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Maintenance Worker I/II


      Under direct and general supervision to perform unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, operation, maintenance and repairs of public works and related facilities; general building maintenance and custodial duties; grounds work in parks, landscaping and streetscaping; street and storm water facilities; sidewalk and signs; and perform other necessary work as required to meet City needs. This classification series is assigned to the Miscellaneous bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, call-back and standby assignments.


      Maintenance Worker I: This is the entry level class in the Maintenance Worker series. Positions in this class will usually perform most of the duties required of Maintenance Worker I and II; however, as compared to the Maintenance Worker II, is not expected to function at the same skill level and will usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment on matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits a pattern which has been established and explained before the work is started. Generally, changes in procedures or exceptions are explained in detail as they arise.

      Maintenance Worker II: This is the journey level in the Maintenance Worker series. Positions in this class are normally filled by advancement from the Maintenance Worker I class, or when filled from the outside, require prior experience in the maintenance of streets, public works facilities, parks and buildings. Appointment to the higher class requires that the employee be performing substantially the full range of duties for the class and meet the qualifications standards for the class. All positions assigned to this class require the ability to work independently and exercise judgment and initiative. Duties will normally require the ability to operate the full range of mechanical equipment related to a specific assignment.


      Maintenance Worker I

      Immediate supervision is provided by the Division Supervisor. Functional or technical supervision is received from other higher level maintenance staff.

      Maintenance Worker II

      General supervision is provided by the Division Supervisor. Technical or functional supervision is provided by other higher level maintenance staff. Assignments may require either the direct or indirect lead supervision of Maintenance Workers I.

      ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Performs a variety of unskilled, semiskilled and skilled laboring tasks in the construction, operation and maintenance of streets, parks, storm ponds, buildings and related City owned equipment, facilities and other properties.
      • Cleans and performs maintenance on wastewater treatment plant grounds and associated equipment.
      • Performs ground maintenance such as irrigation installation and maintenance, planting, mowing, edging, trimming, pruning, weeding, staking trees and shrubs of parks and streetscapes.
      • Maintain plantings, grounds and buildings.
      • Turn on valves or set irrigation system clocks to water lawns, trees and shrubs.
      • Mix and apply herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers utilizing appropriate containers and equipment provided for such purposes.
      • Clean and maintain restrooms, building floors, walls, ceilings, windows, fixtures, pick up litter and dump garbage.
      • Mow and edge lawns utilizing a variety of equipment including: push mowers, gang mowers, deck mowers, gas edgers and tractors with attachments.
      • Repair and maintain park playground equipment; perform plumbing and cement work; repair sprinklers and aerators which require the use of hand tools and small motorized equipment.
      • Operate a variety of equipment used in park and landscape maintenance work; perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment.
      • Operate a variety of hand and power tools which could include edgers, saws, drills, floor buffers, vacuums, and blowers used in building and grounds maintenance.
      • Assist in setting up and taking down tables, chairs, decorations, etc. for City sponsored activities.
      • Maintain and prepare athletic fields.
      • Performs unskilled and semiskilled carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding necessary in maintaining park sites, buildings, facilities and grounds.
      • Repair and patch streets by loading asphalt, raking and shoveling asphalt, operating asphalt spreader and applying hot tar crack sealant.
      • Install traffic buttons, reflectors and signs.
      • Operate equipment on routine assignments or on a training basis, including backhoe, compressor, street sweeper, vac-all truck, loader and paint sprayers.
      • Participate in concrete work such as curb, gutter and sidewalk repair.
      • Paint walks, curbs, intersections and signs.
      • Clean debris from culverts, ditches and right-of-way.
      • Set up, maintain and remove barricades; direct traffic.
      • Clean and care for tools and equipment.
      • Prepare, tint and mix paints for painting and spraying.
      • Perform leaf removal from City Street trees utilizing a variety of mechanized equipment including front end loaders.
      • Trim and take out trees utilizing chain saw, pole saws, and stump grinders.
      • Remove dead, broken and undesired branches and tops of trees using saws, axes and other tools, both hand and powered.
      • Service assigned equipment by checking oil pressure, fuel and tire conditions.
      • Assist and train less experienced personnel.
      • Perform related duties as assigned.


      Maintenance Worker I

      Knowledge of:

      Basic uses and purposes of tools, materials and equipment used in buildings, streets, grounds and parks maintenance.

      Basic knowledge of plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.

      Safety precautions used in hazardous construction work.

      Basic tree trimming methods, techniques, equipment and procedures.

      Operation and use of a variety of light to heavy mechanical equipment, such as trimmers, mowers, tampers, backhoes, rollers, tractors, compressors, loaders and graders, including safety precautions and practices.

      Ability to:

      Understand and carry out oral and written instructions required for successful job performance.

      Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

      Perform semi-skilled tasks in the construction and maintenance of streets and related public works facilities, parks, landscape areas, streetscapes and buildings.

      Perform heavy physical labor.

      Operate a variety of tree trimming equipment and tools.

      Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others contacted during the course of work.

      Operate a variety of parks, streets and building maintenance equipment, mechanical equipment, hand tools, power tools and vehicles in a safe and effective manner.

      Learn to mix and apply pesticides and herbicides in a safe and effective manner

      Work independently in the absence of a supervisor.

      Lift on a frequent basis 25 pounds and an infrequent basis 40 pounds.



      One year of increasingly responsible work involving construction, maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities as described herein.


      High School Diploma or GED Certificate.



      Possession of an appropriate, valid California Driver's License and proof of automobile liability insurance at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment. Ability to obtain a Class B Drivers License within nine (9) months from date of employment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


      Training for the following certificates will be provided by the City.

      Flagger Traffic Control – OSHA 1598-1599 within 12 months of appointment.

      HAZMAT – First Responder Awareness within 12 months of appointment.

      Maintenance Worker II

      Knowledge of:

      In addition to the qualifications for Maintenance Worker I:

      Methods, techniques and safety practices used in maintaining parks, streets, buildings and related facilities.

      Plant pests and diseases and methods of their control eradication.

      Use and application of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

      Streets, Buildings and Grounds and Parks construction materials, methods, terminology and practices.

      Safety precautions and practices necessary in working with hand tools, mechanical equipment and other items related to the construction, operation and maintenance of facilities.

      Ability to:

      Set up forms, pour and finish cement.

      Work independently in the absence of supervision.

      Assist in the training of less experienced personnel.

      Remove concrete and asphalt

      Operate heavy duty trucks to job sites.



      Two years of experience as a Maintenance Worker in a position comparable to a Maintenance Worker I for the City of Turlock.


      High School diploma or GED certificate. Six college units or CEU’s in a related field or scholastic general education (i.e. Speech, Math, English, Science, Foreign Language etc). desired within 3 years from date of appointment.



      Possession of an appropriate, valid California Class B Driver’s License and proof of automobile liability insurance at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


      Possession of Work Zone Safety Certification within 12 months of appointment.


      Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read and write, view computer screens, make observations. Use of hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, answering telephones, operating hand and power tools, driving vehicles and heavy equipment; hear well enough to converse on the radio, telephone and in person assisting customers; body mobility to walk, bend, stand, crouch or climb for extended periods of time and to operate assigned equipment and vehicles and perform heavy, manual labor for extended periods, able to work at elevated heights for extended periods, able to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions and be able to lift equipment as necessary.

      Reviewed and Approved:


      Personnel Officer



      Revised, 8/95

      Revised, 9/96

      Revised, 10/04

      Revised, 06/05

      Revised, 2/08

      Revised, 02/13

      Revised, 03/18

        For questions about City employment, please contact:

        Human Relations
        156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
        Turlock, CA 95380-5454
        (209) 668-5150
        Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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