Park Specialist 1
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Performs a variety of maintenance, installation, and repair duties; operates a variety of equipment supporting park system operations; works independently, or in a team situation.

Work Schedule : Work hours will vary by crew and season and are subject to change. The parks system is a 7 days a week operation which will require weekend work. Must be available to work any shift due to operational need.

Application Deadline : Friday, July 26, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

This recruitment may be used to fill future positions on varying park crews.

Must maintain an active telephone number and be available and respond to emergency call-backs, as required.

**NOTE: Employees hired in an entry level position are assigned to a specific Public Works Parks crew and are required to participate in a two-year cross-training program. During this period, employees will rotate to other operation crews within the Parks & Open Space Division. After an employee has successfully completed all rotations and demonstrated basic proficiency levels in each skill area, an employee’s position will be eligible to flex to the semi-skilled/skilled Park Specialist 2 level.**

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Performs routine grounds keeping, restroom maintenance, graffiti removal, illegal camp clean-up.

Prunes/trims trees, cleanup of tree debris including chipping brush, raking limbs and brush, sawing felled trees into logs.

Maintains ornamental and natural resource areas by pruning, raking, fertilizing, weeding, invasive species removal, and mulching.

Maintains turf by trimming, mowing, edging, and fertilizing; monitors watering of turf and grounds; assists with repairs and maintenance of irrigation components such as lateral pipes, sprinklers, and valve boxes.

Performs janitorial duties to maintain park facilities such as: cleaning restrooms and picnic shelters; emptying park trash receptacles and picking up park litter.

Operates and services small to medium-sized vehicles and equipment used in tree maintenance, park grounds, and park facilities.

Assists with pruning and removal of trees on City streets and in parks.

Assists with caring for, planting, and transplanting trees and shrubs.

Assists with re-development of garden and landscape, and wetland and natural resource areas; tills ground, plants seeds, and perennials.

Actively supports and respects diversity in the work place.

Equipment used may include, but is not limited to: tractors, chainsaws, hydraulic saws, blowers, line trimmers, edgers, chippers, front end loader, stump grinders, mowers, as well as hand and power tools.

May lead work of seasonal employees and volunteers at work site.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


**Please note: actual assigned duties will depend on the skill level of the employee**

Park infrastructure and janitorial duties: Maintains and repairs park fixtures such as benches, tables, play structures and surfaces, signs, and trash cans; responsible for cleaning park restrooms and amenities, garbage and litter patrol, and illegal camp cleanup.

Landscape management duties: Maintains planting areas in and around City parks and facilities, street medians, floral gardens and bio-swales. Examples of duties include: weeding, mulching, planting, pruning, brush chipping, traffic control and work zone setup, and litter pick up.

Turf management duties: Responsible for maintaining the developed parks’ turf and irrigation systems, sports fields, medians, bio-swales and floral gardens. Examples of duties include: mowing, edging, blowing, sprinkler adjustments and minor repairs, sports fields layout and marking, and garbage and litter patrol.

Tree maintenance duties: Responsible for maintaining trees in the City’s right-of -way areas; responds to service requests and hazardous trees and limbs. Example of duties include: brush chipping, flagging, raking limbs, and assisting with trimming trees.


Knowledge of:
Grounds and park maintenance principles, practices, materials, and equipment.

Equipment and practices involved in park grounds, landscape, or building maintenance.

Basic principles and practices of horticulture.

Safety rules and identification of safety hazards.

Ability to:
Perform manual parks-maintenance related duties in areas of assignment.

Operate vehicles, trailers, and other specialized equipment involved in parks maintenance.

Work independently, or as part of a crew.

Follow oral and written instructions.

Assign, lead, train, and review work of seasonal employees; as Park Specialist 2, plan, assign, and review work of Park Specialist 1 staff.

Perform limited mechanical, plumbing, and carpentry repairs.

Read maps and construction drawings.

Select, propagate, and care for plants.

Maintain accurate records.

Recognize noxious and invasive plants.

Learn new tasks and equipment operations as required.

Perform strenuous physical work outdoors in varying weather conditions, sometimes in confined spaces and uncomfortable conditions.

Identify hazards and perform all work to established safety practices.

Provide and wear personal protective equipment as required.

Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public; establish effective working relationships.

Be available and respond to emergency call-backs as necessary.

Use computers for time and task tracking, email, etc.


Experience and Training Guidelines – Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience :
One year manual work in grounds keeping, parks and/or natural area maintenance or building maintenance.

License or Certificate :
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Oregon Public Pesticide Applicators license may be required depending on assignment.

Ability to obtain, and maintain, a valid Oregon State Class “A” commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements within one year of hire date.

Supplemental Information:

In addition to the salary listed above, upon eligibility, the City will contribute the employee contribution of 6% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

Working Conditions:
Work is typically performed outdoors in field environment with exposure to all weather conditions including travel from site to site and indoors within various building facilities. May be exposed to sharp objects/needle sticks, insect/dog bites, moving objects/vehicles, dust/noise/vibration, hostile transients, smoke/fumes/odors, gasses, cramped quarters, inclement weather conditions, slippery surfaces, toxic/caustic chemicals, and biological waste. Use and operation of City vehicle, variety of hand/power tools, back pack blowers, pressure washers, chain saws, hoses, irrigation equipment, mowers, carts, gators, sweeper, equipment trailers, tractors, backhoe, and dump truck. As needed will be required to wear respirator, goggles, face shield, safety shoes, gloves, rain gear, hearing protection, dust mask, hard hat, and other PPE equipment as needed.

Selection Process
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.


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The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.