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Maintenance Worker – Utilities Team (9-Month Seasonal) - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 20-0005)

Minimum Salary: $18.00 per hour
Maximum Salary: $24.00 per hour
Employment Type: Seasonal
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


To provide assistance in maintaining the grounds associated with the responsible areas of the City’s Utility Team. This includes right-of way areas surrounding fire hydrants, the water reservoir and pump stations. May also perform other Maintenance duties as assigned.  Some holiday and weekend work is required.

9-month Full-time, Seasonal position available February - October 31, 2020

APPROX. HOURS: 40 hours per week, and have varying hours.  This position will require weekend and some holiday work. 

# of Positions:  Two positions available 
SALARY: $18.00 - $24.00 per hour (DOE) + Limited Benefits

Essential Job Functions

• Valid Washington State Traffic control Flagging Certification required upon application submittal to perform flagging duties for roadway maintenance.
• Strong ability to read and interpret utility system maps.
• Strong ability to read and interpret roadway maps for Mercer Island.
• Clean and paint fire hydrants.
• Perform weeding, general clean-up, brushing, mowing, edging, weed eating and ivy removal in the right-of-ways, landscaped areas, and other City properties.
• Able to work well with others, stay on task, and take direction from Team Leads and Supervisors.
• Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
• Ability to drive a city vehicle; have a good driving record and current and valid Washington State driver’s license.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements
  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Record of excellent work or school attendance.
  • Ability to read maps for utilities and roadways.
  • Current Washington State Traffic Control Flagging Certification and 1 year experience preferred.
  • Ability to work outdoors during all types of weather conditions.
  • Good verbal communication skills in the English language (listening, giving feedback and speaking up) as well as effective interpersonal and customer relation skills are essential in a team environment.  Basic writing skills are required, along with the ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications desired.
  • Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing, using safety equipment, and follow good housekeeping and safety procedures.
  • Must provide own steel-toed boots. 
  • Current and valid WA Driver's license and good driving record.  (Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required).
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Tools and Equipment

Various types of tools and equipment are used including:  push mowers, weed eaters, power hedgers, edgers, pruners, hand shears, hand saws, shovels, brooms, hand tools, ladders, leaf blowers, fertilizer spreaders, pressure washers, chainsaws and traffic control devices.  Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Seasonal employees risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and other underground utilities.  Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases and odors is routine.
Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform heavy manual labor under all kinds of weather conditions.  Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking and the ability to lift 50-100 pounds as required. Seasonal employees must be able to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to their own safety, as well as that of fellow employees.
Seasonal employees must follow appropriate safety procedures and use of protective clothing and equipment including, steel-toed shoes and boots, hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves, traffic control equipment.
Maintenance teams operate in a smoke and drug free work environment for their health, safety and productivity, as well as that of their customers.


Public Works Shop
9601 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040