Landscape Specialist 1


The Landscape Specialist I is responsible for maintenance of parks, landscaping, turf maintenance, construction projects, maintenance and special events for agency facilities and parks. The Landscape Specialist I is under the direct supervision of the Horticulture and Turf Foreman.


  • Minimum high school graduate. Three (3) or more years of experience required that demonstrates knowledge and skill in one or more of the following fields: landscape, or specialized equipment operation experience. Knowledge of maintenance and layout of various outdoor recreation facilities


  • Attendance at work site required every day, at scheduled start time.
  • Performs routine and preventive maintenance and repairs to district lands, facilities and equipment.
  • Mow and trim turf areas with tractors and small mowers.
  • Makes and maintains ice rinks and assists with snow removal.
  • Install, maintain and repairs general landscape improvements throughout the district.
  • Install, maintain and repairs sports fields throughout the district.
  • Make, install, maintain and repair district signs.
  • Assist with custodial tasks at all district facilities and grounds.
  • Perform or assists in seasonal operations and special projects.
  • Maintain effective two-way communication with immediate supervisors and assigned staff about concerns in the field.
  • Communicate professionally with coworkers and the public.
  • Applies pesticides.
  • Operate all equipment needed to complete park maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Perform all maintenance tasks based on proficiency in related trade field.
  • Submit and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Wear personal protective equipment for job function when needed.
  • Be prepared to work after normal hours in case of emergency or weather related tasks.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of our parks and facilities as assigned.
  • Assist in the maintenance and in establishing a safe and clean environment for guests.
  • Operates hand and power tools.
  • Maintains athletic fields and turf.
  • Maintains, cleans and repairs park shelters and historical buildings.
  • Maintains and cleans maintenance equipment and vehicles.
  • Operates automatic and manual transmission vehicles.
  • Plants trees, shrubs, flowers, and other landscape materials.
  • Performs custodial cleaning, grass mowing, general park and building maintenance.
  • Assists other staff with maintenance and construction of the following: pavements, buildings, plumbing, carpentry, electrical and lighting, furnaces, ducts, pipe lines, water lines, shelters, benches, playground equipment, signs, fencing, plastering, drywall, painting, roofing and flooring, sewers, and drainage structures, asphalt, concrete and brick paving, stone paths, etc.
  • Attends and participates in special committee or other meetings as assigned.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with Park District policies, procedures, work and safety rules.
  • Special projects or other duties as assigned.
  • Supports and exhibits the organizational values of respect, communication, integrity, innovation, recognition and appreciation, continuous learning, fun, empowerment and people.
  • Snow removal in winter months.


  • Good working knowledge of landscape and grounds, maintenance tools, equipment, shop and field practices.
  • Must demonstrate consistent attendance and on-time arrival.
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and be at least 18 years old.
  • Knowledge of manual transmission required.
  • Will need to obtain a Class C driver’s license.
  • Illinois pesticide operator’s license desirable.


  • The employee shall be considered to be on duty whenever a need exists for their services. This will require non-traditional work hours that will be consistent throughout the year. Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


  • $18.00 – $26.00 per hour