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Parks Maintenance Landscape Laborer – Seasonal - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 20-0008)

Minimum Salary: $17.00 per hour
Maximum Salary: $20.00 per hour
Employment Type: Seasonal
Department: Parks & Recreation
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



Seasonal Parks Maintenance Landscape Laborer – up to 6 positions
(Full-time, temporary position April 1 - September 30, 2020)

WORK HOURS:  All positions work 40 hours per week, and have varying hours depending on the position hired for. Parks Maintenance positions require weekend and evening work.

General Responsibilities

To provide assistance in maintaining and repairing City parks and open spaces, including sports fields, trails, planter beds, turf areas and restroom facilities, in order to ensure safety, cleanliness, and aesthetic appeal, as well as to meet customer needs and standards. May also perform other maintenance duties as assigned. Heavy, constant labor required.

Essential Job Functions
  • Perform landscape upkeep: weeding, mulching, line trimming, edging, and pruning.
  • Perform mowing and edging around sidewalks, planter beds, and trees in parks, street ends and other City properties.
  • Assist with restroom cleaning, litter control, and daily park clean-up and inspection activities.
  • Ability to work well with others, stay on task, and take direction from crew leads and supervisors.
  • Provide excellent customer service to park users.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, have a good driving record, and current and valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work weekend and evening hours, and a variable schedule.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Safely & efficiently operate a variety of park maintenance vehicles and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualification Requirements
  • High school education or equivalent.
  • One or more year of experience in landscape maintenance field desired. 
  • Good verbal communication skills (listening, giving feedback, and speaking up) as well as effective interpersonal and customer relation skills, which are essential in a team environment.
  • Basic writing skills, along with the ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing, using safety equipment, and following good housekeeping and safety procedures.
  • Current and valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Tools and Equipment

Various types of tools and equipment are used including:  push mowers, weedeaters, power hedgers, edgers, pruners, hand shears, hand saws, shovels, brooms, rakes, hand tools, ladders, leaf blowers, fertilizer spreaders, and traffic control devices. Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Seasonal employees risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and other underground utilities. Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases and odors is routine.

Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform heavy continuous manual labor under all kinds of weather conditions. Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking, and the ability to lift 50-100 pounds on a FREQUENT basis. Seasonal employees must be able to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to their own safety, as well as that of fellow employees.

Seasonal employees must follow appropriate safety procedures and use of protective clothing and equipment including: hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves, traffic control equipment and must provide own steel-toed footwear.

Maintenance teams operate in a smoke and drug free work environment for their health, safety and productivity, as well as that of their customers.


Public Works Shop
9601 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040