; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; use tools and equipment efficiently and safely; 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 and materials into trucks, climbing over rough terrain, and using chain saws and pole saws; drive vehicles such as pickup trucks, two-axle dump trucks and flatbed trucks; learn to operate heavy equipment, such as three-axle dump trucks, mowers, rollers, loaders, and back hoes; 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; and hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of workers in noisy environments and sounds of operating equipment.



ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available 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 eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible 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.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - 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 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 and supplemental questionnaire. 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.


Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.



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



An Equal Opportunity Employer



County of Santa Cruz


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