Seasonal Trail & Restoration Crew – City of Mercer Island

The City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation department is once again hiring for its Seasonal Trails and Restoration crew. The position works half time building and maintaining our trail system and the other half on restoration projects including invasive plant management/noxious weed treatment in our beautiful forested parks and open spaces.

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Essential Job Functions
• Visually inspect trails and perform repairs and routine maintenance including brushing, laying gravel, creating and repairing drainage systems, and building steps in accordance with City plans and specifications, and generally-accepted practices.
• Construct trails according to approved plans and specifications, and generally-accepted practices.
• Support and possibly work with a wide variety of volunteer groups on restoration and trail projects.
• Proper use of hand tools and motorized equipment.
• Navigate off-trail in forested backcountry settings to evaluate plant cover and conduct invasive plant control.
• Planting and plant materials handling.
• Weeding, watering and other horticultural activities.
• Herbicide application (spraying, swabbing and injection).
• Install, repair and maintain irrigation systems.
• Small engine maintenance and trouble-shooting
• Light construction and carpentry projects.
• Provide excellent customer service to Park users.
• Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
• Ability to drive a city vehicle; have a good driving record and current and valid Washington state driver’s license and operate equipment.
• Able to work well with others, stay on task, and take direction from supervisors.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements
• 1 year minimum experience as a natural resources professional or related position. Must be able to reference prior employment.
• Working familiarity with the tools and techniques associated with trail work and restoration.
• Regional native and invasive plant identification.
• High school education or equivalent.
• Must be self motivated and have a positive attitude.
• Record of excellent work attendance.
• Good verbal communication skills (listening, giving feedback and speaking up), as well as effective interpersonal and customer relation skills are essential in a team environment.
• Basic writing skills, along with the ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.
• Ability to use a smart phone or tablet.
• Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing, using safety equipment, and follow good housekeeping and safety procedures.
• Ability to safely back-up a trailer.
• Current and valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
• Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse, and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
• Completion of an I-9 Form documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
• Must be punctual.