Human Resources

Park Maintenance Assistant

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  An employee in this class title assists in the maintenance and development of municipal recreational park areas through the performance of routine tasks under general supervision of the Superintendent of Parks, Recreation & Forestry.  This position differs from that of a labor position in that the incumbent will be responsible for supervision of the use of the facilities by the public, in the absence of his supervisor.  Supervision of lower level employees may be a function of this class title.  Does related work, as required.

Assists in the preparation of trails, construction of fireplaces, bridges, recreational equipment, and other projects;
Performs installation and maintenance operations on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, walkways, driveways, parking and recreation areas;
Works with the supervisor on planting trees, pest eradication control of tree diseases, landscaping and park beautification projects;
Makes regular patrols for fire protection of County park and forestry areas;
Performs a variety of tasks, including road patching park maintenance, tree trimming, snow plowing, grass cutting, removal of garbage and trash, picnic and recreation equipment repair, servicing and maintenance of motorized equipment cutting wood;
Operates motorized equipment including saws, trucks, mowers;
Assists in the enforcement of park rules and regulations;
Has the responsibility for the smooth and efficient operation of the facility in the absence of the supervisor.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of the operation maintenance and repair of park structures; good knowledge of terminology involved in park maintenance; good knowledge of the use of tools and procedures relating to grounds maintenance; working knowledge of forestry and landscape architectural procedures; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to use power tools in construction and maintenance of park areas; physical ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions; dependability; initiative and resourcefulness.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee constantly is required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education, AND EITHER:

  1. Possession of a two year degree from a regionally accredited college or university in forestry, resource management, soil conservation, wild life management or a related degree;
  2. Two (2) years of full-time, paid experience in grounds/tree maintenance activities at a golf course, park, nursery, or other large outdoor facility.


Possession of an appropriate valid New York State Driver’s License.