The Skokie Park District has a full-time opening for a Park Specialist to join our Landscaping Department. This is a non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay. We offer an excellent immediate benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and retirement plans along with generous time off benefits.
Education: High School diploma or equivalent (GED). Prefer Associates or Bachelor's degree in agronomy, horticulture, landscaping, turf management or related field.
Experience: Prefer two years landscape experience of parks and grounds.
Certifications: Must possess a valid Illinois Drivers' License and be able to obtain within six (6) months of employment a Class "B" C.D.L. (Commercial Drivers' License). Must possess or be able to obtain within six (6) months of employment an Illinois Pesticide Operator or Applicator License.
Other Qualifications: Must possess strong interpersonal, leadership, organizational and communication skills. Must be able to communicate using the English language. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, pass a pre-employment physical and drug test along with passing a criminal background check and driving record background check.
This position is responsible for skilled and semi-skilled duties in the grounds maintenance of all parks, playgrounds, facility grounds and athletic areas with an emphasis on landscape and horticulture job duties. At times acts as a crew leader of assigned seasonal staff. Maintains records and inspection reports. Safely operates small to heavy equipment including string trimmers, push and riding mowers, chain saws, tractors and trucks. Duties include planting, trimming and removal of trees and shrubs; assisting with the design of flower beds; planting flowers and maintaining flower beds including watering and weeding; performs cement and masonry work and assists in landscape construction projects as assigned. Works on a rotational snow removal crew performing shoveling, snow plowing, salting of walkways and parking lots and other snow removal duties as assigned. Assists with special event set-up and take-downs. This position works outdoors, year-round and is exposed to extreme climate temperatures and conditions including severe cold, ice, snow, rain heat and humidity.
HOURS: Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Depending on the needs of the District, may be required to work other days and times.
TO APPLY: Please apply online early as interviewing will begin promptly. Use the following link to be connected with our job posting and online application. https://www.applitrack.com/skokieparks/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?AppliTrackJobId=372
The Skokie Park District is an equal opportunity employer.