Public Works Crew Leader

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About City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 38,000 makes us the 4th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  •  Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to our Benefits page for more information.

Position Purpose:
Do you enjoy the coordination and oversight of crews working outdoors, creating and maintaining landscaping, and keeping park and playground facilities clean and ready for use?  If you do, apply today to join the City of Lake Stevens Public Works crew!  

Under the general supervision of the Public Works Field Supervisor (Streets or Storm), the incumbent will be assigned to one of following assigned areas: Maintenance of streets or storm water collection. This position works in the field organizing, coordinating and leading the work of maintenance individuals and crews performing varied manual work and equipment operations to maintain storm water facilities, streets, equipment maintenance, fleet, public buildings, and other facilities of the City within their assigned area of responsibility.

This position will be assigned a schedule working 4 days per week, 10 hours per day. 


Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • If assigned to maintenance of streets/facilities: Coordinates the assignments and tasks of public works employees in grading, surface treatment, graveling, sweeping/cleaning, striping, winter sanding, facility maintenance and other related work of public streets.
  • If assigned to storm water collection: Coordinates the assignments and tasks of assigned public works employees in cleaning, maintaining, repairing, infrastructure installation, and other related work of public storm water facilities.
  • Provides on-site oversight to subordinate employees as required; inspects work in progress and upon completion to ensure compliance with work orders, plans and specifications.
  • Performs operations, maintenance, repairs, and construction duties using hand and power tools and equipment; works as part of a team with the public works workers in a variety of projects.
  • Assures that permanent and temporary traffic control devices are properly installed and maintained per the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices guidelines.
  • Assists the Public Works Field Supervisor in the development of work programs and work schedules of on-going programs and projects; ensures that programs and projects are completed on schedule.
  • Monitors assigned public works employees’ performance and provides feedback to the Public Works Field Supervisor regarding performance .
  • Troubleshoots and analyzes problems related to city’s facilities and assists in determining corrective actions.
  • Serves as an on-call employee in after normal work hours and in emergency situations requiring public works attention.
  • Enforces safety rules and regulations.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.


  • Perform the duties of subordinate personnel as needed or assigned by Public Works chain of command.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Please see the job description for position specific physical requirements and typical working conditions. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described in the attached form are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.

The work is performed outdoors in all types of weather. The employee is exposed to a variety of potential hazards associated with working near or in traffic, and  around road and park construction and maintenance equipment. Employees may be required to work evenings, weekends or holidays and are subject to call out at any time for emergency conditions.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Education:     High School diploma or equivalent is required;

Experience:   Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in streets or utilities maintenance and/or construction, to include knowledge and use of power tools and heavy equipment; one (1) year experience of effective leadership skills with the city is preferred;

Or:  Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of:

  • The operational characteristics of equipment in the area of assignment.
  • Operations, services and activities of assigned public works maintenance and repair program.
  • Methods and techniques used in the construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, signs, storm drains, parkways, municipal buildings, and other public works systems and facilities.
  • Function, usage, and operating characteristics of a variety of vehicles, equipment, power tools and hand tools used in public works maintenance and repair including motorized, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment.
  • Procedures and techniques used in concrete and asphalt work.
  • Traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved in CDL truck and equipment operation.
  • Properties of backfill materials, construction materials, concrete, asphalt, hot patch, cold patch, oils, paints, and a variety of other materials used in maintenance work.
  • Practices and procedures of traffic control.
  • Confined space entry.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local codes, laws, and regulations.
  • General staff management practices.
  • General computer skills and applications.
  • Data analysis including report generation, time and cost tracking, and research.

Ability to:

  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, design standards and regulatory guidelines, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak coherently before groups of customers or employees of the City.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations such as cost estimates, discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentage, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of power tools and heavy equipment including a jack hammer, walk behind and riding compactor, chain saw, road grader, street sweeper, dump trucks, “Vactor” type trucks, and other associated power tools and equipment.
  • Perform general roadway, storm water, and building facility maintenance repair and maintenance tasks without detailed instructions.
  • Work effectively with other city employees.


  • Washington State driver license with Class A Commercial Driver License endorsement without airbrakes restriction and with tanker endorsements.
  • First-Aid and CPR Certification is required.
  • Traffic Flagging Certification is required.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community. If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know. Please contact Human Resources at (425) 622-9400, ten (10) days in advance to allow time for us to make proper arrangements.  You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258; or email to

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