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Trails and Restoration Professional - Seasonal - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0008)

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Minimum Salary: $17.00 per hour
Maximum Salary: $18.00 per hour
Employment Type: Seasonal
Department: Parks & Recreation
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


WORK HOURS:   40 hours per week. This position will require some weekend and evening work.

The Seasonal Trails and Restoration Professional will work in City parks, street ends and open spaces performing a variety of tasks including trail construction and maintenance, tree maintenance, plant installation and maintenance, and invasive plant control. All work must ensure safety, integrity, cleanliness and aesthetic appeal, as well as meet customer needs and City standards. Some weekend work is required. This is a full-time, seasonal position with a start date of April 1, 2019 (or later) and end date of September 26, 2019. Up to 2 positions open.

Essential Job Functions
  • Visually inspect trails and perform repairs and routine maintenance including brushing, laying gravel, creating and repairing drainage systems, and building steps in accordance with City plans and specifications, and generally-accepted practices.
  • Construct trails according to approved plans and specifications, and generally-accepted practices.
  • Support and possibly work with a wide variety of volunteer groups on restoration and trail projects.
  • Proper use of hand tools and motorized equipment.
  • Navigate off-trail in forested backcountry settings to evaluate plant cover and conduct invasive plant control.
  • Planting and plant materials handling.
  • Weeding, watering and other horticultural activities.
  • Herbicide application (spraying, swabbing and injection).
  • Install, repair and maintain irrigation systems.
  • Small engine maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Light construction and carpentry projects.
  • Provide excellent customer service to Park users.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to drive a city vehicle; have a good driving record and current and valid Washington state driver’s license and operate equipment.
  • Able to work well with others, stay on task, and take direction from supervisors.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualification Requirements
  • 1 year minimum experience as a natural resources professional or related position. Must be able to reference prior employment.
  • Working familiarity with the tools and techniques associated with trail work and restoration.
  • Regional native and invasive plant identification.
  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Must be self motivated and have a positive attitude.
  • Record of excellent work attendance.
  • Good verbal communication skills (listening, giving feedback and speaking up), as well as effective interpersonal and customer relation skills are essential in a team environment.
  • Basic writing skills, along with the ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Ability to use a smart phone or tablet.
  • Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing, using safety equipment, and follow good housekeeping and safety procedures.
  • Ability to safely back-up a trailer.
  • 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.
  • Must be punctual.
Tools and Equipment

Various types of tools and equipment are used including, but not limited to: Power wheel barrow, chainsaw, line trimmer, power hedger, grip hoist, various hand tools, leaf blower, backpack sprayer, and traffic control devices.

Working Condition and Physical Abilities

Seasonal employees risk physical hazards from working in forests and other remote locations, around traffic, heavy machinery and heights. Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials is routine.

Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform heavy manual labor under all kinds of weather conditions. Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking and the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds as required. 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 employee.

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

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


Parks & Recreation Admin Bldg
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040