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Parks Maintenance Team Member (Temporary) - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0034)

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Minimum Salary: $29.89 per hour
Maximum Salary: $31.38 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Parks & Recreation
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Full-Time, temporary 4-month contract position with possbility of contract extension

HIRING RANGE:   $29.89 - $31.38/hour DOE (AFSCME Union Contract Position)

The Parks Maintenance Team Member works in City parks, street ends and open spaces performing a wide variety of tasks including sports field maintenance, turf maintenance & repair, irrigation repair, park cleaning and inspection, trail maintenance, tree maintenance and planter bed maintenance in order to ensure safety, cleanliness and aesthetic appeal, as well as meeting customer needs and City standards.  Some evening, holiday, and weekend work is required.

Essential Job Functions

• Inspect, clean, and repair restrooms, buildings, and park furniture.
• Maintain turf areas by mowing, edging, fertilizing, overseeding, aerifying, top dressing, and removing thatch.
• Support and work with a wide variety of volunteer groups on neighborhood work projects.
• Prepare and maintain soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball and football fields by painting, dragging, applying drying agents (if needed) and laying out proper dimensional field requirements.
• Communication and interaction with ballfield users, including addressing field maintenance concerns and field lighting issues.
• Maintain, trim and remove fallen or diseased trees and brush in City parks, trails and natural areas.
• Design, plan, develop and maintain planter beds and landscaped areas in City parks, rights of ways, beautification areas.
• 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 trail plans and safety needs.
• Safely & efficiently operate a variety of park maintenance equipment.
• Train and work with seasonal and temporary employees in carrying out routine Park duties.
• Perform and make minor repairs and adjustments of machinery and equipment to ensure safe and proper use.
• Install, repair and maintain irrigation systems.
• Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
• Regularly drives a city vehicle and operate equipment.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements

• High school education or equivalent.
• Minimum of two years of experience in landscaping or construction.
• Must be punctual.
• Record of excellent work attendance.
• Must possess a positive attitude.
• Must be able to work with others on a team.
• Previous experience and/or training in Northwest plant identification and pruning techniques.
• Certification in CDL-B, First Aid/CPR, and flagging needed within first year of employment.
• Certification in WSDA pesticide license and Arboriculturist (ISA) and/or WALP or NIPSI needed within the second year of employment.
• Good verbal communication skills (listening, giving feedback and speaking up) as well as effective interpersonal and customer relations skills are essential in a team work environment.  Skill in written communications (work orders, directions and memos) is required, along with the ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.
• Practice safety in wearing appropriate protective clothing, following safety procedures and keeping work area clean.
• Ability to inspect and diagnose problems as well as read and interpret codes, regulations, maps and blueprints relating to parks maintenance work.
• Knowledge of materials, methods, tools, equipment and practices used in parks maintenance work.
• Understand and communicate City’s Parks boundaries, ownership and maintenance responsibilities to customers.
• Working knowledge of personal computers and ability to learn specific programs.
• Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a 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. Heavy equipment use includes: dump truck, backhoe, loader, and lift truck.  Air, gas and mechanical tools include: a chipper, chain saw, line trimmer, blower, air compressor, cut-off saw, propane torch.  Specialized equipment use includes: Sand topdresser calibration and operation, large tractor and implement operation, turf renovations equipment, aerators, large fertilizer spreaders and calibration rates, riding lawnmower, walk-behind mower, running ballfield equipment (bunker rake), power hedger, sod cutters, trenchers, edgers, power pruners, loppers, hand sheers, hand saws, power gardening tools, small engine mechanical tools.  Hand tool use includes: shovels, brooms, rakes, carpentry tools, sledgehammer, masonry tools and pry bar. Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Parks Maintenance Team Members risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and confined spaces and other underground utilities. Exposure to noise, landscape maintenance chemicals and fertilizers, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases and odors 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 50-100 pounds.  Work also requires the ability to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to customer, team member and personal safety.  Must be able to work under stressful conditions at times.

Work requires the ability to foresee and prevent safety problems.  Work must also follow appropriate safety procedures and the use of protective clothing and equipment including, steel-toed shoes and boots, hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves, traffic control equipment, and confined spaces safety kit.

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

Drug and Alcohol Testing

The City of Mercer Island has a policy to maintain a work environment free of substance abuse.  This policy applies to all current and prospective employees.  Drug and alcohol testing is required for employees and candidates applying for safety sensitive positions or whose job requires a commercial drivers license (CDL). This testing may be waived for job candidates if records are made available from another employer who tested the candidate in the last 6 months.    Positive test results will be defined as an alcohol concentration over 0.02 or a positive test result for marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines or phencyclidines. All employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing a drug and alcohol test.  Job candidates who test positive will be terminated from consideration for employment immediately.


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