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Parks Ground Maintenance Worker

For City of Burlington

This position is responsible for maintenance of all public parks, conservation property, trails, bike paths and other public open space.  In addition, this position may be responsible for grounds/building maintenance and repair projects of other City owned facilities as directed.

Essential Job Functions


  • Carry out all aspects of mowing including but not limited to groomed mowing, specialized and roadside mowing, trimming, and conservation grass mowing.
  • Perform irrigation system adjustments, minor repairs, etc. as necessary.
  • Perform maintenance and installation of park amenities including but not limited to playgrounds, benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, fencing, monuments, flagpoles, etc.
  • Perform welding and metal fabrication work to include but not limited to, playground repair, mowing deck and other implement repair, cutting with oxy-acetylene torches, welding by MIG or with ARC.
  • Perform graffiti removal including but not limited to sandblasting, replacement of vandalized material, sanding, painting, chemical removal of damage, power washing, etc.
  • Perform landscape construction including but not limited to installation, maintenance and repair of all turf and landscaped areas. 
  • Install, maintain, and repair surface water collections and basic storm water systems present in parks.
  • Carry out all aspects of beach maintenance including but not limited to beach combing, waste removal, wood removal, and beach erosion mitigation.
  • Carry out all turf management duties including seeding, fertilizing, rolling, aerating, and top dressing for all City park turf areas.
  • Perform playground work including but not limited to monthly inspections, installation, repair, removal, etc.  Inspections performed in accordance with National Playground Safety Inspection standards.
  • Assist the City Arborist and Arborist Technicians with vegetation management to include but not limited to pruning and planting of trees and shrubs, brush clearing, vista clearing for specific areas such as the bike path, roadside green space, landfills, garden sites, utility right-of-ways, Burlington International Airport, etc.
  • Install and maintain all parks athletic fields to prepare all appropriate turf surfaces and markings for athletic fields for scheduled athletic events, including softball, football, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, volleyball, etc.
  • Perform landscape construction to include installation, maintenance and repair of drainage and irrigation systems and grading soil.
  • Carry out maintenance on park roadways, parking lots, walkways, bike paths, trails to include but not limited to asphalt repair, concrete repair, resurfacing of bridges, drainage repair, fence installation and repair, (chain link, welded wire, post and beam, stockade, guardrail, etc.) grading, barrier installation and removal, ensuring compliance with ADA.
  • Collect and remove all trash from all park properties.
  • Operate equipment including but not limited to specialized implements, trucks, trailers, tractors, and loaders.
  • Operate trimmers, chainsaws, and other vegetation management equipment.
  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly service checks and basic maintenance tasks on all equipment used including tractors, implements and vehicles. Maintenance functions include routinely cleaning, fueling, and greasing equipment used. It also includes preventative maintenance including but not limited to the sharpening and replacing of blades as required of mowing, trimming, and saw blade equipment.
  • Assist Grounds Maintenance Manager to ensure equipment receives service and required maintenance according to specified maintenance schedules. Carry out routine trips to drop off and pickup equipment and vehicles in need of service.
  • Perform all aspects of parks sign management including but not limited to fabrication, Dig-Safe notification, installation, repair, and design. 
  • Plow and remove snow from walkways, bike paths, parking areas and outdoor skating rinks located in parks or other properties managed by Parks and Recreation or properties for which Parks and Recreation has contracted with for snow removal as required.
  • Carry out all aspects of outdoor skating rinks (parks and other properties as directed) including but not limited to water system preparation, site preparation, layout, flooding, resurfacing, installation and removal of City owned commercial rink systems, and snow removal.
  • Perform tasks associated with special events occurring throughout the City including but not limited to crowd and traffic control, installation of temporary fencing, monitoring and documenting sound levels, ensuring vendor registration, and general set up and break down.
  • Carry out special work detail requests from outside departments and other local City entities as directed. 
  • Respond appropriately to public inquiries regarding parks infrastructure.
  • Complete written forms to document time and materials used for projects, equipment and equipment maintenance.  Maintain records of inventory, parts for equipment, types of materials used, etc.
  • Act as "Ambassador" for the City, carrying out work and interacting with co-workers and the public in a respectful, professional manner.
  • Assist in the provision of cost and material estimates on building construction projects, turf projects, roadway projects, etc.
  • Perform carpentry work on parks and other City buildings to include but not limited to roofing (stripping old roofs, installing flashing, ice shields, felt, replacing fascia wood, etc), new construction (plan, design, permitting, costing, installation of utilities, compliance with building codes, VOSHA, and ADA), painting (everything from brushes and rollers to airless sprayers).
  • Safely operate skill saws, generators, sawzalls, hammer drills, jackhammers, table saw, radial arm saw, chop saw, hole shooter, drills, transit, hammers, sledge, tape measure, scaffolding, ladders, etc.May provide direction to contractors working on buildings, grounds, and other park and City infrastructure.
Non-Essential Functions:
  • Perform other duties as required.
Oct 18, 2019
10/30/2019 11:59 PM Eastern
High School Diploma or equivalent required. One (1) year of experience using commercial riding, lawn-mowing equipment required. Two years (2) of experience in general landscape construction or park or grounds maintenance required. Possession of and the ability to maintain a valid Class D Vermont Driver's License required. Background in turf management with experience in seedbed preparation preferred. Background in landscape construction with knowledge of irrigation system installation and repair preferred. Ability to act independently with little or no supervision. Ability to maintain professional appearance while engaging in field work, by refraining from any use of profanity, inappropriate language, or inappropriate behavior required. Ability to provide direction and/or work with volunteers and temporary employees. Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development. Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions. Experience using a pick-up or one-ton truck with front snowplow and landscape trailer preferred. Operate all Parks equipment in accordance with Department policies and procedures. Ability to operate Agricultural Style tractors, back hoe, front-end loader, chain saws and other power tools and equipment. Utilize personal safety equipment in accordance with all VOSHA and department policies and procedures. Ability to interact with the public in a respectful and professional manner at all times. May be required to obtain and maintain Playground Safety Inspector Certification. Ability to operate standard transmission vehicle. Ability to work in all weather conditions. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds as directed. Ability to work evenings weekends and holidays.
High School Diploma or equivalent required.
Burlington, VT
Regular Full Time Non Exempt
$21.46 - $23.90 Hourly
The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veter