Park Specialist II, Parks & Grounds - 3305

Career Purpose

Employee performs a variety of semi-skilled and technical tasks in the maintenance and operation of the grounds, parks, open spaces, and recreational facilities.


  • Operates a variety of equipment such as dump trucks, tractors, backhoe, front end loader, welders cutting torches, and motorized chemical sprayer in the installing, maintenance, repair and replacement of park and recreational equipment in the various parks, and open air areas within the City.
  • Performs maintenance on assigned mowers by replacing skids, blades, spindles, idler arms, tension rods, hydraulic hoses, and doing minor mower repairs.
  • Installs, repairs, or replaces different types of fencing including chainlink, pipe fence, and wire fences on right-of-ways and parks within the City.  Lays sod, plants trees, trims trees, and shrubs in parks, medians, and other locations within the City.  Installs all type of park accessories such as benches, bleachers, goals, and sidewalks.  Installs all types of safe play materials such as fibar, washed rock, pea gravel and installs concrete walls and French drains around play units.
  • Assists in setting up and taking down equipment for special programs; opens and closes facilities as needed.
  • Identifies, reports or removes unsafe conditions in parks and other City property.  Keeps record of maintenance work performed and reports to supervisor needed repairs that are beyond scope of the employee’s duties.
  • Assists in training new employees, temporary/seasonal workers and will from time to time supervise trustees on special projects and any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


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, tractors, mowers, chain saws, edgers, weed trimmers, sprinklers, irrigation systems, two way radios, welder and cutting torch and miscellaneous hand and power tools for turf maintenance.
  • Maintain current skills and knowledge of in the proper and safe techniques and materials and supplies used in ground maintenance functions and in house training.
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints and plans in the installation of playground units.
  • Knowledge of and classes of CPSC playground safety guidelines and the ability to apply to safety inspections.
  • Working knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of proper tree pruning and maintenance techniques.
  • Ability to perform cement-finishing on various park items such as footings, bumper blocks, boat ramps and the knowledge to layout, set forms, and use all related tools to complete the job.
  • 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 always wearing the proper City employee attire and responding to citizen complaints with tact and diplomacy.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and possession of or the ability to obtain Class “B” CDL within 6 months of date of hire.


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.  This employee will work daily in and near very high traffic areas.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



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 March 5, 2021.  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.


FMCSA-DOT Clearinghouse Requirement

Licensed commercial drivers are required to register and create a profile with the Federal Motor Carrier Clearinghouse at   Positive drug screen information shall be reported in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Clearinghouse.  Periodic queries shall be ran on all commercial licensed drivers.



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.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,001.60 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Parks and Recreation

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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