Maintenance Worker

City of Sunnyvale
Full Time $35 - $44 Per hour CA 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Tree Maintenance Division
Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity  

This position serves on a tree crew; prunes, sprays, feeds and fertilizes; stakes and otherwise cares for trees. This position climbs and prunes trees using rope and saddle and/or aerial lift equipment.
The City of Sunnyvale currently maintains a street tree inventory of over 38,000 street trees. The Maintenance Worker 2 – Tree Maintenance position is a fully trained/skilled tree climber position. The qualified candidate shall have at least six months experience similar to an ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist. This position serves on a tree crew, prunes, sprays, feeds, fertilizes, plants, stakes and otherwise cares for trees. This position climbs and trims trees using rope and saddle and/or aerial lift equipment. Successful candidates shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in tree climbing using standard arboricultural climbing equipment, i.e. rope and saddle, to pass probation of the Maintenance Worker 2 position.
Information on the certified tree worker climber can be obtained at the following link: 

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Under supervision, performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled assignments in the construction, maintenance and repair of City water, sewer, storm systems, and streets; and performs related work as required.


Maintenance Worker II is the fully trained working-level class in the service field operations series. Under supervision, incumbents perform a broad range of duties in the basic construction and maintenance trades as necessary for the specific division to which assigned. Incumbents generally work as a member of a crew, but may be given independent assignments and may, under direction, lead a small crew of trainees or temporary workers and assist with training. Incumbents may be subject to call-back for after hour emergencies. In the Water Distribution Division, the Water Distribution Worker classification is alternately staffed with the Maintenance Worker I/II classifications. Incumbents may advance to the higher-level Water Distribution Worker classification upon meeting the qualifications of that classification.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

In addition to the general duties listed below, the following duties are also performed in the Trees Section. As a member of a crew, incumbents participate in the following crew activities, independently performing certain tasks as assigned.
  • Serves on a tree crew; prunes, sprays, feeds, and fertilizes; stakes and otherwise cares for trees and shrubs.
  • Climbs and trims trees using rope and saddle and/or aerial lift equipment, removes brush, and uses brush clippers.
  • Operates light equipment such as chipper, root pruner, tree stumper, root cutter, chain and concrete saws, air compressors and jack hammers.
  • Removes dead or damaged trees and removes stumps with stump removing machines.
  • Prunes, feeds, fertilize, stakes, waters and otherwise care for trees.
  • Maintains chainsaws, pole saws, pole pruners, and small power tools.


  • Loads, unloads, and operates pick-ups and trucks to transport maintenance supplies and materials.
  • Places traffic control flags, signs, and cones to direct traffic around work sites; may direct traffic.
  • Uses general carpentry and mechanical hand tools such as brooms, rakes, shovels, ladders, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, saws, drills and wrenches.
  • Operates equipment such as air compressors, pneumatic hammers, power activated hammers, chain saws, concrete saws, pipe cutters, sprayers, compactors, forklifts, painting and spraying equipment and rollers.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair of hand and power tools.
  • Tactfully responds to questions and comments from the public.
  • Responsible for the safe operation of equipment and tools used.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • May prepare and keep written records and make material and equipment requests.
  • May, under direction and on an irregular basis, operate equipment such as backhoes, front-end loaders and trucks.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required in both the field and the office. The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 70 pounds, such as a jackhammer, is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including wet, heat, and cold. The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust chemicals, biohazard materials and air contaminants. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, work in confined spaces, drive motorized vehicles and work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

The base salary for this classification includes pay for potentially hazardous duties as listed in the essential job functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Maintenance Worker II

A high school diploma or GED equivalent, AND

Six months of experience performing duties comparable to those of the City's Maintenance Worker I classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Maintenance Worker I 

Some knowledge of: 

  • The proper use and care of common hand tools.

Ability to: 

  • Safely perform heavy manual labor.
  • Learn the operation of power tools and equipment and the performance of a variety of semi-skilled tasks.
  • Learn to safely handle toxic materials.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Work effectively as a member of a crew.
  • Act in a courteous and diplomatic manner with members of the public.

Willingness to:

  • Wear a uniform.


Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.

Maintenance Worker II

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working level as required for the Maintenance Worker I, plus the following: 

Working Knowledge of: 

  • The basic techniques, equipment and materials used in the maintenance of water systems, sewers, trees and/or streets, as required by the program to which assigned.
  • The safety procedures for operating equipment and power tools.

Ability to: 

  • Work effectively alone and as a member of a crew.
  • Locate utilities and understand Underground Service Alert (USA) procedures.
  • Willingness to perform on-call duty assignment and call-back work as required.


Trees Section: Completion of the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and possession of a valid California Class B driver's license is required within the probationary period.  Continued maintenance of a valid California Class B driver's license and a safe driving record is required through the duration of employment. 

Application and Selection Process

The application period closes on Monday, July 8, 2024 at 5:00pm (postmarks or faxes are not accepted).Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience, or skills relevant to this position in their application. Applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page at, and click on 'City Jobs'. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position.Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral examination process scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2024. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Those candidates that receive a passing score on the oral examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be invited to participate in a selection interview with the department tentatively scheduled for the week of July 29, 2024. 

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

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The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.