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Maintenance Worker

Recruitment #0523-RC0500-AC


This examination is being given to fill current and future vacancies in the Road Maintenance Divisions of the Public Works Department and to establish an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies.

This classification is an entry-level classification in San Joaquin County. Generally, after one year of satisfactory performance at this level, and after obtaining a Class B drivers license, full-time employees may promote to the Highway Maintenance Worker. The Public Works Department provides drivers training for current Maintenance Worker employees needing to obtain their Class B license.

This list may also be used to fill part-time and/or temporary opportunities as they occur.

Successful candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination and a pre-employment drug screen prior to the start of employment.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.

The following incentives and bonuses may be available for eligible new hires. Incentives and bonuses are subject to approval by Human Resources:

  • Vacation Accrual Rate: San Joaquin County vacation accrual rate consistent with the candidate's total years of public service.
  • Sick Leave: Candidates leaving other employment may receive credit for actual non-reimbursable sick leave hours (up to 160 hours) from their last agency. Hours shall be subject to San Joaquin County's minimum sick leave cash out provisions.
  • New Hire Retention Bonus:

$2,000 upon completion of first year equivalent employment (2,080 hours)

$1,000 upon completion of third year equivalent employment (6,240 hours)

$3,000 upon completion of sixth year equivalent employment (12,480 hours)

This position is represented by the SEIU bargaining unit and will receive salary increases based on the following schedule for a total of 12% through July 2025:

Effective July 2023 - 5% Cost of Living Adjustment increase

Effective July 2024 - 4% Cost of Living Adjustment increase

Effective July 2025 - 3% Cost of Living Adjustment increase


  • Performs routine maintenance work on highways and flood control channels; assists in repairing roadway and flood control facilities.  
  • Applies road and levee construction and maintenance materials; may do minor concrete work; loads trucks with construction materials. 
  • Assists in installing and maintaining traffic signs, pavement legends and symbols, and reflective pavement markers; learns to fabricate simple traffic signs. 
  • Sprays weeds along roads, levees, channels, creeks and sloughs;  cleans and clears roadways, basins, culverts, streams and drainage ditches of brush and debris;  hauls debris to disposal sites; digs ditches; lays pipes; repairs fences and gates; may act as laborer on tree crews. 
  • Assists with the operation of highway paint striping equipment, or with paint delivery systems and accessory equipment in the placement of legends and markings on County roads.   
  • Installs construction signs and barricades; serves as flagger for construction, maintenance and traffic operations. 
  • May operate a variety of road and channel construction and maintenance equipment, including light single axle dump trucks, jackhammers, chisels, torches, compressor and air-activated tools, and other related equipment.


    License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.

    Special Requirement:  Incumbents must obtain a Class B California driver’s license with tanker and airbrake endorsements prior to completion of the probationary period. Failure to obtain and maintain a Class B license with endorsements shall result in release from employment. The Class B requirement is waived for employees who were in the class prior to March 12, 2008.


    General driving practices and traffic laws; safe use of tools; names and uses of basic tools of the trade; general mechanical principles; occupational hazards and safety precautions.


    Lift heavy objects; perform physically demanding work for long periods; sustain physical exertion and coordination in adverse conditions; understand and follow oral and written directions; operate motor vehicles and equipment; operate computers and related software; learn to install, maintain and repair traffic controls and road ways communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain safe, effective and cooperative working relationships with others.


    Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; frequent walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, driving for extended periods of time; occasional climbing; sitting, standing, running, crawling; driving and operating heavy equipment; Lifting-Frequently 5 to 30 lbs or less; occasional–30 to 70 lbs; occasionally restraining, lifting and/or turning heavy objects; Visual-Good overall vision, color perception, depth perception; occasional reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; good field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching; grasping; occasional repetitive motion; frequent writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech; occasional hearing/talking on the radio, talking in person, exposure to traffic noise; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration, and decision making, public contact, working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; occasional dealing with emergency situations; Special Requirements-May require working overtime, weekends, nights, holidays and emergency call-back; occasional travel; Environmental-Frequent exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, odors, and varied weather conditions.


    Employees hired into this classification are members of a bargaining unit which is represented by SEIU Local 1021

    Health Insurance:  San Joaquin County provides employees with a choice of three health plans:  a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan.  Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premium. Dependent coverage is also available. 

    Dental Insurance:  The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans:  Delta Dental and United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

    Vision Insurance:  The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP).  There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

    For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at under Human Resources/Employee Benefits. 

    Life Insurance:  The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows: 

     1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:                   $1,000
     3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:                   $3,000
     5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:                 $5,000
    10 years of continuous service or more:                           $10,000

    Employee may purchase additional term life insurance at the group rate.

    125 Flexible Benefits Plan:  This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit). 

    Retirement Plan:  Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Law of 1937.  Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at for more information.  NOTE:  If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

    Deferred Compensation:  The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.  Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000. The Roth IRA (after tax) is also now available.

    Vacation:  Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.

    Holidays Effective July 1, 2017, all civil service status employees earn 14 paid holidays each year.  Please see the appopriate MOU for details regarding holidays, accruals, use, and cashability of accrued time.

    Sick Leave:  12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive:  An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one- half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.

    Bereavement Leave3 days of paid leave for the death of qualifying family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.

    Merit Salary Increase:  New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step.

    Job Sharing:  Employees may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources.

    Educational Reimbursement Program:  Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year.  Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year.

    Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $20 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

    School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

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    San Joaquin County
    Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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