Job Description

Do you enjoy working outdoors? The City of Littleton has an opportunity for a Grounds Maintenance Worker to join our busy grounds crew in a permanent full-time benefits-eligible position. Our Grounds Maintenance Workers perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the maintenance, repair, and operation of the City's landscaped public grounds, hardscape areas, parking lots, sidewalks, pedestrian paths and medians. The ideal candidate has a love of the outdoors and experience constructing and/or maintaining turf and landscaped grounds.

The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities, and one of Colorado’s top five places to Raise a Family. Home to a vibrant and historic downtown, and a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees. For more information, please see the 2024 Benefit Guide.

The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at market pay and creating career development opportunities. In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position with the City of Littleton.

Grounds Maintenance Worker I - Starting pay range $20.39-$22.50 per hour

Grounds Maintenance Worker II - Starting pay range $25.50 - $28 per hour

This position is non-exempt per FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.

Work Schedule:  This full-time position will work 6:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Must be available to work nights and weekends as needed for snow removal. Overtime opportunities are available throughout the year for special events and projects.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified or the position is filled, but preference will be given to complete applications received by May 22, 2024. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintains turf grass using riding lawn mowers, push (walk-behind) lawn mowers and string trimmers.
  • Installs, maintains, prunes and removes trees, shrubs and perennial flowers.
  • Picks up trash and removes weeds from the city's landscaped public grounds.
  • Maintains assigned equipment, including vehicles and equipment by performing operator maintenance checks.
  • Performs preparation and maintenance activities include, tilling, soil aeration, watering, removal, and cold weather maintenance. 
  • Performs snow and ice removal from walkways, driveways, and parking lots as directed using hand and powered snow removal equipment.
  • Installs and repairs holiday lighting displays.
  • Provides support for city events.
  • Performs other similar assignments and projects as required.
  • Will serve as an Emergency Worker.

Additional Duties for Grounds Maintenance Worker II:

  • Directs seasonals in the field under the guidance of the Operations Supervisor.
  • Applies applicable pesticides with consideration of the health and safety of people, plants, and the environment.
  • Performs preparation and maintenance activities include, tilling, soil aeration and fertilizing; pest control; watering, removal, and cold weather maintenance. 
  • Assists Irrigation Technicians with basic troubleshooting and maintenance, as directed by the Operations Supervisor or Manager of Grounds.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 

Minimum Qualifications for Grounds Maintenance Worker:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Six (6) months of work experience in grounds maintenance; arboriculture; landscape horticulture; hardscape construction and maintenance, or a closely related field; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, motor vehicle records check, drug screen and physical.

Minimum Qualifications for Grounds Maintenance Worker II:

  • Two (2) years of work experience in grounds maintenance; arboriculture; landscape horticulture; hardscape construction and maintenance, or a closely related field; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, motor vehicle records check, drug screen and physical.
  • Traffic Control Flagger Certification required within three (3) months of employment.
  • Registered Technician - with a focus on turf, ornamental, and right of way required within twelve (12) months of employment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of turf and landscape maintenance and the skill and ability to safely maintain and operate the following tools, power equipment, and vehicles:  riding lawn mowers; push and walk-behind mowers; turf aerators; pick-up truck with utility trailers; power edgers, hedge trimmers and weed whips; pick-up truck with mounted water tank and pony motor, backpack weed sprayer, rototiller; aerial lift truck; dump truck with hydraulic bed; skid steer loaders; hand shovels, rakes, pick axes; tree chipper and gasoline engine powered chain saw following instruction and on-the-job training.
  • Knowledge of landscape horticulture including identification, maintenance, pest control and pruning of trees, shrubs, perennial and annual flowers.
  • Ability to perform roadway traffic control with cones and signs.
  • Mechanical knowledge and aptitude; the ability to read, understand, and follow technical manuals relating to the operation, repair, and maintenance of assigned equipment; the skill and ability to perform mechanical problem diagnosis, trouble-shooting, and light engine repair for assigned equipment in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of hardscape construction and maintenance and the skill and ability to apply that knowledge to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Work is performed indoors in a shop environment;  and outdoors and includes exposure to adverse weather conditions; noise exposure up to 130 decibels (unprotected exposure) (use of protective hearing devices is mandatory for all laboring positions working with or in proximity to gasoline engine-powered maintenance equipment to reduce noise exposure to permissible OSHA exposure levels); exposure to equipment vibrations; fumes, and odors from engine exhausts and chemicals; odors, dusts, mists, gases, pollens, molds, insects, rodents; mechanical and electrical hazards; work in high exposed work sites; exposure to burn potential from hot exhaust systems; explosive fumes from fuels and chemicals; exposure to toxic and caustic chemicals contained in pesticides, fertilizers and lubricants.  Use of eye protection is mandatory for all laboring positions using power lawn mowers, weed whips, chippers, shovels, axes, and other equipment whose operation presents eye injury hazards.
  • Position requires strenuous daily and weekly physical work including lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects weighing up to 100 pounds with or without assistance.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED:

Powered and non-powered equipment; utility vehicles with trailers, hydraulic buckets or water tanks; skidster loaders; tree chippers and chain saws; vehicle and hand-held radios; related maintenance equipment; and a variety of hand and power tools.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Littleton is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and intends to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other non-job related characteristic, and to hire and retain the best-qualified individuals without regard to any of these factors. This prohibition includes unlawful harassment based on a protected class.

The City of Littleton will consider reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment process and employment. Applicants and employees can request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 303-795-3857 or emailing hr@littletongov.org.

 

Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace

The City of Littleton is committed to the health and safety of all its employees. To ensure a safe and productive work environment the city prohibits the use, sale, dispensation, manufacture, distribution or possession of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia on any city premises or worksites. No employee shall report to work or be at work with alcohol or with any detectable amount of prohibited drugs in the employee's system. A detectable amount refers to the standards generally used in workplace drug & alcohol testing. This prohibition specifically includes marijuana, and decriminalized psychedelics whether used for medical purposes or obtained legally under state law.

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