CITY OF YAKIMA PARKS: Parks Maintenance Technician ( Seasonal) - Yakima, WA

Employer: City of Yakima - Public Works

Job Description:
Overview and Minimum Class Requirements
The City of Yakima Parks and Recreation Division is looking for someone experienced in irrigation maintenance and repair to join the parks maintenance team! This is a full-time seasonal position scheduled to work March through November.

Our mission is to provide beautiful places with quality recreation opportunities that enrich the well-being of our community!

The City of Yakima is a premier employer in the Yakima Valley with extensive opportunities for training and growth. The City offers a competitive benefit package including:

Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage
FREE healthcare clinic!
WA State PERS pension plan
1% contribution to a 457 deferred compensation plan
Leave accruals:
Vacation – Starting at 7.67 hours/month
Sick – 8 hours/month
Personal holiday – 2 days
Observed holiday – 11 holidays
Up to 5% bilingual/biliterate English/Spanish special pay
Life Insurance
Much more!
The pay range listed for this position is establish through the City of Yakima’s Master Pay Ordinance in accordance with the Municipal Code and/or the applicable collective bargaining agreement. New employees generally start at step A with progression through the steps based on merit and successful performance evaluation.

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of high school and four (4) years of experience in work related to the classification.


Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License. Must possess and maintain a Washington State Public Pesticide Operator’s License, a Traffic Flagging Certificate and a Basic First Aid/CPR certificate within six months of employment. May be required to obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a B endorsement.

Job Summary
Under limited supervision, performs a variety of highly skilled park and facility maintenance tasks in the operations and maintenance of parks properties and facilities. Duties typically include carpentry; painting; metalworking, fabricating and welding; electrical wiring and maintenance; masonry; equipment operations; plumbing; pruning; spraying; mowing; fertilizing; irrigation system design and maintenance; and other like tasks. Work is performed using considerable independent judgment and initiative to determine specific methods or courses of action. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, results attained, and customer satisfaction.

Essential Functions
Performs skilled craft work such as carpentry, painting and metal design and fabrication and arc and acetylene welding as needed to ensure proper operation and maintenance of park equipment and facilities. Installs wallboard and sheetrock, tapes, textures and finishes as needed. Operates power tools such as lathes, grinders, drill press, power saws, other related equipment and a variety of related hand tools. Maintains, installs and repairs electrical wiring systems; installs ballast; replaces outlets and fixtures; replaces breakers; installs irrigation timers and regulators and other similar equipment. Builds, repairs, replaces, and/or removes masonry facilities such as cement bases for park furniture and brick laying for planters, headstones, and structures. Install restroom equipment as needed for repair or renovation. Installs, maintains and repairs a variety of plumbing and water pipe fixtures and installations. Cuts, fits and joins pipe for various operations including PVC, galvanized and copper piping. Designs and fabricates specialized equipment or adapts after-market equipment as needed.

Troubleshoots emergencies and recommends and implements appropriate courses of action. Assesses and repairs damage resulting from vandalism and acts of nature. Inspects public areas to identify and remove safety hazards. Ensures safe standards and procedures are followed.

Organizes, schedules work, monitors, checks and instructs other maintenance personnel as assigned for projects and operations. Keeps records of time and work accomplished. May lead a work crew as needed. Trains others to use all parks equipment. Orders supplies and materials as needed to accomplish tasks.

Operates medium duty construction equipment as needed for special projects such as five-yard dump truck, front loaders, jackhammers and air compressors. Transports equipment on multi-axle trailers as necessary. Operates backhoe to dig trenches, excavate irrigation lines, planting and removing trees and shrubs and performing related tasks. Monitors and inspects equipment and performs preventative maintenance or seasonal modifications when appropriate or schedules equipment for more advanced maintenance as needed.

Obtains estimates and quotes for services, supplies and materials as needed. Orders and completes purchases. Maintains spare part inventory.

Uses saws, shears and other cutting implements for tree and branch removal.

OTHER FUNCTIONS: May spray trees, shrubs and weeds with chemical agents to kill harmful insects, blights and parasites. Injects trees for disease control. Records and maintains records of pesticide and herbicide applications. Monitors pesticide and herbicide management program to ensure compliance with state statutes and safety and environmental mandates.

May meet with user groups as needed for special events. Provides technical information and assistance and is available for call outs for emergencies or unusual circumstances. May answer questions regarding plant names, characteristics and care and questions regarding city park facilities and their operation.

May irrigate parks; plant, fertilize and spray grass, trees and plants; trim and mow lawns and utilize modern and effective urban forestry techniques. Designs, installs and maintains irrigation systems including installing and repairing timers, high and low-pressure sprinklers, and other water distribution equipment.

May be on call for special events, emergencies or other circumstances.

May perform gravesite and burial preparations and assist with funeral services. May use backhoe to dig graves within close tolerances and operate in close quarters if working at Tahoma Cemetery.

May assist with snow removal and other maintenance operations as required.

May operate multi-deck rotary mowers, gang and reel mowers, trim mowers, edgers and weed-eaters.

Requires regular and reliable attendance.

Performs other related duties as assigned.
Major Worker Characteristics
Specialized knowledge of tools, materials, techniques and procedures related to parks, grounds keeping, facilities and equipment maintenance. Knowledge of: herbicides, pesticides and their personal and environmental applications requirement and restrictions; safe operating and working requirements and standards and ability to identify hazards; modern and effective urban forestry practices; mowing, fertilizing and irrigating; masonry; and irrigation system design, installation and maintenance. Ability to: work independently without supervision; operate construction equipment; and safely trailer equipment to worksites; perform strenuous labor and lift up to 50 lbs.; assess situations and identify appropriate course of action, to comprehend technical materials and to supervise and train others in park operations and maintenance; communicate effectively orally and in writing; read and comprehend a variety of technical and safety publications; establish effective working relationships with co-workers, contractors and the general public. Skill in plumbing, carpentry, electrical, painting and metalworking.

Work is primarily performed outside and requires travel to a variety of locations. Work is performed with exposure to all weather extremes, and may be exposed to insects, animals, pollen, dust, noxious odors, mud, water, and/or toxic chemicals. Capacity for sustained attention to functioning machinery and equipment. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, ladders, and other inclines while maintaining balance. Frequent bending/twisting at knees/waist/neck while performing repairs, maintenance items and other tasks as assigned. Occasional kneeling/crouching/crawling while making repairs in confined spaces and awkward positions. Continuous use of both hands and arms in reaching/handling/grasping/ fingering while performing repairs, and/or maintenance activities. May operate hand tools, yard equipment and heavy machinery. Occasional heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Continuous use of all senses including feeling/talking/hearing/seeing while performing duties and while communicating with co-workers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. Will be required to wear safety protective gear when necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Exposure to extreme weather conditions. Regular exposure to: dirt, dust, pollen, animals, stinging and biting insects, and toxic and caustic chemicals. Assignments at Tahoma Cemetery may include disinterment. May work weekends, rotating shifts, split shifts and/or evenings.

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $23.41 - $28.03 /HR

Posted on May 16, 2023

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