Grounds Equipment Operator

  • 006127

SUMMARY: Under close supervision, operates a variety of motorized equipment and performs duties associated with maintaining City grounds, water supply lakes, and environmental properties; may perform 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. Utilizes a variety of equipment such as water trucks, stump grinders, tractors, large tractor mowers, backhoe, bobcat, rakes, axes and picks to maintain plants, trees and sodded areas.
  2. Waters plants and trees using a water truck.
  3. Removes and grinds tree stumps using a stump grinder.
  4. Maintains grassy areas by mowing and laying new sod, as required.
  5. Plants new trees or removes dead, dying, diseased, non-native trees, and vegetation, as required.
  6. Loads and hauls trash, sand or mulch.
  7. Performs preventative maintenance and safety checks on trucks and other equipment used in the care and maintenance of plants, trees and grassy areas.
  8. Supports and actively participates in the City’s safety programs.
  9. Operates chipper.
  • Knowledge of machinery, equipment, and tools necessary for the maintenance of public areas and landscaping.
  • Knowledge of basic grounds and landscaping maintenance practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skill in operating equipment such as backhoes, large water trucks, tractor mowers, stump grinders, and tractors.
  • Skill in performing basic preventive maintenance equipment and safety checks on equipment used in landscape maintenance.
  • Skill in operating and working around traffic and moving equipment.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing safety hazards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Skill in dealing effectively with the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to walk, stand, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear, use the hands to finger, handle or feel, lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. Work involves occasional need to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Eighth grade education and one (1) year related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license and a commercial driver’s license (CDL), Class B is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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