Encampment & Enhanced Maintenance/Clean City Initiative Crew Chief

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
About Seattle Parks and Recreation :
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens, and swimming pools. Our mission is to equip employees and the public for well-being as we support healthy people, a thriving environment and vibrant community. We provide safe and accessible spaces for residents and visitors to work, recreate, rejuvenate, and enhance the quality of life and wellness for children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Delivering excellent customer service to all is a core value.

Equity & Inclusion:
Seattle Parks and Recreation commits to advancing equity and social justice in our department and in every neighborhood by growing a dynamic and diverse workforce, developing strong investments, growth opportunities, and beneficial partner strategies as we acknowledge and pledge to close disparities created by historical practices which often hindered workforce development, environmental justice, access to quality open spaces, programs and facilities. #OneSeattle

About the Position:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking an experienced and dedicated Crew Chief for Encampment and Enhanced Special Maintenance/Clean City Initiative. The Crew Chief is responsible for managing crews that perform regional encampment removals and encampment trash abatement.

The Parks Encampment and Enhanced Special Maintenance/Clean City Initiative Crew Chief is responsible for a geographic maintenance team. The staff supervised include multiple job titles and unions. The work responsibilities described below are accomplished through delegation to Senior staff, coordination with a variety of other work units in Parks and Recreation, other public agencies, and ongoing interaction with the community.

The Parks Encampment and Enhanced Special Maintenance/Clean City Initiative Crew Chief reports to the Manager II. This unit reports out of the Superintendent's Office. These specialty crews provide support to the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Human Services Divisions (HSD), and the Mayor's Office (MOS) with the planning and undertaking of homeless encampment clean-ups. The position requires the support of the Seattle Police Department and requires clear and transparent communication to maintain the safety of staff and community members with a majority of this group's activities related to keeping the parks and Right of Way (ROW) areas free of obstructions, hazards and garbage from encampments and RV's.

In addition, this position works with other city and state departments to manage and ensure policies and protocols are followed, related to moving and cleaning encampments, the planning, strategy, and logistics of encampment cleaning efforts.
Job Responsibilities

  • Plan, prioritize, and direct the activities of approximately 25 full-time and additional peak season temporary staff.
  • Monitor GIS Apps.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Staff are trained in all safety precautions and hazardous training and instituting those practices in their daily work.
  • Respond to concerns, questions, and requests from both internal (Parks and other City personnel) and community members' inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with management to ensure personnel hiring processes, safety training, employee development, disciplinary review, and other associated personnel matters are monitored and documented.
  • Lead strategic efforts within the unit and represent the Department at events and meetings, multi-department task forces, or committees related to encampments and homeless issues.
  • Build community relationships with internal and external partners and play a significant role in the overall leadership of the Division.
  • Sustain partnerships and collaborate to maximize resources and program efforts with other agencies such as the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT); Seattle Public Utilities (SPU); Seattle City Light; Human Services Department (HSD); other City agencies; Advisory Councils, neighborhood associations, businesses, and volunteer groups, Outreach Groups, and other community groups.
  • Maintain a customer service philosophy that is responsive and strives to improve park and ROW safety, security, and accessibility.
  • Engage in strategic thinking to analyze and evaluate the present and future division needs.
  • Develop, implement, and administer unit work plans; prepare recommendations and justifications for the unit's annual budget including salaries, supplies, services, utilities, and equipment; as well as monitor budgeted expenditures.
  • Train staff in technical and safety procedures; establishes work standards; inspect and evaluate staff's work. Maintain personnel and technical records, and complete employee performance evaluations.
  • Review plans for contracted work and in-house projects; provide coordination with other departments, utilities, and businesses as required.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires four years of parks, grounds or landscape maintenance experience which includes two years of lead responsibilities; and requires the ability to supervise others (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

You will be successful in this role if you have:

  • An ability to work within a Windows-based environment, using a variety of software including Outlook (e-mail). MS Word & Excel applications.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and the ability to communicate facts and ideas clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Displayed a creative and practical approach to problem-solving.
  • Familiarity with the proper uses of PC software, including Word and Excel, and work tracking software.
  • Experience handling a budget and developing and administering work plans.
  • Exhibited a high level of motivation and ability to work as a team leader in a demanding work environment.
  • The Ability to convey experiences and mission to a diverse team of staff and have the ability to deal effectively with personnel issues.
  • Have strong customer service skills, the ability to work in a courteous, tactful, and professional manner with customers who exhibit stress, and the demonstrated ability to work in a team setting with cross-functional - composite work teams.


  • Current Washington State driver's license.
  • Washington State pesticide licensing is required within 6 months of employment

Additional Information
Special Working Conditions:

  • Occasionally required to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Occasionally requires handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances.
  • Work in close proximity to armed officers.

The full salary range for this position is $42.89to $46.37 per hour.

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement.
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle Parks and Recreation values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation time, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans .

Want to know more about Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Parks | seattle.gov

SPR's Core Competencies are:

  • Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high-quality standards.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
  • Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
  • Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the city.
  • Teamwork: Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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