Chipper Program Maintenance Worker I - Extra-Help

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on April 30, 2022
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Help prevent future fires. Join Permit Sonoma's Curbside Chipper Program as a Maintenance Worker I - Extra-Help! Multiple positions are available. Starting salary up to $26.16/hour* depending upon experience.

Do you have?

  • A current, valid Class C or higher driver's license
  • Construction and maintenance experience
  • Experience operating chipping machines, chain saws, and/or brush and tree trimming tools
  • The training, knowledge, and abilities needed to safely operate light machines and power tools
If you answered, "Yes" to these statements, apply to become our next Chipper Program Maintenance Worker!

At Permit Sonoma, we offer a rewarding work environment and the satisfaction of knowing that you're working to better the community. As a Chipper Program Maintenance Worker in the Fire Prevention Division, you will support Sonoma County residents in making their property more wildfire resilient. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Scheduling chipping services, and towing chipper machines to project locations
  • Documenting and photographing vegetation before and after chipping
  • Completing daily time, work orders/requests, and material logs
  • Maintaining chipper program vehicles and equipment
  • Training, and providing direction to, other work crew members on how to safely operate chipping equipment as well as hand-held and power tools

Please visit Permit Sonoma's website to learn more about our County's Curbside Chipper Program.

Working Conditions: Maintenance Worker duties require sitting, standing, walking on level, slopes, and slippery surfaces at various heights, reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping, crawling, squatting, crouching, and grasping. They also require the need to lift, carry, and push equipment, materials, and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds. Incumbents are required to be available for after-hours emergency response; work in close proximity to moving traffic; and work in all weather conditions, including rain, cold, heat, fumes, dust, and other air contaminants which may cause eye and skin irritation. The nature of the work also requires incumbents to handle noise-producing tools and equipment and drive County vehicles.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill multiple temporary, extra-help Maintenance Worker positions. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. The Civil Service title of this position is Maintenance Worker I. *Salary is negotiable within the established range.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally this would include: Some experience in road construction or maintenance work that includes the use of light mechanical machines, hand tools, and in performing heavy physical labor.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of: basic construction materials; safety practices and tools commonly used in construction and maintenance; and preventive maintenance and safe operations of trucks, light construction equipment, machines and power tools.

Ability to: perform a variety of semiskilled manual maintenance and construction tasks for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions; safely operate light motorized machines and power tools; understand and follow oral and written instructions; follow basic safety policies and procedures; accurately complete simple report forms; work effectively with others; read and write English at a level appropriate for successful job performance; perform basic arithmetic calculations; and demonstrate physical strength, endurance, and mechanical aptitude.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.