About this Opportunity!
About the position
Lead Maintenance Specialist - Park District
(Full Time, Non-Exempt)
$43,032 - $49,385 per year
Under the direction of the Parks Maintenance Supervisor, this
position assists in the oversight of daily activities of a park
maintenance crew including full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.
The Lead Maintenance Specialist responsible for the operation,
maintenance, repair and performance of daily inspections to assigned
District maintained Parks. Assists in identifying, planning,
prioritizing, scheduling, coordinating, assigning and evaluating
projects and personnel associated with all aspects of park
maintenance, including turf, irrigation, shrub and tree care, and
facility maintenance. May be required to work weekends, evenings,
holidays, and be on snow watch as well as work shifts deviating from
this position’s normal work days and/or with other work groups.
- Performs all cultural maintenance practices inherent to
maintaining irrigated turf grass parks including mowing, aeration,
fertilization, and irrigation.
- Properly plant, prune, weed, mulch and perform general
horticulture maintenance within park and facility landscapes.
- Assists with training and oversight of trash and recyclables
removal operations cleaning and clearing park grounds and facilities
of litter and debris, operation of a trash and recyclables removal
truck, common hand tools, installation and removal of waste
receptacles and dog waste station maintenance.
- Assists with training and oversight of maintaining public shelter
facilities including roof repair, picnic table repair, trash
receptacle repair, stocking of supplies, painting, staining,
restroom cleaning, sanitizing, grill maintenance.
- In the absence of the Park Maintenance Supervisor this position
schedules, assigns and dispatches crews and equipment to maintain
District parks to respective locations.
- Performs routine inspections of all grounds to ensure proper maintenance.
- Conducts training of personnel in techniques for safe and
efficient operation of equipment, tools, machinery, work methods and
- Maintains, operates, and cares for assigned hand tools and
equipment including trenchers, pickup truck, trailer, skid steer,
stump grinder, compressor, small engines, etc. Maintains and
routinely inventories parts and materials used while performing
- Exercises good judgment and proper safety precautions and
practices at all times.
- Reads water meters, activates irrigation systems and fountains at
the beginning of the season and winterizes all systems, fountains,
and shelters at the end of the season.
- Assist as needed with the installation of new irrigation systems
and the extension of existing systems.
- Performs daily maintenance on parks’ drinking and ornamental water
fountains as assigned including filter cleanings and repairs to
timers, pumps, lights, nozzles and liners.
- Keeps accurate records of daily activities and provides lists of
materials for cost tracking. Responsible for providing accurate
information for preparing purchase orders.
- Performs maintenance and repairs on play equipment as needed.
- Assist Staff with District sponsored events, making deliveries of
materials and supplies necessary to meet the requests of facility
rentals and work orders. This position requires the setting up and
disassembly of event tents, tables, picnic benches, and chairs.
- Responds tactfully, respectfully and in a timely fashion to
inquiries and problems in person, by email, phone and mail providing
helpful information and explanations in-line with District policies
and procedures. Thoughtfully handles confrontational or stressful interactions.
- Responds to emergency callbacks on a 24-hour basis.
- Performs snow and ice removal in your assigned area.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.
- Assists Park Maintenance Supervisor with establishing pruning
objectives and pruning prescriptions to protect the health, vigor
and structural development of shrubs and trees. Prune certain
species to avoid the spread of disease, excessive sap bleeding and
to enhance flowering.
- Monitor landscapes for pests (weeds, insects, and diseases) and
perform pesticide applications associated with the proper integrated
pest management for annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, and
irrigated turf grass.
- Assist in designing and renovating shrub or annual/perennial
- Assist in hiring, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating
assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training; and work with
employees to correct deficiencies.
This job description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents
may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any
other related duties, as may be required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Must be eighteen (18) years of age with a high school diploma or
- Any combination equivalent to three (3) years progressive skilled
labor experience that is inherent to park or related grounds
maintenance with an emphasis on turf care, installation and
maintenance of irrigation systems, playground equipment, park
facilities, urban forestry, and horticulture.
- A combination of experience and education may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s License as a Certified Operator or
Qualified Supervisor in the Turf and ornamental categories or the
ability to obtain within one (1) year from the date of hire.
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or the ability to
obtain upon hire and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of modern landscaping principles, methods, and best
- Knowledge of operations and maintenance of irrigation systems.
- Knowledge of work-place safety procedures and the ability to
adhere to safe work practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, and methods of pesticide
application and the safe and proper use of pesticides and
appropriate personal protective gear.
- Knowledge of modern horticulture principles, methods, and best
management practices, operations and activities of a horticulture program.
- Knowledge in the proper maintenance and care of park assets.
- Knowledge in reading and understanding landscape design plans and
documents, and the ability to interpret sketches, diagrams, maps and plans.
- Must have the ability to read and understand irrigation blueprints
and instructional materials.
- Knowledge in the use and general maintenance of hand, power and
motorized tools associated with landscape maintenance.
- Knowledge in the safe and proper operation of snow plows and snow blowers.
- Ability to train and supervise subordinate employees, community
service workers, and volunteers.
- Ability to exercise good judgement and practice proper safety
precautions at all times. Comply with District and Departmental
vision, mission, rules, regulations, safety protocols, policies, and procedures.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities, weather events, and
special work requests.
- Ability to interact tactfully, clearly, concisely, and
appropriately with the public, District administration, co-workers,
and other agencies or contractors.
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and
high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and
vendors in a professional manner.
- Knowledge of methods and processes related to establishing and
maintaining trees and knowledge of the International Society of
Arboriculture Best Management Practices and District policies and procedures.
Material and Equipment Used
Pick-up trucks with manual or automatic transmissions; snow plow
trucks, ATV's or out-front mowers with snow plows; trailers for towing
equipment or materials; tractors, skid steers with various implements,
mower, trimmer, various hand tools, trencher, tractor and implements,
gas torch, irrigation pipe and fittings, electronic testing, locating
equipment, Pesticide Application equipment including high or low
pressure sprayers and backpack sprayers, Pesticides, fertilizers, and
De-Icing salts, personal computer and other standard office equipment.
This position will drive a District vehicle and/or a personal vehicle
for business purposes.
Regularly requires strenuous work outdoors with exposure to a variety
of weather conditions, ecosystems, and landscapes; regular exposure to
adverse conditions such as dust, noise, chemicals, and extremes in
temperature, ultra-violet radiation exposure, and precipitation,
including unlit or low light night-time activities.
Stand, walk, sit, manually manipulate, reach outward, reach above
shoulder, bend, lift up to 50 pounds. May occasionally climb, crawl,
squat, kneel and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of
daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull/drag objects weighing
up to 75 pounds unassisted; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles
while exercising good hand/eye and foot/eye coordination; occasionally
climb stairs and ladders; work in uncomfortable positions for short
periods of time. Ability to tolerate exposure to dust, fumes, and
odors. The employee must communicate clearly and effectively, must
understand and be understood. The employee must be able to see close
up and at a distance with vision acuity and the ability to adjust
focus allowing a broad field of vision.
This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work
environment and physical demands.
We’ve Got You Covered!
South Suburban pays:
- 90% of the employee-only medical insurance cost
- 68% of dental & vision insurance cost
- 100% short-term & long-term disability cost
- 100% life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance cost
South Suburban offers:
- FSA options for additional medical expenses
Happy Employees Are the Best Employees
- South Suburban provides an employee assistance program at no cost
that includes: counseling, financial planning, legal assistance, and
- Our Employee Wellness Program gives covered staff the ability to
reduce their medical premium by $360 annually
Take Time Away to Do What You Enjoy
- 10 paid holidays per year
- 4 personal days per year
- Earn 11.5 paid vacation days per year
- Paid sick leave to rest, recover, and take care of yourself
We’ve Got Your Back
- Up to 8% 401(a) Employer contribution/match that vests after 3
years of service
- Diverse trainings to grow your professional and personal skillset
- Tuition Reimbursement Program that covers up to $1,800 per year
Play Where You Work
- Employee engagement is a priority at South Suburban. Staff
gatherings have included: pictures with the Stanley Cup, Chili
Cook-Off, Ice Cream Social, Shuffleboard Tournament, Employee
Appreciation Luncheon, just to name a few
- Monthly wellness challenge opportunities and staff recognition honors
We LOVE Our Facilities and So Will You:
- Free daily admission to recreation centers, tennis courts, ice
rinks and swimming pools
- 50% off food at South Suburban restaurants
- $5 to $10 for nine holes of golf at four different courses
To view a complete listing of the District’s most current
benefit package, please visit
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.