Position Description

Skilled Trades Worker I - Landscape Mower
Job Code 4370
Requisition Information
Public Works

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

8781 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$16.43 (Step 1)

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

Scheduled Hours 40
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Skilled Trades Worker I (Working Title: Landscape Mower):  The position involves daily work activities of landscape maintenance personnel and operation of landscape equipment to maintain transportation rights of way throughout Sarasota County as directed by the Manager. This position involves moderate to heavy manual labor and consists of routine and repetitive duties that may be performed without immediate supervision. This position requires knowledge of landscaping and grounds maintenance practices.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening

This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug-screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.


Safely operate, fuel and perform basic maintenance functions on the following types of equipment: gas-powered zero-turn commercial grade landscape mowers, Wide Area Mowers (WAM) with 16 ft. cutting deck, commercial grade pick-up trucks pulling up to a 30 ft. trailer, tree chippers, skid loaders, small excavators, front-end loaders and perform small-engine repairs and equipment maintenance utilizing both hand, power and pneumatic tools. Occasionally operate water trucks for landscape irrigation.

The Skilled Trades Worker I shall be able to perform the entire scope detailed in Position Description for Trades Worker (Landscape Worker). Which includes:

Safely operate fuel and perform maintenance functions on the following types of equipment: gas-powered string trimmers stick edger's, pole saws, backpack blowers, chain saws, commercial grade pick-up trucks, trailers, 4-wheel drive utility carts, and other miscellaneous small hand-operated landscape maintenance tools.

Perform small-engine repairs and perform daily/weekly maintenance and safety checks on all the above listed equipment. These tasks will require the use of pneumatic, power and hand tools.

Utilize and follow diagrams, maps, written instructions and blue prints to install landscaping according to plans or to perform right-of-way maintenance according to plans.

Utilizing the above listed equipment for right-of-way maintenance work includes, but is not limited to hand weeding, mulching, digging, turf trimming, tree trimming, hand collection and disposal of litter, removal and installation of plant materials and trees, and driving on roads and vegetated maintenance areas.

Work shall normally occur in transportation right-of-way with active automobile traffic which will require the implementation of appropriate maintenance of traffic-safety standards and wearing of safety equipment. This work is to be done without immediate supervision always available onsite.

Performs various right of way maintenance tasks including but not limited to:

  • Mowing right- of-ways
  • Line-of-sight clearance
  • Tree trimming utilizing chainsaws, pole saws and commercial tree chippers
  • Maintaining irrigated and non-irrigated landscaped medians, including irrigation repairs
  • Pesticide Applications to maintain landscaped beds, ornamental turf and hardscaping areas
  • Right-of-way and stormwater area maintenance as required
  • Pavers and other hardscape repairs


Minimum Qualifications:  A High School Diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in landscaping, contract mowing or landscape grounds maintenance.    A valid Driver’s License is required and a CDL Class "B" with Tanker endorsement is required within six (6) months from appointment. Must obtain Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic Certification (IMOT) within six (6) months from appointment.  Must obtain Right-of-Way Public Pesticide Applicator’s Certification within (1) year from appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:  Class "A" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Tanker endorsement.

Job Competencies:  Ability to operate and perform general maintenance on the equipment and small engine repairs as listed above. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, basic mechanical skills, job safety knowledge. Excellent client/customer service relations. Basic software applications, including but not limited to, email communications, Internet/Intranet searches and operations.

Physical Demands: Must frequently lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. **May be required to lift and move concrete bags weighing 60 pounds.



Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA 

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