Seasonal Specialist - Parks & Open Space

  • Westminster, Colorado
  • Westminster, Colorado
  • Mar 16, 2021
Seasonal Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $12.32 - $14.00 Hourly USD

Job Description


People choose Westminster, Colorado, because it is an extraordinary community with an honored past and an even more promising future. Our employees serve with a purpose and embrace our SPIRIT values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork. We are known as a caring, team-oriented working environment with a commitment to excellence. Innovation and creativity are encouraged, where visionary people who want to see their projects and programs implemented thrive. Westminster's work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees. Our mission is clear: We deliver exceptional value and quality of life to our citizens.

The Seasonal Specialist positions are responsible for a variety of maintenance work including mowing, edging, planting, irrigating, fertilizing, and light construction. These positions work in a variety of areas including Athletic Fields, Greenhouse, Open Space and Forestry, Parks, Mechanics, and the Promenade. These positions are physically demanding in nature with exposure to extreme weather conditions. Most positions work four 10-hour days during the week (Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday), however hours may vary with possible weekend, holiday, and special events. We are posting this position in anticipation of hiring needs, with job offers to be determined once final needs are assessed.

Part-time and full-time positions are available for candidates age 16 and up. Some weekend and holiday availability is required. Most positions will last through October 10, 2021.


The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City's core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational, and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing, and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space, and trails. This position works toward the accomplishment of the department's mission: Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy.

Job Specific - Every employee in this position must be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of practices used in park maintenance, lake maintenance, construction and repair
  • May operate equipment such as mowers, weeders, backpack blowers, hand tools and pick-up trucks
  • Demonstrate understanding and importance of safety rules and procedures
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Demonstrate the ability to take care of equipment
  • Work independently and in a team environment and show initiative to complete tasks
  • Assist the public and City staff in a friendly and helpful manner establishing effective working relationships
  • Work in a high-use public facility environment

All employees are expected to provide excellent customer service, communicate in an effective manner both verbally and in writing, display professionalism and integrity, work efficiently, effectively and accurately, work independently and as part of a team, take initiative, solve problems, display good judgment, take ownership for delivering a high quality product or service, have regular and punctual attendance, and effectively handle emergency situations.


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks
1. Assist with grounds maintenance which may include the following:
  • Mowing, edging, and weeding of parks, trails, lake, and right-of-ways
  • Planting and maintaining of trees, flowers and shrubs at parks
  • Removal of trash, cleaning of shelters, restrooms, and picnic shelters
2. Assists in applying granular and liquid fertilization applications
3. May operate light and heavy equipment including chippers, chainsaws, landscape construction equipment, skid-steers, industrial mowers, pick-up trucks, mowers, backpack blowers, small dump trucks, or similar equipment
4. Performs general custodial work at public facilities and open space areas including removing trash and cleaning of shelters and restrooms
5. Painting designated facilities and structures
6. Assists with a variety of construction-related projects and playground maintenance
7. Possesses a valid driver's license and maintains a safe driving record
8. Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Athletic Field Job Specific Functions:
1. Assists with:
  • Dragging and lining fields, and packing home plate areas and pitching mounds
  • Reading and following athletic event schedules, attending athletic events, and other related meetings
  • Performing tractor work, fence repair, and irrigation
Greenhouse Job Specific Functions:
1. Assists with annual bed preparation, planting, maintenance, irrigation, fertilization, weeding, soil conditioning, pruning and displays
Open Space & Forestry Job Specific Functions:
1. Assists in tree trimming and removal operations by cutting, hauling, and chipping brush
2. Assists with weekend volunteer projects in Open Space areas when needed
Parks Job Specific Functions:
1. Assists with:
  • Planting and maintaining of trees and shrubs at parks, City facilities, and right-of-ways
  • Performing tractor work, fence repair, and irrigation
Mechanics Helper
1. Assists mechanics in repairs of small and large equipment, tire repair, oil changes and related mechanical work
2. Retrieves and delivers parts
Promenade Job Specific Functions:
1. Assists in the maintenance of the Promenade Facility, including repairing and maintaining permanent structures in the Promenade
2. Performs general custodial work and day porter service at public facilities, including removing trash
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1. Performs general routine maintenance as needed
2. Follows safety procedures and uses personal protection equipment such as goggles and ear protection
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses, and Certifications
Required :
  • Must be at least 16 years of age to apply, must be at least 18 years of age for most positions; there are limited positions available for applicants 16 and 17 years old
  • Valid driver's license and maintenance of a safe driving record
Preferred :
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Daily maintenance of parks, open space and/or athletic fields
    • Operating light equipment and tools such as pick-up trucks, mowers, chippers, skid-steers
    • Planting, pruning, irrigating, fertilizing and maintaining flower gardens
    • Light maintenance and repair of fences or structures, custodial work
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
This position requires a moderate degree of physical stamina and strength, including the ability to:
  • Frequently sit, stand and walk on uneven terrain
  • Occasionally squat, bend, kneel, twist, climb, balance and reach over head
  • Occasionally lift, carry, push or pull items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Frequently use hands and fingers for fine manipulation; occasionally use light and firm grasp
  • Occasionally step up and down to enter and exit vehicles and climb ladders; constant actuate mechanism to safely operate heavy equipment and vehicles
  • Frequently see objects up close to perform office tasks and far away to observe activity for safety hazards or problems
  • Constantly use hearing to interact with guests and staff and recognize trouble outside of view
  • Occasionally use sufficient physical strength, stamina and agility to perform emergency work in various capacities

Work is constantly performed indoors and outdoors with constant exposure to extreme temperatures year round. Position is responsible for the maintenance of all City parks, forestry, open space, and athletic fields throughout the year. Snow removal at City facilities, parks, and trails is done when needed.
Required Materials and Equipment
Employees 18 years of age and older operate light equipment such as pick-up trucks, small dump trucks, tractors, horticultural hand tools, rototillers, water equipment, trenchers, sod-cutters, pruners, and other equipment as necessary. Depending on the project, may also utilize small tools such as hammers, shovels, saws, measuring tape, levels, drills, and power tools to complete assigned responsibilities. Employees 16 and 17 years of age are limited in the scope of equipment use.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the United States and must successfully pass a criminal background check, reference check, and substance screen. There may be additional pre-employment requirements depending on the nature of the position.

We are a caring, courteous, team-oriented organization committed to public service excellence. Employees thrive in a culture that is respectful, professional and diverse. Our work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees. Westminster is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing Date/Time: 4/26/2021 8:30 AM Mountain

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