Organization: City of Covington
Municipal Ground Worker
Under supervision of Urban Forestry Supervisor and/or City's Urban Forester, provides landscaping, agriculture, and general grounds keeping activities within the Urban Forestry Department; other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
§ Planting and caring for native vegetation, plants, trees, and flowers within landscaped gateways, medians, and other municipal facilities.
§ Invasive species control and management. Ability to identify trees and various plant species.
§ Remove standing and fallen trees, stumps, limbs and related debris. Plant, stake and maintain trees on City owned property and in the public right-of-way.
§ Spray and inject herbicides and pesticides. Bolt and cable tree limbs.
§ Monitoring, collection of native seed and field data analysis.
§ Operation of light earth-moving equipment, power tools including chain saws, chippers, stump grinders, skid-steer loaders and skid-steer attachments for
§ landscaping and tree maintenance activities, lawn mowers and related turf management equipment.
§ Chipping brush, assisting aerial lift operators, and trimming/pruning street and park trees within a municipal setting.
§ Performs daily preventive maintenance duties on vehicles, tools and equipment. Operates trucks and small motorized equipment safely and efficiently.
§ Maintains telephone or radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
§ Ensures cleanliness and proper storage of vehicles, tools and equipment after use.
Approximately two weeks after the closing of this posting, interested applicants must take an eligibility exam in order to be eligible to be hired for this position. Applicants will be informed of the exam details through email. By applying, you will be put on this email list.
Membership in AFSCME AFL-CIO Local No. 237 is required upon appointment. Must be available to work odd hours, split shifts, and overtime.
Applications accepted until September 14th
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Associate Degree in Landscape Horticulture, Plant and Soil, or related degree in plant science field of study is preferred.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to work-crews, supervisors, and other employees of the organization.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, perimeter, circumference, and volumes. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in limited standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
§ Must possess and maintain a valid Commercial Driver's License with an air-brake endorsement.
§ Kentucky pesticide applicator license
§ Master Gardner certification
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
§ Knowledge of equipment, materials, methods, and techniques used in construction and maintenance.
§ Knowledge of traffic control and work zone safety guidelines
§ Knowledge of computer applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite, tree management database systems, GIS software, and ability to learn customized software and applications.
§ Knowledge of the geography of the City.
§ Knowledge of work hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with equipment, vehicles, tools and procedures.
§ Ability to comply with established safety standards.
§ Ability to detect mechanical problems and make minor repairs.
§ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees and the general public.
§ Ability to read, interpret, and create landscape plans
§ Possess mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and good physical condition.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; and smell. The employee frequently is required to sit and climb or balance. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibrations. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places, confined spaces, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic and caustic chemical, and risk of electrical shock.
The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.