Park Laborer I & II

Job Title: Park Laborer I & II

Location: Latimer Lake Park

Department: Parks & Recreation

Job Description:

Purpose of the Position

To keep the parks cut and maintained, as well as, to pick up the litter, repair street signs, and overall general maintenance of city owned parks and properties.  

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. 

Park Laborer - $11.00/hr

This is an entry-level classification in the Parks Department.  Positions in this class normally perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled duties.

Park Laborer II - $12.00/hr

This is the journey level in the Park Laborer worker.  This class differs from Park Laborer I, in that, incumbents perform more complex parks laborer duties, including the requirement to work overtime and weekends, to work independently, exercise judgement, and operate the full range of tools and mechanical equipment related to a specific assignment.  The incumbent Park Laborer may also be expected to assist in the oversight and training of less experienced personnel and if advancing from Park Laborer, must have completed two (2) years of employment.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the level, or when filled from the outside requires prior work experience. 

Major Discretionary Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Pick up litter in parks
  • Maintain lawnmowers in good working condition
  • Fill lawnmowers with fuel
  • Check and maintain proper oil level in mowers
  • Maintain grass on the fields of the parks
  • Keep parks restrooms clean
  • Make sure trash is removed from the playgrounds
  • Inspect playground equipment
  • Repair street signs
  • Install children at play signs
  • Make sure stop signs are not faded
  • Make sure the street marker signs are on the right streets
  • Make sure 3-way and 4-way signs are placed appropriately
  • Install leash law signs at the park
  • Make sure parks are cleaned
  • General maintenance of parks i.e., weed eating, etc.,
  • Make sure limbs are picked up before the grass is mowed
  • Make sure to have safety equipment on
  • Spray roundup around sidewalks and various properties
  • Go to class for training
  • Make sure trees are pruned right for the right season
  • Remove grass from the flower beds
  • Plant different types of trees
  • Knowledge of the care of trees by the watering correctly
  • Water flowers in the summer time in the flower pots
  • Perform other duties as needed

Job Context

The Park Laborer is a full time, permanent position in the Parks Department. The immediate supervisor for this position is the Maintenance Supervisor, followed by the Director of Maintenance and Referees, Assistant Parks Director, and the Parks Director. The person in this position has no supervisory authority.  The Park Laborer works regularly-scheduled hours year-round with occasional overtime and rarely requires night work.  Typical hours for this positon are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round.  This position is 20% indoor and 80% outdoor. This position is responsible for ensuring safe operations according to state and federal regulations. The hazardous materials handled with this position can vary, but mostly consist of round up and herbicide. This position must hold a valid driver’s license. The education level for this position is high school diploma or GED. There are no years required or recommended for this position. The stress level of this position is average. The physical work involved within this position includes: 

  • Bending, squatting, kneeling and twisting
  • Moving heavy objects at times
  • Sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time
  • Work in direct sunlight
  • Work in all weather conditions
  • Working with hazardous materials
  • Exposure to air contaminants, noise, vibration and temperature extremes
  • Performing manual tasks for extended periods of times and in unfavorable weather conditions (temperatures over 75 degrees and below 32 degrees)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • What height the trees need to be pruned for what season
  • What time of year to plant a tree
  • How to make a tree survive and proper height to cut grass in designated area
  • How deep to plant a tree
  • OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety

                        ·    Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department

  • Basic mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication

                        ·    General functions and operations of municipal government


Skills and Abilities

  • How to sharpen the blades on a mower
  • Put tires back on mower
  • Fixing and making sure the properties are maintained properly
  • Use the correct inches to cut the grass properly
  • Learn to pick up the trash in the areas where it is more heavily discarded so it doesn’t pile up
  • Communicate with citizens in the park
  • Prioritize daily workflow

                        ·    Work as a team member with other employees

                        ·    Meet specified or required deadlines

                        ·    Make decisions within specified time restraints

  • Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, contractors, etc., both oral and written   

                        ·    Maintain confidentiality

                        ·    Work autonomously when necessary

                        ·    Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions

                        ·    Deal with others in a professional manner

                        ·    Maintain professional composure in heated situations

  • Stay updated on turf management skills
  • Follow proper dress code while representing the City
  • Show up to work in a timely manner
  • Report all problems to supervisor

                        ·    Follow departmental and City procedures

FLSA:                          Non - Exempt                          

REPORTS TO:           Parks Director, Assistant Parks Director, Director of Maintenance & Referee’s, Maintenance Supervisor, and Park Labor III (when assigned).


SUPERVISES:            N/A

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.   Characteristics described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform them. 

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* Revision adopted 5/07/2019

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