Irrigation & Parks Specialist 2

City of Tavares
Tavares, FL

Rate of Pay:           $29,000 - $43,500

Posting Number:   462

Closing Date:        Open Until Filled




The Irrigation Parks Specialist 2 is responsible for installing and maintaining irrigation systems at City parks and facilities. An employee in this class require a greater degree of technical & experience than those in the lower classification, and are called upon to exercise greater degree of responsibility and judgment. Incumbents in this classification receive assignments directly from the Parks Supervisor. 



1.     Maintains various grounds, fields and parks by performing mowing, dragging, weeding, tilling, raking, digging and other manual labor tasks;

2.     Follows plans regarding the installation, care, and maintenance of various types of landscapes within the landscape system including trees, shrubs, ground cover and turf;

3.     Repairs pumps, motors, controls, wiring, piping and other components of electrical, mechanical and computer control systems;

4.     Works independently or cooperatively as a member of a team to complete work on schedule and according to quality control standards set by the Parks Supervisor;

5.     Follows instructions regarding materials, equipment, and training to assure a safe working environment for self and other members of immediate work unit;

6.     Responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of complex irrigation systems;

7.     Performs necessary repairs and adjustments to maintain all systems in proper working condition;

8.     Conducts regular system inspections and performs trouble shooting exercise;

9.     Participates on design and construction teams and may serve as project manager for construction of new systems and renovations;

10.  Performs litter control functions; cleans restrooms; sets up picnic and other areas;

11.  Provides maintenance services to various areas which may include but are not limited to; picnic areas, native grassland and wildflower areas, playgrounds, shelters, nature trails, wetlands, biking trails, open turf play areas, equestrian trails and wildlife habitat areas;

12.  Operates vehicles, performs daily checks on vehicles and safety equipment such as fluid levels, tires, lights, and a walk around check for damage.  Performs daily maintenance on mowers; checking fluid levels, changing blades, cleaning air filters, checking tires, checking for damage and lubricate daily.

13.  Operates equipment such as: front-end loaders, tractors, mowers, rototiller, etc.;

14.  Prepares daily, monthly and annual reports as required by immediate supervisor;

15.  Maintain a positive and professional attitude;

16.  Requires to attend training and/or continuing education as assigned by the Parks Supervisor.

17.  Participates in the implementation of City-Wide special events;

18.  Assist other Divisions as necessary. 


(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required.)




1.     Ability to establish and maintain a professional effective working relationship with departmental personnel, all levels of employees, City officials, other government agencies, and the general public;

2.     Average writing and verbal communication skills are required;

3.     Thorough working knowledge of the techniques, methods, and procedures used in the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems;

4.     Thorough working knowledge of the principles, practices and materials used in parks, grounds and athletic field care;

5.     Ability to work rotating shifts including weekend duty, emergency call-out;

6.     Experience in the methods and tools used in planting, removing, and maintaining landscaped areas;

7.     Ability to safely operate equipment and perform job related tasks to ensure a safe environment for co-workers, residents and visitors;

8.     Work effectively under pressure, deadlines, and may be subject to constant interruptions;

9.     Knowledge of the principles and practices of Florida-Friendly Landscaping, to include the use of low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices.



1.     High school diploma or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma;

2.     Preferably Vocational/Technical degree with training emphasis in irrigation systems;

3.     Minimum of (3) years previous experience and/or training involving irrigation systems maintenance;


(A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)




1.     Valid Florida class B Driver's License is preferred. If not held at time of hiring, this must be obtained within the first six months of employment.

2.     Preferably Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician (FCLMT),

3.     Florida Water Star Accredited Irrigation Professional;

4.     Certification in one or more of the following areas is desired: Playground Inspection certification, Florida Water Star Accredited Landscape Professional, Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic Certification;

5.     Incumbents of this position are required to pass the National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-700 within 30 days of employment and the ICS-100 within 60 days of employment.




Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing ladders, reaching, bending, kneeling, crouching, standing and making continuous hand/arm movements. Sufficient vision and hearing to safely and accurately perform essential functions (with or without correction) is required. Works at heights (up to 15 feet). May work in strong odors. May also require lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of objects and materials weighting (20-50lbs). Must be available to work night, weekend and holiday shifts. On night, weekend or holiday shifts as assigned, may be required to work alone. On such assignments, within established policies and procedures, incumbents of this class are expected to work with considerable initiative and independent judgment in identifying and taking corrective action on the more routine problems. 


Works outside with exposure to extreme weather conditions such as heat, sun, cold, wind, rain, storms, etc. Exposure to mosquitoes, flies, bees and other pests is also common. Exposure to normal traffic hazards. Occasional exposure to fumes from automotive exhaust, paints, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers.


(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)




The City Of Tavares is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Drug-Free Workplace and E-Verify Employer.  Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be reasonably accommodated.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Veterans’ Preference offered on initial hire per Florida Statute 295.  Selected applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment are subject to a criminal, driver, education and employment background check, drug screen, psychological assessment and medical examination.  To apply, a City of Tavares employment application and resume with a minimum of ten (10) years complete work history must be submitted to City of Tavares Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date (if mailed, it must be postmarked no later than the closing date).  Internal candidates must submit a completed Internal Transfer Request (available in Human Resources, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.  Minimum qualifications are subject to change pending approval of job description(s).  Equivalent combination of related training and experience may be considered.  The City of Tavares reserves the right to fill positions prior to the closing date.  All positions are regular full-time unless otherwise noted.