THE JOB: Under direction, plan, assign, and supervise the work of public works maintenance personnel in an assigned program/division (Household Hazardous Waste, Roads / Drainage, Sanitation / Wastewater, or Solid Waste Disposal); assure the quality of the work performed; may perform the more difficult and technical work of the assigned division; and perform other duties as required. There are currently four vacancies, including one in Household Hazardous Waste, two in Road / Drainage Maintenance and one in Sanitation / Wastewater Operations. The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies in any Public Works Division during the life of the eligible list.
Specialized assignments include:
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:
Four years of maintenance experience in any one of the following areas: Roads, Sanitation, Solid Waste Disposal, or Drainage divisions, environmental monitoring / handling hazardous materials or a comparable assignment, including two years at the journey level and one year in a lead capacity, which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities required in the applicable program area.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, CONDITIONS:
License Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license at time of hire; and for some positions, within six months from hire, possession of a valid class B driver license with Tank Endorsement (Sanitation assignment) or a valid class A driver license with Tank Endorsement. (Household Hazardous Waste assignment requires class C license at time of hire, but no A or B commercial driver license.)
Certificate: Some positions require possession of a Qualified Applicators Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation or of an OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations) Certificate. For Sanitation Assignment, within one year of appointment, must obtain either a Grade I or higher Wastewater Collection System Maintenance certificate, a Grade I or higher Mechanical Technologist certificate, or equivalent certificates issued by the California Water Environment Association.
Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: Variable temperatures and other 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 violet 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 assignments, 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: Incumbents may be required to work irregular hours, including responding to 24-hour emergency calls.
Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of methods, equipment, and materials used in the program assignment; occupational hazards and safety standards and practices of the program assignment; the capabilities, operation, and maintenance of light and heavy construction equipment required for most positions. Working knowledge of methods of estimating costs of projects and of supervision and training. Some knowledge of laws, ordinances and regulations governing the program assignment, and the application of data processing to program assignment.
For the Sanitation / Wastewater Assignment: working knowledge of the capabilities, operation, and maintenance of light and heavy construction equipment, required for some positions.
For Household Hazardous Waste Assignment: working knowledge of safe handling and management of HHW materials (including lab packing and bulking of hazardous materials). Some knowledge of chemistry, biology, and physics related to hazardous materials management in a solid waste landfill facility.
Ability to: Supervise, plan, assign, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates. Schedule work and determine priorities. Train subordinates in proper work procedures, safety practices, and equipment operation. Prepare work schedules, reports, procedures, and cost estimates. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Read and understand maps, engineering blueprints and drawings, instruction manuals, technical manuals, computer-generated reports, and surveys. Read and understand surveyors’ location and grade stakes. Understand, explain, and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Input, access, and analyze data using a computer terminal. Assist in budget preparation and administration. Use hand and power tools which may cause body vibration; lift items up to 75 pounds. Perform tasks requiring strength, such as lifting equipment onto trucks, climbing over rough terrain, and pulling hoses up embankments. Drive and operate vehicles such as automobiles, utility and pick-up trucks, and construction equipment, such as tractors, graders, compactors, bulldozers, loaders, and scrapers. Distinguish colors, such as color-coded wires, fluid colors, or chemical test guides. Put on, wear, and use a respirator. Perform tasks which require manual dexterity, such as gas and electrical welding, assembling small parts and pouring liquids into receptacles. Hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of workers in noisy environments and sounds of operating equipment.
For Household Hazardous Waste Assignment: Ability to identify and respond safely to hazardous materials contained in waste loads. Lift and move five (5) gallon cans (equivalent to 50 pounds) in adverse environmental conditions and move fifty-five (55) gallon drums (equivalent to 600 pounds) using a drum dolly.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at www.santacruzcountyjobs.com or mail/bring an application and supplemental questionnaire 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: 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.
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