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Description: Responsible for maintaining numerous wetland mitigation sites, storm
water detention ponds, and natural areas. Work is characterized by a variety of skilled journey-level maintenance
tasks and the operation of a variety of specialized machines and hand,
power, and automotive equipment.
Duties include, but are not limited to, mowing and weed-whacking to
enhance survival of native plantings and maintaining access and aesthetics
at artificially created ponds and natural areas; invasive plant removal;
pruning and trimming plants; planting and replanting; watering,
fertilizing, and caring of plants; raking and removal of seasonal and
other debris; applying chemical pesticides; controlling litter; planning,
coordinating, educating, and supervising paid and volunteer work crews;
and numerous other maintenance tasks to aid plant survival and improve
wildlife habitat. May also assist with environmental
monitoring and other tasks as assigned.
Basic stream and wetland ecology
Wildlife and fisheries rules, regulations, and laws
Invertebrate habits and behaviors
Basic small-engine repair
Permit processes for wetland projects
Mowing, pruning, edging, trimming, and weeding techniques
Plant biology/horticulture, landscaping, and/or forestry practices
Methods, tools, equipment, and materials used in the Street/Storm
Vegetation control equipment operation and basic preventive
maintenance of each
Work hazards and applicable safety precautions entailed in work
Chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides
Maintenance routes, facility sites, and maintenance requirements of
Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
Personal computers and its basic use
Safely and proficiently operating machines, tools, equipment, and
materials used in the maintenance Street/Storm Vegetation Section
including, but not limited to, mowers, weed-whackers, tractor driven
equipment, hand and power tools, and snow and ice control equipment
Mixing and applying chemical pesticides
Directing and motivating unskilled laborers
Effectively communicating both orally and in writing
Effectively using interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and
Identify plants, weeds, and trees and differentiate between
weeds/pests and preserved plants
Effectively train and direct the work of assigned staff and/or
volunteers to safely complete work projects as assigned
Safely and effectively operate vehicles, tools, and equipment listed
Interpret and carry-out a variety of instructions furnished in
written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
Make field decisions in the absence of the Storm Vegetation Control
Supervisor or lead worker
Perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time and during
inclement weather conditions
Utilize procedures and practices to independently complete assigned
tasks with minimum supervision
Meet schedules and timelines
Safely work with hazardous substances; and effectively limit risk to
self as well as others
Appropriately use supplies and materials used in Street/Storm
Maintain and perform basic maintenance on hand and power equipment
including mowers, weed-whackers, tractor-driven equipment, hand tools,
and automated and manual irrigation systems
Use all available resources to identify and analyze situations to
resolve problems and adopt an effective course of action
Understand and accurately complete required paperwork
Maintain accurate records and prepare routine reports
Effectively communicate with supervisors, other City departments,
and the public especially with regard to problems, difficulties, and
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other
departments, employees, volunteers, and the general public
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide; compute fractions, rates,
ratios, proportions, percentages, volume, area, circumference, and
distance; draw and interpret graphs and sketches; and calculate labor
and materials for daily tasks
Apply common sense understanding to interpret and to carry out
instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, sketch, or schedule
Solve practical problems associated with plant survival and
Read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, memorandums,
Read, comprehend, and apply documents such as safety rules,
operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
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non-native plant species.
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