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The PRNS Department is recruiting to fill several Groundsworker positions. Under general supervision, this position performs semi-skilled and skilled grounds maintenance functions of routine difficulty. The typical duties and responsibilities for Groundsworker are to maintain park grounds. This may include, but is not limited to: irrigation, cultivation, pruning, planting, and transplanting a variety of turf, shrubs, trees, and plants. The position may also operate mowing equipment in parks and athletic fields and operate triplex gang/rotary mowers, power edgers, tractors, rototillers, sprayers, dump and other trucks, power chain saws and other light power equipment and hand tools used in grounds and maintenance work. The position may also apply fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers. The position may also maintain and make minor repairs to playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields and sport courts, park trails, and firebreaks as well as make minor repairs and adjustments to irrigation systems, mowers, and miscellaneous equipment. The position may also perform clean-up and litter pick-up functions, clean pools and fountains, schedule automatic irrigation controllers, maintain work-related records, and prepare corresponding reports. The position may also explain programs and policies to the public, provide lead guidance to less experienced workers, assist in firefighting and rescue duties in wilderness park areas, and may be responsible for vehicle and pedestrian traffic safety in work areas. Candidates must be willing and able to work weekends, holidays, and/or other shifts as needed.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of the tools, methods, and materials used in grounds maintenance and the methods used in planting, transplanting, cultivating and caring for (including irrigating) turf, shrubs, plants, and trees; knowledge of the operation and minor upkeep of trucks, tractors, power and related equipment and tools, as well as work and equipment safety practices and procedures; knowledge of common plant and turf diseases and pests.
Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Leadership: Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.
Decision Making: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.