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Park Associate Landscape

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Parks Bldg - Wheeling, IL
$17.00 - $19.00 Hourly


TITLE: Park Associate Landscape l (FLSA non-exempt)

SUPERVISOR: Horticulture and Turf Specialist

The normal workweek shall be designated by the Superintendent of Park and Facility Maintenance as necessary to properly perform the duties of the job. The position requires 32-40 hours per week between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through the end of August. The schedule is flexible and may require some Saturdays and Sundays.

Prefer High School Graduate, experience and or knowledge in related field of property and facility maintenance and repairs.
Knowledge of landscape and grounds maintenance tools, equipment, shop, and field practices.

QUALIFICATIONS: Should be in good physical condition and have sufficient strength to do minimal amount of lifting. Demonstrate initiative, dependability, punctuality and ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely positive manner. Must be able to take direction from Parks Crew Leader and work cooperatively with Park staff.

SUMMARY: The Seasonal Park Associate is responsible for daily upkeep of the parks, working with assigned team leader.

Operates hand and power tools.
Cleans, provides preventative maintenance, and simple repairs of maintenance equipment.
Plants trees, shrubs, flowers, and installs retaining walls, and other landscape materials.
Performs custodial cleaning, grass mowing, and general park and building maintenance and construction.
Performs the job safely and in compliance with Park District Employee Manual, policies, procedures, work and safety rules. Supports & exhibits the established organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people.


Performs construction and maintenance of athletic fields and special event facilities including but not limited to: temporary fencing, installing and grading infield clay/sand loam, tent/seating set- ups, moving bleachers, soccer goal assembly and repair, drain tile installation and floodwater pumping.
Assists staff with maintenance and construction of pavements, buildings, plumbing, carpentry, electrical & lighting, furnaces, ducts, pipe lines, water lines, shelters, benches, playground equipment, signs, fencing, sewers, and drainage structures, asphalt, concrete and brick paving, stone paths, etc.
Operates equipment and machinery.
Special projects as assigned.

Lifting: to load and unload materials up to 50 lbs. Rocks & Landscape Materials
Reaching: to retrieve and replace materials
Standing: to operate machinery
Walking: to and from facilities
Sitting: to operate machinery
Crouching: to retrieve supplies from lower levels
Kneeling: to plant shrubs, trees, and landscape materials
Digging: hand diggers and shovels
Bending: for planting and landscape / turf work
Planting: flowers, trees, and shrubs
Motion: needed for planting, digging, lifting, landscape related filed work
Seeing: to drive park district vehicles
Grasping: to handle tools
Carrying: supplies to and from locations
Pulling: to operate manual shifts, equipment and landscape materials
Fingering: to operate machinery
Balancing: while cutting or sawing materials
Talking: to communicate with co-workers
Hearing: to communicate with co-workers
Handling: materials and tools

Employee may work under deadlines and under stressful situations.
Employee may work unsupervised and must seek out supervision when necessary.

Employee may be exposed to chemicals or other potentially dangerous materials utilized during routine maintenance procedures.
Employee may be exposed to all weather conditions, including extreme heat, cold, wind, and noise.
Employee is required to work on all types of uneven surfaces, including grass, mud and stone.

Employee must be able to follow directions and perform work activities as described.
Employee must be able to communicate in a positive manner with other staff members, with other company or agency personnel and with the public.
Employee must possess above-average organizational skills and must have appreciation for detailed, methodical work.
Employee must demonstrate initiative, maturity, dependability, punctuality, and the ability to complete tasks assigned in a positive manner.
Employee must exhibit good safety awareness and judgment.