Right-Of-Way Maintenance Worker

City of Tavares
Tavares, FL

Rate of Pay:           $24,200 - $35,090

Posting Number:   461

Closing Date:        Open Until Filled




The Right-of-Way Maintenance Specialist 1 maintains the City of Tavares Right-of-Way to ensure roadside vegetation is properly maintained to allow safe and efficient use of city streets and sidewalks by the public. This position is an essential part of the City's infrastructure that contributes to the livability of the City and must be maintained to ensure its health and viability. Incumbents in this classification receive assignments directly from the Right-of-Way Maintenance Supervisor.



1.     Clearing vision triangles and preventing vegetative obstruction of traffic signage and fire hydrants;

2.     Edging sidewalks and curbs and trimming of overhead vegetation within the pedestrian right-of-way to a height of 7 feet;

3.     Responds to emergencies by remaining on-call after hours and during severe weather to remove trees and debris from roadways;

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

5.     Setting up safety work zones and applying herbicide to problem areas as needed;

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

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

8.     Performs litter control functions along City Right-of-Way;

9.     Provides maintenance and upkeep services to various areas which may include but are not limited to; retention ponds, canals, swells, medians, nature trails, wetlands, biking trails, equestrian trails and wildlife habitat areas;

10.  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.

11.  Operates equipment such as: front-end loaders, hydraulic aerial lift trucks, hand and power saws, compressors, wood chippers, winches, blowers, stump cutters, etc.;

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

13.  Maintain a positive and professional attitude;

14.  Required to attend training and/or continuing education as assigned by the Right-of-Way Supervisor;

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

16.  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.     Ability to work at varying heights and within legal/safe distances to electrical hazards and with the possible dangers of falling;

3.     Thorough working knowledge of the principles, practices and materials used in Forestry, Arboriculture, Horticulture, and general construction trades work;

4.     Ability to climb trees, work at considerable heights and in tight spaces, lift, straddle, bend and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity while using hand and power tools; ability to climb and operate multi-gear transmissions on a variety of vehicles.



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

2.     Preferably (2) years’ experience in urban forestry, landscape maintenance, right-of-way maintenance, or tree trimming which involves the use of safety harnesses, climbing equipment, aerial hydraulic lift trucks, rigging, and chain saws;

3.     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.


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



1.     Valid Florida Driver’s License.  Class B CDL License may be required, at the discretion of the Public Works Director

2.     ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist;

3.     Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic Certification;;

4.     Certification in one or more of the following areas is desired: ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment, Limited Lawn & Ornamental Spray License;

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 150 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 inside and 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.