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Part Time Parks Maintenance Worker - Forestry & Horticulture

at South Suburban Parks and Recreation

Pay: up to $13/hour
$13 - $
Posted: 10/1/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2527893

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

Do you have a passion for urban forestry and rolling up your sleeves to create beautiful green spaces for your community? If so, we need your help. Here at South Suburban Parks and Recreation, we are dedicated to creating quality experiences that enrich the wellness of our residents and connect them to nature – while being a leader in sustainability. Join us in transforming our community and environment and creating lasting treasures for generations to come.

This position is responsible for working in a team while learning, acquiring and utilizing the various skills that are associated with accepted landscape maintenance practices for trees, shrubs, and flower beds with an emphasis on worker safety.

Job Requirements

Must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent. Training and/or education in forestry and/or horticulture is desirable. 
Any combination equivalent to one-year (1) skilled labor that is inherent to landscape maintenance and/or planting trees, shrubs and flower beds or with team leading is preferred. For applicants interested in Forestry any experience in tree debris clean up, tree pruning, tree removals, using rope and saddle or aerial lift apparatus is highly desirable

A combination of experience and education may be considered.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and familiarity of District facilities, parks, open spaces and trail systems.
Knowledge of or ability to learn modern arboricultural and horticulture principles, standards, and best management practices.
Knowledge of or ability to learn operations and activities of a municipal urban forestry or horticulture program.
Knowledge of or ability to learn plant identification.
Knowledge of or ability to learn work-place safety practices.
Skill in or ability to learn the proper use, care and maintenance of assets such as hand, power and motorized tools including chainsaws, tree climbing gear, rigging equipment, aerial lift units, chippers, stump grinders, and snow and ice management equipment.
Skill in the safe and lawful operation of motor vehicles, snow plows and snow blowers.
Skill in reading and understanding general and scientific tree reference materials.
Ability to learn, understand and follow policies, procedures, and master plan objectives for the District.
Ability to learn, understand and follow the District's personnel policies and procedures.
Ability to understand the District's organization and operation structure, as necessary, to carry out assigned responsibilities.
Ability to adhere to safe work practices and procedures.
Ability to adapt to changing priorities, weather events, and special work requests.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Ability to read, listen and follow directions/instructions from supervisory staff.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; perform manual labor for extended periods of time; understand oral and written instructions; and operate or receive training on various types of maintenance and construction equipment.
Ability to successfully and productively work without supervision within established policies and procedures and regularly exercise independent judgement for daily operations.
A valid Colorado Driver License and a good driving record is required. This position is required to drive a motor vehicle to various District facilities. . Must have a current driver license and maintain an acceptable driving record with less than 8 points in the most recent 3-year period and having no "major" driving violations in the most recent 4-year period. The ability to successfully complete a background check including but not limited to criminal history search is required.

Additional Information

Work Hours: This is a part time position with variable hours; day, evening, weekend and/or holiday hours may be required.
Please note that a review of applications will begin immediately and interviews may begin prior to and after the advertised close date. 
For more detailed information on job functions and requirements please view the full job description, available under the 'Job Descriptions' section of our employment site or by clicking here. 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact

About South Suburban

 Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational services and programs. 

We serve nearly 155,000 residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.

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