Groundskeeper I



Class Description

Job Title: Groundskeeper I

Reports To: Landscape Supervisor (non-COL) FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

General Description

The purpose of this job within the organization is to perform a variety of manual and semi­ skilled activities to maintain City groundstrees, and right-of-way areas to achieve a functional and pleasant outdoor environment.

This position is considered essential during times of emergency, and incumbents must be willing and able to work long shifts in adverse conditions. May be required to report for duty on short notice or remain on duty for longer than the regular shift.

This job works under close supervision according to set procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below represent the majority of the time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job/class as necessary.

Essential Functions:

Prunes trees, shrubs, and perennials with pruning equipment.

Plants and maintains various forms of vegetation, including flowers, trees, bushes, and grass.

Mows grass on city-owned properties and maintains recreational areas.

Performs landscape maintenance work such as weeding, mulching, and watering following approved techniques.

Uses both manual and power garden toolsSuch as but not limited to shovels and rakes, weed eaters, mowers, blowers, and other landscape maintenance equipment.

Lifts, drags, and moves heavy objects such as brush, trees, log sections, and large plants.

Operates various vehicles and equipment, such as a pickup truck with an attached trailer, dump truck, skid loader, chainsawpower pruning tools, and garden tools.

Applies pesticides using proper application techniques and equipment.

Additional Duties:

Assists supervisor to carry out assignments and ensures adherence to proper safety practices and sound activity procedures and work techniques or subordinate crewmembers.

Assists in snow removal activities using shovels, blowers, plows, trucks, or other manual and mechanical equipment.

Performs related work as assigned.

Responsibilities, Requirements, and Impacts

Data Responsibility:

Data Responsibility refers to information, knowledgeand conceptions obtained by observation, investigation, interpretationvisualization, and mental creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, conceptsand oral verbalizations.

Copies, transcribes, enters, or posts data or information.

People Responsibility:

People include co-workersworkers in other areas or agencies, and the general public.

Conveys information, guidance, or assistance to people directly facilitates task accomplishment.

Asset Responsibility:

Assets responsibility refers to the responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within the organization.

Requires some responsibility for achieving minor economies and/or preventing minor losses by handling or accounting for materials and supplies.

Mathematical Requirements:

Mathematics requires the use of symbols, numbers, and formulas to solve mathematical problems.

Uses basic addition and subtractionsuch as measuring.

Communications Requirements:

Communication involves the ability to read, write, and speak.

Reads instructions, regulations, procedures, or work orders; writes sentences; completes routine job forms and incident reports; speaks proper grammar.

Judgment Requirements:

Judgment requirements refer to the frequency and complexity of judgments and decisions given the stability of the work environments, the nature and type of guidance, and the breadth of impact of the judgments and decisions.

Responsible for a few decisions affecting the individual and a few co-workers. Works in a stable environment with clear and uncomplicated written/oral instructions and minor variations from the routine.

Complexity of Work:

Complexity addresses the analysis, initiative, ingenuity, concentration, and creativity, required by the job and the presence of any unusual pressures present in the job.

Performs semi-routine work, following procedures, with occasional problems; requires normal attention for accurate results.

Impact of Errors:

Impact of errors refers to consequences such as damage to equipment and property, loss of data, exposure of the organization to legal liability, and injury or death for individuals.

The impact of errors is moderate - affects those in the work unit.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands refer to physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement requirements.

Performs medium to heavy work that involves walking, standing, stooping, lifting, digging, pushing, and raising objects and involves regularly exerting between 20 to 50 pounds of force. On an occasional basis may involve exerting between 50 to 100 pounds of force

Work is normally performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to work in weather extremes such as rain, snow, freezing rain, and hot temperatures,

Equipment Usage:

Equipment usage involves responsibility for materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, and products.

Handles or uses machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items.

Unavoidable Hazards:

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to traffic and moving machinery.

Safety of Others:

Safety of others refers to the level of responsibility for the safety of others, either inherent in the job or to ensure the safety of the general public. (Does not include the safety of subordinates).

Requires responsibility for the safety and health of others and occasional enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires High School graduation or GED equivalent.

Requires a minimum of two years of commercial landscaping maintenance experience in the mid-Atlantic area.

Special Certifications and Licenses:

Valid driver's license with a clean driving record required.

MD registered pesticide technician certificate within six months of hire date.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The City of College Park, MD, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilitiesProspective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

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