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Employer: Riley County
Division: Parks
Job Title: Facilities and Grounds Tech II
Salary: $16.69 Hourly

Job Description:





Department:             Parks                                      Division: 

Reports To:             Park Supervisor                 

Pay Grade:               I                                               Status:  Full time                     

FLSA Status:           Non-Exempt


Position Summary: This is skilled work performing park and grounds maintenance and construction activities.  Work involves performing general and specialized maintenance tasks, operating various mechanical tools and equipment to perform general and specialized work in tree, turf, and facility maintenance and construction.  This position assists with the maintenance of meeting facilities, buildings, fairgrounds, and other county property.  This employee exercises considerable discretion in carrying out work details.  Supervision is provided by the Park Supervisor through consultations and review of the work performed.


Essential Functions:

  • Maintains trees, turf, and ornamentals - to include mowing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, and pesticide application.  Schedules, operates and maintains underground sprinkler systems.  Picks up and removes trash and debris.  Applies pesticides to control weeds, insects, fungi and other pests.
  • Operates park maintenance and construction equipment - such as utility trucks, commercial mowers, tractors, trimmers, tillers, compactors, power brooms, boom trucks, sprayers, chain saws, and sprinklers, heavy duty dump trucks, backhoes, large loaders, air compressors, snow removal equipment, snow blowers, jackhammers, fertilizer applicators, floor cleaning and building maintenance equipment, power tools, and any other equipment used in the construction and maintenance parks and grounds.  Transfers equipment to and from the job site.
  • Maintains and repairs park and recreation facilities, buildings and grounds - Helps inspect playground equipment, schedules and makes any necessary repairs.  Repairs building structures, plumbing systems, electrical systems, irrigation systems, appliances, roofing systems, HVAC systems, public address systems and other building systems.  Paints, cleans restrooms, buffs floors, cleans carpets and other routine maintenance.  Maintains checklists for building maintenance, backup generators, vehicle service, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, and other systems when needed.  Sets up for major park events such as the county fair, regional craft shows, national livestock shows, and large meetings, etc.
  • Maintains and repairs park maintenance tools and equipment - such as motor vehicles, commercial tree and turf equipment, tractors, mowers, small engines, commercial floor cleaning equipment and other maintenance equipment. Diagnoses and repairs equipment to include engine overhauls, bearing replacements, complete machine rebuilds, sprayer and pump repairs, and welder and acetylene torch operation.  Maintains equipment service record systems.  Tunes, adjusts, and services equipment.
  • Assists with earthwork and grading operations in accordance with plans and specifications - which involves constructing landscaped areas, open park space, parking lots, and internal park roads with proper grade, alignment, shape, profile, and finish.  Involves site preparation, excavation work, rough and finish grading operations, surface compaction, base compaction, aggregate material application, blading, and other park grading operations.
  • Helps train seasonal employees to safely operate park and facility maintenance equipment - such as commercial mowers, trimmers, tractors, utility trucks, tillers, snow blowers, power brooms, compactors, air compressors, jackhammers, fertilizer applicators, floor cleaning and building maintenance equipment, power tools, and other park facility maintenance equipment.
  • Helps supervise the work of 2 - 4 seasonal employees engaged in park and facility construction and maintenance activities - Helps with the supervision, daily planning and scheduling of work for employees assigned to maintain turf grass and landscape plants such as trees, shrubs, and ornamentals.  Supervises workers engaged in turf and landscape planting, fertilizing, mowing, pruning, watering, facility maintenance and setup.


Secondary Functions:

  • Occasionally coordinates building scheduling with the county Extension office regarding public access and use of fair grounds facilities.  Makes facility preparations such as setting heating/cooling requirements, arranging physical layout and planning equipment set-up.  Secures buildings and shuts down systems.  Supervises the operation of an institutional kitchen in accordance with local and state health code requirements.
  • Maintains daily labor, equipment, and material use records to report time worked and equipment used for cost accounting and accounts receivable processing.  Charges out material used on projects and commodities used on equipment.
  • Performs snow and ice removal operations to provide safe roads, parking lots, and sidewalks for use by the general public in adverse weather conditions whenever snowy or icy conditions are prevalent.
  • Purchases, stores, organizes, inventories, and utilizes parts, tools, maintenance supplies and other commodities used for park and facility maintenance.  Monitors expenditures to stay within a set budget.
  • Assists with tree establishment for the landfill bio-remediation project.  Gathers and plants thousands of cottonwood seedlings each year.
  • Loads, hauls and stockpiles materials to rebuild grounds, fill washouts, construct landscapes, and repair roads and parking lots.  Hauls debris away from cleaning park drainage ditches, culverts and stream channels.
  • Installs and maintains signs, barricades, fencing and other delineation.
  • Performs related work as required during and after regular hours, any day of the week, including holidays.



Education:  High school degree or equivalency is required.  Commercial driver’s license and certified pesticide applicator’s license are required.


Experience:  One year experience in building maintenance and three years experience in tree and turf maintenance required.  Knowledge of the materials, equipment, methods, and practices essential to the maintenance of turf, trees, ornamentals, buildings, facilities, and park equipment.  Knowledge of the general practices applied to the care and safe operation of medium duty construction and maintenance equipment.  Knowledge of applicable work safety rules and procedures.  Knowledge of pesticides and fertilizers and their safe and effective application.  Some knowledge of weed control, insect and fungus control, fertilizing practices, tree pruning techniques and other cultural practices related to park and grounds maintenance.  Some knowledge and skill in using standard methods, practices, tools and equipment of the mechanic trade.


Skills: Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments, and to maintain assigned equipment.  Ability to operate grounds maintenance equipment efficiently and safely.  Ability to understand and follow oral instructions or written plans.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with other employees and the general public.  Ability to maintain daily labor and equipment records.  Willingness to work in unpleasant weather conditions.


Supervisory Control:

The employee uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments and routine tasks, but refers deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations to the supervisor.  The supervisor makes assignments by assigning new work, and defining procedures, priorities and deadlines.  Work is checked for appropriateness and completeness through inspections and consultations with the Park Supervisor and the Park Director.


Supervisory Responsibility:

This position supervises seasonal employees regularly during summer months and occasionally other times of the year.



Guides include tree and turf manuals, Extension Service brochures, equipment operator and repair manuals, traditional practices, personnel regulations, and instruction from supervisors.  These guides require some judgment when applying them to the job.  This position requires a certain amount of skill, previous training and experience.  Routine tasks are generally assigned.  New and unusual tasks are assigned with detailed and specific instructions.  A supervisor is consulted regularly.  Work is checked for appropriateness and completeness, methods are sometimes reviewed in detail.



The work involves a wide variety of related tasks that require skill or knowledge in the following areas:  Tree planting, pruning, and general care. Tree and turf condition diagnosis - injury, disease, weed and insect identification.  Pesticide application - chemical selection, application rates, application methods, and precautions.  Safe and efficient operation of medium duty construction and maintenance equipment.  Mechanical repair and diagnosis including small engine overhaul.  Supervision of new seasonal employees.

In most cases an employee in this class takes the obvious course of action but in some situations different options must be considered and an independent decision made to successfully complete the project.


Scope & Effect of Work:

The main purpose of the work is to perform daily maintenance of all of the county parks and most building grounds to a high degree of quality.  This position also assists with facility maintenance and security.

If the work is not performed properly, the appearance and safety of the county parks and grounds and the county’s image is adversely affected .  If the buildings are not opened and secured properly, hundreds of people scheduled to use a facility may be standing outside of the doors waiting to get in.


Personal Contacts:

Supervisors, co-workers, the general public, and employees from other county departments.


Purpose of Contacts:

Receives instructions and work scheduling from supervisors.  May supervise, instruct or train temporary subordinates in some aspects of basic tree and turf maintenance, pesticide application, construction techniques, and equipment maintenance and operation.  Assists the general public in their utilization of meeting facilities.  Performs work for other county departments.  Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and other county departments.


Physical Demands:

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, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; talk or hear.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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, the employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Approved:                               Date:          



The duties listed above 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 work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2019-4

Open Date: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: