Chief Parks and Grounds Worker

DEFINITION: The Chief Parks and Grounds Worker performs a variety of tasks required to maintain grounds, parks and recreational facilities. The Chief Parks and Grounds Worker is considered the senior level in this series, providing lead supervision and training to subordinate staff.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Receives general direction from the Parks and Grounds Superintendent. Exercises technical and functional direction and training over assigned staff.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS: This is the advanced journey level, lead class in the Parks and Grounds Worker series that performs the most complex technical duties related to the City’s parks and grounds and recreational facilities. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Responsibilities include inspecting and attending to the assigned areas in a timely manner, performing a wide variety of tasks in the maintenance and repair of City parks and grounds, and providing technical and functional direction over assigned staff. This class is distinguished from the Parks and Grounds Superintendent in that the latter is the full supervisory/management level class responsible for organizing, assigning, supervising and reviewing the work of assigned staff involved in parks and grounds maintenance operations.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Illustrative Only): Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assists the Parks and Grounds Superintendent in implementing goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  • Plans, prioritizes, leads and reviews the work of crews engaged in parks and recreational grounds maintenance, repair and construction.
  • Assigns and performs and supervises various landscape maintenance activities.
  • Supervises the preparation and application of chemicals and fertilizers which may require the use of air purifying respirators.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports including work schedules, payroll records, and preventive maintenance schedules.
  • Supervises the planting and care of plants, trees, shrubs, and lawn areas.
  • Assists with budget preparation and control.
  • Provides or coordinates staff training.
  • Provides input on the evaluation of assigned staff.
  • Ensures adherence to proper safety precautions related to all work performed.
  • Responds to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Works directly with vendors.
  • Maintains, repairs, and inventories park equipment.
  • Assigns and performs overall supervision during the Superintendent’s absence.

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