Park Worker I/II - Parks

Parks & Recreation, 633 Walnut, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #923
Monday, February 12, 2024


Under general supervision, to perform manual work involved in ground maintenance of right-of-ways, boulevards, vacant lots, municipal building grounds, ball fields, and all city parks


PARK WORKER I:  Exercises no supervision.

PARK WORKER II:  This position may perform as a lead worker at a work site with some supervision of a crew.


Operate various types and sizes of equipment such as tractors, riding mowers, mulchers, edgers, ditchers and line trimmers in the maintenance of right-of-ways, boulevards, vacant lots, municipal grounds, ball fields, and city parks.

Water and fertilize grass, trees, shrubs, and other plants; trim and prune trees and shrubs; prepare ground for planting; plant and transplant trees, shrubs, and grass; apply pesticides.

Paint, repair, and transport bleachers and picnic tables; paint, clean, and make simple repairs on playground equipment and park facilities and equipment.

Sweep and clean sidewalks; pick up litter; clean restrooms.

Assist with light construction work such as fence construction, irrigation repair, and installation or forming and finishing concrete.

Operate a City vehicle daily to travel to various parks, facilities, playgrounds, construction sites, pavilions and other various sites throughout the City of Abilene.

Operate truck and trailer, mowers, small maintenance and construction equipment as well as a lift truck.

PARK WORKER II has these additional duties:

Operate larger maintenance and construction equipment such as front loader, backhoe, larger area mowers, and lift bucket.

Provide site supervision of other Park employees in the absence of the Crew Chief or Park Worker III.

Perform simple field repairs to equipment.

Perform minor pesticide applications such as glyphosate (Roundup).


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Methods, materials, and equipment used in maintenance work.

Occupational hazards and safety precautions of general maintenance work

Safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:

Learn to operate a variety of equipment, tools, and vehicles including pick-up truck, ditch trencher, tractor, riding mower, push mower, edger, chain saw, string trimmer, and brush chipper. 

Operate a motor vehicle safely.


Learn to operate a variety of heavier, more technical equipment including front loader, backhoe, lift bucket, and large area mower.

Operate irrigation controllers.

Ability to:

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Distinguish desirable plants from undesirable plants.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

 Perform as a team member in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.


Identify 70% of the major landscape plants, pests and their symptoms, and weeds found in the Abilene park landscapes, and have some familiarity with their culture.

Perform calculations and organize information to accurately complete reports.

Lead and manage a team in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

For positions with more than one level, all listed requirements at the lower levels are required at the higher levels. Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:



Some experience in grounds maintenance or related manual work.


A minimum of one year experience in grounds maintenance or related manual skilled work.


Formal or informal education or training, which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.

License or Certificate:        

A valid Texas driver’s license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required.

Special Requirements:

Exposure to noise, outdoors, vibration, chemicals, and mechanical hazards.

Ability to travel to different sites.

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, the “X” indicates the overall strength demand of the position during a typical workday:

___     Sedentary – lifting of no more than 10 pounds

 ___     Light – lifting no more than 20 pounds; carrying up to 10 pounds

___     Medium – lifting no more than 50 pounds; carrying up to 25 pounds

_X__   Heavy – lifting no more than 100 pounds; carrying up to 50 pounds

___     Very Heavy – team lifting over 100 pounds; carrying more than 50 pounds

Physical Demand Codes:  The following describes whether or not the position is expected to exert the physical demands listed during a typical workday as well as the overall frequency of the task:

Codes for how often:

N         =          No

E         =          Extensive (100 – 70% of the time)

M         =          Moderate (60 – 30% of the time)

I           =          Infrequent (20 – 10% of the time)

A         =          Almost Never (<10% of the time)

Code / Task

_E       Standing

_M_    Sitting

_E_     Walking

_M_    Lifting

_M_    Carrying

_M_    Pushing/Pulling

_ I_      Overhead Work

_M_    Fine Dexterity

_I_       Kneeling

_I_       Crouching

_I_       Crawling

_M_    Bending

_I_       Twisting

_I_       Climbing

_M       Balancing

_E_     Vision

_E_     Hearing

_M_    Talking

___     Other:  _____________________

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $15.81
  • Max Hiring Rate $20.11
Location on Google Maps
  • Parks & Recreation, 633 Walnut, Abilene, Texas, United States of America