In the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Mental Health, or at correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services, perform or supervise the preparation, painting, and finishing of wood and metal surfaces; the preparation to cost estimates; the maintenance of tools and equipment in good repair; the preparation of simple records; and do other related work.
This class is distinguished from the Painter I by the custody requirements imposed by the criminal nature of the forensic client, patient, or inmate population and the security features of the facility. This class will instruct, lead, or supervise developmentally or mentally disordered offenders of the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Mental Health, or correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; prevent escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintain security of working areas and work materials; inspect premises and search forensic clients, patients, or inmates for contraband, such as weapons. There is a parallel classification of Painter I (Correctional Facility) which is utilized by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Authority that may supervise inmates and is subject to safety.
Incumbents scrape, sand, and fill surfaces in preparation for painting and finishing; apply undercoats and finish coats with brush or by spray machines; paper hang; match paints and finishes; clean and maintain brushes and other equipment; paint simple designs; estimate the cost of painting jobs; advise in the selection, ordering, and storing of painting materials; consult with other tradespeople; keep simple records and make reports; instruct and lead unskilled assistants, which include forensic clients, patients, or inmates; and observe and intervene in instances of disruptive or assaultive behavior.
Assist staff in the counting, distribution, and accounting for all utensils to prevent their use as weapons; inspecting facility to identify security breaches that could lead to forensic client, patient, or inmate escape; observing and intervening in forensic client, patient, or inmate behavior that may signal an impending escape attempt; and escorting forensic clients, patients, or inmates to other areas of the facility.
Completion of a recognized apprenticeship in painting and finishing. (Apprentices who are within six months of completing their apprenticeship program may be admitted to the examination but must present evidence of completion prior to appointment.)
Four years of varied experience in the painting and finishing of wood and metal surfaces. An Associate of Arts or Certificate of Arts Degree in Painting and Finishing from an accredited community college or equivalent degree approved by the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education under the provisions of California Education Code Chapter 3, Part 59, Division 10, may be substituted for two years of the required experience. (Students who are within six months of completing their degree will be admitted to the examination but must present evidence of completion prior to appointment.)
Knowledge of: Principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in painting, finishing, and paper hanging work; painting Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety.
Skill in: Brush and spray painting, paper hanging, mixing paints, finishing materials, and blending and matching colors.
Ability to: Mix paints and match colors; scaffolding and rigging; do paper hanging; estimate materials needed; keep simple records and make reports; follow oral and written directions; communicate effectively at a level appropriate to the classification; erect and paint from ladders; instruct and lead unskilled assistants.
Willingness to work at developmental centers, State hospitals, or correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of developmentally, mentally, or physically disordered offenders; tact; patience; and emotional stability.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of forensic clients, patients, or inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.
Incumbents must possess and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job without endangering their own health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, forensic clients, patients, inmates, or the public.