Organization: City of Kent
Job Category: Landscape Maintenance
Job Type: Full-Time
Education Requirement: High School / GED
Experience Requirement: 1-2 years
The City of Kent is looking for an enthusiastic individual who has journey-level experience using various specialized machines, tools, and other equipment to maintain and control vegetation growth. The Maintenance Worker 3-Street Vegetation completes tasks that beautify City property. This position may be ideal for you if you enjoy working outdoors and are interested in vegetation control that is necessary for maintaining a clean and safe environment. The successful candidate will have at least two (2) years of equipment operation, vegetation maintenance, or related experience at a level equivalent to a Maintenance Worker 2.
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There is one full-time, benefited position available. This position is represented by the Teamsters union.
The selection process to fill this vacancy will include a panel interview. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 2nd.
$6,265-7,596 per month, dependent on experience
For a listing of benefits, please use the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (kentwa.gov)
Additional information may also be found in the Teamsters contract, which you can access at Human Resources | City of Kent (kentwa.gov)
Under the direction of the Field Supervisor/Lead Worker, incumbent is responsible for providing the City with a clean, safe and attractive environment by controlling noxious plants, pests, and unsightly vegetation growth in the areas of right of ways and easements.
Work is characterized by a substantial volume of physical and skilled journey level work involved in the maintenance of City roads and streets. Duties include, but are not limited to, mowing roadside ditches and shoulder areas; controlling roadside plants, pests, brushes, trees, and other unsightly vegetation growth; pruning and trimming plants; raking and removing seasonal and other debris; caring for plants, trees and shrubs; performing minor on-site field repair and maintenance of equipment; performing litter control; and operating heavy, light, and specialized equipment. Act as a crew lead during the operation of these equipment. This work includes a variety of skilled journey level maintenance tasks and the operation of a variety of specialized machines and hand, power and automotive equipment in the daily maintenance of the City.
Work is performed with considerable independence in accordance with specific instructions and defined procedures and schedules. Instructions as to what is expected are either provided orally, in writing or in the form of rough sketches. Work is evaluated for the quality and quantity of results obtained. Incumbent may be required to direct the activities and provide training for lower-level classifications, seasonal or part time staff and volunteers.
As an employee of the Public Works Department, actively participate in the processes and communications with coworkers to support a culture of engagement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform maintenance of vegetation along roadways, people paths, easements and other rights of ways as directed.
Operate Mott-Flair and side arm mowers to trim, edge and mow ditch, street and roadside areas and maintain all publicly owned and used facilities within the division’s jurisdiction.
Maintain streets and roadside in a clean, sanitary, and safe environment by picking up litter from planters, traffic islands, parking lots and rights-of-way; performing tasks related to the standard maintenance of traffic islands, planters, etc.
Maintain and control vegetation growth around City facilities, easements, rights-of-way, roadside, etc. under department jurisdiction by fertilizing lawn, shrubs, and trees; weeding, pruning and trimming plants; clearing and removing seasonal and other debris; caring for plants, trees and shrubs; and planting trees and shrubs as needed.
Visually inspect assigned areas for pests and unsightly vegetation; perform vegetation control and maintenance as needed to maintain a clean and safe environment.
Transport and operate all equipment utilized by the vegetation division.
Coordinate crew assignments with Field Supervisor/Lead Worker, including the planning and prioritizing of daily tasks; make necessary field decisions when required concerning labor, equipment and materials; provide field work direction and training to new and/or less experienced employees on the assigned crew; and enforce safety regulations at all times.
Perform skilled operation of chemical application for spraying pesticides and herbicides using both manual and power spraying equipment.
Perform skilled operation of heavy equipment such as bulldozer, backhoe, loader, road grader, tandem axle trucks, lift trucks, etc. Skillfully operate Mott and side-arm mower, power mowers, and walk-behind mowers.
Perform on-site field equipment repairs for mowing equipment, chain saws, weed eaters within scope of knowledge and expertise.
May investigate and resolve complaints; operate sidearm mowers; or fill-in for Lead Worker in their absence as assigned.
Clear and remove debris from storm/utility lines and pipes; pick up litter from retention ponds, bio-swayles, pump stations, planters, and all other areas owned be the City as needed.
Assist Operations Division by operating sander, snow plow and loader to remove snow and ice from streets during winter months; skillfully operate snow and ice control equipment; and provide services for other departments as required.
Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.
Perform related duties as assigned safely and efficiently.
May perform work in other sections to facilitate skill set development
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Mowing, pruning, edging, trimming, and weeding techniques
Plant biology/horticulture, landscaping, and/or forestry practices
Methods, tools, equipment, and materials used in the Street/Storm Vegetation Division
Vegetation control equipment operation and basic preventive maintenance
Work hazards and applicable safety precautions entailed in work activities
Chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides
Correct usage of the English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary as it pertains to the job
Supervisory principles, practices and techniques
How to operate a personal computer
Safe and proficient operation of machines, tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance Street/Storm Vegetation Division including snow and ice control equipment
Mixing and applying chemical pesticides
Perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time and during inclement weather conditions
Utilize procedures and practices to independently complete assigned tasks with minimum supervision and make field decisions in absence of Field Supervisor
Meet schedules and time lines
Effectively train and direct the work of assigned staff and/or volunteers to safely complete work projects as assigned
Safely work with hazardous substances, and effectively limit risk to self as well as others
Safely and effectively operate vehicles, tools and equipment listed below
Appropriately use supplies and materials used in Street/Storm Vegetation maintenance
Effectively use interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy in daily tasks
Use all available resources to identify and analyze situations to resolve problems and adopt an effective course of action
Work flexible work schedules, subject to rotating shifts and call backs in evenings, weekends and holidays
Identify plants, weeds and trees and differentiate between weeds/pests and preserved plants
Maintain accurate records and prepare routine reports
Read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos and maps
Read, comprehend and apply documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, memos and maps
Speak and present information in one-on-one and small group situations to supervisor, the public and other employees of the City
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide; compute fractions, rates, ratios, proportions, percentages, volume, area, circumference and distance; draw and interpret graphs and sketches; and calculate labor and materials for daily tasks
SKILLS FOR THE POSITION MAY BE GAINED THROUGH EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, RELEVANT JOB EXPERIENCE or a COMBINATION, SUCH AS:
Education: High school diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by one (1) year of post high school training or trade school in plant biology, horticulture, forestry, landscaping, or street/storm vegetation maintenance; and
Experience: Two (2) years of equipment operation, vegetation maintenance, or a related experience at a level equivalent to a Maintenance Worker 2.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Valid Washington State Driver’s License
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A or B with required endorsements within 6 months of employment
Valid Washington State Public Pesticide/Herbicide Operator’s License, with right of way endorsement, and any other chemical handler certification required by law within 6 months of employment
Must successfully pass the City’s pre-employment driver’s records check, complete the City’s Defensive Driving Course and maintain an excellent driving record
Must successfully pass the City’s Physical Agility screening
Must successfully pass the City’s pre-employment substance abuse screening
Must successfully pass a position specific background inquiry
Valid Flagger’s Card
Valid First Aid/CPR Card
Maintain State requirements for certifications
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools and equipment used in mowing, weeding and vegetation control including, but not limited to, mowing equipment, weed-eaters, chain saws, pruners, trimmers, chippers, stump grinders, rakes, hammers, shovels and jackhammers.
Motorized vehicles including, but not limited to, pickup truck, lift truck, CDL vehicles, rotating machinery, and other heavy equipment. May also be required to operate a City vehicle to travel from site to site several times each day.
Other safety equipment used include hard hats, safety glasses or goggles, ear plugs or muffs, respirators, rubber or plastic gloves, rubber boots, pesticide and herbicide spraying equipment and chemical resistant clothing.
May use typical modern, business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, computer, telephone, cellular phone, fax machine, copy machine, and calculator.
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.
While performing the duties of this job
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
Work is regularly performed outdoors
During snow and ice season
How to Apply
To apply, please visit our website at www.kentwa.gov/jobs and submit an application electronically.