LWA Property Maintenance Level 1

Company:

Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation

Job Description:

The Lake Wilderness Arboretum
PO Box 72, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone: 253-293-5103
E-mail: Info@LakeWildernessArboretum.org

LWA Property Maintenance Level 1
DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of the LWA Director, this position will perform a variety of semi-skilled duties in the maintenance, repair and construction of the nursery and open space facilities, landscape maintenance and vegetation control, and set-up and removal of equipment for events. The LWA Property Manager 1 must be able to demonstrate the proper and safe operation of a variety of light and medium duty vehicles, specialized equipment and hand/power tools. This is a part-time position, not to exceed 850 hours per year. Annual salary range $17,000 to $23,800.
Arboretum grounds maintenance duties:
• Maintain arboretum grounds
o Check for and remove trash
o Empty trash bins in nursery
o Arrange for dumpster pick-ups
• Irrigation
o Water newly planted items and plants not covered by irrigation
o Yearly winterize and de-winterize
o Repair leaks, clogged heads, controllers and valves, reconfigure heads
• Perform vegetation control using hand, power, and riding machinery as well as the application of chemicals
• Fountain and floating rock water feature maintenance
o Drain and remove rocks, clean and repair annually
o Refill as needed
• Clean picnic area, nursery, office restroom and stock supplies
• Assist in the set-up and breakdown of equipment for recreation events including plant sales signs, tents, tables, vendor areas; Christmas lights; oversee and help with rental and volunteer events.
• Perform routine maintenance and repair to equipment and vehicles including filters, hoses, oil, and other fluid levels
o Yearly maintenance of tractor, lawn tractor, golf cart
o Wash and clean major equipment
o Clean inventory, maintain tools, carts, garden hoses
• Operate maintenance equipment, including but not limited to, power mowers (riding or walk-behind), and other power and manual hand tools
• Monitor and report park conditions, hazards, vandalism, suspicious activities, and facilities or equipment in need of repair to appropriate staff
o Coordinate with Arboretum Director, Park Maintenance, and Police staff as needed to address operational, repair and security issues
• Maintain a safe environment for all visitors to LWA
• May be assigned to work weekends when needed, for example to support sales and rental/volunteer events
• Assist other staff and perform other duties as assigned

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:
• General horticultural and turf practices
• General building maintenance
• Basic plumbing, electrical and irrigation knowledge a plus
• Basic computer skills
• Operation of light and medium duty vehicles and equipment
• Appropriate health and safety practices, procedures and work hazards related to maintenance activities
• Operation, use and care of hand and power tools and equipment used in LWA maintenance work and ground keeping
• Guest relations and customer service

Demonstrated ability to:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public
• Physically perform the essential job functions of the position including the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Operate, service, and make minor repairs to tools and equipment used in park maintenance work
• Apply specialized chemicals to control vegetation, insects, etc.
• Perform skilled and/or semi-skilled tasks with little to no supervision
• Meet work schedule deadlines and project timelines
• Handle multiple requests for assistance in an organized manner
• Provide excellent customer service, treating the public with patience and courtesy

Education and Experience:
• High School graduation or equivalent required
• Experience in garden maintenance or landscaping, vegetation management, repair, construction, or general building maintenance and open space facilities (preferred)

Special requirements:
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check
• Must have a valid WA driver’s license
• Manage working schedule to fit increase and decrease of duties during high and low seasonal demands within the 850 allotted annual hours
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must be available to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and split shifts
• Ability to stoop, squat, twist and bend, lift 50 lbs.
• May be exposed to noise from operation and proximity to outdoor power tools and construction equipment
• May be expected to work with herbicides, and pesticides
• Ability to perform tasks in all weather conditions
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.

Contact:

Roxann Harr

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Phone: (253) 261-7178

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