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Pay Range 292


These classifications, as a regular and recurring part of the job, lead employees in the day-to-day accomplishment of work within an operations and maintenance district, bridge maintenance, special projects, surfacing, solid waste or traffic safety section of the operations and maintenance division of public works department. Leadworkers perform the same work that is done by the group led and serve as supervisor in the absence of supervisor.

The Leadworker 2 is distinguished by the performance of more independent or complex duties required by leading workers in multiple operations and locations or leading a function with considerable regulatory complexity or liability to the County; reports to an O&M supervisor 2.


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

1. Assist supervisor in planning the work schedule; distribute the day-to-day workload among employees; maintain in touch with the progress of work and make adjustments to assure timely completion of assigned work projects. Give on-the-job training and instruction in accordance to established procedures and practices.

2. Operate equipment including: light and heavy road maintenance equipment, paving and patching equipment, bridge paint equipment, solid waste trucks and equipment, herbicide trucks and spray equipment.

3. Perform repair on district or section equipment; includes welding, minor maintenance and servicing, etc. Inspect equipment for safety.

4. Maintain records on district or section equipment, inventories, work projects, materials, etc.

5. Represent the department to the public; answer questions and solve minor problems.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of equipment, materials, practices and procedures used in road maintenance and construction, chipseal surfacing, wooden, steel and concrete bridge maintenance, solid waste operations and maintenance and skill in using the equipment; considerable knowledge of safety procedures; considerable knowledge of chemicals used in weed and brush control and types of weed problems; reasonable knowledge of laws, rules and regulations pertaining to solid waste disposal. Skill in: Performing maintenance on equipment and materials; safe operation of vehicles, equipment and tools used in area of responsibility. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; lead and motivate support staff and assure work performed within safety procedures; estimate time and materials and manage time efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; maintain accurate records; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Three years progressively responsible work experience in operation and maintenance of equipment used in an operations and maintenance district, road construction, chipseal surfacing, bridge maintenance section, solid waste operation or vegetation control that includes some project management or leadworker experience. At time of appointment must possess valid Oregon commercial driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: For vegetation position, at time of appointment must possess appropriate Oregon Department of Agriculture applicator license.


This classification works with supervision from an O&M supervisor 1 or 2. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, and ordinances; work zone traffic controls, personnel rules and bargaining union contracts. Employee follows established guidelines and refers to supervisor in emergency or unusual situations.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed at various sites throughout the County: maintenance districts, bridges, landfill and transfer sites, and roads. Physical demands include bending, climbing on rough terrain, crawling, hearing alarms and voice conversations, gripping with hands, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, pulling, pushing, standing, walking and working with hazardous chemicals and materials. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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