City of New Braunfels Parks Field Technician - Closes on 06/05/2018 in New Braunfels, Texas

GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction, performs skilled and semi-skilled work in programming, operation and maintenance of park system responsibilities with emphasis on irrigation and/or pest control; operates a variety of motorized equipment for the upkeep of the City parks and landscaped grounds in accordance with all safety regulations and procedures.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Performs skilled and semi-skilled construction, maintenance and general labor work; duties will vary according to job assignment.

• Inspects, operates, maintains, installs and repairs all aspects of the irrigation and drainage system, including pumps, piping and valves, electrical components, sprinkler heads and utilizes irrigation software on desktop computer to manage system (s).

• Performs manual labor and operates a variety of tools and equipment, including but not limited to zero turn rotary mowers, fairway/greens spray rig or handheld sprayer, tractors, aerification equipment, bobcat with attachments, backhoe and weed-eater/edger, in order to maintain landscaping, grounds, ball fields and City facilities as assigned.

• Performs and assists with applications of fertilizer, seed and pesticides to City properties and other city-maintained landscape areas as required based on identified conditions.

• Assists with coordination of work crews performing activities according to work schedule; monitors task completion; assures that all safety rules and regulations are observed; serves as crew leader as assigned.

• Completes daily logs and reports as required.

• Utilizes proper safety precautions in all work performed; recognizes, avoids, and reports unsafe acts, conditions, accidents and injuries.

• Performs other duties as assigned or required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or GED equivalent, AND three (3) years work experience maintaining irrigation systems or making chemical applications. Demonstration or testing of skills may be required.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

• Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License and must be able to obtain a Class B Texas Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within ninety (90) days from the start of employment.

• May be required to obtain certifications such as State of Texas Irrigation Technician License or Texas Department of Agriculture Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator License.

Required Knowledge of:

• City policies, procedures, safety rules and regulations, occupational hazards and safety precautions.

• Basic electricity and hydraulics related to an irrigation system, including automatic valves and controllers, and working knowledge of various types of pumps and pumping systems.

• Irrigation, drainage, backflow, back pressure, back siphon and general plumbing principles.

• Basic tools and equipment used in park, facilities and grounds maintenance and construction.

• Windows-based software programs for reporting and irrigation scheduling purposes.

• Federal and state safety laws and regulations.

Required Skill in:

• Working independently or as a team to complete daily activities according to work schedule.

• Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.

• Safely and efficiently operating and maintaining tools and motorized equipment according to standard operating and safety procedures.

• Digging, shoring and sloping trench boxes safely and efficiently.

• Reading and interpreting utility construction plans and schematics.

• Ability to read and interpret pesticide application labels and calibrate application equipment accordingly.

• Ability to read and understand MSDS safety sheets and OSHA regulations.

• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees and the public.

• Identifying mechanical problems.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

• Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, with exposure to hazardous equipment and low to no light conditions, requires constant physical efforts for extended periods, and ability to safely lift, carry and move items weighing up to eighty (80) pounds.

• Must be able to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

• May be required to work immediately before, during or after an emergency or disaster.

• NOTE: This position is designated safety and/or security sensitive.