Parks Worker (Temporary/Part-Time) - #494944

City of Downey, CA

Date: 10/14/2021 12:01 PM

City: Downey, California

Salary: $1,475 - $1,575 / hour

Contract type: Part Time

Work schedule: Full Day


The position is staffed in the Public Works Department. Under general supervision, performs routine duties relating to park grounds and recreational facilities maintenance.

This position is distinguished from the classification of Maintenance Worker I by the lower level of technical skill and knowledge required to perform essential duties

Temporary/Part-Time Appointments: Work hours are flexible for an average of eighteen (18) hours per week.

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and special events that may include afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays

NOTE: Temporary/Part-time appointments do not qualify for City benefits, except for those required by law. The City does not belong to the Social Security system; however, enrollment in an alternative retirement program is mandatory which requires an employee contribution of 7.5% of base earnings. The City contributes 2.5% and the employee contributes 5% of base earnings.

Certain City operational budgets may not include funding for mandated CalPERS employer contributions; therefore, a qualified candidate who is a current member of CalPERS may be restricted from temporary/part-time employment with the City of Downey.

There are no rights to employment and employment may end with or without cause or advance notice.

Part-Time shifts may not exceed 999 hours on a fiscal year basis (July 1 through June 30).


Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Perform unskilled manual labor which includes sweeping, digging, shoveling, lifting, tugging, pulling, and carrying heavy objects.
  • Perform general landscaping and upkeep of public grounds including minor repairs and painting.
  • Prepare and maintain sports fields for play.
  • Pick up trash and perform general grounds inspection.
  • Observe and utilize proper safety rules and precautions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Any combination of experience and training that could likely provide the required skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position is qualifying. A desired combination is as follows:

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older

No previous experience required. At least six months of work experience performing a combination of landscape or grounds maintenance and janitorial or facility maintenance duties is desirable

High school graduate or equivalent

Knowledge of:
Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in landscape and grounds maintenance and janitorial and general facility maintenance activities; health and safety regulations related to tools, supplies, or equipment used in grounds and facility maintenance work. In addition to knowledge, a general mechanical aptitude is preferred.

Ability to:
Read and follow work orders and instructions; identify grounds maintenance problems and needs; follow safety practices and recognize job hazards; work safely and independently; carry out and complete work assignments as instructed; maintain accurate records; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties.


License Required: Due to the performance of field duties a valid California Class C Driver's License is required in addition to an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment in the position

California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System:
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's License status on a periodic basis to the City of Downey. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of City vehicles.

Physical Tasks and Abilities:
  • Possess physical mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties assigned.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation to travel to different work sites and locations to carry out job-related duties.
  • Require the ability to stand for long periods and/or walk long distances. Some walking may occur on sloping, slippery and/or uneven surfaces.
  • Require the mobility to sit, stand, kneel, crawl, climb, crouch, stoop, reach, and bend.
  • Require the ability to twist at the lower body, at the waist, and at the upper body.
  • Require the mobility of both arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small and large objects or tools, from overhead to the ground positions.
  • Perform work which involves grasping, lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and dragging of objects which may weigh approximately 50 pounds and up to 75 pounds.
  • Based on job assignment, may be exposed to chemicals including but not limited to: pesticides, paint thinner, strippers, solvents, ammonia, bleach, cleansers, volatile organic compounds, fertilizers and non-restricted pesticides.

Environmental Conditions/Exposures:
Work is primarily performed outdoors (field work) with exposure to the weather. Based on job assignment, exposures may also include: contact with hot and cold surfaces, loud noises from equipment and vehicle engines, vibrations, working in close proximity to moving mechanical parts (mechanical hazards), electrical current (electrical hazards), vehicular traffic and confined spaces; and, contact with potential natural irritants such as vegetation, dust, soil, tree pollens, sawdust, etc.

Selection/Testing Process:
All applications and supplemental information will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of filing to determine the level and scope of the candidate's preparation for the position. All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification. Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration. Stating "See Resume" or attaching a resume is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.

The acceptance of an employment application depends upon whether or not an applicant has provided adequate information that demonstrates meeting the qualifications for the position as stated above. Please complete the employment application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and completely.

Those applicants who most closely match the qualifications will be invited to participate in the testing/selection process which will consist of an appraisal exam (weighted 100%) before a panel of subject matter experts. The appraisal exam may consist of performance testing and/or an oral interview to assess the applicant's knowledge, education, experience, and general ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Candidate(s) who complete testing with acceptable results will be considered by the Department hiring authority. Prior to an employment offer, a comprehensive background investigation is conducted, including fingerprinting. A pre-placement medical exam, including a drug screen will be conducted upon issuance of a conditional offer of employment.

Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office by calling (562) 904-7292 at least 72 hours in advance.

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