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Douglas County  6650
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Pay Range GC16

INTRODUCTION This classification is the second within a four-level series and, as a regular and recurring responsibility, assigns work to and directs correction inmates in building and grounds maintenance of county buildings; participate in work performed by inmates.  Technician performs electrical work requiring electrician license.   This level is distinguished by the regular and recurring responsibility of assigning and directing work of correction inmates; perform electrical work within licensure; assume responsibility for work performed by inmate crew.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.  Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Assume responsibility for assigning and directing work of a crew of county correction facility inmates to maintain county buildings, grounds, parking areas; coordinate crew with other department staff and programs.  Assess needs and participate in department long-range facility maintenance planning. 

2. Participate in work performed by inmates which includes a variety of grounds keeping and landscaping duties, such as:  water, plant, cultivate, mow, edge, fertilize, rake, spray, and prune plants; maintain irrigation systems.  Maintain records regarding chemical applications, pruning, planting, etc.  Order and/or purchase materials and supplies through vendors.  Arrange with county departments for signing and striping of parking areas.

3. Perform electrical repairs on lighting systems, HVAC systems, motors, controls, jail appliances.  Troubleshoot electrical problems using schematics, blue prints and electrical tools. Analyze circuits and equipment.

4. Install new electrical systems and equipment.

5. Participate in corrective and preventative maintenance duties of other department maintenance staff.  Perform corrective and preventative maintenance to county buildings and related property; such as:  repair and maintain plumbing systems and fixtures, water and drainage lines; paint interior and exterior walls; repair windows, doors and hardware; repair roof and drain system; repair office equipment, kitchen and laundry appliances; wash outside walls and windows.

6. Operate hand power tools; perform basic maintenance and repair to equipment.

7. Oversee contractors performing work on county facilities and grounds.

8. Serve as department safety representative assuring training and compliance of staff to OSHA standards; represents department on County central safety committee.

9. Establish and maintain records on department vehicles and equipment; schedule vehicles for preventative maintenance servicing with fleet services; assure clean and usable condition.

10. On a regularly scheduled basis, participate in morning opening or evening closing of buildings and facilities and an on-call status for emergencies.


Knowledge of:  Considerable knowledge of grounds maintenance and irrigation systems methods, practices, equipment, chemicals and materials; considerable knowledge of electrical systems, troubleshooting and repair within licensure criteria; considerable knowledge of building construction, mechanical and plumbing methods, principles, practices, equipment, materials as applied to corrective and preventative building maintenance; considerable knowledge of National Electrical Codes and OSHA standards that relate to department operations; basic knowledge of Oregon Specialty Codes that govern building construction, mechanical and plumbing; basic knowledge of operation, maintenance, and minor repair of hand power tools and equipment. Skill in:  Safe operation of power tools and equipment. Ability to:  Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; read blueprints and penciled layout sketches; assign work to and direct crews of correction facility inmates; interpret and comply with written and oral instructions; estimate time and materials for individual projects and manage time efficiently; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; establish and maintain records and reports; meet and deal effectively with other employees, inmates, vendors, contractors, facility users and the public.

Education, experience and training:  Four years progressively responsible work experience in grounds keeping which includes directing work of support staff OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.  At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Electrical limited maintenance (LME) license desirable; journeyman plant manufacturing (manufacturing journeyman) license preferred.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OVER THIS POSITION Work is performed under the general direction of the building facility supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience.  The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation.  Employee estimates and manages time efficiently.  Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to building facility policy and procedures 


Work is performed within building facility policy and procedures; horticultural and chemical application reference materials, equipment manuals, National Electrical Specialty Code, OSHA regulations.  Employee uses judgment in interpreting established policies, goals and objectives which may deviate from traditional methods and practices and in determining appropriate guideline and procedure.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  This work involves bending, climbing ladders, color identification, crawling, gripping with hands, hearing alarms and voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 80 pounds, operating power tools, pulling, pushing, reaching, stooping and walking.  Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts, with common exposure to chemicals and sometime adverse weather conditions.  Employees may share common exposure to communicable disease. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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