Park Maintenance Specialist

$22.90 - $28.93 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Mar 01, 2023
Full time Parks & Recreation

Job Description

Park Maintenance Specialist

Job ID: 106862

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Monday, March 13, 2023. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


Annual Pay Range: $47,650.47 - $60,187.52

Hourly Pay Range: $22.908881 - $28.936309

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle. Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month

• 8 hours of sick accrued per month

• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):

Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)

A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage

A Choice of Dental Plans

• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Longevity pay

• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan

• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) seeks an individual experienced in landscaping and maintenance to join our team as a Park Maintenance Specialist.

The Parks Maintenance Division is responsible for providing maintenance operations for more than sixty sites, which are maintained or operated by NCPRD. The Park Maintenance Specialist performs skilled and semiskilled labor and equipment operation. The selected candidate will maintain and repair landscaped areas, recreation facilities, undeveloped grounds, buildings, structures, and equipment in NCPRD parks. In addition, the Park Maintenance Specialist serves as a team leader and oversees temporary maintenance employees, seasonal workers, and contractors on various landscaping, maintenance, and repair projects.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• At least two (2) years of demonstrative experience maintaining landscaped and undeveloped terrain

• Experience with commercial irrigation systems, including repairs, replacement and diagnostic troubleshooting

• Experience with basic plumbing repairs, building fixture and hardware related repairs and troubleshooting

• Experience leading the work of others

• Knowledge of basic pruning and tree care techniques

• Knowledge of small engine repair, turf equipment and landscape equipment general maintenance

• Ability to communicate effectively with the public, staff and contractors

• Within six (6) months of hire must obtain a State of Oregon Pesticide Applicator license

• Within twelve (12) months of hire must obtain a State of Oregon Certificate to test Backflow Assemblies

• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

• Must pass a post-offer physical assessment; accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation

• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

• Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

• Per the Oregon Health Authority, ( &, this position is subject to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Prior to the start of employment, the selected candidate must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exception in place with the County as a qualification of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification

• Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Public Pesticide Applicators License in Ornamental and Turf Category

• Certified Playground Inspector (CPI ) certificate

• Experience in building maintenance and repair

• State of Oregon Backflow Assembly tester Certificate

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Schedules, leads and coordinates the work of regular, temporary and court assigned personnel in park maintenance and landscaping activities; trains individuals in the safe operation of tools and equipment; assists in evaluating employee performance.

• Maintains landscaped and undeveloped terrain; mows, weeds, rakes and edges lawns and natural areas; installs turf; applies fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides; installs, operates and repairs manual and automatic irrigation systems; tills soil and mixes in soil amendments; plants, transplants, mulches, prunes and-fertilizes flowers, shrubs and trees.

• Assists in landscape planning and maintenance of planting areas; selects and purchases plants for landscaping areas according to plans and specifications; plans and coordinates the use of equipment and materials on maintenance and repair projects; researches prices and availability of equipment and materials; purchases daily maintenance supplies.

• Constructs, maintains and renovates walkways and trails; clears brush and debris; hauls and spreads gravel, wood chips and bark dust; installs and repairs gates, barriers, fences and signs; sweeps paved walks and parking areas.

• Maintains and repairs sports fields and recreation areas; lays out and marks playing fields; moves and arranges equipment; repairs and installs back stops, bases, goal posts, bleachers, picnic tables and recreation equipment.

• Recommends and participates in repair and improvement of park facilities, including rest rooms, recreation buildings, shelters and swimming pools; sweeps and scrubs walls, floors, ceilings and plumbing fixtures; performs carpentry, painting, minor plumbing and minor electrical work.

• Performs or arranges for preventive maintenance and repairs to equipment, including mowers, sprinkler systems, edgers, chippers, plumbing fixtures and electrical outlets; purchases gasoline, oil, parts and supplies; recommends the purchase of maintenance equipment.

• Performs horticultural greenhouse work; propagates, cultivates and cares for a variety of trees, shrubs, ground covers and other plants.

• Prepares and maintains records on vehicle and equipment maintenance/service schedules, daily employee work schedules, condition of park lands, price and availability of equipment, materials and supplies.

• Responds to questions, complaints and requests for service from the public; provides information on park rules and regulations, history, plants and animals; coordinates activities with caretakers, concessionaires, park rangers, law enforcement officials, volunteer groups and maintenance contractors.


Working knowledge of: Techniques and practices of grounds, landscape and building maintenance; use, operation, maintenance and repair of building and park maintenance equipment and tools, including trailers, tractors, mowers, blowers, edgers, chain saws and other hand and power tools; occupational hazards and basic safety practices and procedures; methods for handling hazardous materials, including landscaping chemicals, paints and thinners, gasoline, and cleaning solutions; basic techniques of painting, electrical, plumbing, carpentry and cement finishing; public service techniques.

Some knowledge of: Techniques of supervision.

Skill to: Safely operate motor vehicles and manual and power tools; repair and maintain small gasoline engines; install and repair underground irrigation systems, including water scheduling and programming of automatic irrigation controls; read and understand landscaping plans and specifications; plan and oversee the work of assigned maintenance crews; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with County employees, contractors, community service workers, volunteers and the public; enforce park rules and regulations; prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.


Duties require frequent to continuous standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, balancing, climbing, overhead reaching, grasping, fine motor control, and the ability to carry up to 60 pounds, lift and push/pull 100 pounds. Duties also involve exposure to confined spaces, loud noises, vibration, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, working at heights, exhaust fumes and dust, chemicals, and adverse weather conditions including extreme temperatures.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Thursday through Sunday. Typical work hours are 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents..






North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) is a service district of Clackamas County dedicated to providing exceptional parks and recreation programs, facilities and services. Voters approved the formation of the District in 1990 because they saw the need for greater parks and recreation services in the north end of the county. The District - which serves more than 105,000 residents in a 27-square mile area - includes the city of Milwaukie and a large area of unincorporated Clackamas County.

NCPRD offers 32 parks, many acres of natural areas and sensitive habitat, and a network of trails including the 6-mile Trolley Trail. Additionally, NCPRD offers a wide range of programs, services and events, and operates several recreational facilities such as the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Milwaukie Center and the Concord Property.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:



If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).





Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


James Callahan, Recruiter

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