The City of Boca Raton
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Groundskeeper - Full-Time - Parks/Common Grounds
at The City of Boca Raton
- Job Description
- ATTENTION: To be considered for employment with the City of Boca Raton, applicants must provide at least ten (10) years of continuous employment history, if applicable. In the event the applicant has not been employed for 10 continuous years, all time for the 10 year period prior to the date of application must be accounted for including periods of school, unemployment and retirement.
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:Performs intermediate semi-skilled work in the maintenance of municipal parks and grounds, including general park areas, roadway medians and swales, golf greens, fairways, tees, bunkers and rough, and clay/turf athletic fields and clay tennis courts. Installs, repairs, maintains and cares for parks, grounds and related structures and equipment; does related work as required. Work is performed under regular supervision.TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:Works as a member of a crew engaged in the maintenance, repair, and improvement of parks, grounds, golf courses, clay/turf athletic fields, roadway medians, clay tennis courts, or general park areas;Repairs and maintains park areas and buildings; performs minor building, custodial, repair, and maintenance work;Completes safety inspections on playground equipment, boardwalks, docks, restrooms, park amenities, etc.Collects trash, debris and garbage and disposes of same; repairs grills, tables, trash receptacles, benches, gates and fences; replaceslight bulbs;Participates in the propagation, planting,and transplanting of appropriate trees, shrubs, sod and flowers;Trims hedges; prunes trees, plants, and flowers; mows grass, pulls weeds and edges;Performs plant maintenance and care tasks; rakes leaves and spreads mulch; waters plants;Lays sod, applies grass seed, fertilizer,insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides; follows the guidelines and requirements set forth by the state, county and city rules and regulations.Mows, edges, blows,waters; weeds, aerates and fertilizes parks and grounds, athletic field turf, general park areas, greens, tees and fairways; removes weeds from parks and grounds, including turf, landscape beds, tree rings and picnic areas.Maintains, levels and repairs the clay portions of athletic fields and tennis courts; installs bases, pitching rubbers and home plates; moves portable pitching mounds; sets lines, installs posts, net supports and nets.Operates and performs preventive maintenance and general repair of maintenance groundskeeping equipment, including mowers, chain saws, tractors, front-end loaders, trenchers, aerators, top dressers, dump trucks, small power equipment andsimilar equipment.RELATED TASKS:Measures, lays out and lines athletic fields and courts to prescribed standards; prepares fields, clay, greens, tees, bunkers and courts for play; inspects for safety and maintenance needs, completes the appropriate inspections sheets and paperwork; helps repair pipes; fixes sprinkler heads; assists with some irrigation repairs; washes and cleans tools and equipment; performs related tasks as required. Assists with carpentry repair work on boardwalks, docks and playgrounds; must be available before and after hurricanes/ tropical storms for preparation and emergency clean-up.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS,AND ABILITIES:General knowledge of the methods, materials, and practices used in parks and grounds, golf course, clay/turf athletic field and courts, and general park area maintenance;General knowledge of the equipment used to maintain parks and grounds, golf course, clay/turf athletic fields or general park area and its safe operation;Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, patrons, and the general public;Skilled in the operation of parks and grounds, golf course, clay/turf athletic fields and courts and general park area maintenance equipment;General knowledge of the tools, materials, and equipment used in general maintenance work;General knowledge of the materials, equipment, tools, and techniques of the standard building trades;General knowledge of safety precautions applicable to the duties of the class;Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions;Ability to use common hand tools;Ability to operate simple machinery; andAbility to perform manual labor for extended periods.Ability to compose and send e-mail and basic computer skills to prepare evaluations.EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school; six (6) months of general maintenance experience.
CERTIFICATIONS / PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:
Position may require possession of a Florida Restricted Use Pesticide license, a Best Management Practices Certification, and/or Fertilizers Applicators License.
Possession of a valid State of Florida Class "E" driver's license with no more than six (6) points in a three (3) year period.
Abstained from the use of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products for at least one year prior to date of hire, and shall abstain from the use of tobacco products at all times during the period of their employment with the City while both on and off duty.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Must be able to lift, carry and push articles weighing up to 75lbs.
Occasionally required to wear facial protection gear in the application of chemicals.
Must be able to wear hard hat/helmet, safety glasses, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety shoes/boots, hearing protectors, welder's helmet, face shield, safety vest, and gloves;
Exposure to extreme temperatures, animals/insects, electrical hazards, confined spaces, heights, noise, vibration, dust, vapors, fumes, mist, smoke, toxic metals, poisons, irritants, and moving mechanical parts.
POST-OFFER BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS:
The background check process for this position may include:
- Criminal Background Check
- Employment Verification
- Reference Checks
- Motor Vehicles Report (MVR) Check
- Workers' Compensation
- Certification/License Verification
- Drug and Alcohol Screen
- Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)