Maintenance Laborer

City of Seattle, WA
November 2, 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 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 is looking to fill maintenance laborer positions on multiple teams: Encampment and Special Teams Unit, Natural Resources Unit, and the Parks Districts.

The Encampment and Special Teams Unit is seeking Maintenance Laborers to engage in homeless encampment removals and trash mitigation in and around homeless encampments. T his position will report to a Parks and Environment Crew Chief.

The Natural Resources Unit in the Parks and Environment Division oversees the stewardship of Seattle's natural areas and urban forest, led by the Trails Program, Green Seattle Partnership, and Urban Forestry Program. We are seeking individuals who are interested in joining the Natural Resource Unit to build trail access, enhance our city's tree canopy by planting and maintaining trees and restoring urban ecosystems. This position will report to the crew manager within NRU.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks and Environment Division is seeking Maintenance Laborers to work with a team of professionals whose vision is to be innovative and responsive within our geographically based Park Districts and to handle day-to-day cleaning, maintenance, and landscaping of our world-class park system.
Job Responsibilities
Encampment and Special Teams Unit:

  • Lead the work of temporary Laborers and Utility Laborers, as well as other positions.
  • Complete daily reports, input data collected into various Apps developed by GIS for dashboard creation.
  • Remove large debris from encampment sites throughout the City on SOOT, WDOT, SPU, Seattle City Light and Park Properties.
  • Use various types of hand and small power tools such as hammers, saws, axes, drills, jackhammers, rotary drills, weedeaters, backpack blowers, shovels, and scythes.
  • Mow, edge, and trim lawns using power hand and small riding mowers, edgers, and sweepers; water and weed lawns, shrub, and flower beds; rake and clears litter; saws, splits, and stacks wood; assists in other gardening and grounds maintenance work.
  • Comply with the City of Seattle Temporary Workplace Expectations and Guidelines.

Natural Area Unit:

  • Provide regular and ongoing care, preparation, and maintenance of trees and shrubs in developed parks and natural areas. Common activities include planting, pruning, weeding, mulching, and watering.
  • Build, maintain, and repair wooden and stone steps, bridges and boardwalks, soft surface trails, culverts, drainage ditches, fences, timber and stone walls, and other related trail structures.
  • Clear trail of brush and debris using chainsaws, machetes, and other power and hand tools.
  • Responsible for driving a city vehicle, truck and or trailered equipment to and from the job site in a safe and courteous way.
  • Maintain routine records, reports, and photos of daily work using work order software, ESRI ArcGIS Online, Field Maps, Microsoft Excel and any other programs.

Parks Districts:

  • Provide excellent customer service to park users, department staff, government agencies, and partners.
  • Provide regular and ongoing care, preparation, and maintenance for various sized parks (over 20 acres) containing over four distinct outdoor recreational features i.e. ball fields, tennis courts, fountains, picnic grounds, play areas, wading pools, natural areas, turf maintenance, etc.
  • Supervise, plan, train, and assist the work of staff and volunteers.
  • Mow, edge, and maintain lawns using riding lawn mowers, assigned tractors, edgers, and sweepers.
  • Drive pickup trucks and other motorized vehicles/equipment.
  • Collect litter and garbage.
  • Use small hand tools (shovels, rakes, brooms, etc) and operate several types of power equipment (push and brush mowers, weed eaters, edgers, blowers/sweepers, power wheelbarrows, etc).

Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of experience performing general laboring/manual work involving the construction, installation, repair, and maintenance of public facilities (Combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • Washington State driver's license.

Special Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • May be required to drive big trucks.
  • Required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Frequently required to lift objects up to 50 pounds. May occasionally be required to lift objects weighing more than 50 pounds.
  • May work in noisy, dusty environments with offensive odors.
  • May occasionally require handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances.
  • Work may be performed in confined spaces and at heights up to 130 feet.
  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Required to wear safety gear when appropriate.
  • May be required to work with other City and County agencies doing homeless encampment clean up.
  • Must be able and willing to work off trail in natural areas and inclement weather.
  • May require working with concrete or asphalt.

Additional Information

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 .

The full salary range for this position is $30.09 - $30.09 per hour .

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: .

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

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: Leading as an engaged member of a team to build a cohesive team and facilitate the achievement of workgroup 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 |

Closing Date/Time: 11/7/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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