Park Maintenance Worker II AF
Rio Rancho, NM
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Job Description

Position Title: Park Maintenance Worker-II AF

Department: Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Division: Parks & Facilities

Reports to: Park Maintenance Supervisor

FLSA Status: non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Pay Grade: 09A($11.08 min. $13.85 mid $16.62 max hourly)

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time

Full Time Equivalent: 1.00

Position Summary

The Park Maintenance Worker-II serves as a Lead employee in each work crew that is assigned to a Park Maintenance Supervisor. This Lead directs, guides, trains, and develops crew members, whether or not a Supervisor is present, while also performing all aspects of Park or Facility maintenance. Workers, either permanent staff or temporary, may be assigned to a Lead on an as-needed basis depending on the size or complexity of tasks necessary to maintain an assigned park area. However, a Park Maintenance Worker-II may be assigned individual responsibility for Park or Facility area without being Leader or part of a crew.


This is a Safety Sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing.

Education, Training and Experience - minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: High School Graduate or equivalent

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Two years directly related experience and/or training

Education and/or experience preferences: None

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver's License requirement: Frequent Driver - Regular Driver's License Required Endorsements: None

Note - For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: None

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: Public pesticide applicator's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Parks and recreation principles and practices related to landscaping and turf management. Working knowledge of the methods, equipment, and materials used in the care and maintenance of parks and recreation centers. Working knowledge of plants, their diseases, and methods of control. General knowledge of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and other building trades. Working knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and precautions involved in equipment operation and park maintenance and development.

Skills: The operation of tools and equipment typical in parks, facilities and play component, installation and maintenance. Learn to operate, maintain and repair power tools and equipment used in the work place. Learn how to maintain turf, trees, shrubs, and other planting materials. Perform basic mathematical operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and determine weight measurement, volume and distance. Effectively deal with standardized situations. Read and comprehend simple instructions, correspondence and / or memos and irrigation manuals, training guides, standard operating procedures and MSDS manuals. Write simple correspondence, reports and work logs. Communicate effectively. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, members of the public and public officials. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essentials functions of this job. Works primarily outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards, explosives, chemicals, fumes, odors, gases, dusts and poor ventilation is prevalent. Safety equipment and clothing (gloves, vests, back brace, steel-toe boots, glasses, ear plugs) are required and provided.

Abilities: Read interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Write routine reports and correspondence. Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees. Use math concepts to presents data in charts, graphs, and presentations. Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Effective performance requires continual thinking and attention to the work.

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: Works with other department supervisors and managers on routine assignments and special projects. Maintains harmonious, courteous, and understanding relationships, while fostering a collaborative teamwork environment. External: Works with contractors and the general public on parks maintenance issues and resolves complaints. Works with parks workers and department supervisors to construct and repair parks and facilities on time and within costs. Present a friendly, courteous image for the City to the general public, customers, and public officials.

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: Moderate-incumbent is expected to analyze situations that are not covered by established procedures or instructions and suggest to supervisor a recommended course of action

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: None - Position has no accountability for, or authority to make, budgetary or financial decisions.

Span of control: Leadership of peers

For positions that supervise:

  • Approximate number of employees directly supervised: 1-5
  • Approximate number of employees indirectly supervised through subordinate managers/supervisors (excludes direct reports): None

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Issues written and oral instructions to assigned Workers on work product, priorities, timelines, and task specifications.
  • Assists Supervisor in planning and directing the irrigating, mowing, and fertilizing of the parks and City property.
  • Helps Supervisor determine work procedures and expedites workflow.
  • Checks parks for safety concerns and repairs when possible and reports concerns to supervisor.
  • Helps Supervisor coordinate all operations of the facilities and sports complexes.
  • Prepares soil; plants; waters; mows; fertilizes; removes weeds; cultivates grass, trees, and other plants; controls fungi, weeds, insects and rodents; prunes; and removes litter.
  • Assists Supervisor in planning and directing the operation of tree, sod and turf nurseries necessary for the replacement and reconstruction of municipal parks.
  • Visually inspects park facilities and equipment for damage and vandalism; estimates cost of damage; completes vandalism reports.
  • Maintains, adjusts and operates specialized turf care equipment and tools.
  • Installs and/or maintains play structures and skate park components in accordance with playground design and safety requirements.
  • Checks and repairs/replaces valves, sprinkler heads and pipes. Winterizes irrigation systems.
  • Installs and maintains trails, complying with accessibility requirements.
  • Performs minor semi-skilled park building maintenance to include painting, fence repair, graffiti removal and park building improvements.
  • Trenches and installs new pipelines
  • Leads, guides, develops, assists, and trains assigned work crews.
  • Preps athletic fields for practice and regular games.
  • Operates boom truck to include but not limited to, street banners, shade structures, parking lot lights, three trimming, surveillance cameras and flags.
  • Assists with traffic control for City events (parades) putting up and taking down barricades.
  • Supervises Community Service Workers from any courthouse.
  • Assists in the setup and breakdown of City special events.
  • Maintains open space and Bosque areas including restoration.
  • Removes snow/ice during inclement weather at City facilities and parking lots/sidewalks including off hours.
  • Installs high tensile fencing.
  • Assists in set up and tear down of ribbon cuttings and ground breakings.
  • Constructs and installs memorial tree plaque and tree.
  • Maintains City skate parks and dog parks.
  • Maintains culverts/drainage ditches within City park limits.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Primarily physical work on a continual basis

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Use of road work or landscaping tools; Operation of gas-powered machines or equipment; Climbing Ladders; Working at heights (towers, poles, bucket lift); Bending/kneeling/crawling; Digging or working in trenches; Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 50 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; and Walking long distances.

Exposures: Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances; Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Exposure to vibrations from equipment or operations; Exposure to sharp objects including razor blades, teeth, finger/paw nails (incl. biting); Exposure to unshielded, live electricity; Working with extremely hot or cold objects; Falling objects could injure feet; and Working outside in inclement weather conditions.

Extraordinary working conditions: None

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None

Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with or w/o side shields; Face shield; Breathing mask; Respirator; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Chemical resistant gloves; Ear Muff; Ear Plugs; Protective clothing (i.e., reflective vest, apron); Gloves; Safety boots; Steel-toed boots; Hard hat; and Protective gear.

Job Type Full-time