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Maintenance Workers - City of Kenmore ( Job # 18-0009)

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Minimum Salary: $4,049.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,587.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works Maint
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Kenmore is seeking 4 maintenance workers to fill positions in an expanded public works team.

Under the direction of the Streets and Surface Water Maintenance Supervisor, each position is required to perform a variety of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled maintenance and repair tasks with in a specific area of the Public Works Department.  The position requires knowledge of landscape maintenance and operations, cleaning methods, procedures and techniques, and the ability to use hand tools, power tools, light duty vehicles and equipment. Because of the small number of City employees, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

The City has a team approach to its maintenance activities.  While this position is primarily active in Public Works maintenance, the city wide maintenance priorities will provide the opportunity to participate in Parks, Surface Water and Facilities Maintenance functions.  Starting pay is dependent upon qualifications and the City offers excellent employee benefits.

Essential Job Functions
  • Perform a variety of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the area of assignment.
  • Perform routine maintenance of City infrastructure including streets, surface water, parks, grounds and facilities as assigned; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Maintain landscaping, mow lawns, trim hedges, pick up trash, hand weed, line trim, dig ditches with hand tools, clear brush, weeds and removes debris; paint, apply pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals according to applicable guidelines. Clean and maintain park restrooms and other park facilities. Manage irrigation systems including programing, startup, winterizing, maintenance and repair.  
  • Use power and hand tools in work to maintain, repair and install street signs, shoulders, sidewalks, streets and drainage systems.  Operate power mowers, blowers, sweepers, edger’s, hedge trimmers, clippers, sprayers and other equipment or vehicles.  Maintain repairs and inspects for safety-all Street and drainage equipment, vehicles, trailers, and other maintenance equipment.
  • Treat ice and snow on sidewalks and walkways.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of equipment, hand and power tools; identify and report mechanical problems requiring additional repair. Operate dump, flatbed and light duty trucks, front-end-loaders and backhoes to perform any operation within the capacity of machine to accomplish the required work.
  • Utilize proper safety precautions in all work performed; recognize and report safety hazards, traffic problems, equipment problems and emergency situations. Complete work according to specific work orders. Complete required daily logs, timesheets and reports.
  • Respond to emergencies as directed.
  • Perform semi-skilled and general labor in plumbing, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, painting and concrete work.
  • Monitor street, land\scape and drainage facilities maintenance contracts to ensure compliance with city standards and approved contracts.
  • Pick up and deliver equipment, materials, parts and supplies as required.
  • Ensure regular, predictable and reliable attendance.
  • Courteously respond to complaints and inquiries. Provide a high level of customer service.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • General principals of street, storm water, sidewalk, sign and marking maintenance and construction, including installation and repair.
  • Applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Work hazards, safety procedures, and OSHA and WISHA regulations.
  • Materials, tools and equipment used in performing landscape maintenance.
  • Cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns, and ornamental plants such as plant identification, proper pruning techniques, transplanting plant material and applying chemicals.
  • Basic tools and equipment used in parks, streets, facilities and grounds maintenance.
  • Basic cleaning methods, procedures and techniques with knowledge of materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Proper use and storage of hazardous chemicals using in the workplace.


Ability to perform all the responsibilities and duties of the position including:

  • Planning and developing scopes of work for park volunteer projects; and working directly with volunteer groups.
  • Performing work using safe working methods and procedures including safe and efficient operation and maintenance of vehicles and equipment according to standard operation and safety procedures.
  • Identifying maintenance needs and mechanical problems and taking corrective action.
  • Serving in the on-call rotation and responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  • Working independently and using initiative within established procedural guidelines.
  • Interpreting technical manuals, instructions, blueprints, sketches, plans and diagrams, and analyzing complex variables.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands. To understand verbal and oral instructions.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and the public.
  • Operating backhoes, loaders, excavators, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, light-duty trucks. compressors, pneumatic tools, paint equipment, power tools, hand tools and other tools/equipment used in street, drainage, park and facilities maintenance.
  • Reading and understanding as-builts plans, maps, drawings and records for street, drainage, parks and facilities.
  • Keeping records accurately and neatly. Preparing clear and concise reports as requested.
  • Operating a personal computer for word processing and email, specifically Microsoft Office software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Providing excellent customer service to Kenmore citizens.
Work Environment and Physical Demands

Duties are performed in both indoor and outdoor work environments at construction sites, facilities, right of ways, streets and parks which will require exposure to varying weather and terrain conditions, noise, dust, mud, moving vehicles or machines, chemical cleaning agents and toxic odors.


  • Outside work requires operation of motorized vehicle to perform work.
  • Must perform a variety of semi- skilled building and grounds maintenance tasks.
  • Position will be subject to callback during emergencies on a 24-hour basis and may be required to work occasional evenings, weekends, or holidays during special events.
  • Coverage responsibilities will require an alternate work week schedule to coincide with work schedules and seasonal requirements.
  • Requires hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  • Requires dexterity of hand and finger movement to operation keyboard and drafting materials; visual acuity at 20 inches or less; and hearing acuity for speech discrimination.
  • Standing or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to talk, receive and understand written and oral communication and give written and oral instruction
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work from heights.
  • Must be able to bend at the waist, kneel and crouch.
  • Must have the physical ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs and carry objects with both hands and arms.
  • Must be able to perform moderately medium to heavy manual activities.
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, elected officials and the general public.
  • This position also requires the ability to occasionally calculate mathematics problems. 
Education and Experience

Any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities, required to perform the job.  Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. and have at least two years’ experience as a Public Works maintenance worker, general landscape or construction experience, or closely related maintenance experience. 

Licenses and Certificates

A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class B is required or must be obtained within the first six months of employment.

Possession of a state flagging card within six (6) months of employment is required. 

Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s license by date of hire and must have and maintain a good driving record by city standards.

The ability to obtain and maintain a current First Aid/CPR card will be an on-going requirement.


Successful candidates will be subject to a post-offer, pre-employment background check, physical examination and functional assessment tests, as well as ongoing drug and alcohol tests (during employment) and be required to comply with State and Federal Drug & Alcohol requirements for CDLs throughout employment with the City.


City of Kenmore
18120 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028