Parks Worker , Temporary Seasonal

City of Sunnyvale
900 per week $32 - $42 Per hour CA 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Note: Seasonal non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than six (6) consecutive months and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). 

The City of Sunnyvale is currently recruiting for Parks Worker I who, under general supervision, performs a variety of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, repair and maintenance of park and open space facilities, structures and grounds. This position requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent, some heavy manual labor experience and a Class C driver's license with a safe driving record. 

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following): 

  • Performs a variety of unskilled duties which may include, litter removal  and custodial duties such as sweeping, mopping, buffing, waxing, checking heating and air conditioning, and maintaining and repairing parks buildings and furnishings.
  • Irrigates, mows, weeds, trims and fertilizes lawns and landscaped areas; plants, waters and maintains various vegetation such as bushes, trees, flowers, shrubs and lawns; trims and prune bushes.
  • Prepares and maintains athletic fields and related facilities; opens and maintains skate park.
  • Repairs and replaces irrigation systems; modifies irrigation schedules as necessary.
  • Clears debris and leaves by raking or using power blowers to clear walkways, paths, and other parks/recreational facilities.
  • Performs basic construction, carpentry, plumbing, and painting tasks; cleans and re-stocks bathroom facilities; loads brush trimmings, rubbish, paper, and trash onto trucks for appropriate disposal.
  • Performs rough concrete work; repairs existing concrete pads, pathways and walls.
  • Applies herbicides, fungicides and pesticides in a safe and effective manner.
  • Installs, inspects and repairs playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues and other related parks/recreational equipment; refers to appropriate staff for further attention.
  • Troubleshoots and makes minor electrical repairs to light fixtures, ballasts, outlets and related equipment.
  • Plants, maintains and removes trees and shrubs.
  • Prepares and maintains annual and perennial ground covers.
  • Operates various equipment involved in the maintenance of parks, including gang mowers, light tractors with attachments, dump trucks, front-end loaders, concrete saws, wood routing machines, air compressors, jack hammers and roto-hammers.
  • Fertilizes and aerates turf areas; mows, trims and edges lawns and greens.
  • Identifies and resolves or reports hazards.
  • Maintains maintenance records.

Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required in both the field and the office. The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds is also required. Additionally, the incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust, chemicals, biohazard materials and air contaminants. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles, work in confined spaces and work in heavy traffic conditions and inclement weather conditions, such as wet, heat and cold. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: 
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Graduation from high school or tested equivalent; AND
Some experience in heavy manual labor.

Knowledge of:

  • Common hand tools, equipment and materials used in the construction and maintenance of park and open space facilities.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
Ability to: 
  • Perform routine and semi-skilled tasks in a variety of maintenance and construction activities.
  • Perform heavy physical labor.
  • Learn semi-skilled carpentry, electrical and plumbing work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Learn to safely operate a variety of equipment.
  • Provide excellent customer service to the public and other City employees.
  • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
Willingness to: 
Wear a uniform.
Wear personal protection equipment.
Travel to various locations with the City.
Perform on-call duty assignments and call-back work as required.
Work irregular hours, shifts and weekend.

For Parks Worker I
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.

For Parks Worker I
  • Work experience in a municipal setting
  • Qualified Applicators Certificate for Pesticides issued by the State of California
  • College level courses in Horticulture, Landscape Construction and related fields
  • Tree Worker's Certificate.

Application and Selection Process

 If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit the required application materials to the Department of Human Resources.
City application forms with the supplemental questions completed in full, are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume" on your application.

Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice.  
Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Individuals with the best match to the position will be invited to participate in an interview.
Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing. 

A valid California Class C driver's licenseand a safe driving record is required for this position at the time of appointment. Should you move forward to be hired for this position, you will be required to turn in a current copy of your DMV driving record.

For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Mark Merrill, Parks Supervisor at    or (408) 730-2753. For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at (408) 730-3015 or email: . The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.