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Employer: City of Derby
Job Title: Groundskeeper
Salary: $14.07 Hourly

Job Description:


65% Grounds Maintenance 

  • Plant, mow, trim, rake, fertilize, and water the grass on public grounds.
  • Remove, trim, and chip trees when needed.
  • Maintain public grounds to keep areas in a clean and neat appearance.
  • Participate in the construction of sidewalks on all public grounds.
  • Operate motor vehicle and other equipment on a regular basis.
  • Spray city property with proper chemicals to control weeds and insects when necessary.

25% Maintenance of the Division Facilities and Equipment

  • Maintain all department equipment in a good and working order.
  • Troubleshoot problems with department equipment.
  • Clear and remove snow and ice from city facilities.
  • Organize and maintain the division facilities in a clean and safe condition.
  • Participate in building, repairing, and maintaining shelters and buildings on public grounds.  This includes roofing, general construction, concrete work, and painting.
  • Prepare facilities and equipment for winter or adverse weather when needed.
  • May provide instruction to new employees in the proper method of completing tasks.
  • Inspect and repair park facilities as needed.
  • Gather trash.
  • Clean restrooms and park facilities.
  • Install, inspect and maintain playground equipment.
  • Build, repair, maintain, and make improvements to shelters, city parks, and other public grounds.

5% Landscape Maintenance 

  • Plant and maintain trees, shrubs, and plants, including watering, pruning, and fertilizing.
  • Provide input in the development and implementation of public ground improvements.
  • Plant and maintain grass on public grounds, including seeding and over-seeding.
  • Install, repair and maintain irrigation systems on city property.

5% Stream Maintenance 

  • Clean and maintain streams, channels, and storm water systems within the city.

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions.  Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs.


Roles: This position requires the ability to work independently, work well with others, and perform in a team environment on a daily basis. 

Impact:  Successful completion of work tasks results in decreased liability, improved utilization of material and/or equipment, and improved public satisfaction.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
  • One year related experience, preferred.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.
  • Valid Kansas commercial driver’s license, required within 90 days of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • General knowledge of related maintenance and repair.
  • General knowledge of grounds maintenance, basic construction techniques, and basic mechanics.
  • Ability to identify, transplant, and maintain various plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Ability to operate all division equipment.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:  Frequent (90%) exposure to adverse weather conditions, high noise levels, and hazardous situations.  Frequent (40%) carrying, lifting, moving, or pushing of 50 pounds.  Frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and twisting.  Must be available for on-call and overtime. 

Vacancy Number: 06112019A

Open Date: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 6/25/2019 11:59:59 PM