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Recruitment #17-MV4-01


THE JOB: Under direction, plan, assign, and supervise the work of public works maintenance personnel in an assigned program or division (Roads, Sanitation, Recycling and Solid Waste, or Drainage); assure the quality of the work performed; may perform the more difficult and technical work of the assigned division; use current technology (computers, tablets, phones, hardware and software) to communicate, document, plan, and prepare reports and spreadsheets; and perform other duties as assigned. The current recruitment is in the Road Maintenance Division; however, the list established will 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 that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be to have four years of maintenance experience in the Roads, Sanitation, Recycling and Solid Waste, or Drainage divisions or comparable assignment, including two years at the journey level, and one year in a lead capacity that would demonstrate the possession of the knowledge and abilities required.

Special Requirements: 

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License upon hire, and within six months of hire, possession of a valid California Class A Driver License with Tank Endorsement. 
  • Possession of a Qualified Applicators Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation (required for some positions.) 

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 methods of supervision and training. Some knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the program assignment, and the application of data processing to the program assignment. For the Sanitation assignment, working knowledge of the capabilities, operation, and maintenance of light and heavy construction equipment is required for some positions.

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 that 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 pickup 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 that 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.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


- 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 12.5 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.
- 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.
- 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.
OTHER - Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.

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.  Following a review for minimum qualifications, applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified that they must submit a completed conviction history questionnaire in order to continue to the examination phase of the process.


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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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