The City of Lake Wales is hiring a Turf Maintenance Specialist to perform a variety of complex and routine tasks related to the preparation, landscaping, maintenance, upkeep and repair of city fields.
Job application: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/762/Job-Openings
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Works under the immediate supervision of the Parks and Recreation Manager.
Ensures city fields are free from safety hazards; inspect field area for holes and puddles; inspect bleachers for loose balls, broken seating and loose rails; inspect fence for missing ties and hinges
Maintains the fields according to weather and facility's maintenance schedule.
In the off season, prepares soil, plants seed or seedlings, weeds, rolls lawns, cuts grass, and removes leaves, etc.
Picks up trash from barrels in assigned areas and keeps assigned non-cultivated areas in a neat and orderly fashion.
Assists in the preparation of requisition slips for supplies, secures supervisor's approval, and obtains supplies.
Drives a pickup truck for work assignments.
Identifies turfgrass diseases, pests, and weeds common to the area.
Assists in bid specifications and makes purchase recommendations for turf care equipment.
Operates light-duty vehicles, riding mowers, backhoes, push mowers, weedeaters, chain saws, rakes, shovels, blowers, sprayers, hand saws, hydraulic boom, small tools, and any other equipment associated with turf care operations.
Waters and fertilizes lawn, plant, transplant, and trim flowers and shrubs. Maintains and clean grounds and parking areas.
Retains and understands of the basic rules of soccer fields.
Performs heavy manual labor for extended periods, under all weather conditions, and occasionally lifting objects weighing over 100 pounds.
DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience:
(A) Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, and
(B) two (2) years of experience in skilled turf management work, including experience in repair and maintenance work, or
(C) Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Some knowledge of the common varieties of annuals, perennials, and ornamental shrubs and trees used in landscaping; some knowledge of the methods of applying fertilizers and pesticides, and common pests and diseases; some knowledge of proper pruning practices for trees and flowering shrubs; some knowledge of the common methods and practices for establishing and maintaining turf grass; some knowledge of the methods of propagating and maintaining plants by seed, cutting, or division in a greenhouse operation; and some knowledge of the safety requirements of the work performed. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions; and the ability to courteously and tactfully communicate with fellow workers, supervisors, other members of the organization, and the public in giving and receiving information.
(B) Skilled in the operation of tools and equipment.
(C) Ability to work independently and to complete daily activities according to work schedule; Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time, and to perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions.
Valid Florida driver's license or ability to obtain one.
Florida Ornamental/Pesticide License or the ability to obtain one in six months of employment.
Herbicide applicator's license or ability to obtain one in six months.
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Endorsement