Posted on January 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm by Clay Curtin
Professional development for Public Works maintenance staff aims to provide cross-functional training while also keeping up with current industry best practices. Natividad Alamo is an example of an employee that continues to train in multiple disciplines. Natividad is a streets maintenance II worker, but he also maintains his certified tree work designation from the International Society of Arboriculture and recently passed his water distribution operator (D2) exam, from the California Department of Public Health. This cross training provides Natividad with the skills and certifications to work on tree and water projects in addition to his street maintenance responsibilities. The maintenance staff regularly trains in their field of expertise. The city arborist and tree section employees recently attended the California Tree Failure workshop in Woodside. Street section staff attended a local pavement preservation workshop. Parks section staff attended the annual Sports Turf Managers Association conference. Along with groundskeepers from the National Football League and Major League Baseball, city parks department staff learned how to provide quality, safe sports fields for the community.