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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3113 - Grounds Crew Leader

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non Exempt
GRADE:    Local 150

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in overseeing the work of the grounds maintenance staff; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising, assigning and inspecting the work of semi-skilled or unskilled laborers.  Work involves responsibility for the completion of tasks as directed by the supervisor.  Direction is received from the Grounds Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Supervises a grounds crew in landscaping duties
•    Discusses job requirements with and receives detailed instructions from supervisor
•    Supervises and participates in the maintenance of lawns on County property
•    Supervises planting of trees, shrubs and sod
•    Inspects work in progress to assure conformance with instructions
•    Makes and adjusts work assignments
•    Requisitions necessary equipment and materials
•    Maintains time and material records
•    Prepares work reports
•    Patrols restricted parking lot
•    Performs or assists in performing more difficult or skilled tasks
•    Trains and instructs subordinates
•    Handles questions and concerns from public
•    Performs public relations service for the department
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Proper handling of herbicides, fertilizers, fuel, paints and other materials used in maintenance work
•    Operating characteristics of tractors, mowers, rollers, utility vehicles and power hand tools
•    Safety procedures and practices
•    Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations
•    Recordkeeping principles
•    Safe work practices
•    Project management techniques and methods
•    Reading blueprints, schematic drawings, and/or construction drawings

Skill in:
•    Prioritizing and assigning work
•    Using applicable tools and equipment
•    Interpreting and applying policies, procedures, codes, laws and regulations
•    Analyzing situations, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of actions, and implementing recommendations
•    Troubleshooting systems
•    Preparing and maintaining a variety of maintenance records

Ability to:
•    Lead a crew
•    Properly record and maintain daily work logs
•    Prepare productivity reports
•    Communicate clearly in writing and verbally
•    Operate various tools and equipment in a highly skilled manner
•    Perform highly skilled maintenance, construction and repair work for specific assignments
•    Provide and maintain a safe work place
•    Develop, implement and monitor new and improved organizational, training and tracking procedures
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Acts as a lead worker in directing activities of crews to complete assigned jobs, and provides occasional input on promotions, hiring, discipline and the direction of employees.

Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Three (3) years of experience as a semi-skilled worker in grounds or general maintenance; including 1 year experience as a lead worker; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Medium Work:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk, and occasionally required to climb, use hands and arms to operate tools and equipment, crouch or stoop, and lift and carry a maximum of 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position occasionally includes working near moving mechanical parts, in outside weather conditions, with hazardous materials, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must possess the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture Pesticide Operators License in good standing, or be enrolled to complete the exam to renew this license.