Recruitment #1908-1551-001


What Milwaukee can offer YOU

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming.  Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.


Working within the Streets and Bridges section , the incumbent will paint and stain various types of interior and exterior surfaces along with the full range of duties typically associated with this trade.

Essential Functions

  • Apply primary or seal coat with spray gun, roller or brush as directed. 
  • Obtain special finishes when required by stripping, glazing, matching the color and type of existing paints and stains, mixing and applying special epoxy paints and mixing and thinning paints and varnishes.
  • Prepare surfaces for painting, including patching holes or cracks in both plaster and dry wall, cleaning metal surfaces with sandblasting equipment, chipping hammers, vibrators or wire brushes; bleaching, sanding and filling new wood surfaces; removing old paint with scrapers and solvents; applying putty and caulking compound and washing walls by hand and with steam cleaning equipment. 
  • Protect furniture, floors and surfaces using drop cloths, masking and tape.
  • Apply road line striping paint while working in active traffic areas.
  • Erect and work from scaffolding, extension and step ladders and needle beam scaffolding.
  • Clean and properly maintain brushes, rollers, roller skins, paint pots, spray guns, air hoses, compressor filters on spray painting equipment using approved methods and solvents as required. 
  • Properly store and maintain all other painting equipment.  

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to perform physically demanding work, including the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. or more of equipment or material on a daily basis.
  • Ability to bend and stoop to conduct work.
  • Ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE) while completing regular duties, including operating spray equipment.
  • Ability to work at heights of up to 50 feet, in confined spaces, and in variable temperature conditions.
  • Ability to erect and work from ladders, scaffolding and swing stages.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Two (2) years of professional painting experience related to the essential functions outlined above.
  2. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Significant knowledge of and skill in performing painting duties at the journey-level.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of procedures, methods and practices of the painting trade.
  • Knowledge of the safety precautions and personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the painting trade.
  • Knowledge of different paints and solvents along with their practical uses.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using the hand tools and equipment used in painting.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to calculate time and material estimates.
  • Skill in the use, care, and operation of painting equipment.
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills; ability to represent the Department of Public Works positively and to interact with customers in a tactful and professional matter.
  • Oral communication skills to interact with managers, contractors, customers, and other DPW staff.
  • Ability to mix and match paints.
  • Ability to follow directions presented in both oral and written forms.
  • Ability to problem solve by taking complex projects and breaking them down into manageable steps.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work assignments by required deadlines.
  • Ability to lead the work activities of other employees in painting assignments.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (PG 7IN) is $56,364 annually. The resident wage incentive starting rate for City of Milwaukee residents is $58,055 annually. Appointment will be made in accordance with the salary ordinance.  

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass  

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.    

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the application deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice.  However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting  

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  


The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.