The pay range for this position is $20-24 per hour, and includes enrollment in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), access to health, dental, vision, and life insurance, FREE memberships for you and your family at our fitness, aquatic, and tennis facilities. PLUS substantial discounts on programming including PRESCHOOL and SUMMER CAMPS, continuing education opportunities, and MORE!
SUMMARY: The Landscape Specialist is responsible for the in-house landscaping operations of all Park District grounds.
SUPERVISORY: The Landscape Specialist reports directly to the Director of Parks and Planning. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: • Communicates with the Director of Parks and Planning regularly on Park District matters.
• Manage the landscape maintenance operations for the Park District. This includes, but not limited to: ▪ Mowing and trimming of turf, as well as application of herbicide and fertilizer. Records and manages pesticide applications throughout all parks. Maintenance of flower and shrub beds. Trimming, pruning, and removal of trees and shrubs. In addition to overseeing routine maintenance, the Landscape Specialist will plan and design of flower and shrub beds; plan, purchase, and coordinate tree and plant replacements. Provides progress reports to the Director on Parks and Planning as required; makes recommendations for proposed long- and short-term improvements for areas of responsibility. Assists with snow removal operations, including parking lots and sidewalks, and coordinates and provides supervision of routine maintenance of outdoor ice. Assists with planning a comprehensive program of ball field and athletic field turf maintenance. ▪ Landscape Maintenance: soil grading and preparation, tree plantings, tree trimming, tree spraying, tree watering, mulch bed maintenance, and flower bed maintenance. ▪ Construction: installation of park/playground equipment, park benches, park signage, retaining walls, and drainage system. • Maintain proper record keeping of maintenance repairs. Performs daily, weekly, and monthly inspections • Operation of Park District vehicles: pick up truck and dump truck, snow plowing equipment • Knowledge in the operation of a skid steer, tractor and backhoe. • Ability to work with chemicals (i.e. fertilizers, herbicides/pesticides). • Support the District’s safety initiative including adhering to policies and procedures, performing your job in a safe manner, attending required training, seeking additional training as needed, promptly reporting accidents/incidents, and proactively addressing hazards in the workplace. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS: • Assist Recreation Department with requests for set up, construction implementation, and repair of special event materials. • Assists the Director of Parks and Planning with indoor maintenance during winter months. • Performs other duties as assigned. PSYCHOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS: • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with department heads, supervisors and other staff members. • Ability to work independently in day-to-day operations. • Ability to work in a team atmosphere. • Ability to work effectively in a climate of political assertiveness and interaction, requiring timely administrative responsiveness and flexibility. • Must be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment. • Must be able to deal with people under stressful and demanding situations. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS: Worker is exposed to outside weather conditions 90% of the time, including extreme heat, cold, snow, rain and ice. Protective clothing is required as follows: - Hearing protection - Hardhat - Respirators - Safety goggles/glasses - Leather type work boots - Protective gloves PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: • Perform tasks that require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching, and sitting. • Perform duties that require physical manual labor. • Perform lifting tasks up to 50 pounds. Loads over 50 pounds must be lifted with mechanical assistance or assistance from others. • General work area is indoors, in a smoke-free environment, with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting. • Drives motorized vehicle to travel to various locations. HOURS: The Landscape Specialist is an hourly, full-time position working 40 hours per week; overtime shall be paid for all work hours over forty. The scheduled hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, including a half hour unpaid lunch. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Associates degree in Horticulture or landscape design or four years of work-related landscape experience preferred. Knowledge and experience in grounds maintenance and basic supervision skills are required. Ability to obtain a pesticide applicator's license within 6 months of hire. In good physical condition with sufficient strength to lift and hold 50 pounds. A valid Illinois Drivers License is required. CPR/AED certification is required and training will be provided by the Park District. The Oak Brook Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.