City of Thornton PARK MAINTENANCE WORKER I/II/III - HORTICULTURE & ROW in Thornton, Colorado






$17.75 - $30.71 Hourly


Thornton, CO

Job Type



Community Services

Job Number



12/13/2018 5:00 PM Mountain









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Hours: 6:30 - 1500, Monday - Friday

Salary based on 2019 pay plan.


Under specified supervision, performs a variety of duties maintaining parks, trails, municipal grounds and rights-of-way or arboricultural duties to include the care and maintenance of trees, shrubs and flowers.

Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from level I or, when filled from the outside, require previous and directly related experience.

Park Maintenance Worker I:

Under immediate supervision, this is the entry-level class in the Park Maintenance Worker series. Incumbents entering the class have little or no directly related work experience. Generally, work is observed and reviewed both during performance and upon completion.

Park Maintenance Worker II:

Under general supervision, this is the journey-level class in the Park Maintenance Worker series. Incumbents assigned to this class are expected to perform the full range of work assigned to this class and to work with independence and initiative.

Park Maintenance Worker III:

Under direction, this is the master-level class in the Park Maintenance Worker series. At this level, employees may lead a crew of maintenance workers and work independently, exercising judgment and initiative. Incumbents train employees on duties and safety practices, may assign and monitor work and may exercise supervisory authority in the absence of the supervisor.


(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

Performs landscape maintenance duties on major medians and right of ways including various combinations of the following: waters, mows, weeds, trims, renovates, and fertilizes turf areas; plants, waters, edges, prunes, and removes trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers; clears snow, leaves, and debris from rights-of-way, sidewalks, and sports fields and courts; empties trash receptacles and transports rubbish to landfill.

Operates and maintains equipment necessary to complete the duties required for the position.

Responds to requests, concerns and inquiries from the public and City staff.

Maintains and repairs irrigation systems, changing and adjusting sprinkler heads, maintaining controllers, and assisting in the installation and major maintenance of irrigation plumbing.

Maintains trees, shrubs, and beds in the medians and right of ways by watering, pruning, trimming, planting, removing, weeding and chipping.

Selects, purchases, plants, prunes, and removes trees and other plant materials.

Examines and identifies various plants to evaluate specific health and maintenance needs.

Recommends/implements solutions for problems such as pests and diseases.

Designs, plants, maintains, and removes annual flowers within specified flower beds. Assists with the purchasing of annual flowers.

Provides diagnostic services and advice to residents, public groups and City staff on matters related to horticultural practices.

Assists with the planning, coordination and setup of public programs and special events such as Arbor Day, Thorntonfest. Attends these events.

May act as a lead worker for special projects including, but not limited to, landscape plantings, inventory projects, and educational presentations.

Inspects medians and right of ways for safety hazards such as debris and visibility impairment.

Sets up appropriate traffic control devices when working in the right-of-way.

Maintains daily work logs.

May identify plants by type and evaluate specific plant health and maintenance needs.

May apply herbicides and pesticides in accordance with prescribed guidelines; maintains usage records.

May train employees, assign work, monitor progress, and inform supervisor of performance issues.

May lead and oversee the work of seasonal park maintenance workers.

May be required to work overtime.

May work a varying schedule and/or shift.

Performs other duties as assigned.



Park Maintenance Worker I:

High school diploma or GED; one season related experience. Grounds maintenance, forestry or horticulture experience preferred. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Park Maintenance Worker II:

High school diploma or GED; two years' experience working in grounds maintenance, forestry, horticulture, or related field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Park Maintenance Worker III:

High school diploma or GED; three years' experience in park or grounds maintenance, forestry, horticulture, or related field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:

Park Maintenance Worker I:

Valid Colorado driver's license with a safe driving record.

Park Maintenance Worker II:

In addition to previous licensing requirements, must possess or have the ability to obtain pesticide applicator license or Certified Arborist certification from International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

Park Maintenance Worker III:

In addition to previous licensing requirements, must possess Landscape Technician certification or Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) certification from ISA


Your application will be used as a screening tool. Completeness and accuracy are important! Any false or untrue statements or material omissions in the application and related paperwork or during the selection process could disqualify you from consideration.

The City of Thornton offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefit eligibility is based on the status of the position applied for. Benefits offered may include the following depending on the job type/status of the position:

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life, Dependent Life & Supplemental Life Insurance Options

Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Policy

Flexible Spending Plan

Retiree Health Savings Plan

Pension Plan & Deferred Compensation Plans

Short & Long-term Disability Plans

Paid Holidays

Vacation & Sick Leave

Multi-lingual Incentive Pay

Recreation Pass

Wellness Program

In-House Training Opportunities

Tuition Reimbursement

Employee Assistance Program