Job Posting: Director/Forestry Operations

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Department: Parks and Recreation

Job Title: Director/Forestry Operations

Date Requested: March 2, 2018

Date needed: April 1, 2018

Salary: $60,000 – $65,000 DOQ

  • General Purpose

    The Parks Director/Forestry Operations is responsible to the Administrator. The primary function of a this position is to work with the Administrator to supervise, plan and maintain parks and recreation facilities as well as the tree canopy in the City of Hammond public parks and right of ways. Generally this position will supervise a staff of maintenance personnel to ensure a first rate parks and recreation system and experience for visitors. Normal hours for this position are 7:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday however due to parks activities and community events additional hours outside of this timeframe are required.

  • Supervision Received

    Works under the general supervision of the Administrator for the Parks and Recreation department. Works closely with Director of Public Works as is necessary for assistance on larger scale projects or to share equipment and staff as needed for work.

  • Supervision Exercised

    Supervises and directs any assigned labor staff, college bound volunteers, assigned community service workers, volunteers, and temporary employees as required. Also supervises facilities and equipment as necessary for activities and events. Coordinates with any contractors for parks maintenance.

  • Essential Duties & Responsibilities

    • Keep records to evaluate and maintain a tree inventory of all trees in parks and in public right of ways. Oversee and coordinate with the contractor responsible for maintaining tree maintenance for City trees. Continually update and evaluate this database to reduce or eliminate risk from dangerous trees.
    • Maintain and implement safety standards and procedures at all times to ensure a pleasant experience for all park visitors to all facilities.
    • Prepare and upkeep athletic fields and grounds in and around parks including washrooms, shelters, bleachers and parking lots for activities and daily use.
    • Facilitate group cooperation, effective communication, leadership and problem solving skills with customers and staff specific to park operations.
    • Opens and closes washroom facilities and gates as necessary or via assigned staff.
    • Supervises and sets procedures for park maintenance, recycling and trash pickup.
    • Plans and implements a living tree memorial program system wide.
    • Trains staff to maintain parks and green space to a first class level for the City of Hammond.
    • Keeps accurate records including time sheets as required for supervised staff as required.
    • Assigns specific tasks to College Bound Volunteers, Community Service Workers and/or Volunteers or other assigned employee to perform work to meet department goals.
    • Acts as on-site contact for facility users and customers and for coordination of contractors for various park improvements.
    • Follows and initiates the correct procedure during emergency situations (weather, medical, etc.).
    • Observes all regulations that pertain to you as a staff member and oversees the same for supervised staff.
    • Trains and performs other duties as assigned to ensure a quality park user experience for all involved.
    • Acts in a hospitable manner during facility use and ensures the same of other supervised staff.

  • Peripheral Duties

    Serves as a member of various employee committees, as assigned.

  • Desired Minimum Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

    • Minimum of College bachelor’s degree in parks, horticulture, forestry or associated and
    • Four (4) or more years experience in working in grounds care or field maintenance or other equivalent participatory experience in a supervisory position.

    Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Possess the knowledge and skills for operating equipment necessary to train staff for upkeep of the assigned facilities.
    • Possess the ability to work well with coworkers, the general public and facility users as well as be driven to work well independently.
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Special Requirments

    • State of Indiana Driver’s License
    • First Aid and CPR certification is encouraged but not required.
    • Pesticide License
    • Proof of and continued residency in the City of Hammond during employment term

  • Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand. The employee is frequently required to stand and/or walk on park grounds; use hands to handle or operate grounds equipment; and reach with hands and arms.

    The employee must routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Work Environment

    The work environment characteristic here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is noisy. Approximately half of the position is done in an office setting while the other half is done on site in parks, green spaces or other public right of ways in the city.

  • Selection Guidelines

    Formal application including salary history, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; background check may be required, job related tests may be required.

    The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

    This position description does not constitute an employment contract. The City is an at-will employer.



Position will be posted internally from March 2, 2018, thru March 8, 2018. If the position is not filled internally it will be held open for external applications an additional ten (10) days. The position will remain posted until filled or no more than 10 days.

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