City of Des Moines Washington
  • 20-Sep-2017 to 19-Nov-2017 (PST)
  • Maintenance
  • Des Moines, WA, USA
  • Facilities MW I-II T-11 and T-15 ($21.51 to $30.58); Assistant Mechanic G-15 ($24.29 to $29.53)
  • Hourly
  • Regular Full-Time

The City provides an attractive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and long term disability insurance, Washington State PERS retirement, 401(a) Social Security replacement plan, 457 retirement plan contribution, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.


To Apply

Complete the City's online application and brief, multiple choice skills assessment on this webpage and attach your resume and a cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications for the position. 

Closing Date

Open until filled, with priority consideration for applications received by October 8. 

Nature of Work

Under the general supervision of the Public Works Superintendent, this position typically works 20 hours per week as Maintenance Worker in the Facilities Maintenance Division and 20 hours per week as the Assistant Mechanic.  Hours for each assignment are subject to variation depending on department need and available budget.

Maintenance Worker duties are manual skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the installation, repair and maintenance of streets, surface water drainage facilities, parks and recreation grounds, and/or City buildings and facilities. When performing Maintenance Worker duties, this position is primarily assigned to the Facilities Maintenance Division, but assists other divisions in the department as needed; receives lead direction from the Facilities Senior/Lead Maintenance Worker.

Assistant Mechanic duties are manual and skilled maintenance repair work related to the maintenance and upkeep of the City's motor pool inventory, facility, and equipment and other automotive mechanic duties as assigned; receives lead direction from the City Mechanic.

Essential Functions

   Maintenance Worker Duties

  • Maintains City buildings, structures and facilities by performing routine preventative maintenance; performing both interior and exterior general carpentry; and assisting in the maintenance and repair of heating, cooling, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lock systems.
  • Performs installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of City streets, storm drainage systems, parks, buildings, and other City structures and facilities as assigned.
  • Performs repair, maintenance, and construction of City streets and right-of-ways; repairs potholes and sidewalks; seals pavement cracks and performs patching; re-paints pavement markings and applies pavement buttons; spreads sand and removes snow; replaces and maintains street signs; installs traffic control signals and devices.
  • Performs repair, maintenance, and construction of storm drainage systems; locates storm drainage systems and ditches; inspects retention and detention facilities; installs and cleans catch basins and culvert pipes.
  • Performs routine repair, construction, and drainage maintenance; basic masonry, pavement and utility repair; assists in storm events and pollution event response emergencies.
  • Maintains City parks and recreation grounds; mows, edges, and applies pesticides and fertilizer to landscaped areas; maintains turf, trees, shrubs, athletic fields, and play equipment; installs, repairs and maintains irrigation systems; plants and maintains flower beds; rakes leaves, prunes and trims trees, and repairs fences as needed.
  • Utilizes proper safety precautions related to all work performed
  • Recognizes hazardous situations and/or materials; isolates area and denies entry to hazardous areas; notifies appropriate Hazmat and law enforcement agencies for handling.
  • Maintains traffic control systems; paints and stripes City streets, curbs, crosswalks and guardrails; installs permanent markers and reflectors along streets and highways.
  • Maintains inventory of traffic materials including signs, paint and sand.
  • Responds to emergency calls to remove traffic accident debris from City streets.
  • Constructs forms, pours and finishes concrete on curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and waterways; performs concrete repairs, patch work, brick, block walls, and associated masonry work.
  • Performs walk-through inspections of storm drains, ensures proper working order; makes repairs as necessary.
  • Assists other divisions with tasks as needed.
  • Provides assistance to other departments and special events as needed.
  • Removes and disposes of trash.
  • Operates departmental equipment, including but not limited to pickups, tractor mower, brush cutter, backhoe, boom truck, front-end loader, grader, roller, dump truck, tractor, chipper, chain saws, weed eaters and other handheld power tools.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and minor adjustments to equipment.
  • Organizes and assembles materials and equipment necessary for tasks.
  • Maintains accurate records and completes service requests.

   Assistant Mechanic Duties

  • Performs skilled maintenance and mechanical repair of vehicles and equipment including but not limited to light and heavy duty trucks, tractors, mowers and other types of power-driven equipment.
  • Inspects vehicles and equipment for repair.
  • Repairs, changes and balances tires as needed.
  • Performs tune-ups, lubrication, oil and filter changes on vehicles and equipment.
  • Replaces batteries, installs electrical components, and performs wire repair work.
  • Installs lights, safety equipment, computers and accessories on new vehicles, including police vehicles.
  • Performs job site repairs on vehicles and equipment as required.
  • Picks up and deliver parts and vehicles when required.
  • Tests and inspects completed work.
  • Tunes small engines and equipment.
  • Inspects vehicles for safety equipment.
  • Cleans and washes City vehicles.
  • Cleans and maintains repair shop by cleaning tools, equipment, floors, and work benches.
  • Performs minor welding and fabrication of parts.
  • Performs flagging duties as assigned.
  • Operates commercial vehicles in the course of mechanic duties and as assigned, including in cases of an emergency, in order to meet the needs of the City.

  Other Essential Duties

  • Reports back to work when called upon after normal hours as required for emergency work.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other City employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to being assigned to work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, equalize peak work periods, or balance the workload.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General knowledge of the methods, equipment and materials used in general maintenance and construction work.
  • Working knowledge of the equipment, tools, techniques and procedures used in the maintenance and repair of streets, storm drain systems, parks, landscaping, and facilities.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Ability to operate and repair a variety of equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Basic knowledge of equipment repair and maintenance skills.
  • Effectively apply the methods, operations and activities of street, storm drain, and park maintenance programs.
  • Knowledge of first aid and applicable general safety practices.
  • Familiarity with the operation of personal computers
  • Ability to drive in a safe manner with attention to defensive driving practices.
  • Ability to perform a variety of heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time under varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations.
  • Standard practices and techniques for maintenance and repair of automobiles, light and heavy trucks, and assorted ground maintenance and construction equipment.
  • Basic principles of gasoline and diesel engines.
  • Basic principles of hydraulic and electrical systems.
  • Basic engine and general repair methods.
  • Current fleet maintenance and repair methods, tools, and equipment.
  • Accurately repair mechanical failures.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, research, and determine proper and correct methods to complete maintenance repair objectives.
  • Ability to safely operate hand and machine tools.
  • Ability to read, write, understand, and speak English.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to accurately perform basic mathematical computations.

Maintenance Worker I Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Related experience in the maintenance of the buildings/facilities strongly preferred.
  • Vocational school or technical training in maintenance and repair or construction trade preferred.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background, criminal history, and driving record checks.
  • Possession of a good driving record, and ability to maintain throughout employment.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State driver's license;
  • Possession of a valid First Aid/CPR card, or obtain within three months of hire date, and ability to maintain throughout employment.
  • Possession of a current Washington State Department of Transportation Traffic Flagging Card, and ability to maintain throughout employment.
  • Park Division employees must maintain a current Commercial Pesticide Operator's License.
  • Because of the known effects of tobacco use, the City of Des Moines does not hire applicants who use tobacco products.

Maintenance Worker II Requirements

  • All of the above Maintenance Worker I requirements;
  • Three years' equivalent work experience in streets, surface water, facilities or park maintenance; and
  • Possession of a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
  • Pre-employment, random, and post-accident drug and alcohol testing are required for this position.
  • Current City employees in the Maintenance Worker I classification are generally advanced to the Maintenance Worker II classification after meeting the job requirements, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Related experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of the streets strongly preferred.
  • Vocational school or technical training in maintenance and repair or construction trade preferred.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Maintenance Worker I is the entry-level classification in the Maintenance Worker series. Incumbents perform maintenance, repair and construction duties of a routine nature under close supervision, working under immediate supervision while learning job tasks. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Maintenance Worker II by the performance of less than the full range of duties as assigned to the journey level classification. This classification is typically used as a training classification in that incumbents have only limited related work experience. Employees assigned to this classification are generally advanced to the Maintenance Worker II level upon meeting the requirements, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Maintenance Worker II is the journey level classification in the Maintenance Worker series and is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned with only minimal instruction or assistance, including the operation of commercial vehicles as assigned.  Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this classification may be flexibly staffed, and are generally filled by advancement from the Maintenance Worker I classification subject to satisfactory performance; however, depending on the assignment, openings may be filled by external applicants whose qualifications better meet the City's current needs.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

  • Essential functions require the ability to climb ladders, walk, kneel, crouch, reach consistently above the shoulders, and stand for long periods of time. Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform heavy physical work out of doors in all weather conditions and with exposure to potentially hazardous conditions, use varied hand and power tools, drive a motor vehicle and/or heavy construction equipment; lift and move materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds single-handedly, up to 90 pounds with assistance, and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio.
  • Must be available to work scheduled off-hours and emergency overtime as required. Must be willing to work out of doors in all weather conditions and with exposure to traffic and potentially hazardous conditions. Work is performed both outdoors and in a shop setting, exposing the employee to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; possible bodily injury from moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools or machinery, electrical shock, explosions, falling from high, exposed places, confined spaces, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals. The incumbent's working conditions are typically moderately quiet to loud.

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • The City of Des Moines is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and all qualified applicants, including all ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
  • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. In general, it is the responsibility of the applicant or employee with a disability to inform the employer that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment.

General Information

  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job classification, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or to balance the workload.
  • The physical abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The provisions of this job description do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice. 
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