Public Works Operator I

City of Oroville | Oroville, CA

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Posted Date 3/05/2019

To perform unskilled and semi-skilled manual labor in the construction, maintenance and repair of City streets, storm drains, sewer systems, and related appurtenances; to operate light and moderately heavy maintenance and construction equipment used on public works projects; and to perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Annual Salary: $35,132 - $49,434


Receives close supervision from the Public Works Operations Manager and direction from Public Works Operator III and Operator II.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Performs heavy manual labor duties as required in the construction, maintenance and repair of streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drains, sewer systems and Airport properties,  including but not limited to preparing street surfaces for patching and/or resurfacing; shoveling and spreading gravel, sand, asphalt and other materials on streets; assisting with the paving, patching, oiling, sealing and smoothing of roads; laying pipes for sewer and storm drains; cleaning, maintaining and repairing sewer mains, lines and lift stations.

Assists in maintaining airport buildings, runways, taxi lights and other special facilities and equipment.

Sets forms and finishes concrete for sidewalks, curbs, gutters, wheelchair ramps, etc.

Fabricates, installs, maintains and repairs street signs; paints street and parking lot markings.

May operate light and moderately heavy construction and maintenance equipment, including vehicles, various trucks, street sweeper, sewer jet rodder, street roller, manlift, tamper, lawn care equipment, concrete mixer, paint machine, sewer TV van; uses a two-way radio, masonry tools, carpentry tools, mechanic’s tools, plumbing tools, various other common hand and power tools, measuring devices, and safety gear.

Loads and hauls water, gravel, rock, debris and various other materials to and from construction sites.

Provides traffic control around work sites, including setting up barricades, warning signs and cones, and flagging traffic.

Responds to emergency situations as required.

Performs general building and grounds maintenance work as requested; maintains clean and orderly work areas.

Performs weed abatement duties related to public works projects and operations.

Performs routine inspection and safety checks on equipment; cleans, maintains and performs minor adjustments to equipment as necessary.

Maintains routine records of work performed.

Performs all work in compliance with department policies and procedures, standards of quality and safety, approved plans and specifications.

May work on call during evenings, weekends and holidays as scheduled.

Assists with special projects or assignments as required.


Knowledge of:

Modern principles, practices, techniques, equipment, materials and tools used in general construction and maintenance operations.

Safe and proper operation and maintenance of tools and equipment used in public works construction and maintenance operations.

General use and purpose of construction and maintenance materials.

Basic record-keeping techniques.

Ability to:

Read, learn, understand and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and standards.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Read and understand sketches, diagrams and blueprints.

Perform heavy manual labor work.

Safely operate assigned equipment and tools; work safely in heavy traffic or limited space conditions.

Read and write at a level required for successful job performance.

Maintain and prepare routine records.

Perform mathematical computations with accuracy.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the required duties.


One year of experience in street, storm drain and sewer system maintenance or general construction.


High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license and the ability to obtain a California Class “B” license within one year of employment date.


Work is regularly performed in field environment.  Incumbent drives on surface streets, operates heavy machinery on surface streets and construction sites; traverses uneven terrain on foot.  Worker may be exposed to traffic and construction hazards, fire hazards, electrical currents, air contaminants, adverse weather conditions, temperature and noise extremes, wetness, humidity, heights, confined spaces, fumes, dusts, odors, toxic or caustic chemicals, pathogens, solvents, grease / oil, vibration.


Requires the mobility and stamina to exert strenuous physical effort in a field environment. Requires the ability to operate vehicles and heavy equipment; walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach while performing field work; lift and/or move up to 25 pounds frequently and up to 100 pounds occasionally; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools and controls.  Tasks require visual and sound perception and discrimination, and oral communications ability.

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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