Under the direction of the Parks Superintendent or designee, this position is responsible for performing manual labor of various kinds calling for physical strength and endurance, plus operating equipment for general park maintenance.
Cuts grass and weeds with hand or power mowers, rakes grass and leaves, trims hedges or shrubbery, and grades lawns and park areas.
Picks up and disposes of rubbish, tree branches, food waste, and other waste and litter, and acts as a dump person in designated dumping areas.
Erects, dismantles and paints playground equipment.
Assists in planting, transplanting, pruning, and cultivating trees and plants.
Keeps power equipment and hand tools in proper working condition by cleaning, making minor adjustments, and reporting problems.
Maintains baseball/softball diamonds, and performs other general maintenance of parks, building and grounds, and daily cleaning of park buildings, including painting.
Maintains a consistent and reliable attendance record.
Performs related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Ability to operate a variety of mechanical equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions with minimum of direct supervision.
Ability to communicate effectively, and exercise good judgment, courtesy and tact when dealing with the general public.
Ability to operate City vehicles in a safe, defensive, driving posture.
Possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License.
Graduating High School Seniors intending to enroll as a full-time undergraduate college student in the fall.
Undergraduate full-time college students who are enrolled and intend to continue on a full-time undergraduate basis in the fall. A full-time student shall consist of a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
Students are eligible to work for the City of Racine no more than the four (4) summers within the 5-year period immediately following their high school graduation, providing they remain full-time undergraduates the semester preceding and the semester following the summer of employment. The summer after college graduation and before full-time graduate school is not an eligible summer for student employment. If you graduated from High School prior to 2017 you are NOT eligible for employment.
Physical Demands of the Position
Duties involve the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, kneeling, leaping, jumping down (at least one foot), standing in place or continual walking, working in confined spaces, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 pounds) items on a consistent basis. May involve the complex operation of gasoline, electric, or diesel-powered machinery, requiring the manipulation of multiple controls, fine adjustments or both; or involves the frequent use of coordination and manipulation skills in performing a variety of tasks with the full range of hand and power tools.
Environmental/Working Conditions of the Position
Exposure to outdoor weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold. Exposure to odors from cleaning materials, paints, exhaust fumes, and other chemicals. Exposure to noise from hand tools and other mechanical equipment. Occasional exposure to pesticides.
May be asked to operate a variety of equipment, among which are: small pickup/dump trucks, utility carts, sprayers, pumps, generators, brush chippers, hand tools, and grass cutting tools.
Expected Work Schedule*
10 weeks from June - September