Trades Worker (Working Title: Landscape Worker): 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 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.
Work shall normally occur in transportation right-of-ways 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
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 landscaping areas
Right-of-way and stormwater area maintenance as required
Pavers and other landscape repairs
Minimum Qualifications: A High School Diploma or equivalent and one year of experience in landscaping, contract mowing or landscape grounds maintenance. Must obtain Right-of-Way Public Pesticide Applicator’s Certification within (1) year from appointment. A valid Driver’s License is required.
Job Competencies: Ability to operate and perform general maintenance on the equipment and small engine repairs as listed above. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, 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.
Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.