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29 Apr 2021

Full-Time Park Specialist 1 / 2 – Stormwater and Median Maintenance Teams

City of Eugene, Oregon – Posted by tskier Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division is seeking an entry level park specialist who is highly motivated, fun and who likes to work in the outdoors.   If you are passionate about advancing clean water initiatives, reducing environmental impacts on the urban landscape and making a difference in the City’s overall livability; this is a position for you.  We may fill additional positions from this recruitment.

This position reports to the Stormwater and Median Maintenance team performing routine landscape maintenance tasks on the vegetated stormwater facilities, medians and specialty landscapes corridors in Eugene.

Must have the ability to perform strenuous manual work under varying weather conditions, for example; shoveling, raking, trimming, mulching, weeding, pruning, and other grounds maintenance tasks

Must have experience using small motor equipment, for example; string trimmers, push mowers, edger’s, chainsaws, back-back blowers and others

Must have ability to work in all weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, fumes, vapors, or mists while working

Must have strong physical and mental capabilities for working within high volume traffic corridors

Must be open to the larger understanding of the City’s Stormwater Management Program as it complies with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) under the federal clean water act

Department/Division: Public Works Department / Parks and Open Space Division
Supervisor:  Jackie Hallett, 541 682-4822
Location:  1820 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene, OR 97401
Work Schedule:  Work hours will vary by crew and season and are subject to change.

**Employees hired into Stormwater and Landscape Medians Team will typically work a Monday- Friday schedule unless work demand dictates a change**

Must maintain an active telephone number and be available and respond to emergency call-backs, as required.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.  
Accepting on-line applications only.
Click here apply online.

NOTE: Employees hired in Park Specialist 1-2 positions are required to participate in a two-year cross-training program. During this period, employees will rotate to other operation crews within the Parks & Open Space Division. After an employee has successfully completed all rotations and demonstrated basic proficiency levels in each skill area, an employee’s position will be eligible to flex to the semi-skilled/skilled Park Specialist 2 level.

**Please note: actual assigned duties will depend on the skill level of the employee**

Vegetated Stormwater Facilities and Landscape Medians duties:   Maintains public rain gardens, grassy swales, stormwater planters and detention ponds for conveyance of stormwater and removal of pollutants and sediment. Maintains specialty planting areas including vegetated medians. Maintains irrigation systems.  Examples of duties include pruning and vegetation removal, mowing finished turf, weeding, tree work, litter and debris removal, illicit activity and graffiti abatement, irrigation and sprinkler repair and adjustments.  May assist in the posting and cleanup of illegal camps.  Works in conjunction with Eugene Police and other various City departments, adjacent land owners, citizens, and various contractors. Documents work using a variety of software programs like Microsoft, Peoplesoft and Maintenance Management Software;   Uses Apple products and mobile technology, GIS, i.e.

Other duties may include:

Natural Area Operations duties: Maintains natural areas and open space areas such as wetlands, waterways, natural and undeveloped park lands, and the ridgeline trail system. Examples of duties include vegetation removal and channel clearing, mowing, weeding, trail maintenance, tree work and illicit activities.

Park infrastructure and janitorial duties: Maintains and repairs park fixtures such as benches, tables, play structures and surfaces, signs, and trash cans; responsible for cleaning park restrooms and amenities and illicit activities.

Landscape management duties: Maintains planting areas in and around City parks, facilities, specialty right of way landscapes, and floral gardens. Examples of duties include: weeding, mulching, planting, pruning, brush chipping, traffic control and work zone setup, illicit activities and litter pick up.

Vegetated stormwater management duties:  Maintains vegetated rain gardens, storm water planters, grassy swales along street corridors.   Examples of duties include:   weeding, mulching, planting, removal of sediment, traffic control and work zone setup, illicit activities abatement.

Turf management duties: Responsible for maintaining the developed parks’ turf and irrigation systems, sports fields, medians and floral gardens. Examples of duties include: mowing, edging, blowing, sprinkler adjustments and minor repairs, sports fields layout and marking, and garbage and litter patrol.

Tree maintenance duties: Responsible for maintaining trees in the City’s right-of-way areas; responds to service requests and hazardous trees and limbs. Example of duties include: brush chipping, traffic flagging, raking limbs, and assisting with trimming trees.

Emergency storm response duties: Operate 5 or 10 yard dump trucks, cutting, hauling, and/or chipping tree limbs in the right-of-way, operate snow plow, snow removal on walks and paths, traffic flagging, and tree felling.  May be asked to work extended night and weekend shifts in emergencies.

Knowledge of: 
Grounds and park maintenance principles, practices, materials, and equipment.

Equipment and practices involved in park grounds, landscape, or building maintenance.

Basic principles and practices of horticulture.

Basic principles of green infrastructure.

Safety rules and identification of safety hazards.

Ability to: 
Perform manual parks-maintenance related duties in areas of assignment.

Operate vehicles, trailers, and other specialized equipment involved in parks maintenance.

Work independently, or as part of a crew.

Follow oral and written instructions.

Assign, lead, train, and review work of seasonal employees; as Park Specialist 2, plan, assign, and review work of Park Specialist 1 staff.

Perform limited mechanical, plumbing, and carpentry repairs.

Read maps and construction drawings.

Select, propagate, and care for plants.

Maintain accurate records.

Recognize noxious and invasive plants.

Learn new tasks and equipment operations as required.

Perform strenuous physical work outdoors in varying weather conditions, sometimes in confined spaces and uncomfortable conditions.

Identify hazards and perform all work to established safety practices.

Provide and wear personal protective equipment as required.

Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public; establish effective working relationships.

Be available and respond to emergency call-backs as necessary.

Interact with members of the public to answer questions, inform them of rule violations, and improve user experience.

Use computers for time and task tracking, email, etc.


Experience and Training Guidelines – Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year manual work in grounds keeping, arboriculture, parks, green infrastructure and/or natural area maintenance, custodial, or building maintenance.

License or Certificate:
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Ability to obtain, and maintain, a valid Oregon State Class “A” commercial driver’s license with appropriate endorsements within one year of hire date.

Flagger and Work Zone Traffic Control Certification preferred

May require Pesticide Applicator License – Ornamentals and Turf, Herbicide Certification

May require additional technical and/or specialized certification(s) to perform the assigned duties.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
Work is typically performed outdoors in field environment with exposure to all weather conditions including travel from site to site and indoors within various building facilities. May be exposed to sharp objects/needle sticks, insect/dog bites, moving objects/vehicles, dust/noise/vibration, hostile transients, smoke/fumes/odors, gasses, cramped quarters, inclement weather conditions, slippery surfaces, toxic/caustic chemicals, and biological waste. Use and operation of City vehicle, variety of hand/power tools, back pack blowers, pressure washers, chain saws, hoses, irrigation equipment, mowers, carts, gators, sweeper, equipment trailers, tractors, backhoe, and dump truck. As needed will be required to wear respirator, goggles, face shield, safety shoes, gloves, rain gear, hearing protection, dust mask, hard hat, and other PPE equipment as needed.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.  
Accepting on-line applications only at Click here to access the job and apply.

Job Categories: Water. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Park Specialist; Park Specialist 1 / 2 - Stormwater and Median Maintenance Teams; Public Works.

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