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City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time

$52,520.00 - $78,780.00 Annually


SC (Parks & Grounds Office), SC

Job Type

Full Time



Job Number





6/5/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Description

Brief Description of the Job
Under guidance of the Parks & Grounds Administrator, directs, manages, and coordinates the personnel and operations of the parks districts, cemeteries, playgrounds, and amenities. Sets standards for acceptable levels and methods of beautification and maintenance. Conducts inspections of designated park areas and inspects and assesses plants for insects, diseases, and weed issues. Implements approved projects and improvements, researching necessary resources and recommending systems and procedures to implement projects. Coordinates capital improvement projects to include oversight of the design, installation, and inspection. Prepares and proposes budget needs, as well as, contributes to the development of grants. Serves as a liaison between the parks and grounds division and other City departments and outside organizations. Serves as division coordinator for storm clean-up and weather-related events. Coordinates special event supervision, setup, tear down, and cleanup as assigned.

Job Duties

Essential Functions
Manage Daily Operations (40%): Supervise the daily operations and maintenance of assigned parks, facilities, grounds, cemeteries, playgrounds, and park amenities Supervise and assist crews with pesticide spraying, irrigation installation and repair, water tap installation, basic grounds maintenance projects, playground installations, soil samples, fertilization, insect identification, fungal identification, weed identification, and preventative maintenance of equipment. Supervise assigned contracted services. Make decisions pertaining to park facilities, amenities, and design to ensure the safety of its users. Monitor equipment and report damages or expiration. Interpret federal, state and local laws, policies, rules and regulations pertaining to land management, including use of fertilizers and pesticides. Respond to service requests, emergency calls, and visitor concerns. Perform the additional following duties based on assigned function(s):

  • Grounds: Identify trees that are of high risk and develop mitigation measures that will reduce or eliminate risk to an acceptable level. Keep track of vehicular damage to median beds for property loss.
  • Parks & Amenities: Oversee grave interments for City cemeteries. Manage the inspection and auditing process of City playground equipment for compliance with National Safety Standards and assist in preparing playground specifications for the design and construction of new playgrounds.
  • Tourism District: Plan and produce planting plans for annual flower design. Oversee the maintenance of the areas of CBD to maintain the integrity of the architectural design.
Supervise Staff (20%): Provide the management and leadership to meet the Department`s mission and current and long-range goals. Plan and direct the day-today activities of the unit, including meeting with staff daily to communicate work assignments, priorities, projects, and expectations to ensure a safe and memorable experience for patrons. Review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures. Provide policy guidance and interpretation. Provide orientation, teaching, and guidance to staff to assure safe practices and quality of services. Work collaboratively with Deputy Director and Parks & Grounds Administrator where performance and disciplinary issues may exist to correct the situation in a positive and proactive manner, ensuring the timely and effective documentation required by City Human Resources policies. Oversee and direct recruitment and selection of division personnel. Conduct performance reviews in a timely, consistent and fair manner. Provide for staff training and professional development including ensuring required certifications are maintained. Ensure timely reporting and documentation of all work place accidents/incidents. Review and approve time and attendance. Ensure compliance with City and Department policies.

Plan and Coordinate Projects (20%): Contribute to and/or develop the scope and specifications for assigned projects inclusive of work materials, plants, trees, chemicals and necessary crews. Submit project request to Parks and Grounds Administrator and present approved project scope to key stakeholders. Supervise and inspect work performed by consultants, landscape architects, and contractors for compliance with contract specifications.

Budget (10%): Monitor division procurement procedures and approve expenditures in accordance with established guidelines. Ensure adequate inventory of supplies and equipment. Manage budgets associated with assigned projects. Monitor division spending and communicate with Parks and Grounds Administrator regarding spending and budget needs. Assist in acquiring and obtaining grants.

Serve as Division Liaison (10%): Work with outside agencies to provide support and guidance on project development and cooperative partnerships, inclusive of the local garden clubs and neighborhood associations. Create landscape designs consistent with department and community expectations and standards. Participate on City and non-profit committees/boards. Serve as ambassador and representative for Parks Division and the City of Greenville in addressing citizen needs, requests, and complaints. Coordinate with the internal and external department`s point of contact for special events and reservations. Contact and meet with homeowner`s associations, garden clubs, contractors, volunteer groups, and other interested parties on various city projects. Work in conjunction with risk management on issues regarding claims against the department.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements
Formal Education: Associate degree in turf management, horticulture or related field. Bachelor degree in a related field preferred.

Experience: Over four years of experience in the Parks and Recreation field to include turf management and/or horticulture, as well as, at least one year of experience in supervision and project management, including developing and managing project budgets.

Driver`s License Required: Class D South Carolina Driver`s license.

Certifications and Other Requirements: South Carolina Non-Commercial Pesticides License Category 3 required, and Category 5 preferred. CPR, First Aid, and AED certification/training within 3 months of hire. When assigned to Parks & Amenities, must be a Certified Playground Safety Inspector within 6 months of assignment. Certified Arborist preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge: Work is difficult and diversified with limited precedent and requires the frequent application of a high degree of independent, logical, evaluative, and/or professional thinking to originate and develop procedures, techniques or ideas within the parameters of a broad conceptual outline. Work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems. Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively. Work product affects multiple projects.

Reading: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts.

Math: Ability to apply fundamental concepts of theories; work with advanced mathematical operations methods and functions of real and complex variables.

Writing: Ability to write policies, contracts, speeches, formal presentations, and/or technical and legal documents and correspondence.

Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids: Zero Turn mower, push mower, bed edger, weed eater, hedge trimmers, hand pruners, back pack blower, tiller, tractor, skid loader, front end loader, small track hoe, back hoe, concrete saw, sod cutter, chainsaw, Ditch Witch, trailer, pick-up truck, sprayers, carpentry tools, plumbing tools, and hand tools. Laptop, general office equipment, smartphone, camera, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, mapping software, internet web-browser, and work management software.

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Office, vehicle, and outdoors.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Occasional outside work. Weekly exposure to respiratory hazards, noise and vibration, and physical hazards. Seasonal exposure to extreme temperature and wetness and/or humidity. Frequent exposure to mechanical hazards and chemical hazards. Occasional exposure to electrical hazards.

Protective Equipment Required: Steel-toed boots, safety vest, earplugs, leather gloves, safety glasses, hardhat, chainsaw chaps, chemical suit, dust mask, protective clothes, and respirator.

Physical Demands
Continuously requires fine dexterity, vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing, walking, and foot controls. Occasionally requires lifting, carrying, sitting, reaching, handling, kneeling, pushing/pulling, foot controls, balancing, bending, crouching, and twisting. Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10-25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly AND/OR walking or standing to a significant degree.

Mental Demands
Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, and tedious or exacting work. Occasionally requires emergency situations and noisy/distracting environment.

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The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.
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