Horticultural/Landscape Maintenance Lead Day Laborer

The City of Everett

Everett,  Washington

Nature of Work

The City of Everett Parks Department is currently accepting applications for Horticulture/Landscape Maintenance Lead Day Laborer.  This employment will not exceed nine months in duration.  It is mandatory that the employee in this position contribute to the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System.  This contribution is refundable upon request at the completion of employment.  These positions are provided with pro-rated City of Everett benefits.  (No medical benefits).   Union membership is required within 30 days of hire.
 
NATURE OF WORK
This is work performing a variety of physical tasks, including, but not limited to, maintenance of park trees, forest and trails lands; tree maintenance equipment; installation and maintenance of automated and manual irrigation systems and equipment; installation and maintenance of landscape beds and landscape maintenance equipment and; production of plant materials within EPRD production facilities and maintenance of the facility.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Horticulturist, Arborist or Supervisor II dependent upon areas of actual work assignments. The Lead Day Laborer may supervise other seasonal employees.  The work includes making field assessments, performing corrections in cultural practices pertaining to landscape management principles and practices, and assisting in greenhouse production duties.   
 
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
An employee in this position will perform tasks to include:

  • Maintains a variety of plant materials in park areas by weeding, mowing, fertilizing, and watering as required; 
  • Prunes, plants, propagates, relocates, transplants, and removes a variety of plant materials;
  • Performs various tasks including spraying for IPM practices in disease and pest control;
  • Manages vegetation through mowing, brushing out, removal, and pruning as necessary;
  • Replace/repair broken heads, dig up and repair broken pipes, trouble shoot existing systems for efficiency, analyze solid state controls for operating malfunctions, repair/replace backflow prevention devices, rebuild and/or replace remote control valves;
  • Performs cultural practices such as fertilizing, transplanting, pinching, propagation, applying pesticides on a wide variety of crops;
  • Operate equipment like light-duty trucks, tractors, front-end loaders, flatbed and dump bed trucks with various sized equipment trailers and other related equipment;
  • Use various hand tools like pruners, saws, trowels, shovels, etc.;
  • Use various power equipment such as weedeaters, blowers, edgers, sprayers, rotovators, chain saw, chippers, mowers, brush cutters, stump grinders, and trenchers;
  • Make repairs, cleans, refurbishes and rebuilds equipment and sprayer apparatus
  • Make repairs on production facilities, i.e. hose and irrigation repair, injector repair, structural repair, bench repair, and heat and ventilation system repair;
  • Maintain work records, time sheets and spray records; Operates computers, radios and technical equipment used in communication, information, and irrigation systems.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are considered critical to successful performance in this position:

  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of plant production and propagation of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and trees and their use and care in the park landscape.
  • Knowledge of proper pruning, planting, fertilizing, grinding of stumps and other related cultural practices.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the use of horticultural pesticides and growth regulators.
  • Knowledge of production facilities and their construction and repair.
  • Ability to operate small hand and power tools, landscape equipment including skid steer loader, tractors with front-end loaders and trenching machines, and various vehicles including automobiles, dump bed trucks, and flat bed trucks.
  • Ability and willingness to perform strenuous labor tasks such as lifting objects weighing in excess of fifty (50) pounds under varying weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of traffic control techniques, safety precautions and the ability to identify hazards including electrical hazards.
  • Considerable knowledge of irrigation principles, practices and equipment including knowledge of efficiency in design and operation of irrigation systems.
  • Ability to utilize computer software to maintain field and maintenance records and ability to adapt to software the department may purchase.
  • Ability and willingness to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability and willingness to work well with other employees and the public.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends or off shift if necessary.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of two years experience in landscape maintenance; OR advanced education in college/trade school coursework in horticulture or a related field ORany combination of training and experience sufficient to provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to appointment, a valid Washington State Drivers License
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Washington State Public Pesticide Operator's license and any other chemical handler certification as required by law, within 6 months of hire.
  • Submission to a comprehensive background check.


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