Utility Laborer

City of Seattle, WA
November 16, 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

A utility Laborer, under general supervision, performs a variety of ground maintenance tasks and projects to make parks clean, safe, and welcoming. Most assignments and results are reviewed by a crew chief or other supervisor.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain various public outdoor facilities such as comfort stations, tennis courts, picnic grounds, play areas, and wading pools.
  • Mows, edges, and trims lawns using power hand and small riding mowers, edgers, and line trimmers.
  • Maintain athletic fields including daily preparation and seasonal rehabilitation of baseball, softball, soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, fields including synthetic turf surfaces.
  • Collect litter and garbage.
  • Perform hard surface maintenance such as pressure washing.
  • Clean and maintain comfort stations.
  • Assists in a variety of gardening and maintenance work.
  • May be assigned to lead the work of Regular or Temporary Laborers.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned and lower-level duties of Laborer.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Six months of experience performing general laboring/manual work, good physical condition, and the ability to work with hand and power tools is required.
  • Current State of Washington driver's license or evidence of equal mobility.

You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience performing general labor, landscape maintenance, or horticulture work.
  • The ability to work effectively as a team member in a diverse workforce.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Good judgment, and strong problem-solving skills.
  • The ability and willingness to work and communicate in a diverse workforce and community.
  • The ability to make minor adjustments and repairs to equipment.
  • An acceptable driving record.

Special Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Frequently required to lift objects weighing 50 pounds. May occasionally be required to lift objects weighing more than 50 pounds.
  • Occasionally requires handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances.
  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • May be required to work with other City and County agencies doing homeless encampment clean up.

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 $ $29.03 - $29.03 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: 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: 11/28/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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