Seasonal Groundskeeper - Parks & Recreation Ball Fields
Murfreesboro, TN US
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Seasonal Groundskeeper - Parks & Recreation Ball Fields

$12.00 Hourly

Murfreesboro, TN

Job Type

Recreation - Part-Time

Job Number

1/25/2019 4:00 PM Central


The purpose of this class within the organization is to conduct unskilled to semi-skilled work in the maintenance and upkeep of the public parks, grounds, buildings, athletic fields and related facilities within the Recreation Department.

This class works under close supervision according to set procedures.

As Safety Sensitive, the employee is subject to pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident (incident), random, promotion and transfer, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. The employee is subject to a pre-employment physical examination with a written statement from the physician as to the employee's ability to meet the physical strength and dexterity requirements required in the ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS ADDENDUM.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Essential Functions:

Mows/cuts grass with power equipment, commercial riding mowers and weed eaters.

Opens and closes park gates and restrooms; prepares fields for use.

Loads and unloads dirt, gravel, and other debris.

Cleans, maintains and services equipment and tools.

Picks up trash in the parks areas and disposes of it properly.

Cleans and restocks restrooms and cleans picnic pavilions and prepares them for reservations.

Maintains and conducts light repair work on equipment, building and grounds; repairs irrigation systems.

Moves and sets up for park functions requiring moving tables, bleachers, and chairs for concerts and special events.

Cuts down and removes limbs, branches, and trees that have been damaged by adverse weather conditions.

Trims and sprays weeds with herbicide; spreads fertilizer.

Installs mulch and trims landscape.

Additional Duties:

Performs other work as assigned.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires High School diploma or GED equivalent.

Experience in landscaping or closely related experience preferred.

Ability to work flexible hours with some weekend, evening and holiday work required.

Special Certifications and Licenses:

Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Tennessee.

Note: Some positions in this classification may require that candidates pass a Physical Ability Test designed to verify specific strength/endurance requirements.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The City of Murfreesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City of Murfreesboro to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.


Full-time employees in this area work 7.5 hour days and Seasonal employees may work 7.5 hour days. Part-Time will work 29 hours a week or less year round. A Groundskeeper is an unskilled to semi-skilled position requiring heavy manual labor in the maintenance and upkeep of the public parks, grounds, buildings, athletic fields and related facilities. The employee cuts grass, maintains ball fields, loads and unloads dirt, gravel, trash and other debris including the collection and disposal of refuse at the park areas. Duties also include the unaided operation of vehicles and equipment in a variety of maintenance, construction and/or utility tasks. Work is performed indoors and outdoors and some tasks may be performed regardless of weather conditions. Work is characterized by the necessity for considerable physical exertion, and by working under varying weather conditions while exposed to dampness, fumes, odors, dust, dirt, rain, sleet, snow, heat, chemicals, and foul odors. This position also requires, but is not limited to, the use of light duty vehicles, tractors, riding mowers, backhoes, push mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, rakes shovels, blowers, sprayers, hand saws, hydraulic booms, machinery with small tools, and other small hand tools.

Physical Demands

Rarely - suggests the employee is required to perform tasks less than 8 repetitions per hour, or less than 33% of the day.

Occasional - suggests the employee is required to perform tasks 8-15 repetitions per hour, or 33% of the day.

Frequent - suggests the employee is required to perform tasks 16-32 repetitions per hour, or 34-65% of the workday.

Constant - suggests the employee is required to perform tasks 33 or more repetitions per hour, or 66% or higher of a workday.

Lift Rarely Occasional Frequent Constant

<20# X

20-50# X

50-75# X

75-100# X

>100# X

Push/Pull Rarely Occasional Frequent Constant

<50# X

50-100# X

100-150# X

>150# X

Depending on the job duties assigned for the day, the employees may be performing lifting and pulling on a more frequent basis. However, job duties may change throughout the week depending on the needs of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Bending/Squatting/Twisting - Required constantly when emptying trash, shoveling different materials, and performing maintenance or repair duties. Required occasionally to frequently when using saws, weed eaters, blowers, mowers, drills, etc.

Pushing/Pulling - Required constantly while working on jobs for landscaping (i.e. weeding, maneuvering a mulching fork, and pushing mowers). Required occasionally for other jobs while moving heavy equipment.

Lifting/Carrying - Is required constantly in lifting hand tools, carrying a weed eater, shoveling of materials, using a chain saw, lifting trash bags out of trash cans, and picking up debris. Also required occasionally lifting generators, bags of chemicals, pressure sprayers, grills, bleachers, paint, limbs, etc.

The following items were weighed and can be lifted, carried, pushed, pulled or manipulated in a fashion using all four (4) components:

Item Weight

Picnic tables 220#



Generator 105#

32-gallon trash bags 48#



Limb/branch 64#

Bags of fertilizer 50#

Bags of concrete 50#


Bags of chalk 50#

Screen on back of tractor 45#

Back blower 30#

Backpack sprayer 50#

5-gallon gas can 48#

Tire 42#

Box of trash bags 32#

Melt away 90#

Empty 55-gallon trash can 48#

Pressure sprayer 123#

5-gallon floor finish 50#

Grill 40#

Propane tank 50#

Pool table 300#

Park bench 130#

5-gallon paint bucket 55#

Trash receptacles 108#

Floor track 99#

Oxygen and acetylene tank on dolly 263#

Employees are able to get help with lifting heavy objects, but must be able to lift up to one hundred pounds (100#).

Standing/Walking - Can be required constantly throughout the day depending on the job.

Sitting - Can be required constantly throughout the day depending on the job.

Reaching - Is required constantly using landscaping equipment, painting, shoveling, using a mulch fork, and in the repair, maintenance and upkeep of certain park equipment.

Manual Dexterity/Gripping - Performed constantly.

Fine Motor Control - Can be performed constantly when using small hand tools.

Climbing ladders - Required occasionally with painting, and the construction, repair, and maintenance of park equipment.

Overhead activity - Required frequently when painting.

Driving - Can be performed constantly depending on the job for the day. Includes driving a truck, automobile, commercial riding mowers and tractors.

Tools handled:


Screw drivers


Weed eaters



Rotary mowers

Backpack sprayers

Backpack blowers


Mulch fork

Ball field liner

Paint sprayer



Hammer drills

All types of skill saws


Work Conditions Exposed to:

Hot temperatures

Cold temperatures

Sudden changes in temperatures


Slippery surfaces





Need physical ability for:




Hand gripping

Fine motor control


Hand/Eye coordination




Overhead activity



Foot control


September 8, 2004

The City of Murfreesboro is a Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Employer and requires applicants and employees to submit to Drug and Alcohol testing. The City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and will consider all applicants for all positions without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans status, and any other legally protected status.

Individuals who require accommodation(s) in order to complete the employment application process should contact the Director of Human Resources via, phone, e-mail or mail.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full or Part Time
Salary and Benefits
$12.00 Hourly
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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