Job Details

Position Title:Parks & Open Space Equipment Operator
Reference Number:13.156
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY: $13.60 - $16.53 Hourly

FINAL FILING DATE: We are accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. PERS Retired Annuitants are not eligible to apply. The final filing date has been extended to Monday May 19, 2014.

The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the temporary part-time position of Parks & Open Space Equipment Operator to work in the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department. This is a seasonal position that will not last more than 5 months. The normal work schedule may be Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Must be available to work weekends.


To perform a variety of duties related to maintaining the City’s natural resources, facilities, and property.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES – Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks, and aerial lifts; operate golf cart type vehicle, mower or other machinery.

• Note and correct safety hazards; refer difficult problems/hazards for more advanced attention and recommend possible solutions.

• Prepare necessary forms and reports.

• Utilize proper safety precautions related to all work performed.

• Promote and enforce safety procedures; render first aid and CPR, if certified, as required.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.

• Assist in vegetation management; assist in tree care, creek, preserve, and natural resource maintenance.

• Maintain bike trails, power tools, and irrigation systems.

• Operate tree care equipment such as chippers, stump grinders, power tools and other related equipment.

• Perform data collection/GPS in preserves and open space areas, creeks, and the urban forest.

• Perform pesticide application.

Knowledge of:

• Basic methods, tools, and equipment used in natural resource and grounds maintenance.

• Basic principles and practices of record keeping.

• Principles and practices of safety management.

Ability to:

• On a continuous basis, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist, and reach while operating equipment and perform maintenance and/or construction activities; perform heavy manual labor; operate a variety of hand and power tools used in maintenance activities; know and understand maintenance operations and/or construction projects, observe safety rules.

• Intermittently, analyze equipment problems; identify safety hazards; remember and locate equipment and tools; may interpret and explain work orders; sit while completing work papers; travel from job-site to job-site sitting in assigned vehicle or on equipment; lift or carry cement bags, fertilizer sacks and/or bags of chalk weighing 50 pounds or less.

• Learn to perform semi-skilled tasks in a variety of maintenance activities.

• Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks and aerial lifts.

• Operate golf type vehicle, mower and other maintenance equipment.

• Understand and translate City policies and practices into everyday working practices; make sound decisions with solid problem solving methods.

• Learn principles and techniques of first aid and artificial respiration.

• Respond to emergency situations in a calm and effective manner; administer first aid and CPR, if certified.

• Learn to identify problems regarding the facility and programs; refer difficult problems/irregularities for more advanced attention and recommend possible solutions.

• Understand and carry out written and oral directions.

• Communicate tactfully with customers.

• Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

• Communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training

• Two years of increasingly responsible experience performing parks and facilities, tree care, creek, preserve or natural resource maintenance duties.


• Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade; additional course work and training in maintenance, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, natural resource management, or related field is highly desirable.

License or Certificate

• Possession of a valid California Class B drivers license.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certificates.

Necessary Special Requirement

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Applications will be screened by the Human Resources Department and then forwarded to the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department for final consideration. Those applicants meeting the qualifications may be contacted for an interview. Final appointment is contingent upon passing a City-paid pre-employment physical, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a fingerprint check.

Job Status:Temporary / Seasonal, Salary
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