Temporary Parks and Tree Worker (19945508)

Parks Maintenance
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$27.67-$33.66 Hourly


420 Carolan Avenue Burlingame, 94010


The City of Burlingame is accepting applications for the position of Temporary Parks and Tree Worker.


The Position

Under the direct supervision of a Lead Worker, or higher level staff, the Parks and Tree Worker performs a variety of gardening, landscape and tree maintenance duties associated with the development, repair, and maintenance of public landscaped areas and trees, and performs related work as required.


Examples of Duties (include but are not limited to the following)

  • Maintain grounds and plantings in City parks, recreation facilities, playground areas, municipal building grounds, and street median islands.
  • Maintain designated landscape effects through mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, and planting lawns, shrubs, ground cover, trees, and flower beds.
  • Pick up, clean and remove trash and debris from parks and public property; clean restrooms and park buildings; remove graffiti.
  • Operate various power equipment including mowers, edgers, line trimmers, backpack blowers, chainsaws, chippers, Hedging equipment, sweeper, stump grinder, and shop tools.
  • Prepare athletic fields for seasonal sports events; paint park benches, buildings, signs and fences.
  • Assist Tree Workers by lowering cut limbs with ropes, pruning from ground, chipping brush.
  • Drive, load and unload vehicles used to transport materials, tools and equipment.
  • Set-up and maintain safe work areas.
  • Perform traffic control.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers.
  • Respond to inquiries from the general public. 


Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of: Basic methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in grounds and tree maintenance work; basic construction and repair methods; and safe work practices.

Ability to: Perform semi-skilled landscape maintenance work; learn to operate the full range of light and heavy equipment used in landscape and tree maintenance work; work off of ladders; set up safe work sites; learn geography of the City and sites of City parks and maintenance areas; work cooperatively and effectively with co-workers and provide general assistance to the public; work weekends and holidays as required; learn multiple safety procedures and practices related to landscape maintenance, tree maintenance and tree removal.

Skills: Ability to efficiently use hand and power tools listed above required in general park and tree work, and learn to use new equipment as required.

Education and Experience: Sufficient education and experience to perform the above duties which is typically obtained through prior experience in gardening, grounds keeping, landscape, construction or tree work and completion of the twelfth grade or equivalent.

License/Certificate: Class C driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.


Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions

Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping, and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting trees and operating assigned equipment. The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment, and supplies weighing 55 pounds or more is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold. The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust, and air contaminants, and may be exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment, including the frequent use of chainsaws, drive motorized vehicles and heavy equipment, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions, use proper safety equipment when using noisy and dangerous equipment, hear well enough to follow directions, and see well enough to read instructions.

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


The Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at www.calopps.org.

Applications are also available at:

City of Burlingame 
Human Resources Department 
501 Primrose Road 
Burlingame, CA 94010 
Or by calling (650) 558-7206

The position is open until filled.  




The Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. The department will invite the most qualified candidates to an oral panel interview. Date and time to be determined.



Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to:  

  • pass a fingerprint check submitted to the Department of Justice
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire


The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.



Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 Paid Sick Leave Benefit. This benefit accrues at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked to a maximum benefit of 24 hours per year. There is no cash value associated with benefit. No other benefits are offered. This position is at will and is not part of the City's Civil Service System. There is no guarantee of hours and employment may end at any time.

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