Park Gardener I
Compensation: $28.70 - $31.88 Hourly
General Statement of Duties
This class of position involves varying degrees of grounds maintenance, landscape and care of Town properties including parks, athletic fields, school grounds, town facility grounds, golf courses, traffic islands, small parks and parking lots.
Park Gardener I and II personnel are directly supervised by and receive work instructions from Park Gardener Foremen and Park Foremen.
Preference will be given to current Town of Greenwich employees who are members of Teamsters Local 456.
Department: Parks and Recreation
Division: Parks and Trees
Bargaining Status: Teamsters
Salary Range: T-07 Level II; T-04 Level I
Level I job code: 8428 Level II Job Code: 8429
ASSIGNMENT LEVEL I -Performs manual work in grounds and landscape maintenance. Work may involve some construction related duties.
- Provides lawn care and establishment activities, prepares site for planting flower bulbs, grass, plants and shrubs.
- Mows, fertilizes and aerates lawns, trims shrubbery and hedges and cleans walks and pathways on all Town properties.
- Performs all activities necessary for the establishment and maintenance of athletic fields, parks, school grounds, etc. including spring clean up and fall leaf removal, hauling and mulching.
- Cleans and provides routine maintenance of workplace (shed) areas.
- Assists with snow and ice removal efforts at all Town parks, recreational facilities, municipal facilities, and schools; may assist the Highway Division of the Department of Public Works with the removal of snow from roads and walks.
- May assist with application of chemicals for pest management in accordance with Parks and Trees Division Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy, if properly licensed to do so.
- Clears parks, athletic fields, school grounds and town facility grounds of litter, glass and other trash; picks-up refuse and recycling cans and loads trucks;
- Collects and hauls leaves from parks, athletic fields, school grounds and town facility grounds and disposes of them into truck or leaf vacuum machines.
- Maintains Parks and Trees Division equipment in good working order, reporting problems to supervisor and assisting with routine maintenance and repair jobs as required.
- Performs other related work as required.
ASSIGNMENT LEVEL II
- Performs skilled work in grounds and turf maintenance and landscaping. Work involves planting, propagation, cultivation and identification of plants and shrubs and familiarity with commonly used plant materials in use in the landscape trades. Performs semi-skilled construction maintenance involving installation and repair of parks and grounds equipment and facilities.
- In addition to performing tasks described under Assignment Level I, performs tasks as indicated in the following:
- Plants, prunes, and cultivates trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials associated with the landscape trade, may apply pesticides.
- Fertilizes and applies pesticides to lawns and maintains grounds of a variety of buildings and facilities.
- Serves as greens keeper maintaining the turf ensuring proper drainage, fertilization and aeration. Relocates holes to eliminate uneven wear of turf. Maintains golf course equipment such as benches, ball washers and tee markers. Changes cups, pins, etc.
- Serves as groundskeeper, assisting tree trimmers with sawing, cutting and clearing of limbs and brush on the ground.
- Prepares athletic fields; performs routine custodial work; installs and maintains play equipment, benches, tables, bleachers, etc.
- Operates all Parks and Tree Division mechanical grounds maintenance equipment including standard shift vehicles, light truck, tractors and snow plows.
- Services mechanical grounds maintenance equipment and makes minor repairs as required.
- Performs custodial and semi-skilled maintenance and repair of equipment and building facilities.
- May service and/or make minor repairs to related small equipment as required.
- Picks up and delivers supplies to facilities, files records, and assists in record keeping and inventory.
- Performs related duties as required.
Graduation from high school or equivalent, plus 6 months of work experience performing related heavy manual laboring duties or an equivalent combination of training and experience in related fields. However, all applicants must have at least 6 months of work experience as described above.
- Valid Motor Vehicle license to drive in the State of Connecticut.
- NOTE: Experience above must have been acquired within the last 10 years.
- Graduation from High School or equivalent; 2 years of work experience in grounds-keeping, landscaping and gardening or a closely related equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Valid Motor Vehicle license to drive in the State of Connecticut and possession of a valid Pesticide Applicator's license.
A Gardener- Level I who completes eighteen (18) consecutive months of work following the probationary period shall be upgraded to a Gardener- Level II conditioned upon the following:
- The employee received a satisfactory rating in his or her most recent performance evaluation as a Gardener I. In the event there is no current performance evaluation the employee will be deemed to have satisfactory work performance for the sole purpose of becoming eligible to be upgraded to Gardener – Level II.
- The employee has obtained a valid Pesticide Applicator's License.
- The employee has not been subject to discipline within the past twenty-four (24) months or is not currently subject to a written final disciplinary warning or last chance agreement.
100% Written Examination
Pass/Fail Performance Examination
- Knowledge of good work habits necessary to perform successfully in a semi-skilled laboring position including maintaining safety and attendance standards.
- Working knowledge of practical gardening, grounds-keeping methods, tools, and equipment.
- Ability and mechanical aptitude to quickly learn assigned skilled and semi-skilled tasks on the job.
- Ability to read and write English.
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees and with the general public.
- Ability to operate all mechanical grounds maintenance equipment, tractors and power tools.
- Ability to operate all Parks and Trees Division motor vehicles that do not require a CDL license.
- Ability to make minor repairs on benches, tables, bleachers, and playground equipment.
- Ability to perform the physically demanding tasks required to perform function of position, including the ability to lift 20 lbs constantly and heavy weight occasionally throughout the day, pushing, pulling, carrying, climbing, bending and cleaning.
- Ability to make oneself available for overtime and overtime call-outs especially for winter snow removal operations.
- Ability to work indoors and out-of-doors, on high and low levels for lengthy periods of time, in various types of weather.
- Ability to operate equipment standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time.
- Skilled in pruning, planting, fertilizing, and cultivating plants, shrubs, and lawns.
ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR ASSIGNMENT TO LEVEL II:
- Working knowledge of the technical names and characteristics of the more common plants and shrubbery.
- Ability to obtain and maintain pesticide applicators license and apply pesticides for pest management in accordance with Parks and Trees Division Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy.
- Skilled in pruning, planting, fertilizing and cultivating plants, shrubs, and lawns.
- All positions may be subject to an interview process. The Town reserves the right to limit the number of qualified candidates who will be invited to participate in the examination, or any part thereof.
- All outside candidates will be required to undertake and successfully pass a pre-employment medical examination, which includes a substance abuse screening test, given at the Town's expense prior to employment if conditionally offered a part time, full time or safety sensitive position.
- The Town of Greenwich has implemented a policy of background investigations all full and part time positions prior to hiring as part of the reference checking procedures for outside candidates. The investigation will only be conducted as the last step prior to an offer. Refusal to sign the release form will terminate the candidate's further consideration.