Cemetery Sexton

  • 005112

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, oversees and participates in the general upkeep and maintenance of the City’s cemeteries, provides consolation and consultation services to the bereaved; and performs related duties as assigned.

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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Schedules and supervises laborers in performing cemetery maintenance activities.
  2. Oversees and performs general upkeep of the cemetery grounds (e.g., mowing grass, trimming grass around headstones, trimming hedges and edging).
  3. Lays out burial plots according to maps.
  4. Assists the public in locating gravesites.
  5. Performs administrative recordkeeping of cemetery operations.
  • Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of machinery, equipment and tools necessary for the maintenance of public areas.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of administrative procedures, principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the type of clients served by cemetery employees.
  • Skill in instructing and training skilled and un-skilled workers.
  • Skill in utilizing public relationstechniques in responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Skills in operating backhoe and bobcat for opening and closing graves.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work may involve moderate work in all types of weather. There is occasional need to stand, stoop, walk, lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED, and four (4) years of experience in Grounds Maintenance, including some supervisory or lead experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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