Parks Specialist-Landscaping

Department: Parks & Recreation
Division: Landscaping
Hourly rate: $17.75 – $27.52

General Purpose

The Parks Specialist assists with the coordination, planning, and execution of maintenance functions and related work for a specific division as required for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Duties include assisting with planning, organizing, and directing of comprehensive maintenance programs, the training of subordinates, and equipment repair. This work is performed under intermediate supervision – the incumbent performs a variety of routine work within established procedures and receives detailed instructions on new projects and assignments; work is reviewed periodically through observation of results and written reports for adherence to established policies and procedures.

Essential Functions

Execute work schedule for the assigned Division and provide direction to team.

Assist with training of staff on the proper use of equipment and maintenance practices.

Assist with maintenance and diagnostics of hand and power tools and equipment and small engine equipment.

Occasionally work special events, clinics, and other programs during weekends.

Provide budget, procurement and team member performance input to Maintenance Superintendent.

Respond to inquiries and complaints from the general public; arrange for public notification of programs and events.

Manage the design, installation, operation, troubleshooting and repair of complex irrigation systems.

Perform other work as assigned.

(Landscaping)

Assist in the design, installation, and maintenance of a wide variety of landscape and hardscape projects.

Inspect and monitor landscaping at city parks, buildings, and other city properties and report findings to the Division Superintendent.

Use integrated pest management practices to control noxious weeds, insects, or harmful plant pathogens.

Coordinate with other divisions on areas of overlapping responsibility to maximize efficiency and level of service.

NOTE: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of techniques and procedures used in municipal operations, maintenance, and repair.

Working knowledge of occupational hazards, safety rules, and practices and the ability to transmit such knowledge to subordinates.

Skill in the operation of modern office equipment, computers, and software, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, multi-task, organize work load, meet deadlines, follow-up and take tasks to completion.

Ability to make critical and difficult decisions with some direction that conform to the policies and procedures of the City and the Department.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with all staff, city officials, and the general public by communicating information tactfully and impartially, both in person and in writing

Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.

This position is performed with working knowledge – the incumbent has ability to recall and apply important and commonly-used information from relevant source documents or information in a particular subject field.

(Landscaping)

Working knowledge of landscape design principles and use of color.

Working knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing herbicide and fertilizer use.

Practical understanding of horticultural practice and the ability to apply best management practices to achieve the goals of the department and the city.

Ability to manage a large plant inventory and to maintain the plants at an optimum state.

Ability to supervise, plan, and effectively execute assignments relating to all types of landscaping projects.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent; supplemented by a minimum of three years of experience in landscape/parks maintenance.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities and other competencies required for the position may be considered.  

CERTIFICATIONS, TRAINING, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

NOTE:  All certifications must be current at the time of application, and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver license.

Obtain a Florida Commercial Driver License Class B within twelve months of hire.

Obtain state certified chemical applicators license within six months of employment.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities and other competencies required for the position may be considered.  

CERTIFICATIONS, TRAINING, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Note: All certifications must be current at the time of application and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Commercial Driver’s License, Class B or higher with air brake endorsement, or have a CDL Permit and the ability to get the license within six months of hire.

Physical

This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force repetitively to lift, carry, push, pull, and reposition objects.

Ability to traverse about a variety of city facilities/jobsites, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Ability to ascend/descend stairs, scaffolds, and ladders.

Ability to remain stationary at jobsites for extended periods of time and repetitively operate related equipment for repairs/maintenance.

Ability to manipulate objects, demonstrate small, precise movements, and operate necessary equipment such as small hand and power tools repetitively or continuously.

Environmental

Tasks may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions including inclement weather, sun, extreme temperatures, odors, dirt and dust, loud noises, and hazardous chemicals, etc.

Sensory

Tasks require the manipulation of objects and demonstration of small, precise movements, the ability to detect and distinguish various features of one’s surroundings, and the ability to effectively communicate and exchange information with others.