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Maintenance Worker 3-Street Vegetation

Organization: City of Kent
City: Kent
Job Category: Landscape Maintenance
Job Type: Full-Time
Education Requirement: High School / GED
Experience Requirement: 1-2 years

Job Description

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.

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

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 (


Additional information may also be found in the Teamsters contract, which you can access at Human Resources | City of Kent (



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.




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





  • 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

  • Record-keeping techniques

  • 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




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.



  • 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




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

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