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Maintenance Worker I - Full-time or Part-time

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$51,652.02 to $62,783.34 annually
  • Posted Date:04/17/2017

 The City of Cupertino Invites Applications for the Position of 

 Maintenance Worker I

Full-time Regular: $51,652.02 - $62,783.34 annually 
+ Benefits + CalPERS Retirement

Part-time Temporary Non-benefited: $24.83/hourly
(Work hours not to exceed 995 per fiscal year)

Final Filing Date: Continuous Filing
Supplemental Application Required

The Position

The City of Cupertino is recruiting for Maintenance Worker I. There are currently vacancies for Full-time Regular and Part-time Temporary positions. Under direct or general supervision, The Maintenance Worker I performs a variety of skilled maintenance work in the construction, modification, maintenance, repair and operation of City infrastructure, including streets, trees, right of ways, grounds, fleet, and other City facilities; uses and operates a variety of manual and power tools and light to heavy power driven equipment; and performs related work as assigned. Receives direct or general supervision from the Lead Maintenance Worker or the Maintenance Supervisor. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.

Examples of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to:

When performing the street maintenance assignment:
Performs construction, maintenance, and repair activities of City streets and roadways to ensure safe and efficient access for the public, including alleys, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, roadway base and sub-base, guard rails, asphalt pavement, crack seal application, concrete repair, traffic and street sign installation, repair, and reflectivity, and pavement markings.
• Provides installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic signs, including making signs, and installing sign posts and signs in accordance with federal, state, and City codes.
• Participates in the fabrication and repair of City signs including street name signs and sign posts; installs and maintains municipal sign posts, signs, and pavement markings. Performs legend painting and striping of City streets and parking lots using appropriate materials.
• Performs inspection, maintenance, and repair activities of City storm drain systems and facilities to ensure safe and efficient access for the public, including concrete and open channels, creeks, pipes, drains, detention basins, and drop inlets.
• Operates construction and concrete cutting and breaking equipment such as a jackhammer; constructs concrete forms, places concrete, and assists in finishing concrete and masonry work.
• Ensures compliance with safety regulations.

When performing the trees and right of way maintenance assignment:
• Performs maintenance of trees and shrubs, including pruning branches and removing trees safely and efficiently.
• Performs construction and maintenance of right of way hardscapes and irrigation systems.
• Operates various power tree equipment, including but not limited to aerial tree trucks, power pruners, chain saws, chippers, blowers, traffic control equipment and related equipment as required.
• Performs the installation and maintenance of median improvements, planting and trimming of trees. 
• Perform a wide variety of skilled tasks involving the use of power equipment and hand tools in the areas of grounds maintenance, irrigation system installation and maintenance, tree / shrub trimming maintenance and traffic control.
• Receives and responds to requests from other City Departments, City staff, and the general public for emergency clean-up, including requests to remove debris, garbage, glass, and other materials from accident sites and other areas
• Ensures compliance with safety regulations.

When performing the grounds maintenance assignment:
• Performs preventative landscape, turf, parks, grounds, and sports field maintenance on a scheduled basis; including litter removal, graffiti abatement, hard surface sweeping/blowing, leaf removal, mulching, planting, trimming, edging, fertilizing and mowing, and integrated pest management.
• Installs, repairs, and replaces landscape irrigation systems; installs, adjusts, maintains, and repairs electronic timers, and repairs electronic and hydraulic valves and controllers; replaces and repairs a wide variety of sprinkler heads and lines by removing, disassembling, and replacing worn or broken parts.
• Repairs and constructs, structures, and retaining walls; repairs, fabricates, and replaces park and playground equipment.
• Inspects City premises for graffiti vandalism; uses appropriate equipment to remove graffiti.
• Operates and maintains a variety of hand and power landscaping tools and equipment, including hand and power mowers, small tractors, spreaders, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, weed eaters, chainsaws, rakes, shovels, brooms and other tools.
• Maintains accurate logs and records of work performed and materials and equipment used.
• Ensures compliance with safety regulations.

When performing the facilities and fleet maintenance assignment:
• Performs maintenance activities of all municipal facilities including buildings, park restrooms and the Community Pool including mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and security systems.
• Performs custodial activities including sweeping, scrubbing, mopping floors; vacuums and sweeps rugs and carpets.
• Locks and unlocks doors, gates, and windows as appropriate; turns lights on and off as needed; maintains security of assigned areas according to established guidelines; sets alarms as appropriate.
• Reports safety, sanitary, and fire hazards to appropriate personnel; reports need for maintenance and repairs to appropriate authority.
• Assists other maintenance and mechanical personnel in the performance of minor or emergency duties. 
• Fuels equipment and checks fluid levels; lubricates vehicles and equipment; inspects brakes; inspects steering and suspension systems.
• Installs warning beacons, headlights, taillights and minor electrical devices.
• Picks up and delivers parts and makes service calls.
• Washes or steam cleans autos, trucks, and heavy equipment.

When performing all assignments:
• Inspects assigned City infrastructure for safety issues, structural integrity, and possible future work projects and programs, and appropriately marks areas that need to be repaired.
• Operates and maintains specialized vehicles and a variety of light, medium, and heavy equipment related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of construction systems and facilities.
• Operates a variety of hand and power tools and equipment related to work assignment as instructed.
• Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
• Maintains public facilities, shop and garage areas, storage sites, and other work areas in a clean and orderly condition, including securing equipment at the close of the workday.
• Installs street barricades and cones and controls traffic around work sites and special events to ensure safe conditions for the general public and City workers.
• Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
• Maintains accurate logs and records of work performed and materials and equipment used.
• Participates in emergency Public Works repairs and maintenance including work in other sections of the Department.
• Follows department policies and procedures related to assigned duties. 
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: Basic principles, practices, tools, and materials as they relate to the maintenance and repair of infrastructure, facilities, systems, and appurtenances similar to those in a municipal environment; basic mathematics; safe driving rules and practices; basic computer software related to work; English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff.

Ability to: Perform basic construction, modification, maintenance, and repair work; troubleshoot maintenance problems and determine materials and supplies required for repair; read and interpret construction drawings, blueprints, maps, and specifications; make accurate arithmetic calculations; safely and effectively use and operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools, and light to heavy equipment required for the work; perform routine equipment maintenance; maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed; understand and follow oral and written instructions; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Graduation from high school or equivalent. One (1) year of experience is desirable in construction, maintenance, and/or repair of streets and roadways, stormwater and drainage, sanitation systems, trees, traffic signs, automotive and/or related facilities, systems, and appurtenances depending on assignment.

Licenses and Certifications: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license by time of appointment.

Physical Demands: Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, to climb and descend ladders, to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements and Working Conditions: Employees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with challenging staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. May be required to be on-call and to work various shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

The Selection Procedure

Applicants must complete an official City of Cupertino application and supplemental application and return it to Human Resources or apply online at Final Filing Date: Continuous Filing. Application materials will be screened on a continuous basis with first review of applications occurring after 50 applications have been received. This recruitment is subject to close at any time. Depending on the number of applicants this process may be altered. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early. Failure to complete the supplemental application will disqualify the applicant from the recruitment process. Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this job announcement. Applicants possessing the most relevant qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which may include a written examination and/or panel interview. An eligible list will be established as a result of this process and will remain in effect for 3 months from the date established. Eligible lists may be extended for up to one year. The City of Cupertino is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religion, color, sex (including gender and pregnancy), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics, and physical or mental disability. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Cupertino Human Resources upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

About the City

The City of Cupertino (population 60,000) is located against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the west end of the world famous Silicon Valley. Rich in diversity, Cupertino is committed to becoming a model multicultural community for the 21st century. With one of the most diverse, technologically savvy, and nonpartisan populations in Northern California, Cupertino is quickly becoming a city that people like to talk about. Corporate headquarters blend with tree-shrouded residential neighborhoods that climb into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. This is the backdrop for living and working in Cupertino, California. Cupertino is home to many well-known high-tech companies like Apple, and offers a dynamic and exciting business climate. Winner of numerous state and national awards for excellence, Cupertino public schools are widely acknowledged to be models of quality instruction. Cupertino is also home to De Anza College, recently named the best community college in California. Quality schools and proximity to high-tech jobs and beautiful open spaces make Cupertino a desirable location for a highly educated and culturally diverse population.

Employee Benefits (For Full-time Regular Employees)

Excellent supplemental Benefit package includes:
• CalPERS Retirement:
o New employees to Cupertino hired after 12/29/12 with prior CalPERS (or reciprocal agency) service– 2.0% @ 60, employees pay full 7% of employee contribution.
o New employees with no prior CalPERS service or a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more -– 2.0% @ 62 employee required by law to pay 50% of the Normal Cost which currently equates to 6.25%.
• Choice of health insurance, portion of family premium paid by the City, and fully or partially paid premium for employee, depending on plan. 
• Fully paid life, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
• Fully paid dental insurance and partially paid vision insurance.
• Fully paid Employee Assistance Program.
• Educational reimbursement up to $1,350 for approved coursework.
• 12 holidays plus 20 hours of floating holidays annually; 8 hours of sick leave per month; 10 to 24 days of vacation annually; 40 hours of administrative leave annually.
• Cupertino Sports Center membership and $400 credit which can be used to pay for recreation activities and programs.

Employment Information

City employment applications may be obtained from the City of Cupertino Human Resources, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA, by calling (408) 777-3227, or by visiting our website at To apply online, visit . Completed City employment applications and supporting materials must be received by the City’s Human Resources no later than the final filing date. Postmarks or late applications will not be accepted. Applications received through fax transmission by the final filing date are acceptable only on the condition that the original application is received no later than by 5 p.m. one week following the closing date. Applications must be filled out completely. Failure to list work experience or stating “See Resume” in the employment history section of the application will be considered an incomplete application and subject to rejection. Resumes may be attached separately. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process including employment verification and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from the appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination. The City of Cupertino is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


A completed supplemental application must be submitted along with a completed City of Cupertino Employment Application to be considered for the Maintenance Worker I position.

Please provide a response to each question. Please limit your response to 2 pages total.

1. Which Maintenance Worker I job are you interested in (please select from list):

  • Full-time Regular Benefited
  • Part-time Temporary Non-benefited
  • Both Full-time Regular Benefited and Part-time Temporary Non-benefited

2. Describe your knowledge and experience in the following areas, as it relates to maintenance, including the number of months or years of experience.

a. Parks, grounds, trees and medians
b. Streets, storm drains, traffic signs and striping
c. Facilities
d. Automotive or small equipment repair

3. List the job-related certifications that you possess.

4. Why do you want to work for the City of Cupertino?

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