Watershed Management Technician I

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SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, performs a variety of manual labor in the maintenance of City managed natural areas, parks, trail ways, facilities, lakes and canals. 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)
  • Mows grass with lawn mowers, edges and removes weeds from planted areas, trims trees and removes exotic vegetation from natural areas, lakes and canals.
  • Maintain public use facilities; removes trash and debris.
  • Picks up and empties trash from facilities, grounds, trail ways.
  • Harvests and plants trees and various native plants, applies fertilizer, herbicides and mulch as required.
  • Assists with mechanical collection, loading and disposal of aquatic weeds from lakes and canals.
  • Drives pick-up, all terrain vehicles, tows trailers and equipment to various worksites.
  • Uses and maintain vehicles, hand and power tools, hand type spray equipment and weed harvesting equipment.
  • Observes standard operating procedures and safety practices, supports and participates in City’s safety programs.
  • Performs other grounds maintenance duties at various water supply facilities and water control structures.
  • Installs and repairs signs and kiosks in natural areas.
  • Completes field reports and timesheets.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of basic native plant and animal species of Southeast Florida.
  • Knowledge of basic grounds and landscaping maintenance practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of custodial practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of common hand and power tools and hand type spray equipment
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Skill in performing manual labor.
  • Skill in operating and working around traffic and moving equipment.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. Work in remote areas and conditions in remote semi-wilderness areas of the City. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (greater than 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: Eight grade education, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. A CDL License Class “B” may be required depending on assignment.

FLSA Code: NE
B/U: SEIU
Last revision date:October 2012