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Parks Crew Leader (Open Positions: 1)



Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $20.58 - $22.64
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Position Summary

Skilled maintenance and grounds crew oversight work involving the maintenance and development of the District's outside grounds. Responsibilities include day-to-day task supervision of grounds work crews for park maintenance, application of chemicals to turf grass area as directed, snow removal and ice making. Supervision received from Parks Grounds Supervisor.

Duties & Responsibilities

Supervises day-to-day maintenance-related work activities for grounds crew and assists scheduling the work of seasonal staff on a daily basis.
Trains new employees in proper procedures and provides oversight and/or performs grounds maintenance such as tree, shrub, flower and turf care and repairing the irrigation system.
Assists supervisor with the planning and review of grounds projects; determines materials needed and gathers information required to prepare budget recommendations.
Operates riding and power hand mowers and/or a tractor with attachments for the mowing of park turf; operates all other equipment used in the maintenance of the park grounds.
Inspects grounds for the identification of weeds, diseases and insects.
Operates a variety of equipment, including backhoes, trucks and trenchers used in landscape projects such as grading for sod, building berms, planting and removing trees and digging trenches for pipes and wires.
Provides oversight and/or performs general grounds maintenance activities such as mowing, planting, cultivating and watering grass, trees, flowers and shrubs; operates spraying equipment to apply chemical substances which stimulate growth or control weeds, diseases and pests.
Collaborates with internal and external customers in a positive manner.
Follows safe work practices.
Operates snowplows, trucks and other equipment for the removal of snow from park district roads, parking lots and walkways.
Assists with special event support and ice making.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Two-year degree in Horticulture management and three (3) years of experience in landscape maintenance work is preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, ability and skills.
Apply horticultural theory and technique to a park setting, identify and take appropriate action against the diseases, pests and infestations affecting plant life, operate chemical spraying equipment in a skillful and safe manner, operate the equipment and tools used in grounds maintenance and development in a skillful and safe manner, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, understand, explain, and enforce safety regulations
Valid Illinois Vehicle Operator’s License
Possession of a valid Public Applicator’s License in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, as issued by the State of Illinois, Department of Agriculture

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed both in an indoor and outdoor setting, where employee is regularly exposed to dust heat and occasionally to cold; hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch; and smell.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to more than 50 pounds; allowed and encouraged to use mechanical or manual assists for lifting above 40 lbs. as a guideline.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee works around heavy machinery and is regularly exposed to risk of electrical shock.

Additional Information

Position offers full benefits package and enrollment in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).