7D61

PAY RANGE: 7

 

PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES CARETAKER 1

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

This is routine manual work in the maintenance and care of parks and recreation department facilities and grounds which includes maintaining facility cleanliness, performing grounds maintenance, performing minor repair work, and assisting skilled trades workers in the performance of minor work orders. Work is performed under the supervision of a district caretaker supervisor. Assignments will include the cleaning and care of assigned buildings and surrounding grounds or performing grounds maintenance work as a member of a crew in a recreation park or square. Work is carried out in accordance with detailed work instructions. Work involves some disagreeable aspects and requires moderate physical effort.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

GENERAL

 

         Sweeps, mops and scrubs floors; waxes and polishes floors; washes windows; dusts furniture and woodwork; empties trash receptacles

         Occasionally secures loose flooring, ceiling tiles and paneling, measures partitions and shelves, repairs holes in panels or partitions

         Tightens door locks; repairs doors by tightening hinges or nailing wood over holes in doors or windows

         Tightens bolts on bleachers and benches; secures seats and footplates

         Repairs sport and play equipment by tightening nuts and bolts, wiring crossbraces and bending basketball rims into place

         Checks thermostat to assure proper temperature is being maintained

         Cleans debris from gutters and downspouts on one-story buildings

         Keeps building free of safety hazards.

ELECTRICAL

 

         Replaces light bulbs, switchplates and coverplates; resets circuit breakers; replaces fuses.

PLUMBING AND HEATING

 

         Unclogs sink by removing debris; unclogs toilets and urinals by removing debris and plunging; turns off water supply to leaking or running fixtures; replaces lavatory supplies

         Cleans debris from water fountains and catch basins.

 

PAINTING

 

         Washes wall and woodwork; scrapes loose and peeling paint and plaster; removes protruding nails and screws; removes obstacles from area to be painted; does minor painting such as covering graffiti.

OUTDOOR/ PARK GROUNDS

 

         Maintains and improves park grounds, roads and related facilities including the Fairmount Water Works

         Ensures that site is well-maintained and ready for visitors at all times

         Sweeps and cleans all walks from curb line; cuts grass using a power mower; rakes leaves; trims hedges and bushes; seeds and waters grounds areas as required; shovels snow; keeps playground areas free of debris and safety hazards; digs and loads rocks, ballast, crushed stone and dirt onto trucks; unloads trucks; fills holes and compacts fill by tamping. Moves or aids in moving heavy containers or equipment, and large or bulky objects

         Picks up refuse and litter from grounds; cleans recreation areas and adjacent buildings; dumps refuse containers; regrades, fills and marks site as deemed necessary

         Learns to perform preventive maintenance on tools and equipment such as, lubricating motors and adjusting and sharpening mower blades

         Operates power tools and equipment such as, mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, mulchers, non-riding snow blowers and other equipment as assigned

         Makes play areas; lines fields; fills holes and low areas

         Assesses site after events to check for damage and notifies appropriate staff

         Records and reports graffiti and conducts graffiti removal as required; contacts appropriate staff if removal requires additional equipment or materials

         Removes rust and repaints balusters and railings throughout site

         Learns to identify desirable and undesirable plants and vegetation; trims and cuts grass and hedges; removes weeds from brick pavers, brick edging, and areas under benches; removes vines from and prunes trees as directed

         Performs related work as required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

         the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the care of parks and recreation facilities and grounds

         the principles and practices of grounds maintenance

         the common characteristics of plants and vegetation if required by assignment

 

SKILL IN:

 

         the use of simple hand tools, power tools, and equipment

 

ABILITY TO:

 

         learn the materials, methods and practices used in performing a variety of cleaning and maintenance operations

         learn the operation and use of janitorial equipment necessary for work assignments

         learn to perform minor preventive maintenance on cleaning equipment

         use simple hand tools, power tools, and equipment

         make minor repairs and adjustments to building fixtures and equipment

         assist skilled tradesmen in making minor repairs

         read and understand labels on janitorial supplies

         understand and follow written and oral instructions

         perform heavy manual labor for an extended period, often under adverse climatic conditions

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 6/15).

 

EDUCATION:

 

Education equivalent to completion of the eighth school grade.

 

AND

 

EXPERIENCE:

 

Successful completion of 40 hours of training in the maintenance and care of recreation or parks facilities and grounds provided by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society or by an agency approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

OR

 

One year experience with a landscape, nursery, grounds or other related maintenance job.

OR

 

Thirty hours of college coursework in a related field (nursery, ground arboriculture or landscape design).

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

Class Established: 1/79

Spec. Revision:

8/99

7/08

9/12

11/12

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC 5/15

Ad. Board 6/15

 

 

JL