• Public Works Maintenance Worker II (Greenways)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 1:26 PM)
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Public Works Agency
    Job Closing Date
  • Nature of Work/Essential Functions

    Work Schedule:

    40 Hours per week


    6:30 am-2:30 pm


    *Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.




    This is semi-skilled level public works maintenance and repair work involving the use of motorized equipment or heavy physical work. Employees may use hand and power tools such as asphalt rakes and shovels to scoop and level asphalt, carpentry tools to build forms, concrete tools to level and finish concrete, air hammer to break up concrete or asphalt, tamper to compact soil, or concrete cutting saw. Some positions, in addition to the primary responsibility for performing maintenance tasks, may require the operation of a large dump truck to haul materials or to plow snow and spread salt during snow emergencies. Tasks require employees to work outdoors for most of the workday in a variety of weather conditions. Work is often performed in heavy traffic, requiring employees to be alert to avoid accidents or personal injuries. Employees may be assigned tasks of a similar or higher level classification to gain experience and training in preparation for advancement. Safety equipment such as hardhat, safety glasses, reflective vest, gloves, steel-toed shoes, earplugs and other protective equipment is worn.



    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

    • Clears repair site of loose materials with a shovel, sledge hammer, or air hammer; operates a concrete saw to cut out damaged concrete; builds forms for sidewalks, curbs and street repair projects; compacts soil using tamper; pours and finishes concrete; shovels, spreads, rakes, and levels asphalt and gravel, mows and plants grass, rakes leaves, lays sod, cleans parks after storms and special events; paints park equipment; mends and repairs park fences.
    • Picks up litter, delivers supplies, paints park benches and garbage cans, removes graffiti, plants, transplants, fertilizes, mulches, waters, and prunes City park grounds, shrubs, bushes and trees; prunes shrubs using hand or electric pruners; removes weeds from around flowers and shrubs by hand or by using weed cutters, prepares soil by operating power or hand tools and equipment such as aerator, roller, rototiller, shovel, hoe, or rake; sows grass seed by hand or with mechanized equipment; unloads and lays out sod; delivers soil, compost, wood chips, and other materials to work site and shovels, rakes, and levels materials; rakes and mulches leaves.
    • Operates a variety of standard power and hand tools and specialized equipment such as forestry vehicles, brush chippers, chain saws, air hammer, weed eater, hand mowers, leaf blowers, power saws and trimming tools, planting tools such as shovels, axe, pruners, flood lights, snow plow and other required equipment while performing essential functions.
    • Drives a dump truck to transport materials; operates controls in truck cab to dump and spread materials on surfaces.
    • Drives dump truck to plow snow and spread salt.
    • Maintains City beaches by operating a motorized beach cleaner and removing materials by hand on a daily basis during normal months of operation.
    • Maintains sports fields by grading, lining, edging, and raking on a regular basis.
    • Prepares outdoor natural ice rinks for use by flooding designated areas on a regular basis during the skating season both at night and during the day.
    • Checks equipment and performs preventative maintenance.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Requirements



    Must possess a high school diploma or a GED and must possess two (2) or more years of work experience performing maintenance tasks which require the use of maintenance or construction equipment and driving dump trucks.

    Must possess a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brakes endorsement and a safe driving record.

    Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

    • Considerable knowledge of the safe operation of hand and power tools used on asphalt or concrete maintenance and repair projects, as required by the position.
    • Knowledge of the materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in the care of flowers, shrubs, trees, lawns, and athletic fields.
    • Knowledge of the hazards and precautions of the equipment and chemicals used.
    • Ability to read, understand, and apply instructions for the safe application of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
    • Considerable knowledge of the operating instructions and safety aspects of all equipment used.
    • Considerable knowledge of the safe operation of large motorized equipment requiring a commercial driver’s license.
    • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
    • Ability to satisfactorily complete tasks without close supervision.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, other employees and the public.
    • Skill in the operation of hand and power tools used in performing the work, as required by the position.
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule when required or assigned, including evenings, weekends, and holidays; ability to work planned and unscheduled overtime for emergencies, special events and projects, and snow and ice control.




    Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions such as extreme cold, high winds, rain, snow, sleet, high temperatures and humidity.

    Ability to perform heavy manual labor daily, as required by the position.

    Ability to lift heavy objects above shoulder height, as required by the position.

    Ability to bend, stoop, lift, climb, stand or sit for long periods of time, work outdoors with limited lighting, work in confined spaces, detect and recognize particular odors, talk and hear.

    Ability to work in situations where the following are present: loud noise levels, chemicals such as oil, fumes and gasses, dust and dirt, noxious odors, broken glass and sharp objects.


    Additional Information



    Work is performed under general direction of a supervisor or crew leader. Assignments may vary from day to day depending on the season and work requirements. Instructions, either verbal or written, are in the form of the project to be completed, with the employee responsible Work is reviewed through ongoing observation, written and verbal communications, meetings and feedback from the supervisor and from other department employees. Guidance is provided through rules and regulations, policies and procedures, Unified Work Rules, Union Contract, Personnel Rules and OSHA. Work is evaluated at least annually for the safe and skilled operation of equipment, quality of tasks, adherence to work rules, and performance in accordance with classification standard.



    The employee has contact with other City employees to relay factual and specific information regarding work; there is occasional contact with the general public when in the field to answer questions and respond to concerns.




    To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date.


    Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

    The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact the Facilities Management Office at 847-866-2916 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY). 


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