Lead Maintenance Technician (Streets & Parks)

City of Escondido | Escondido, CA

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Posted Date 1/16/2023

Salary: $55,997.95 - $68,065.86 Annually


If you want to join a hard-working team that shares a commitment to keep the City of Escondido safe, clean and efficiently run, consider a career with the City of Escondido. We have an opening for the position of Lead Maintenance Technician in our Public Works Department, in the Parks & Streets Divisions. For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City's website.

Under direction, leads, oversees, and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing a variety of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled duties in support of the assigned Department's operations and services including those involved in constructing, repairing, installing, maintaining, landscaping, and cleaning City parks, streets, city facilities, trees, and channel maintenance systems; ensures adherence to safe working practices and procedures; provides training to lower level personnel; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

This is a broad classification with individual positions assigned to specific functional areas; duties and assignments may overlap depending on the operational needs of the departments and staffing levels.

This is a journey level class in the Maintenance Technician series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing lead supervision to assigned staff, performing the more technical work of the unit, and providing administrative support to the assigned unit. Lead Maintenance Technicians differ from the Maintenance Technician I/II by having greater responsibility, autonomy, and discretion in planning and completing a wide variety of activities. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


Key Responsibilities


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

General Functions:
Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for performing a variety of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled duties in support of the assigned Department's operations and services including those involved in constructing, repairing, installing, maintaining, landscaping, and cleaning City parks, streets, city facilities, trees, and channel maintenance systems; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit including the more complex maintenance assignments as well as administrative support duties.

Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including construction, maintenance, and repair methods, procedures, and techniques.

Supervises the use, care, and operation of maintenance equipment including various heavy and light equipment including loaders, bobcats, dump trucks, lawn mowers, pruners, chain saws, sprayers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, chippers, shredders, power saws and hand tools.

Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Oversees and participates in the operation of a variety of construction and maintenance equipment and hand and small power tools including loaders, bobcats, dump trucks, lawn mowers, pruners, chain saws, drills, sprayers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, chippers, and shredders; maintains assigned equipment; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.

Drives and operates vehicles and other motorized equipment on City streets and at off-road construction sites; performs maintenance and minor repairs of assigned equipment.

Uses chemicals and other supplies as required.

Inspects and evaluates potential job sites to determine the resources necessary for project completion; estimates time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions materials as required.

Prepares and maintains records and reports of work performed; uses computer to access information and enter work reports and other data.

Reads, interprets and explains directions, construction sketches and equipment manuals.

Maintains and repairs City buildings and facilities including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, roofing, drywall, masonry or any combination of trades.

Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Utilizes proper safety precautions related to all work performed.

Performs vacation and temporary relief as necessary.

Performs related work as required.

Parks Maintenance Functions:
Prepares soil for planting and transplanting.

Plants, waters, cultivates, fertilizes, rakes, and cares for lawns and ground with hand tools and light power equipment.

Oversees and participates in chemical application duties; stores, mixes, and sprays herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides; ensures proper application of all materials; performs all duties in compliance with City and mandated health and safety rules and regulations.

Trims shrubs and hedges.

Mows lawns, fields or street medians.

Cleans and maintains rest rooms and park structures.

Assists in installation and repair of irrigation systems, fencing and lighting.

Sets up safety devices for trimming crew and may act as flag person.

Operates a variety of vehicles and equipment such as water trucks, riding lawn mowers, tanker trucks and large trailers.

Installs and repairs lawn sprinkler system, ball field fencing and pool facilities.

Lines out ball fields.

Operates a chipper, chain saw or tractor mower.

Checks chlorine and pH levels and maintains pools.

Street Maintenance Functions:
Patches streets and assists in paving streets and alleys.

Constructs and repairs curbs and gutters by excavating with pneumatic and hand tools, building forms, mixing, placing and finishing concrete.

Places traffic control and warning signs and monitors traffic flow.

Fabricates and installs street and traffic control signs.

Paints street lines, crosswalks, and curbs using spray tank, street striper and brush.

Places preformed plastic pavement markings and applies raised pavement markers.

Cleans, maintains and stores painting equipment.

Cleans storm drains, drainage ditches and culverts.

Operates street sweeper.

Performs tree trimming duties.

Tree Maintenance Functions:
Climbs trees using climbing equipment or works from bucket of an aerial lift truck boom to perform tree maintenance tasks, pruning, limb removal, or line clearing.

Directs the work of the immediate support crew in a safe and effective manner.

Operates all types of tree maintenance equipment such as aerial lift trucks, chainsaws, brush chippers, sprayers, stump grinders, or other tools and equipment.

Keeps records of work performed, including damage to property.

Assists in the training and supervision of lower level staff.

Maintains tree maintenance equipment.

Responds to inquiries from the general public regarding tree maintenance work and explains City tree policies.

Responds to emergency calls outside of normal work hours as required.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of assigned maintenance and repair program.
Methods, techniques, tools, equipment and materials utilized in assigned area.
General construction and maintenance procedures.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Safety principles and practices related to Maintenance and Operations projects and materials.
Proper procedures used in the maintenance and repair of power equipment, hand tools, and motorized equipment used in construction and maintenance.
Materials, methods, terminology, and tools used in the maintenance and repair of streets, storm drains, sidewalks, curbs, and related systems.
Materials, methods, terminology, and tools used in building maintenance and repair.
Landscape maintenance and construction materials, methods, terminology, and tools including principles used in the application of chemicals.
Safe use of hazardous chemicals.
Principles and practices of record keeping.
Principles and practices of customer service.
Effective leadership methods.
Building crafts and facility maintenance (for building maintenance assignment).
Basic carpentry, electrical and plumbing methods, tools, equipment and materials (for building maintenance assignment).
Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:
Lead, organize, train, review, and participate in the work of crews performing skilled and semi-skilled construction, repair, maintenance and/or landscape tasks.
Perform more difficult skilled tasks associated with the particular craft(s) required in assigned area.
Maintain and repair a variety of tools and equipment.
Follow oral instructions and read, interpret, follow and explain written instructions, construction sketches, maps, blue prints, and equipment manuals.
Give clear direction to work crews orally and in writing.
Operate required tools, equipment and vehicles in a manner consistent with safety principles.
Perform maintenance and minor repair of assigned equipment and report the need for more difficult mechanical repairs.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Maintain records including time and material use records.
Safely drive and skillfully operate power equipment and hand tools involved in maintenance, repair, and construction activities.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 


Minimum Requirements


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Supplemental specialized training in area of concentration is highly desirable. 

Three years (full-time equivalent) of increasingly responsible maintenance and repair experience in assigned program area.

License, Certificate or Other Requirements:
Incumbents must possess a valid Class "C" California driver's license at the time of application.  Designated positions require a Class "A" or Class "B" unrestricted commercial driver's license within six months of employment with the City. A Commercial driver's license with a tank endorsement is required of some positions.
Certified Tree Worker Certificate (ISA) and Certified Line Clearance certificate is required within twelve months of appointment of some positions.  ISA Arborist Certificate is required for some positions.
First Aid and CPR certificates within twelve months of appointment are highly desirable. 
Incumbents must be willing to work mandatory overtime when required; may be required to work nights, weekends and holidays as required in emergency situations.

Special Requirements:
Safety regulations prohibit incumbents from wearing contact lenses when working with certain chemicals. Incumbents in positions requiring use of a respirator are prohibited from wearing beards or other facial hair which prevents a proper respirator fit.


Supplemental Information


NOTE:  For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City's web site.  The City of Escondido is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  All applicants will be subject to fingerprint investigation before a conditional offer of employment is extended.  A pre-employment medical examination will be conducted following a conditional offer of employment for all positions. Safety sensitive positions will include a pre-employment drug screen.  Positions subject to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations will be subject to DOT pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing.



Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to appear for testing. All positions require the ability to read, write and speak English. Types of tests may include written and/or oral examination, physical agility, practical exam or other appropriate job-related selection process.  When testing is completed, candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list in the order of their test score. Selection for appointments is made from names certified on the eligibility list.

All appointments are subject to the successful completion of background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting, and will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States.  Qualification by a medical examination will be required at the time of appointment. After appointment, classified employees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period to be eligible for regular status.  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of their employment.  The City of Escondido participates in E-Verify®.

The Loyalty Oath will be administered to all new employees on their first day of hire.  New employees hired into positions that require a driver's license must provide proof of a valid California Driver's License of the appropriate class level on their first day of employment.

Additional information regarding the essential functions and physical, environmental and communication demands of the position may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. If you require reasonable accommodation in the testing process, such as an alternate means of testing, you must contact the Human Resources Department by the final filing date to complete a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form.  The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


Note: Pursuant to California Civil Code section 1786.53, the City of Escondido shall provide to all job candidates a copy of any records of arrest, indictment, conviction, civil judicial action, tax lien or outstanding judgment which was obtained in the course of conducting an evaluation for employment, assignment, and/or promotion. A copy of this information, if received by the City, will be given to candidates within seven days of the City's receipt.



Eligible individuals are those who meet the following criteria:

  • Served in the U.S. armed forces
  • Received an honorable discharge
  • Did not retire from military service
  • Seeking employment with the City of Escondido for the first time.

Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for veterans' preference. Proof of eligibility (copy of DD-214) must be submitted at time of application, or later if the promulgation of the eligibility list will not be delayed. Veterans' preference credit will only be applied to eligible applicants who attained a passing grade (total score exclusive of credit) on the final open examination.



The City of Escondido is a prominent agricultural, commercial hub and residential center of North San Diego County. Located a short 30-minute drive from the beach, the mountains or downtown San Diego, Escondido residents enjoy the pleasure of a rural lifestyle with all the benefits of suburban living. Escondido is a diverse, vibrant community with many amenities. The city offers attractive homes in a wide range of prices, two lakes, several parks, a sports center, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, a variety of art galleries, entertainment venues, and a state of the art hospital. Established in 1888, the city's rich past brings charm and stability to the community; yet integrated with Escondido's treasured heritage is a progressive future, bright and brimming with promise.


EOE The City of Escondido does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, sex, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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