Lead Lift Station Maintenance Worker

  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #452

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.

POSITION: Maintenance Lead Worker

SCHEDULE: 5/40 or 9/80 (Flexible schedule) 

SALARY: $35 – $40 Per Hour  

Under general direction from a division supervisor, directs and leads the work of an assigned crew and performs journey level tasks in public works maintenance and repair, directing and supervising a crew(s) within the varying divisions of the Public Works and Water Quality Departments; performs other duties as required. May be assigned to any one of the divisions of Public Works. Reports to/Supervises: Reports to a Division Supervisor or other assigned personnel. Directs lower level staff.


  • The Maintenance Lead Worker oversees field maintenance crews and performs work alongside other maintenance employees; trains crew members; directs purchases; works under minimal supervision; plans, organizes, and schedules work crews; responds to emergency calls as required; oversees field maintenance of tools and equipment; and, advises on safety precautions and conducts safety meetings. This position also maintains crew records, prepares performance evaluations, counsels and reprimands employees and makes recommendations on disciplinary action. The Maintenance Lead Worker may be assigned to either a 5/40 schedule, a 9/80 schedule, or any other schedule required to meet operational needs. Work may be performed outside of the normal work schedule, including evening hours and weekends.
  • May be assigned to any of the following areas: Traffic Device Maintenance, Buildings and Facilities Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Landscape Maintenance, or Water Quality Department. This position may receive calls for emergency service and may be required to  respond during non-scheduled work hours, including evenings, holidays and weekends. Traffic Device Maintenance Division: The Traffic Maintenance section performs construction and maintenance of traffic control devices throughout the City. Work performed includes maintenance of the City’s traffic control equipment, signage and monitoring of street painting and striping activities.
  • Responsibilities of the incumbent in this division include installation, repair and maintenance of the City’s traffic control devices (i.e. city signs, posts, barricades, cones, delineators, street pavement markings and traffic related emergency response supplies). The incumbent maintains inventory, performs needed repairs, inspections and replacement of faulty equipment, and ensures compliance with traffic safety standards. The incumbent also responds to, investigates, and resolves citizen inquiries and complaints; conducts traffic surveys, monitors legend painting and line striping to ensure adherence to established standards; reviews and inspects street painting and striping contract services to ensure completion of services and correct payment of invoices. Is responsible for keeping rights-of- way clear of vegetation.
  • Tools, equipment, and vehicles used include: work truck, core drill, air hammers, pneumatic tools, drill press, grinders, pipe cutters, cutting torches, generator, PC, sledge hammers, screwdrivers, broom, shovel, shears, razors, ladders. Buildings and Facilities Maintenance Division: Oversees maintenance of Public buildings, facilities and structures throughout the City including general downtown maintenance, lighting, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, painting, litter and trash removal, public restroom cleaning, equipment operation and other maintenance particular to this division. Provides emergency response, attends safety meetings, uses tools and equipment appropriate for this division. 
  • Tools, equipment, and vehicles used include: Maintenance-related hand and power tools, cement mixers, circular saws, jig saws, table saws, rotary hammers, nail guns, drills, pressure washers, jackhammers, compressors, backhoes, skip loaders, aerial lift truck, and dump trucks.
  • Landscape Maintenance Division: Performs and oversees landscape and irrigation maintenance at parks, beaches, trails, and within street right of ways. Also includes grounds maintenance, litter and trash removal, graffiti removal, tree staking, restroom cleaning, equipment operation, inspections and other maintenance particular to this division. Provides emergency response, attends safety meetings, uses tools and equipment appropriate for this division.
  • Tools, equipment, and vehicles used include: Maintenance-related hand and power tools, trimmers, mowers, rubber tire loader, backhoe, and pressure washer. Street Maintenance Division: Oversees work on the construction and maintenance of streets and beaches; including saw cutting, excavation, preparing streets for patches, spreads and compacts asphalt concrete, removes and replaces curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, grinds tripping hazards, repair block walls, storm drain cleaning and performs other skilled tasks in the maintenance or repair of street infrastructure. Also includes overseeing beach operations including beach cleaning, kelp/seaweed raking, pressure washing of sidewalks, trash/kelp removal and deposit at the landfill, creation of beach access ramps, buttressing of lifeguard towers, and maintenance of volleyball courts.
  • Tools, equipment and vehicles used include: Construction-related hand and power tools, cement mixers, asphalt berm machines, paver boxes, plate compactors, breaker generators, breaker bars, circular saws, jig saws, table saws, rotary hammers, nail guns, drills, asphalt rollers and soil compaction equipment, asphalt and concrete saw cutting equipment, jackhammers and compressors, backhoes, skip loaders, and dump trucks.
  • Water Quality Department: Oversees and participates in the maintenance of the City’s sewer systems, lift stations and wet wells. Tools, equipment and vehicles used include: Construction related hand and power tools, portable generators, fixed generators, backhoes, cranes, chop-saws, and other power tools; electrical multi-meters, pipe cutters, wastewater mechanical equipment such as pumps, including trash pumps and bypass pumps.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination demonstrating the ability to effectively and successfully perform the duties of the position is considered qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:

  • Special Provision: Employee may respond to traffic emergencies as the primary “on call” staff member during scheduled and non-scheduled work hours, including evenings, holidays and weekends. 
  • Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent, preferably supplemented by coursework in supervision or management and related technical areas.
  • Experience: Considerable experience in the performance of public works maintenance and construction work at a journey level or higher or two years as a Maintenance Worker II in the appropriate area; minimum of six months experience in supervising or overseeing the work of others. Experience effectively dealing with the public.
  • License/Certificate Requirements: Those in possession of a valid California Class A or B driver’s license must not have an automatic transmission restriction or an air brake restriction. The incumbent must be able to provide a DMV printout, a current medical card and successfully pass a police background check. A fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, a pre-placement medical exam and drug test are also required. Incumbents who are not in possession of a valid California Class A or B driver’s license at the time of hire will be required to obtain the required commercial license with the necessary endorsements by the end of the twelve (12) month probationary period.

Knowledge of: the basic methods, terminology, materials and equipment used in public works and construction work; the safety precautions and practices necessary in working with hand tools and heavy equipment; operation of general office equipment, including a personal computer using Windows based software; and, the principles and practices of employee supervision, training and evaluation. May require specialized knowledge in one of the divisional areas listed above. Traffic Device Maintenance Division knowledge of traffic related signs and standards along with experience in traffic, painting and legend-related work.

Ability to: foster a teamwork environment; perform skilled public works construction and maintenance work at a journey level; schedule, direct, supervise and evaluate the work of others in the regular course of work as well as during emergencies; operate light, medium and heavy equipment and vehicles with skill and safety; understand and carry out verbal and written instructions; work cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees; read and work from sketches, plans and specifications; work effectively and cooperatively with those encountered in the performance of duties, including the general public and department management staff; safely perform heavy manual labor requiring physical dexterity; operate general office equipment, including a personal computer using Windows based software; work scheduled hours which are subject to change.

Work is performed in a variety of environmental conditions, with exposure to outdoor temperature and weather variations, traffic and equipment noise, vibrations, fumes, grease, machinery and moving parts, odors and dust, chemicals such as cleaning solvents, and raw sewage. Physical demands require the ability to stand or walk on hard surfaces for frequent and prolonged periods of time, bending, stooping, and lifting of moderately heavy objects, up to 50 pounds in weight. The employee must be able to use tools and operate heavy equipment and City vehicles in a safe manner; will be required to respond to emergencies which occur after regular work hours or on weekends and will be required to work irregular hours as needed. The employee is required to see and hear in normal range with or without corrective devices, and be able to communicate verbally and work cooperatively and effectively with others encountered in the course of duties, including, but not limited to, vendors, coworkers, supervisors, other contractors, etc.


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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