Bridge Tender (#RC1503)
$23.80-$28.93 Hourly / $4,125.97-$5,015.14 Monthly / $49,511.64-$60,181.71 Yearly


Under general supervision, operates power and manually operated drawbridges; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Services Rules.


This is a single class and is not in a series. Bridge Tenders operate drawbridges throughout the County to insure safe passage of water and land traffic with a minimum of delay. Incumbents may be required to work weekends and holidays and to work shifts.


  • Maintains station in bridges and checks channel for boat traffic.
  • Watches for vehicles and pedestrians on bridge prior to opening.
  • Operates bridge mechanism and semaphores.
  • Makes minor repairs and adjustments; greases and services bridge and related equipment.
  • Keeps bridge and bridge ramps clean.
  • Keeps record of boats passing under bridges.
  • Work on bridge maintenance crew as assigned.


The rules and regulations controlling the operation of drawbridges crossing navigable waters of the County; the construction and operation of drawbridges; operating mechanism of drawbridges.


Operate service and adjust the operating mechanism of a drawbridge; speak, read and understand English as found in the Rules of the Road, emergency equipment instructions, and machinery instructions; keep simple records and make reports; establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC1503; EST: 8/21/1985;