is now accepting applications for
the position of

Maintenance Worker

Salary: $12.91 per hour (step 1)

Opening: There is one position with the Yakima County Public Services Department, Solid Waste Division. Performs routine maintenance activities including the operation of maintenance and vehicle equipment and maintains the Solid Waste facilities grounds in safe and orderly condition. This recruitment may be used to fill other Maintenance Worker positions within 90 days of the closing of this recruitment.

Essential Job Functions:

Performs a variety of routine activities in maintaining County buildings and facilities including clearing brush piles, picking up litter, performing basic sprinkler, fence and other repair; and shoveling snow. Performs other ground maintenance activities including mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, and pruning trees; May check components of waste processing systems under strict guidelines and procedures.

Operates equipment such as a pick-up truck. Performs daily pre-start vehicle inspection, operational checks and maintenance activities, reports repairs as needed.

Disposes of waste in a safe and appropriate manner; assesses waste category of materials to be disposed; places waste in appropriate containers for recycling; informs the public regarding proper recycling disposal areas.

Provides assistance and customer service to system users including explaining program rules and regulations, opening and/or closing facilities, and directing traffic.

Other Job Functions:

Other duties as assigned such as cleaning the recycling center or preparing chemical solutions under direction and safety guidelines.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Work is performed primarily outdoors for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions. Requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing mobility, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Rated as heavy work - exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. May have to deal with potential hazardous material at the landfill or transfer station.

Equipment Operated:

Forklift, weed-eater, two-way radio or other means of communication, hand and power tools, vehicles, pumps etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of: (Upon entry)
Facilities and grounds maintenance procedures, equipment, materials and techniques; Work planning and time management techniques. Maintenance safety precautions; Basic mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building repair techniques and equipment; and Customer service techniques.

Skills (and abilities) in: (Upon entry)
Performing routine facility maintenance and grounds keeping activities using hand and power tools, Operating vehicles requiring less than a commercial driver’s license; Directing traffic and using two-way radios; Applying customer service and personal safety methods and techniques; Calculating measurements; Organizing and planning daily work; Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction; and Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public.

Experience & Training: High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and one year facility maintenance experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Required: Washington State Driver’s License at time of appointment.

Preferred: Work in a solid waste, recycling, hazardous waste or facilities maintenance environment. Certified Flagger, Certified Forklift Operator, and 24 Hour Hazardous Waste Training.

This is a Teamster’s Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

Selection Procedure:
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form. For further information and application forms, contact:

128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27

Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Yakima County is a qualified Public Service entity for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service or contact your federal loan servicer.

If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.yakimacounty.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Job: 7111
PCN: 401-42