Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

Park Operations Temporary Laborer (Seasonal)

Hourly Rate: $24.23 - $27.23 per hour, depending on experience

Hours: Six-month assignment; up to 40 hours per week

Schedule may vary based on work assignment

General Purpose

The Park Operations seasonal positions are a key part of providing maintenance and services to sustain the City of Kent park system during the busiest time of year. The parks, athletic facilities and natural areas are host to a diverse community that enjoys a variety of recreational opportunities from sports leagues to BBQ’s. Park Operations seasonal staff increase the capacity of the Park Operations Division to provide regular maintenance and support to ensure that the public can enjoy the city’s parks and open spaces.    

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Assist Parks staff in routine grounds maintenance including, but not limited to, mowing, weed- eating, seeding, and fertilizing lawns; drag, line and prep sports fields; clean dugouts; perform routine landscaping including weeding and cleaning of shrub and flowerbeds; trail maintenance; clean restroom buildings using cleansers and disinfectants; garbage and litter control; clean walkways and other tasks as required; operate small tractors and small riding lawn mowers. Assist by supporting staff during special events and volunteer projects. Must be able to operate standard size pick-up and/or sedans with standard hand and foot controls.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to safely operate a variety of parks equipment includes vehicles, trailers, gas powered blowers, hedgers, line trimmers, and pressure washers.

  • Ability to make decisions and work well with diverse staff and park patrons. 

  • Ability to work independently or without on-site supervision.

  • Neatness, punctuality, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse employees and citizens.

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Observe defensive driving practices.

  • Understand and adhere to safe work practices and procedures and to become familiar with division procedures including vehicle/equipment upkeep, utilization of proper personal protection equipment etc.

  • Operate City vehicles in a proper and safe manner to transport personnel, materials, and miscellaneous equipment.

Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Applicants must have a valid Washington State Driver's License and must be able to verify employment eligibility at time of hire; must have high school diploma or equivalent; must successfully pass the City's pre-employment substance abuse screening and driving record check; and must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants are subject to a position-relevant background check. Park maintenance experience and training preferred or any combination of experience related to landscape maintenance, building maintenance and working with the public.

Temporary employees with the City of Kent do not receive insurance or time off benefits outside of those which are legally mandated. In certain instances, temporary employees may be eligible for retirement benefits through the State of Washington’s Department of Retirement Systems.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions

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