An employee in this class will be the primary backup for the Highway Maintenance Section Crew Leader. During the construction season, the work involves responsibility for supervising a large work force engaged in road maintenance activities in an assigned section of the county highway system. An employee in this class is responsible for coordinating and supervising a number of maintenance crews and public works equipment in reconstructing, resurfacing or doing general maintenance and reconstruction work on county highways and for grounds maintenance within an assigned geographical area. This employee exercises supervision through subordinate crew leaders.  Supervision is received from a Highway Maintenance Supervisor who allows the incumbent initiative and independence in their decision-making. During the winter, everyone including trainees performs snow and ice control activities, such as operating a single-blade plow or the wing plow in a one-person plowing operation. Winter snow and ice control activities will involve a shift in your normal work hours.

During the winter employees in this class will be assigned to a night or weekend shift.  Employees will drive on county and state roads to ascertain their condition. The employee will evaluate and determine the number of snow clearing trucks and number of employees needed to maintain safe driving based on an evaluation of weather and road conditions during the night hours. The employee usually drives a four (4)-wheel drive vehicle around county roads in an assigned sector. This work is done at night, in dark conditions, during the cold weather season and often during difficult weather conditions.  Supervision is received from a Highway Maintenance Supervisor who allows the incumbent initiative and independence in their responsibility and to evaluate conditions and in the call of up equipment and staff. Supervision is exercised over employees on the night shift routes, including Highway Maintenance Workers, Labor Crew Leaders, or other employees called in due to adverse weather conditions or responding to hazardous road conditions or emergencies. Does related work as required.



Inspects county and state roads and highways to determine if snow removal and/or ice control crews and equipment need to be called in to work.

Determines the number of trucks needed during the night shift, at what rate material should be applied, and which county routes need attention.

Responds to emergency calls from the Sheriff's Department, Emergency 911, etc., including such emergencies as downed trees, downed power lines, traffic signal outages, flooding, etc.

Determines what equipment and personnel are needed based on an evaluation of the conditions at the emergency site and supervises those highway employees called in.

Supervises those employees on the night crew assigned to their sector, as well as any crews called in based on weather conditions or emergency situations.

Supervises, through subordinate crew leaders, labor crew engaged in reconstructing, resurfacing of highways, extending or building shelters, or doing a variety of maintenance tasks on county highways and grounds.

Makes frequent inspections of highways in district to determine maintenance needs of surfaces, shoulders, structures, drainage facilities, dangerous trees and road signs, assigns employees to make such repairs as can be made at once; makes a report of major deficiencies to superiors; investigates all accidents on highways within assigned area.

Checks daily with various maintenance crews to insure that work is proceeding according to plan and to resolve any problems that may have arisen; requisitions gravel, sand and other materials; requisitions equipment parts; keeps simple inventories of materials on hand; records location and purpose of materials used.

Supervises the asphalt patching of roads, and the clearing of road rights of way and general grass mowing.

Instructs road crews in use of road building equipment.

Operates light trucks (less than Twenty-Six Thousand Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); tractor-mounted mowers; patch rollers (less than 9 tons); sewer cleaners; wood chipper; maintainers; forklifts and other similar equipment.

Operates  heavy trucks (more than Twenty-Six Thousand Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); Aerial lift trucks, snowplows, with wing (OPP); double wing OPP: catch basin vacuum trucks;  self-propelled wideners; large pavement rollers (more than 9 tons); self-propelled street sweepers; front-end loaders; backhoes; over the rail mower windrow loaders and other similar equipment.

Operates truck-trailer combinations (requiring Class A commercial driver license); hydraulic excavators; graders; bituminous pavers; bulldozers; truck-mounted pavement striping machines; track loader, rotary snowplows and other similar equipment.



Thorough knowledge of methods, operating rules, and equipment of road maintenance and snow removal.

Thorough knowledge of types and uses of public works equipment related to highway construction, reconstruction and maintenance operations, including paving, guide rail and traffic marking.

Good knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of all typical public works construction equipment.

Good knowledge of the maintenance and repair characteristics of the road network within the county.

Good knowledge of effective supervisory techniques.

Good knowledge of the practices, materials, and methods used in snow and ice removal.

Good knowledge of ice and snow removal equipment and it capabilities as related to weather conditions, amount of snow, temperature variations, road surface temperature, wind speed and direction, time of night and time of year.

Good knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of large labor forces and to effect satisfactory schedules and results in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to understand, interpret and effectively carry out written or oral instructions.

Ability to drive for a long period of time in a safe and confident manner at night often during hazardous winter weather conditions.

Ability to evaluate weather conditions, estimate and determine the most cost effective use of snow plow drivers and equipment against the safety of the public on the roads of Onondaga County.

Ability to evaluate wind spots and wind drift based on speed and direction of winds.

Ability to supervise highway maintenance workers removing ice and snow from roadways.

Ability to keep records and make reports.

Ability to interpret weather maps on the National Weather Service website to evaluate changes in the weather.      

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.




One (1) year of permanent non-competitive class status in the title of Labor Crew Leader (Transportation) and or Labor Crew Leader in the OCDOT, Traffic Repair Worker 2 in OCDOT and or Highway Sign and Signal Repair Worker 2, or one (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Safety Training Instructor, or; two (2) years of permanent non-competitive class status in the title of Mason in OCDOT and or Mason (Transportation) or Highway Maintenance Worker 2 and or Motor Equipment Operator 3 in OCDOT. 

Open Competitive:

Four (4) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in highway maintenance including snow and ice removal, one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Special Necessary Requirements

At time of appointment, possession of a valid New York State CDL A with appropriate endorsements/or restrictions, as required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for the class of vehicle(s) being operated.  Eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.

Possession of Excavator Certification is required to perform excavation duties in accordance with New York State General Business Law.  Certification must be obtained during the probationary period.  Training will commence upon appointment.  Eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.


9/2022 Date of original composition

Rev 3/2023