• Landscape Assistant

    City of Whitefish
    Job Description


    Performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance and operation of all landscaping within the jurisdiction of the City’s parks, greenways, open spaces and grounds.



    Works under the supervision of the Urban Forester/Landscape Foreman



    May supervise community service workers.


    Job Duties



    The following duties are typical for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


    It is expected that every employee should be on time, fully prepared, every day that the employee is scheduled to work.

    • As directed, orient, train and supervise the work activities of community service workers and or temporary employees. Assure work is performed in accordance with sound safety practices set forth by the Landscape/Urban Forestry Foreman.


    • Perform all functions of landscape maintenance at a high level of proficiency.


    • Proficiently operate all assigned equipment and vehicles to perform any operation within the capacity of the machine as necessary to accomplish required work.


    • Operates numerous types of equipment such as self-propelled commercial mowers, string trimmers, tractors, hedge trimmers, chain saws, edger and numerous landscape hand tools.


    • Performs skilled horticultural maintenance, such as pruning, planting, and removing of shrubs, flowers, and trees.


    • Assists in Urban Forestry work when needed.


    • Performs other duties as assigned.



    Maintenance techniques in the care, construction and operation of City parks systems, including athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, parks, shelters, open spaces and green belts.


    Desired Minimum Qualifications



    Education and Experience:

    1. Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, and
    2. Two years experience in horticultural work, or
    3. Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.


    Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Must have sufficient experience in the field of landscape maintenance to have acquired an extensive knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in all phases, including a basic general knowledge of shrubs, flowers, trees, and irrigation systems.
    2. Working knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in landscape and forestry maintenance;
    3. Working knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions.
    4. Skill in the operation of listed tools and equipment.
    5. Ability to work independently and to complete daily activities according to work schedule; ability to work effectively as a team member; ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to work safely; ability to understand, follow, and transmit written and oral instructions; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public.



    Valid Montana State Driver’s License.

    Knowledge of Landscape Maintenance


    Supplemental Information



    Pickup truck; lawn and landscaping equipment, including tractors, mowers, edger, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, pumps, sprinklers, and miscellaneous hand and power tools for landscape maintenance.



    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 regularly required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently 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 and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and 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 near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions.  The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.


    The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



    Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.


    The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be 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.


    The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


    In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.  The City of Whitefish does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.  The City of Whitefish is an equal opportunity employer.

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