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Maintenance Crew Leader

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: G-67
Respirator Class: 2


Direct the work of a crew and participate in the construction, repairing, cleaning, and inspection of the sewer collection system, potable and recycled water distribution systems for Collection System Operations or routine maintenance duties for the Buildings and Grounds Section; perform administrative duties as assigned such as daily reporting and monthly inventories; regularly assist in the training of Maintenance Crew Members or Utility Workers in equipment operations, departmental procedures, and safety practices.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is an advanced journey level class in the Maintenance Crew series. Positions in this class are distinguished from Maintenance Crew Member II positions in that they regularly lead a field crew and are responsible for the work of assigned crew members. The Maintenance Crew Leaders regularly perform the most technically difficult tasks and are responsible for safety in the work practices of assigned crews.

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Maintenance Crew Leader will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from a Maintenance Supervisor or Building and Grounds Supervisor. May act as Maintenance Supervisor or Building and Grounds Supervisor in the supervisor's absence. When assigned to the Building and Grounds Section, serve as assistant to the Building and Grounds Supervisor.
  • Exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level Maintenance Crew Members, Construction Equipment Operators or Utility Worker positions.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Receive assignments; plan and direct the work of and be responsible for a field crew; coordinate work activities with others; assist in the evaluation of crew members.
  • Lead and assist crews engaged in sewer line and structure repair, replacement, construction, cleaning, and inspection work; in the operation, maintenance, and repair of a potable and/or recycled water distribution system, or in building and grounds maintenance.
  • Operate or have a thorough knowledge of various items of equipment used in sewer and potable and/or reclaimed water distribution system construction, repair, cleaning, and inspection, or in building and grounds maintenance.
  • Assess crew member training requirements and train others in crew member duties including safe work methods to conform with Cal/OSHA regulations and applicable regulatory standards.
  • Be responsible for adherence to rules, procedures, work methods, and safety orders, and Cal/OSHA standards.
  • Minimize public and employee safety hazards by conforming to required codes.
  • Assure that tools and equipment required are available and taken to the job site.
  • Calibrate, bump test, and operate air-monitoring devices.
  • Be responsible for the upkeep of tools and equipment assigned to the crew(s).
  • Depending on assignment, work with chemicals in the process of lining sewer pipes.
  • Depending on assignment, work in areas with the potential to contain biohazards.
  • If assigned to Collection System Operations, check on complaints, meet with the public and representatives of other agencies regarding sewer maintenance problems. 
  • Prepare and submit daily work reports; make oral and written reports as required.
  • Serve as competent person during projects involving underground excavation.
  • Make operating adjustments, minor repairs, and modifications to equipment.
  • Serve as a qualified locator of subsurface installations in compliance with Cal/OSHA safety requirements.
  • Assist with environmental clean up; mitigate damage.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Depending on assignment, knowledge of tools, equipment, and methods used in sewer construction and potable and reclaimed water distribution systems, repairing, cleaning, and inspection work, or used in building and grounds maintenance.
  • Purpose and uses of a variety of heavy and light equipment, power tools, and hand tools.
  • Basic supervisory communication techniques and skills.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • Underground Service Alert procedures, reports and requirements.

Ability to:

  • Continuously analyze set up and safety of job site, identify potential problems, know and understand job duties, observe workers performing duties and verify quality and content of work, interpret department policy and procedures in the field. Intermittently explain policy and procedures to the public, and problem solve traffic and other problems.
  • Sit to drive or ride in vehicle for long periods of time on a continuous basis; stand and walk over a variety of terrain at job sites for long periods of time. Intermittently sit while operating heavy equipment; bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, and twist while getting in and out of trenches, in confined spaces, and working in sewage; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, and pulling; fine manipulation; use feet to operate foot controls; lift or carry weight of 100 pounds or more; hear traffic noise; and observe oncoming traffic for safety. May be required to communicate via radio/cellular phone and hear radio dispatch signal.
  • Depending on assignment, direct and perform a variety of skilled work in constructing, repairing, cleaning, and inspecting sewer lines and structures, or in building and grounds maintenance.
  • Depending on assignment, operate a variety of power-driven construction equipment, sewer cleaning machines, locating equipment, and closed circuit television inspection systems, or operate other construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Read maps, plans, diagrams, sketches and blueprints.
  • Plan and direct the work of others.
  • Maintain work records; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Use computer to retrieve information, enter data, order materials and supplies.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including the ability to interact effectively and courteously with the public.
  • Work with GDI mapping system and input finished work orders into the sewer maintenance management system.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the
  • District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work outdoors in a variety of weather, terrain, and undergrowth conditions, with or around environmental hazards and blood- and water-borne pathogens.
  • Work shift, on-call, weekends, and holidays as assigned, and as disaster-response workers as needed, in accordance with state and local statutes.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to enter confined space and/or respond in an emergency. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform confined space entry and emergency response duties in protective clothing and equipment including S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds. In the Buildings and Grounds assignment, must be able to wear respiratory protection device for regular work duties for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Four years of experience in construction and maintenance work including at least two years comparable to that of a Maintenance Crew Member II in the District.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

If assigned to Buildings and Grounds:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

If assigned to Collection System Operations:

  • Possession of a valid California Class A Driver's License. Must meet all written, physical, testing, and notification requirements established by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Newly hired or promoted employees must meet this requirement prior to successful completion of probationary status.
  • Possession of valid special endorsement to Class A California Driver's License to operate heavy trucks with manual transmissions, air brakes and bulk liquid loads, as required.
  • Possession of a Grade II Collection System Maintenance Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association Technical Certification Program, or must obtain the certificate within the probationary period. 
  • Successful completion of an approved course as a California Competent Person during the probationary period.
  • Successful completion of Cal/OSHA flagger/traffic control certification course.
  • Successful completion of Cal/OSHA subsurface utility line locator certification course.

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