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Job Description



Under close supervision as a learner, cleans and maintains the Authority's grounds, resident units, and office buildings; and does other related work as required.


Cleans and maintains the Authority's grounds, yard areas, resident units, and office buildings; prunes and trims trees and shrubs; mows lawns, cuts grass, and trims hedges; plants trees and shrubs; re-seeds lawns; operates power lawnmower, hedge-clippers, power or hand-saw and hand-clippers; makes minor adjustments and repairs on normally used equipment; boards and un-boards windows; does yard work and fence repair work; repairs sprinklers; picks up paper and debris; removes large cast-off items dumped in garbage areas; cleans and keeps garbage chutes clear; may use non-restricted chemicals in vacant units and utility/community areas; cleans and scours sinks, showers, toilets, and stoves; cleans and scrubs walls and floors in halls and in other areas; cleans windows in vacant units and office areas; cleans all Authority office areas; cleans passage ways and community areas at housing sites; vacuums, dusts, and empties trash; drives trucks in picking up furniture or debris; loads and unloads trucks; maintains simple job records; works inside and outside and is subject to inclement weather.


Performs other related work as required.


One year of demonstrated successful work experience, and possession of a valid California's driver's license and have and maintain an insurable driving record.

Equivalent combinations of education, training and experience will be considered.


KNOWLEDGE OF: the special problems of low-income and minority populations.

ABILITY TO: perform work that requires physical strength and agility, including ability to stand and walk for up to six hours, push or pull for up to four hours, lift and carry up to 100 pounds, and other abilities as specified in the State of California Division of Industrial Accidents form RB-91 for this classification; also ability to learn rapidly and follow oral instructions; to learn to operate mechanical equipment; to learn to make adjustments and minor repairs on normally used equipment; and to maintain simple job records.

BILINGUAL SKILLS: Candidates with bilingual skills Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and/or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please complete an employment application online at www.oakha.org. Applications will not be accepted after 4:30pm on Thursday, June 6, 2019. To be considered for this position you must submit a DMV printout dated June 28, 2019 or later to the Oakland Housing Authority, HR Department, 1619 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612. DMV printouts may be attached to your online application or submitted via U.S. Main or in person.


Thank you for your interest in employment at the Oakland Housing Authority.

To apply for this position, applicants must complete and submit an online application at www.oakha.org by the

date indicated; a current, detailed resume may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed

employment application.

All applications and resumes will be carefully screened. Those applicants whose education and experience most closely

match the requirements of the position will be invited to compete in the examination process. Candidates who compete

successfully in this examination will have their names placed on a List of Qualifiers. An appointment will be made from

the List. For some positions, an experience/training rating and/or written evaluation of candidates will be used in lieu of

the oral examination. The names of the highest-ranking candidates will be placed on the List of Qualifiers, and the final

selection will be made from this List. College degrees or units required for the position will be verified prior to final

appointment. If this information cannot be verified for a candidate, the candidate's name will not be placed on the List of

Qualifiers. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Executive Director.

All prospective employees must pass a physical examination and drug screening by an Authority-designated physician.

A pre-employment criminal history background check will also be conducted for all positions. For positions requiring use

of an Authority vehicle, candidates' driving records will be checked prior to appointment. To be eligible for appointment,

each candidate must possess a valid California Class C driver's license and a driving record acceptable to the Authority's

insurer. All prospective employees must also provide proof of American citizenship, or legal resident status and the legal

right to work in the United States.

Prior to becoming permanent, new employees must successfully pass a probationary period.


Employees of the Authority enjoy a competitive fringe benefit program.

SICK LEAVE is accrued at the rate of one day per month.

VACATION LEAVE for new employees is accrued at the rate of 10 days each year. There are also fourteen (14) paid

holidays each year.

RETIREMENT - The Authority is a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). The Authority also

participates in Social Security.


GROUP LIFE INSURANCE is fully paid by the Authority.

Management, supervisory, professional and confidential employees are also entitled to a management benefit package

allowance and five days of administrative leave per year.


The Oakland Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual

orientation, religion, age, veteran's status or disability in the employment or the provision of services.

In compliance with the federal, state and local disability laws, the Oakland Housing Authority will provide equal

employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to disability. The Authority is committed to making

reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Individuals requesting

reasonable accommodation in the examination process must do so no later than five (5) working days after the point of

invitation by the Authority to an examination, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodation for this

selection process. The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to

accommodate disabled applicants. Applicants with special needs, please call (510) 874-1575 (voice); (510) 832-7331



  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.
  • Water lawns, trees, or plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • ClericalKnowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Economics and AccountingKnowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Sales and MarketingKnowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Paid HolidaysHealth InsuranceSick Days
Dental InsuranceVacation & Paid Time Off
Retirement PlanVision Insurance

Oakland Housing Authority




201 to 500 employees


Oakland, CA





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