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Douglas County  5850
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Pay Range GC14


This classification is the first within a three-level series and performs duties in corrective and preventative maintenance, construction and repair of county parks, grounds and equipment; participate in construction of structures; pour and finish cement; paint; install and maintain water and irrigation systems; basic electrical work. Incumbents participate in all duties and assignments are made by specialty or skill level of project. This classification has considerable contacts with the public and users of parks.

This level is distinguished by entry, journey-level status, no supervision or leading others is required on a regular and recurring basis.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Perform corrective and preventative maintenance work at parks, which includes: construct structures, porches, boat ramps, sidewalks, curbs, signs; paint buildings, signs, tables, fences; spread rock, soil, bark mulch; install and maintain water and sewer systems; install and service irrigation systems; basic electrical work; repair playground equipment; clean boat ramps and restrooms, restock restrooms.

2. Provide a variety of groundskeeping and landscaping duties, such as: plant, cultivate, mow, fertilize, spray, prune, vacuum and/or blow grass and leaves.

3. Operate hand power tools and light to heavy equipment. These may include: mower, dump, flatbed or garbage trucks; tractor; backhoe; trencher; sweeper; cat. Perform minor maintenance and repair on equipment and machinery.

4. Move picnic tables and equipment from area to area. Provide garbage pickup for parks.

5. Winterize parks at season end; prepare parks for spring opening.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of grounds maintenance, irrigation systems, building and facility construction and maintenance methods, principles, practices, equipment, and materials as applied to park maintenance and development; reasonable knowledge of Oregon specialty codes that govern building and plumbing construction; reasonable knowledge of operation, maintenance and minor repair of assigned equipment and machinery. Ability and skill to: Safely operate appropriate power tools and equipment. Ability to: Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; read blueprints and layout sketches; estimate time and materials for individual projects and manage time efficiently; maintain recordkeeping; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees and the public.

Education, experience and training: Three years progressively responsible work experience in park construction and maintenance, heavy equipment operation, and/or building construction which affords work experience in plumbing, irrigation, painting, roofing, cement work, electrical and grounds maintenance areas OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. Must be able to obtain an Oregon commercial driver’s license within the first six months after time of appointment.


Work is performed with supervision from a park maintenance supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Incumbents may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedures, park maintenance and construction reference materials, horticultural reference materials, state specialty code material, blueprints, equipment manuals. Employee uses judgment in determining appropriate guidelines and procedure, but then follows guidelines closely due to nature of work.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed primarily in a park environment; may require bending, climbing through confined areas and/or in high locations, gripping with hands, lifting up to 80 pounds, operating power tools and light to heavy equipment with common exposure to paints and chemicals, pulling, pushing, shoveling, standing, stooping and walking. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is involved.

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