Public Works Trainee

Recruitment #11-971010-01

The Position

Resource Management is recruiting for a regular full-time position.


The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill part-time and full-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.  

This is an entry level class learning a variety of maintenance tasks related to an assigned section of the Public Works Division within the Department of Resource Management.  Incumbents may be assigned to the Roads, Traffic Maintenance, or Flood Control sections. Under immediate supervision, performs a variety of maintenance tasks related to the assigned section of the Public Works Division within the Department of Resources Management; performs related duties as required.  

Examples of Duties

Depending on assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Assists in permanent patch, pot hole patch, culvert installation, chip seal, dust coat, blade patch, crack sealing, and pavement removal and replacement on various road projects; applies oils, aggregates and blacktop to roadways.

  • Clears brush, weeds, trees, debris from channels, channel roads, bridges or levees using power and manual equipment and herbicides; helps reconstruct damaged bridges, channel or levees and places rip rap.
  • Learns to install and repair road signs and sign posts at proper height and angle and regularly inspects all signs on an assigned route; washes all signs using a power washer as needed and maintains a traffic sign log book.
  • Completes training as a flag person.
  • Learns district boundaries and roads within it.
  • Learns to perform daily pre-op and post-op of equipment to which assigned.
  • Learns to use hand tools associated with various activities of road maintenance.
  • Cleans and picks up litter and debris in and around County right of ways and County roads.
  • Learns to perform routine maintenance, according to lube chart or operators manual, on equipment.

Education and Experience

  1. High school diploma or GED equivalent required.  AND
  2. Three (3) months work experience in construction trades required.

Special Requirements

  • Independent travel is required.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required.
  • Possession of a valid Class B California Driver’s License within three (3) months of employment.
  • Possession of a valid Class A California Driver’s License with an X endorsement (Hazardous Materials) within six (6) months of employment.
  • Incumbents of this class will demonstrate necessary knowledge and abilities to be promoted to the journey level within twelve (12) months of appointment.

Supplemental Information

  • Incumbents and candidates applying for positions in this class will be subject to, depending on job assignment, drug and alcohol testing as required under the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.  Testing includes post-accident and pre-employment, as well as random and reasonable suspicion testing as required by law.
  • Candidates for some positions in this class may be required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable policy.
  • Incumbents may be required to work outside normal business hours.
  • Incumbents in this classification will be flexibly promoted to the journey level Public Works Maintenance Worker upon the completion of one (1) year of satisfactory performance as a Public Works Trainee.

Selection Plan

11/18/2011 Qualifications Review
11/29/2011 Written Exam
12/12/2011 Performance Exam
12/21/2011 Establish List


SALARY POLICIESThe starting salary is ordinarily the first rate shown on the front of the announcement.  Salary advancement is authorized after satisfactory completion of additional periods outlined in the employee’s memoranda of understanding or the County’s Personnel and Salary Resolution.  Longevity, shift differential, bilingual, call-back and stand-by pay maybe available for some job classes. 

RETIREMENT - The County is a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), and benefits are coordinated with Social Security.  The County has reciprocity with all State CalPERS and County 1937 Act Retirement Systems agencies.  CalPERS retirement for miscellaneous employees is based on a formula of 2.7% @ 55.

HEALTH BENEFITS - Employees and their dependents are eligible for vision and dental insurance with 100% of the cost paid by the County of Solano.  The County also participates in a cafeteria medical plan administered by PERS HealthCare (eligibility is dependent upon job classification).

OTHER BENEFITS – Employees may also elect to participate in deferred compensation, credit union, life insurance, and flexible spending plan.  All County employees are eligible to purchase auto and/or home owners, renter insurance from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  An Employee Assistance Program is also provided.


EXTRA-HELP - Extra-help employees do not receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment.

Selection Process

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of a resume screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. Candidates will need to successfully pass a post-offer drug screening test prior to employment.  Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. These provisions are subject to change.

How to Apply

All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement, (ie. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, certificates, DD-214) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet and are due within five (5) days of the final filing date or within five (5) days from application submittal if the recruitment is Open & Continuous or Open until Filled.  Please visit the County of Solano website, to apply.  Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources, (707) 784-6170 open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Paper applications may be completed in person during office hours. EOE/AA

Veterans Preference Points

To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE, MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION.  Applicants who have a service connected disability must submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons.  Disability must be rated at least 10% to be eligible for disabled veteran's points. 

Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined grade.  Disabled veterans shall have 10 points added to their combined grade.  Veteran scores will only be added to passing scores. 

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need special testing arrangements, must contact the Solano County Department of Human Resources at (707)784-6170, to obtain a Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form.  This form must be received in the Human Resources Department within five (5) days from the final filing date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

Conditions of Employment

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All persons hired will be required to participate in the direct deposit program.



DRUG FREE WORKPLACE ACT – Depending on the applicant’s job class, prospective employees may be required to undergo a Urine Drug Test in accordance with the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Policy once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Solano County employees are subject to the provisions of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the California Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.


BACKGROUND PROCESS –The background process may include but not limited to conducting a reference check, completing a personal history statement, conducting a background interview, and live scan fingerprinting.  The County of Solano also utilizes e-Verify to verify employment eligibility. 


MEDICAL EXAMINATION - Prior to appointment, candidates may be required to pass a medical examination.  Candidates are encouraged not to quit or give notice to present employers until the medical examination has been completed and passed.


APPOINTMENT - At the time of appointment, all candidates will be required to execute an oath of allegiance to the United States and the State of California and may be fingerprinted.  Candidates will also be required to offer proof that they are a lawfully admitted alien or U.S. citizen.


EXAMINATION APPEALS – Applicants for Civil Service positions may appeal their disqualification in any phase of the examination process by submitting a written statement to the Director of Human Resources, within five (5) calendar days of the action.  Applicants must indicate the action being appealed, the specific basis for the appeal, and the remedy sought.


PROBATIONARY PERIOD - All new positions are required to successfully complete a minimum probationary period of 6 to 12 months, depending upon the job class.  A probationary period does not apply to "at will" positions.


DISASTER WORKERS - In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.



EXTRA-HELP – An employee appointed to an extra-help position must meet all the requirements of the corresponding regular position.  Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in the fiscal year.  Extra-help employees are excluded from civil service and do not have rights to regular or continued employment.


The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.