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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$59,331.87-$87,826.05
LOCATION:County Farm Park
Under the direction of a higher classified employee, works independently and exercises judgment and discretion in completion of duties with responsibility to plan, manage, organize, direct, and review the operation and maintenance of the Washtenaw County Parks System. Determines maintenance needs, estimates costs, maintains records, and supervises and coordinates activities of employees engaged in maintenance of the park & preserve grounds, facilities, pools, and natural areas.
Essential Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of park & preserve maintenance involving park buildings, facilities, grounds, turf, trees, horticulture, plants, shrubs, and natural areas.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, and reviews the work of permanent and seasonal staff. Assists in the selection of personnel. Evaluates work and recommends coaching or mentoring techniques as required.
  • Trains staff in work procedures, ensuring that County and departmental policies and procedures are followed, and proper safety measures are enforced.
  • Assists in the development of and administers the budget for the Park Maintenance programs.
  • Develops working schedules and maintenance plans to maximize usage of the facility in each of the four seasons.
  • Plans and manages equipment needs and resource allocation to maintain recreational amenities in parks and preserves.
  • Directs and participates in purchasing activities, ensuring that an adequate inventory of operational and maintenance supplies are maintained.
  • Ensures that all facility buildings, equipment, and grounds are properly maintained and safe for use by the public.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with a variety of citizen groups and the public. Works closely with other departmental staff to solve a broad range of administrative and service delivery problems.
  • Answers questions from and resolves difficult problems with the public.
  • Assists in the development of long-range plans for the department. Suggests physical improvements to enhance park usage.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements day-to-day operating policies and procedures.
  • Initiates and reviews payroll documentation for both full and part-time employees.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares period and special reports regarding facility maintenance, operations, and activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Practices and procedures of landscape horticulture, lawn care and landscape management including proper use of insecticides and fungicides, soils, chemicals and fertilizers, and the necessary supplies, materials, and equipment. Knowledge of work hazards, preventive safety checks and applicable OSHA/MI-OSHA regulations.
  • Understanding of the laws and ordinances regulating the operation of vehicles.
  • Ability to objectively review program content and facility maintenance, evaluate findings and effect improvements.
  • Knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems.
  • Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of southern Michigan.
  • Ability to safely use and maintain (and train others to safely use and maintain) chain saws, brush blades, herbicide applicators, and other field equipment. Knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures for equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective personnel and public relations.
  • Planning, organizing, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Good communication skills and ability to foster teamwork.
  • Interpreting, applying, and explaining laws, policies and regulations to staff and the public.
  • Setting priorities and coordinating multiple projects and activities.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise, and effective written materials.
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Must possess a valid Michigan Driver's License.
Ability to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certificate for the State of Michigan within six (6) months from date of employment.
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone. Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal park and recreation setting and use standard equipment including lawnmowers, trimmers, and chainsaws. May be exposed to extreme (both hot and cold) weather conditions, including snow and ice, and must be able to walk on rough, off-trail, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces. The work requires the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Must be physically capable of completing tasks outlined above with physical agility to occasionally lift to eight (80) pounds.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Equivalent to an associate's degree in recreational facilities, maintenance, facilities management, or other related fields.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience required in building and grounds maintenance, of which three (3) have been in a supervisory capacity.
Minimum of three (3) years experience in ecological restoration and management (specifically the control of invasive species with prescribed fire or herbicides), and the planning of such activities; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2109-69-3179-0001


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