Park Equipment Inspector, Parks & Recreation - 3273

Career Purpose

This position is in the Park Maintenance Division and does field and office work in performing inspections and inventories of play equipment and park grounds to help assure park safety.


  • Makes visual and physical inspections of parks, park equipment and park playgrounds for needed repair or maintenance to help assure park safety.  Repairs equipment within capabilities or requests assistance to complete the task.  Keep records on repairs and files proper forms with Park Maintenance office.  Removes worn out or vandalized park equipment.
  • Assists in installing playground units and soft footing material such as fibar, filter cloth and pea gravel.  Insures that the safe footing material is always under park equipment.  Sprays chemicals for the control of weeds and pests; orders replacement unit parts and responds to questions to the public.
  • Constructs and repairs park equipment using a welder, cutting torch, drills, tractors and other related tools and machinery, reports or repairs unsafe conditions in parks or play areas.
  • Assists in putting up and breaking down equipment for various special programs for the Parks and Recreation Department.  Opens and closes facilities as needed.  At times supervises trustees working litter control.
  • Performs routing maintenance on service vehicle and reports any mechanical problems to supervisor and any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
  • Operates heavy-duty trucks, tractors, backhoe, and a variety of power and hand tools used in the construction and maintenance of all parks and open play areas within the City of Lawton.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from High School or GED equivalent and three years experience in ground maintenance work or any combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: pickup truck, lawn and landscaping equipment, including tractors, mowers, chain saw, edgers, weed trimmers, sprinklers, irrigation systems, two way radio, and; miscellaneous hand and power tools for turf maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in ground maintenance, working knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions, knowledge of proper tree pruning and maintenance techniques.
  • Knowledge of CPSC playground safety guidelines and ability to perform safety inspections.
  • Knowledge of street locations and ability to effectively transmit and receive information from a two-way radio.
  • Ability to perform cement-finishing on items such as foundations, sidewalks, bumper blocks and the knowledge to use all different types of finishing tools.
  • Ability to operate independently and to complete daily activities according to work schedules.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely.
  • Ability to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and possess or ability to obtain the proper State agricultural pesticide applicator’s license within six months of employment.


The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and talk and hear. 

Employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions.  The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


The personal contacts are typically with employees within the same Department, may include occasional outside contacts.  The purpose of the contacts to obtain, clarify or give facts or information.


The employee is supervised by the Park Maintenance Field Supervisor who provides continuing or individual assignments by indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments.  The supervisor gives additional, specific instructions for new, difficult or unusual assignments.  The employee uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions.  The supervisor assures that the work is technically accurate and in compliance with instructions or established procedures.



May act as a lead worker for laborers, temporary/seasonal workers or community service workers.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on October 30, 2020.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Closing Date
Career Type
$931.87 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Parks and Recreation

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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