City of Lakeland Grounds Maintenance Worker I - Golf Course in Lakeland, Florida

Grounds Maintenance Worker I - Golf Course



Grounds Maintenance Worker I - Golf Course


$21,258.01 - $32,978.15 Annually


Lakeland, FL

Job Type

Full Time Regular


P & R 09

Job Number



4/23/2018 4:00 PM Eastern

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General Description of Class

This is work that requires knowledge of grounds maintenance to include mowing, edging, weed eating, raking, weeding plant beds, pruning shrubs and small trees, grass removal, repairs of sprinkler systems, planting, watering and fertilizing. Work involves the maintenance of the Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed for job performance.

Example of Duties

  • Maintains golf course and facilities.

  • Sets Tee markers and cups on greens daily, maintaining ball washers and water jugs.

  • Replaces towel and flags when needed, removes debris, sands and seeds tee and drop areas divots and cleans flower beds.

  • Adjusts and repairs automatic and mechanical sprinkler system clocks, valves, sprinkler heads, and replaces pipes.

  • Performs manual work, usually of a repetitive nature.

  • Uses manual tools on routine tasks.

  • Uses small, power-operated equipment including mowers, edger, clippers and other associated equipment used in landscaping and grounds maintenance.

  • Performs light and heavy physical labor.

  • Performs work indoors and outdoors.

  • Works from oral and written instructions.

  • Fertilizes, waters, and mows lawns.

  • Weeds and maintains plant beds.

  • Uses manual tools to perform routine tasks.

  • Maintains and repairs restrooms and drinking fountains.

  • Performs general custodial duties at public facilities.

  • Mixes and applies herbicides and non-restricted pesticides.

  • Is involved with all phases of landscape installation and maintenance.

  • Operates light trucks and other motorized equipment critical in grounds maintenance.

  • Performs minor equipment maintenance, including replacing fuel, checking oil, cleaning and minor repairs.

  • Empties trash cans, cleans bathrooms, and performs debris pick-up.

  • May be asked to perform similar work on an as needed basis at other Parks & Recreation facilities.


  • May operate other equipment such as a backhoe tractor, bucket loader, back –blade and dump truck.

  • Performs related work as required.

  • Utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.


  • High school diploma from an accredited school or its equivalent.

  • Six (6) months of experience in general labor and grounds maintenance work.

Required Documents: GED, High School Diploma, College Diploma or Unofficial Transcripts


  • Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver's license.

  • A Class "B" commercial driver's license may be required under certain circumstances and is required for promotion within this classification.

  • May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.

  • Position may be designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.

Supplemental Information

  • Knowledge of tools and standard practices of labor operations.

  • Ability to work from written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to understand and apply safe practices in the use of hand tools and power tools.

  • Ability to read and use application techniques from Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS).

  • Ability to properly use and maintain manual tools

  • Ability to perform light and heavy physical labor.

  • Ability to perform indoor and outdoor work.

  • Ability to understand and work from oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to perform a variety of manual tasks.

  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for prolonged periods, often under adverse weather conditions.

  • Ability to detect problems related to plants.

  • Ability to use motorized equipment.


  • Requires light and heavy manual labor work that involves walking or standing most of the time, exerting up to 100 pounds of force on a recurring basis, and some driving of tractor mowers.

  • The job requires exposure to hot/cold temperatures, adverse weather, toxic fumes, noxious odors and wet, humid conditions.

  • The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of taste, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.

All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.


City of Lakeland

Benefits for All Regular Full-Time and Regular Part-Time Employees


Annual Leave

Annual leave is accumulated monthly and based upon years of service as follows:

Annual leave may be taken as earned by employees hired after January 1, 1989. Employees hired prior to that date use annual leave within the calendar year following the year the leave is earned. All employees may carry over up to a maximum of 20 days at the end of the calendar year. Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week accrue annual leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.*

Sick Leave

Unlimited accrual at the rate of one day per month. Eligible for use as soon as earned. Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week accrue sick leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.

*NOTE: REGULAR employees with a working day other than 8 hours, please contact your supervisor regarding these policies.

Sick Leave Pool

Allows employees to receive sick leave benefits in cases involving catastrophic or long-term illnesses or injuries after all personal leave time has been depleted. Regular full-time employees contribute 8 hours and Regular part-time employees contribute 4 hours on an annual basis. Employees must have completed one full year of service on or before December 31st of the calendar year enrollment; and have accumulated at least 40 hours of sick time (20 hours for Regular part-time employees). Participation in this program is voluntary.

For more information, contact Vickie Strickland at 834-6037.

Family & Medical Leave

Federal legislation guarantees up to 12 weeks per year off work under certain circumstances outlined in the policy manual. The employees must have been employed by the City for at least 12 months and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12 month period before the requested leave. The City will continue its group life and health insurance for an employee on leave at the same level and under the same conditions that existed while the employee was working.

Pension Plan

Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation for full-time regular employees.

Defined Benefit Plan:

Plan C

Employee 6.38%

Employer 19.60%


Defined Contribution Plan:

Executive and new hires over age 52

Employee 8% or 11% per election upon hire

Employer 15.34%

Deferred Compensation 457 Plan:

A voluntary plan that is invested in mutual funds. The Employees' Pension Board performs the due diligence on the mutual funds. Employees may reallocate their account at any time. Maximum contribution for 2016 is $18,000; employees age 50 or older can also add a "catch-up" amount of $6,000. Additionally, a match of up to 5% of salary is offered by the City in Plan C.


Eleven (11) holidays, includes one personal floating holiday to be used at any time after three months of employment and prior to the end of the calendar year.

Funeral Leave

Up to three days off with pay due to death of an immediate family member (as defined in the policy manual). Up to four hours off with pay may be obtained through supervisor approval to attend local funeral services of persons other than immediate family.

Jury/Witness Duty

Employees required to serve on jury duty will be relieved of responsibility for their regular work shift or portion thereof and receive full pay while serving. All fees received for such service may be retained by the employee. Employees subpoenaed to any civil or criminal court proceeding, which employee is not personally or monetarily interested, shall be paid as if engaged in regular work activities.

Military Leave

Allows for up to 240 hours in any one calendar year for annual military training without loss of pay or benefits for any employee in some type of reserve status for the United States Armed Forces. (see policy manual for additional information).

Maternity Leave

Refer to Family & Medical Leave for those employees who qualify. Others may take up to three months leave of absence available upon approval of the Department Head. Employees may opt to utilize any combination of paid (sick or annual leave) or unpaid leave.

Leave of Absence Without Pay

Written requests are subject to approval by Department Head and City Manager or designee for less than 90 days. Requests for more than 90 days also require Civil Service Board approval for employees in a Civil Service classification.

Longevity Pay

Tuition Reimbursement

Eligible after one year of employment. Program provides employees up to $2,000 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for reimbursement of tuition of approved college, university, vocational, or correspondence classes upon completion with a grade of "C" or better in credit courses only. Full reimbursement is given for courses and fees, upon approval. The program does not include reimbursement for cost of books, supplies or other related expenses.

For more information, contact Sue Cook at 834-6844.

Suggestion Awards

A program designed to provide a consistent and organized method for employees to submit and be rewarded for constructive ideas for improvement. Maximum award is $1000.

For additional information, contact Kathy McNelis at 834-6348.

Direct Deposit of Paycheck (refer to handout in new employee folder)

An account must be established with the institution of your choice prior to signing up for direct deposit.


Uniforms issued at no cost to employees for those job classifications which require them. Equipment is issued to employees at either no cost or discounted cost depending upon job classification.


Free while at work.

Break Periods

Employees may be permitted two 15 minute breaks during the work day. The time shall be at the discretion of the supervisor.

For Information on Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance please contact Benefits at 834-6797.

For Information on Retirement Benefits, contact the Retirement Services Department at 834-8784 or 834-8794.

For Information on Firefighter and Police Officer Retirement Benefits, contact Benefits USA at 800-452-2454 x205


Do you possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from an accredited school?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you have at least six (6) months of experience in general labor and grounds maintenance work?

  • Yes

  • No


Please provide a narrative supporting your answer to the above question. Be sure to include the specific job title, job duties, organization and the dates where the work was performed. Note: The employers and dates of employment that you list here must also be included in the "Work Experience" section of this job application.


By clicking "Yes" below, I understand that all relevant work experience MUST be entered on my application to be considered for the position. In addition, all current City of Lakeland employees must list all previous City of Lakeland work experience. Failure to add the work experience to your application will disqualify you from the application process.

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City of Lakeland, Civil Service


500 N Lake Parker Avenue

Lakeland, Florida, 33801-2097