Public Utility Worker II - Parks

City of Gresham Gresham, OR

The City of Gresham is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time position as a Public Utility Worker II (PUW II) in our Parks Division of the Finance & Management Services Department.

The Public Utility Worker II – Parks position performs regular and recurring installation, maintenance, and repair activities for City parks, open spaces, systems and facilities. This position will operate a variety of light and heavy equipment to accomplish work functions.

This position works for the City of Gresham, the fourth largest city in the state of Oregon, which is located near the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood recreation area and minutes from Portland. Our City boasts a proud, diverse and growing population. This position plays an important role in the City's organizational value of public service through its support of city park maintenance duties.

The eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies within this division.


The Public Utility Worker II - Parks performs Parks Maintenance work. The position works out of the City of Gresham Operations Center and reports to the Public Works Superintendent for Parks. The Parks Division consists of seven full-time employees who work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment to maintain City Parks in support of Gresham residents and the public.

The functions performed by this position include, but are not limited to:

* Uses a variety of hand and power-operated tools and equipment such as shovels, picks, hand and small riding mowers, tapping machine, power hacksaw, drills, jackhammer, welders, compressor, and portable concrete saw.

* Operates all departmental heavy equipment as directed including backhoe, loaders, dump truck, mower and tractor.

* Researches maps and related records. Uses City Graphic Information System (GIS) to locate City properties, easements, etc.

* Operates light-duty trucks in picking up and delivering materials and supplies and to collect and remove debris from different locations as assigned.

* Performs traffic control and flagging duties as required.

* Controls vegetation by applying pesticides and other removal techniques in accordance with state regulations around public works structures and work sites.

* Responds to public inquiries and service requests in a courteous and timely manner; provides information within scope of knowledge or refers to other City staff.

* Maintains parks, open spaces, trails and greenways;

* Mows, trims and edges. Pulls weeds, prunes shrubs and other related duties using hand tools.

* Maintains sports fields including irrigation, over seeding, mowing, aeration, fertilization, sod repair, top dressing and weed control.

* Prepares, constructs, installs, repairs and maintains park fixtures and facilities such as restrooms, shelters, play structures, exercise equipment, benches, tables, signs, paved walkways, trails and bridges. Installs and maintains irrigation systems. Repairs and reports vandalism and removes graffiti.

* Performs basic carpentry and cement work, welding, and painting as necessary to accomplish primary activities.

* Receives and processes incoming work orders from citizens and park users in a courteous and timely manner.

* Removes and disposes of unsanitary debris, illegally dumped materials and transient camp structures.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily performed outside in varying and extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time where employees are exposed to slippery surfaces, vibrations, excessively loud noises from construction equipment, exposure to live sewer systems, human debris, drug paraphernalia, hot tar and asphalt, heavy equipment, working in and around trenches, hazardous gases, fumes, paint, chemicals and pesticides. Physical effort is required to perform heavy manual labor in confined and cramped spaces and uncomfortable conditions, climb ladders, bend, reach, push / pull a variety of items, and stand for long periods of time. Regular lifting of objects and equipment ranging in weight from 25 to 85 lbs. is required. Subject to 24-hour call back for emergency conditions.


Knowledge of:

* Maintenance, construction, and repair methods and procedures used in Parks.

* Safety practices and procedures applicable to area of assignment.

* Safe and effective operating practices of light and heavy equipment used in assigned area.

* Signs and pavement markings.

* Electricity and electrically charged equipment and facilities.

* Techniques of flagging and traffic control.

* Computers and computer applications.

* Proper pesticide application techniques.

Ability to:

* Operate heavy equipment and power tools used in public works maintenance operations.

* Work independently or as part of a crew.

* Perform heavy manual work under confined and uncomfortable conditions.

* Work weekends, evenings and /or holidays.

* Perform routine arithmetic calculations.

* Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public.

* Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

* Respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

* Ability to work in environments requiring the use of a respirator.

* Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Minimum Qualifications:

* High School diploma or G.E.D. and

* One year of experience in parks maintenance or general construction.

Candidate must possess or have the ability to obtain the following certifications within six months after hire:

* Commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.

* ODOT Flagger Certification.

* Public Pesticide Spray Applicators License.

* First Aid & CPR Certification.

* Confined Space Certification.

Driving Matrix:

You will be disqualified from this process if you possess any of the following driving infractions:

* A major traffic offense or accident that results in death or major injury.

* Driving under the influence (DUI) offense within the last 5 years.

* Have more than 3 moving violations within a 3-year period or more than 2 within a one- year period.

* Have more than 2 accidents within a 3-year period.

Selection Process

To Apply: Click "Apply" at the top of this posting.

A review of application materials, minimum qualifications and experience will determine those applicants to be invited to an interview.

DRIVING RECORD: All Public Utility Workers may be required to drive a city vehicle and must demonstrate good driving skills and responsibilities. If offered the position, it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain a certified-copy of their driving record from the DMV for a minimum of the last five years and bring that record with them on the date of their interview. If you are a CDL holder, you will need to supply your personal and employment driving records for the last ten years.

If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, please provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2729, upon submitting the required documents.

The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Applicants who are extended a contingent job offer must successfully complete a drug screen,

physical exam, DMV driving record review and criminal background check prior to the anticipated start date.

Please direct any questions about this posting or selection process to 503-618-2291 or

For assistance with the online application please contact NEOGOV directly at 1-855-524-5627.