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City of Thornton GOLF MAINTENANCE PARKS AIDE & PARKS WORKER I/II in Thornton, Colorado


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Thornton, CO

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Hiring Rate for NEW employees:

Golf Maintenance - Parks Aide $12.32 - $15.86 per hour

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker I $13.75 per hour (Requires valid driver's license with safe driving record)

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker II $15.00 - $15.90 per hour (Requires valid driver's license with safe driving record)

Work hours:

Hours vary. (Start and end times will adjust with daylight hours throughout the season.) Rotating weekends and holidays required.

Season: Through October 31, 2021 or longer depending on budget.

Under specified supervision, performs a variety of maintenance duties including physical manual labor on the city's golf course and clubhouse grounds. May assist with the coordination of the annual flower program, planting, and maintaining trees, and other grounds maintenance duties as assigned.

Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from levels I or, when filled from the outside, require previous and directly related experience.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Aide/Parks Worker I:

Under immediate supervision, this is the entry-level class in the Golf Maintenance - Parks Aide & Parks Worker series. Incumbents entering the class have little or no directly related work experience. Generally, work is observed and reviewed both during performance and upon completion.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker II:

Under general supervision, this is the journey-level class in the Golf Maintenance Parks Worker series. Incumbents assigned to this class have previous work experience and are expected to perform the full range or work assigned, operate large-scale mowing equipment and/or work with independence and initiative.


(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

Operates equipment such as tractors, trenchers, sod cutters, roto-tillers, skid steers, utility vehicles, small backhoes, loaders, aerators, wood chippers, flail and rotary mowers, a variety of riding mowers from 16 feet in width to 6 feet in width, walk-behind mowers, push mowers, string trimmers, backpack blowers and sprayers, edgers, bunker rakes, chain saws, pruning equipment, and various hand tools. Incumbents under the age of 18, will not use all listed equipment.

Mows, weeds, trims, and removes grass clippings.

Waters, aerates, renovates and fertilizes turf areas.

Plants, waters, edges, prunes and removes trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers.

Cleans and fuels equipment.

May assist with computerized irrigation systems.

Assists in irrigation repair and hand watering as needed.

Assists in all basic phases of golf course maintenance and related projects. Ensures bunkers are raked, tee markers are set, cups are properly cut, etc. Mows greens, tees, approaches, fairways, roughs, surrounds and native areas. Repairs ball marks on greens and hand fills divots with sand/seed mixture as needed.

Removes trash on golf course and clubhouse grounds including parking lots and sidewalks.

Plants and maintains sod, trees, shrubs, flower beds, and native plants. Sprays weeds, tree rings and fence lines with a backpack sprayer.

Removes trash and debris from ponds as needed and seasonally installs and removes water aeration fountains in ponds.

Weekend and overtime work required.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Parks Worker II

In addition to previous requirements:

Operates large-scale mowing and/or aeration equipment used on fairways, roughs, surrounds, greens and tees.



Golf Maintenance - Parks Aide:

Must be at least 16 years old. No education or experience required.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker I:

Must be at least 18 years old. No education or experience required. At least one season of experience working in a grounds maintenance capacity preferred.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker II:

In addition to previous requirements:

Two seasons or one year of experience. Requires mowing operations experience with basic and more complex commercial mowing equipment such as walk-behind mowers, string trimmers, backpack blowers, rakes and hand tools, zero turn radius riding mowers, 6 foot to 16 foot hydrostatic riding mowers, 60 hp tractors, etc. Equivalent combinations of experience may be considered.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:

Golf Maintenance - Parks Aide - May need the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as the job requires.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker I/II - Valid driver's license with a safe driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the policies, procedures and goals of the city of Thornton and the department.

Knowledge of the operation of landscape equipment such as, but not limited to, pickup trucks, tractors, trailers, skid-steers, roto-tillers, sod cutters, trenchers, mowers, string trimmers, edgers, backpack blowers and various hand tools.

Knowledge of Thorncreek Golf Course Rules and Regulations.

Knowledge of basic golf course etiquette.

Knowledge of tools, methods, and materials used in golf course maintenance and construction.

Knowledge of plant material that grows in this area.

Knowledge of irrigation systems, including overhead spray, drip and sub-surface irrigation, and the ability to install, modify and make field adjustments to systems and ensure that they perform properly.

Skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.

Skill in the safe and lawful operation of all equipment required for the job.

Skill in dealing tactfully and effectively with the public.

Ability to work as a team member.

Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform the functions of the position.

Ability to resolve problems.

Ability to follow oral and written directions from others.

Ability to work in a variety of adverse weather conditions, including heat, cold, precipitation, and wind.

Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays, or flexible schedules.

Golf Maintenance - Parks Worker II:

In addition to previous requirements:

Knowledge of the operation of large scale mowing and aeration equipment and other landscape equipment such as, but not limited to, tractors, trailers, variety of sizes of riding mowers, walk-behind mowers, push mowers, edgers, string trimmers, backpack blowers and various hand tools.

Skill in the safe and lawful operation of large-scale mowing and aeration equipment, tractors, trucks, trailers and a variety of other landscape equipment.

Ability to exercise initiative, judgment, and decision making to resolve problems in the field.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift more than 40 pounds on a frequent basis, sit, stand, walk, kneel, squat, stoop, bend, reach, turn, climb, crawl, repeatedly twist the upper body, talk, hear, see, grasp, demonstrate manual dexterity and perform repetitive body movement. The employee must demonstrate the ability to remain calm during routine and stressful conditions. The employee is also required to work outdoors in all weather conditions.


Examinations may include but are not limited to application screening beyond minimum qualifications; written, oral, practical exercise or any combination thereof or other job related assessment deemed appropriate by Human Resources.

Your application will be used as a screening tool. Completeness and accuracy are important! Any false or untrue statements or material omissions in the application and related paperwork or during the selection process could disqualify you from consideration.

As a condition of employment, the city of Thornton conducts background investigations for all positions which may also include a review of applicant's driving record. A drug screen administered by a city-designated provider, will be required for safety sensitive, public safety, and positions that require a driver's license. Temporary/seasonal positions that require a drug screen will include testing for amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and PCP

The City of Thornton offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefit eligibility is based on the status of the position applied for. Benefits offered may include the following depending on the job type/status of the position:

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life, Dependent Life & Supplemental Life Insurance Options

Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Policy

Flexible Spending Plan

Retiree Health Savings Plan

Pension Plan & Deferred Compensation Plans

Short & Long-term Disability Plans

Paid Holidays

Vacation & Sick Leave

Multilingual Incentive Pay

Recreation Pass

Wellness Program - Learn more here (

In-House Training Opportunities

Tuition Reimbursement

Employee Assistance Program