Parks Building And Grounds Maintenance Specialist Lead

Thurston County
Full Time $4,532 - $6,029 Per month HI Hawaii, USA


Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for a Parks Building & Grounds Maintenance Specialist Lead to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team. The successful candidate will plan and oversee the day-to-day maintenance, repair, remodeling and construction of County park facilities, park sites, historical sites, trail systems, non-developed sites, preserves, and park buildings. This is a working lead position that exercises discretion over the work plans of the Parks & Trails maintenance program, generates staff work assignments, works with various community interest groups, and may work in the field as a member of the maintenance team as needed.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Oversee the day-to-day maintenance and operations needs for all Park and Trail sites and properties.  
  • In cooperation with the Parks Operations Manager:
    1. Prioritize and assigns daily work duties to Building and Grounds Maintenance Specialists. 
    2. Monitor compliance of assigned contracts. 
    3. Work with homeowner associations, volunteers, and others as necessary.
    4. Purchase, track and inventory all operating supplies, tools, small equipment, safety, and work gear for annual operations of the Parks & Trails program.
  • Monitor traffic counters at all park and trailhead sites; manage the key system; track monthly data, provide attendance summaries for year-end reports, and provide maintenance reports on a regular basis and as requested.
  • Track all Parks & Trails program pesticide applications annually and ensure that spray reports are completed and correct. Prepare annual report of all pesticides used by department staff.
  • Provide assistance to Parks manager on projects such as, but not limited to:
    • Water systems/plans and septic systems
    • Volunteer projects
    • Presentations
  • Participate in the recruitment and recommend corrective action of Parks employees. 
  • Assist with grant processes by reviewing and providing data for grant requests and working within the scope of grant awards and requirements. 
  • Assists in construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, structures, and equipment.
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Essential Personnel   This position is considered to be an essential worker and may be required to work during non-business hours or closures to meet operational requirements and needs.

Message to potential applicants: 
We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community. Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business. We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  
Inclusion, Equity and Diversity - Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit website for more information.                                                  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry.  We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program that allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid. .
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .


  • Associate degree in Park Administration Management or a closely related field.
  • Two (2) years' work experience in building and grounds maintenance, horticulture, park management, conservation practices, or another related field. 
  • Additional relevant experience can be substituted for college-level education on a year for year basis.
  • Selected candidate will be required within six (6) months:
    1. To obtain a Washington State Pesticide Applicator License.
    2. To obtain a Traffic Flagging card.
    3. Complete Thurston County provided safety, basic first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.
  • Must be able to operate a personal computer and applicable software to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License is required.

Desired Skills

  • One (1) year of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.