611 - Grounds Maintenance Worker (Trails & Streams)
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County RP089 West Chicago, IL $34,597 - $46,130

 Job Purpose

Work involves operating equipment and performing manual labor in the maintenance of turf, trees, roads, parking lots, streams, trails, and storm sewer systems in District preserves.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position performs all aspects of trail and stream construction, renovations, and maintenance.  Tasks include:
  • Grading, clearing, trimming/rough mowing, herbicide application, mulch installation, and resurfacing with aggregates
  • Installation, maintenance, and monitoring of various types of drainage structures
  • Natural Resource management including:  Non-native/evasive woody plant removal, herbicide application, and assistance with deer culling program
  • Wood splitting for campground usage
  • Bench construction, finishing, and maintenance
  • Clearing of blockages throughout the major rivers, streams and tributaries
  • GPS utilization marking and cataloging trail amenities such as drainage structures and benches
  • Grading, seeding and turf restoration
  • Demolition and removal of buildings and structures
  • Assistance with snow plowing and ice control
  • Assist all other departmental crews as necessary
  • Perform other duties as required

This position is assigned to Trails & Streams crew; however, this position can potentially be transferred to various crews temporarily as needed.  Every effort will be made to put personnel in areas of their preference, yet maintaining the balance of crew sizes and proper function of the department shall remain the prime objective.

Education and Experience Required

Related Experience:  One (1) year experience in the operation and maintenance of equipment that relates to grounds maintenance.

Special training or other license, certification, etc.: Illinois Department Of Agriculture Pesticide Operators License; Blood Borne Pathogen training; First Aid / First Response certification, CPR training, ability to obtain Midwest Ecological Prescribed Burn Certification or equivalent within 2 years of employment, ability to obtain a Class A (CDL) Commercial Driver’s License (with air brakes and tanker endorsements) within six (6) months of employment.  Pursuant to OSHA 1910.134, physicals are required for job assignments that fall under the District’s Respiratory program. Valid Driver’s License required.

Knowledge of:  Landscape maintenance, construction, and installation; turf management; maintenance and construction of asphalt and gravel surfaces; occupational hazards and proper safety precautions; safe handling of herbicides and pesticides; GPS/GIS applications.

Skills In:  Identification of trees, shrubs, native grasses, wildflowers, and exotic weeds for horticulture aspects of preserve management; safe and proper operation and maintenance of a variety of grounds equipment; performing manual labor tasks; understanding and following verbal or written instructions; maintaining effective working relationships.

Hours & Schedule: Full time 6:45AM-3:15PM, Monday-Friday (may include weekends)

Compensation: $34,597 - $46,130

Comments: Uniforms provided, safety boot and safety glasses allowance.

Working Environment: Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Equal Employment Policy: As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County complies with Federal, State, and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The Forest Preserve District makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sex (wages), genetics, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, retaliation, or other unlawful considerations.

*Applications must be filled out to their entirety, including the electronic signature, to be considered for this position. Resumes may be included but are not accepted in lieu of the application.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County RP089 is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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