GENERAL SUMMARY: The Parks and Grounds I classification is an entry level position and all employees within the classification must have the ability to promote to a Parks and Grounds II. Under the general supervision of an employee of a higher classification, the Parks and Grounds I is responsible for the safe and efficient maintenance of municipal buildings, parks, cemetery, and grounds as assigned. The position leads and supervises seasonal and variable hour employees in performing a wide range of tasks generally requiring considerable physical effort and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize per assignment. The Parks and Grounds I operates a variety of motorized and non-motorized equipment in a safe and efficient manner and is responsible for protecting and preserving the assets of the City of Mt. Pleasant and its citizens.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: (By illustration and not limitation) • Working as a team leader or member of such, performs carpentry, masonry, custodial, landscaping, semi-skilled physical labor, plumbing, and electrical, in the operation, construction, inspection, cleaning, and repair/maintenance of parks and recreation facilities, cemetery, and other public properties. These tasks are accomplished using a broad range of equipment and tools. • Provides training, leadership, and supervision to seasonal and variable hour employees. • Operates light and heavy duty trucks and light and heavy power-driven equipment. • Cleans and performs minor repairs and preventive maintenance on equipment, tools, and mowers; completes necessary paperwork; and prepares related activity reports as requested. Participates in any training required for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all equipment and properties. • Locates and identifies burial sites for interments, makes arrangements, and prepares for interments in the cemetery. Locates and prepares sites for the installation of foundations. In accordance with municipal regulations, may show and sell cemetery spaces, arrange burial details, respond to citizen inquiries regarding cemetery services and policies, and complete all financial and other cemetery paperwork. • Works long hours in adverse weather conditions plowing snow and removing ice from parking lots and sidewalks. • Under the direction of the Parks and Public Spaces Coordinator, works closely with and coordinates public spaces workflow and event needs with other City department staff (Recreation, DPW, Downtown, and DPS). • Coordinates and oversees public spaces operational projects. • Works with the Recreation Department to coordinate park facility usage and investigates and appropriately responds to citizen inquiries and requests. • Performs related work as requested. • Demonstrated proficiency in the proper and efficient use of standard equipment, methods, and terminology related to parks, cemetery, buildings, and grounds.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, walk, and stand; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and drive vehicles. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, shovel, smell, and taste. During winter months, the employee is frequently required to sit and drive heavy equipment for long periods of time under adverse weather conditions with limited sleep. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read, write, plan, analyze, organize, reason, supervise, comprehend, evaluate, effectively communicate, and handle the mental stress associated with the demands of the position.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The employee is frequently involved in various construction activities using a variety of tools and equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. All of the above are essential functions of the job.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • High school diploma and a minimum of one year’s general laborer or skilled trades experience preferably in a parks and grounds environment and possession of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A or B, with air brake and tank endorsements or the ability to obtain such within 120 days of employment. • Continued possession of the necessary physical capabilities to safely perform the duties of the position in accordance with the Michigan Vehicle Code, Motor Carrier Safety Act, and City guidelines. • Continued safe driving record in accordance with the Michigan Vehicle Code, Motor Carrier Safety Act, and City guidelines. • Proven ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with team members, colleagues, and the public regarding any aspect within the scope of responsibility and to establish and maintain positive working relationships with the public and other employees. Use proven problem solving techniques to resolve issues and conflict. • Demonstrated ability to independently and cooperatively plan, organize, prioritize, coordinate, make decisions, and evaluate multiple events and activities and participate in building, developing, and maintaining successful and professional work teams. • Must successfully complete the Parks and Grounds II training program and meet all other requirements for advancement to Parks and Grounds II within a two-year period to remain employed. • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite of products and cemetery software. • Ability to obtain certifications in chemical applications and playground safety inspection.
About City of Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant is a growing and financially stable community located in the geographic center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We are a warm and friendly community dedicated to retaining our small town traditions while building a vital economy. The area population officially stands at 26,016 but can swell to two or three times that number due to special events and the approximate 30,000 daily visitors to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino located at the east City limits.We are also home to Central Michigan University’s 21,000 plus students and many of its employees. CMU offers more than 170 programs at the Bachelor, Master, and Specialist Degree levels. Mid-Michigan College has a Mt. Pleasant Campus for those who wish to transfer to a university or prepare for a career in health, business or industrial technologies. In addition, five other colleges and/or universities are within 45 miles of Mt. Pleasant. This community is dedicated to education and offers several public neighborhood schools, one middle school, and two high schools. In addition, there is one parochial and two charter schools. The Mt. Pleasant community provides an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities r...anging from hockey to chamber music concerts. Golfers are especially pleased with the 13 courses available within a 30-minute drive. The City Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of recreational programs for all ages, including youth soccer, softball, golf, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. In addition, the City operates and maintains 12 parks comprising 300 acres, offering venues for picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The Isabella County park system adds another 900 acres with similar opportunities as well as camping and cross-country skiing.