Public Works Maintenance Foreperson

City of Alameda | Alameda, CA

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Posted Date 4/22/2020

Salary: $62,899.20 - $88,441.60 Annually

Under direction works with, coordinates and directs the work of a crew and contractors in connection with the construction, maintenance, installation, operation and repair of City property, facilities and equipment; performs other related work as required. The current vacancy exists in the Public Works Department's Concrete Shop.

 This recruitment may close at any time without advance notice; interested candidates should apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis.  Applicants should also check their email regularly for updates.

This is an advanced journey level classification in the Maintenance Worker series.  Work in the class is distinguished from that of lower level classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties including assigning work and providing lead direction to maintenance work crews.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area/s of responsibility.

Classifications requiring the maintenance of a valid California Commercial Driver's License (CDL) shall receive Sixty Five Dollars ($65.00) per month for maintaining their CDL.

As the nation's 115th agency to be accredited by the American Public Works Association, the City of Alameda Public Works Department is the steward of Alameda's public infrastructure, responsible for its design, construction, and maintenance. It is the vision of the agency to become the best trained, most talented and efficient public works department in the entire Bay Area. Come and join our dynamic team to be an integral part of this vision!


Examples of Duties


1.   Works with, schedules, coordinates and directs the work of a crew in the maintenance and repair of City property such as streets and grounds, sewer and storm drainage systems; traffic markings and signs, sidewalks, curbs and gutters and buildings, structures and facilities.
2.   Consults with, coordinates and monitors the work of contractors including examination and evaluation of construction and maintenance work for conformance with established standards; observes work in various stages of progress to ensure compliance.
3.   Areas of assigned responsibility may include:
  • Various grounds and landscaping activities including watering and fertilizing trees, trimming, pruning, spraying and cultivating trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Painting and maintenance of crosswalks, street lettering, graphics, parking crosses, off-street parking lot lines, curbs etc. and installation and maintenance of information and regulating signs.
  • Inspection, mark out, replace and repair of sidewalks, roadway surfaces, curbs, gutters, storm drains, manholes, catch basins, parking meter posts and recreational apparatus including all breaking out, forming and pouring of concrete; may include work on concrete, stucco, plaster, brick and tile on public facilities.
  • Carpentry including constructing building frames, stairways, shelves, cabinets, erecting minor frame buildings and structures, walls and roofing, window frames, doorframes and doors.
  • Installation, maintenance and repair of storm and waste water systems and other City facilities including piping and plumbing fixtures; includes trench digging work.
4.   Receives and investigates complaints and reports of repairs needed; determines corrective action and assigns appropriate personnel and equipment.
5.   Reads and interprets blueprints, maps and drawings.
6.   Supervises the use and maintenance of appropriate equipment.
7.   Maintains supplies, work records, and logs.
8.   Maintains various time, work and equipment records.
9.   Drives and operates specialized vehicular equipment.
10. Oversees the work of and provides lead direction and training to assigned staff.



Employment Standards


Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation from high school.
Three years of progressively responsible experience as designated, in public works maintenance or in the maintenance/construction trades.

Concrete and pavement experience highly desirable. Front loader experience and a minimum of one (1) year Backhoe experience. ISMA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety certification.
Knowledge of modern practices, procedures, equipment and tools used in assigned skilled construction, maintenance and repair of public works facilities and property; safe work practices and procedures.
Ability to effectively plan, organize and direct the activities of a crew; schedule, oversee, monitor and participate in assigned maintenance work; coordinate and monitor the work of contractors; analyze existing facilities and determine corrective action; estimate materials and work hours required to perform a job; operate specialized vehicular equipment and other related tools and equipment; read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and diagrams; use spray equipment and restricted chemicals as required; interpret and apply applicable codes and laws; maintain accurate records; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; and oversee the work of and provide training to assigned staff.
Special Requirements
Willingness and/or ability to respond to after-hours emergency calls and to work nights, holidays and weekends as required.
Other Requirements
Possession of a valid Class B State of California Driver's License (or possession of a valid Class C license at the time of employment and the ability to obtain Class B within six months of employment) and a satisfactory driving record as conditions of initial and continued employment.  Employees in classifications requiring a Class B license are subject to provisions of the Department of Transportation's drug and alcohol testing program.

Classifications requiring the maintenance of a valid California Commercial Driver's License (CDL) shall receive Sixty Five Dollars ($65.00) per month for maintaining their CDL.

Selected positions require possession of California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Collection System Maintenance, Grade II certification or the ability to obtain within one year of assignment.
Selected positions require possession of a backflow tester certificate or ability to obtain within six months of assignment.

The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance. If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.

Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List. A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City's Civil Service Rules. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background. Pre-employment testing will also include a city-paid medical evaluation which may include a drug test. The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran's preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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