State of Maryland

PARK TECHNICIAN I (#003103)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $30,472.00-$47,710.00 Yearly


GRADE

10 

CLASS ATTRIBUTES

SKILLED SERVICE   BARGAINING UNIT: A   OVERTIME ELIGIBLE   NCP

NATURE OF WORK

Park Technician I is the intermediate level of maintenance work in state parks and forests. Employees in this class have responsibility for the supervision and maintenance of grounds, facilities and equipment within a park, forest or recreation area, provide assistance on new facilities and perform maintenance work. Employees in this classification do not supervise other Park Technicians.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from a Park Technician Supervisor, a Park Maintenance Program Supervisor or other designated official depending upon the size of the park operation.

An employee in this classification may lead or supervise unskilled or semi-skilled laborers, including permanent employees, long-term contractual employees, seasonal employees and volunteers, to include scheduling employees’ work assignments, providing assistance on new facilities as well as performing maintenance work.
While maintenance of park, forest or wildlife grounds is the primary function of this position, employees may occasionally be assigned other operational functions.

Employees in this class may be trained and commissioned as forest wardens under the provisions of Natural Resources Article 5-206. Considerable time is spent out-of-doors under varying conditions, often in isolated areas requiring arduous physical activity. It is also frequently necessary to travel extensively to remote areas of the State and work unusually long hours to accomplish seasonal requirements. The work will normally be performed within an assigned private or public land management project, State wildlife, forest or park lands.

Park Technician Trainee, Park Technician I and Park Technician II are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. Park Technician Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision. Park Technician I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. Park Technician II performs the full range of duties under general supervision. Park Technician II is differentiated from Park Technician Lead in that the Park Technician Lead assigns work and provides training to lower level park technicians.

Position placement in this classification is determined by the application of the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a classification specification.
Park Technician Trainee/I/II is a non-competitive promotion class series wherein as a matter of compensation policy and practice, workers doing the job receive grade level increases based upon (1) time on the job and (2) satisfactory work performance in addition to grade step increases on the same basis.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Constructs hiking, jogging, hunting and horseback riding trails through park property;

Mixes and pours concrete to create pads which are used to prevent erosion, foster cleanliness, control weed growth under picnic tables;

Prepares and/or reviews drawings and specifications for new facilities or major park renovations;

Provides maintenance and budgetary information to park supervisor;

Purchases supplies and materials used in building and repairs;

Meets with and advises private contractors;

May be involved in planning new recreational facilities, planning major renovations of existing facilities, planning the rehabilitation of over-used recreational areas, and developing guidelines for the maximum use of areas;

Operates and supervises the operation of heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, back-hoes, payloaders and tractors to cut grass, remove snow, remove dead trees, haul debris, and dig trenches;

Inspects park rental properties, sewage ejector pits, water systems, buildings, and dams in order to perform maintenance and repairs;

Applies herbicides and pesticides where needed to eliminate and retard the spread of unwanted foliage and pests;

May perform park operations such as coordinating and assisting with opening and closing facilities including gates, contact stations, visitor centers, concessions and restrooms; checking buildings including restrooms to ensure that electrical and plumbing systems are working properly or repaired as needed; collecting user fees; preparing specifications for small construction projects, completing maintenance projects including plumbing, masonry, chain saw work, trail construction and other construction projects; assisting with marking timber for sale on State forest lands; identifying and posting boundaries of park system lands; responding to issues or complaints raised by park system neighbors such as hazardous trees, deer and other wildlife problems; monitoring of court appointed alternative sentence workers assigned to park system lands; and providing assistance and answering questions of visitors to the park system;

May respond to a variety of events in the park including visitor and natural emergencies and those dealing with the maintenance and use of park facilities;

May provide advice and direction to seasonal workers employed in the State park system;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of grounds maintenance including tree and lawn care;
Knowledge of construction skills including carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical work;
Knowledge of the State laws, rules, and regulations that govern the use and protection of properties maintained, of hand and power tools, lawn mowers, tractors, heavy equipment and specialized equipment, such as welders, chain saws, chlorine testers, builder’s levels and insecticide spraying equipment;
Knowledge of established construction codes and standards;
Knowledge of the practical application of electronics, hydraulics and mechanics as used in maintenance work;
Knowledge of methods and techniques related to the operation of State forests and parks and their systems;
Knowledge of the State procurement procedures;
Knowledge of State personnel management regulations, practices, and procedures;
Knowledge of the principles of supervision in the maintenance trades;
Knowledge of the care and storage of equipment and supplies;
Knowledge of inventory practices;
Skill in preparing and reviewing reports;
Ability to develop and prioritize work schedules and supervise labor crews;
Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in all kinds of weather;
Ability to assign, review and approve the work of subordinate park employees;
Ability to train subordinate park employees;
Ability to communicate complicated concepts to visitors and groups;
Ability to understand and interpret blueprints, plans, schematics and specifications;
Ability to assume responsibility in carrying out natural resources studies;
Ability to perform field assignments and related office work with other employees;
Ability to assist in special research projects and investigations;
Ability to use hand and power tools;
Ability to communicate effectively;
Ability to supervise other employees;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a high school diploma or high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: One year of experience in the skilled maintenance or construction trades, e.g. electrician, plumber or experience in the maintenance of a park, forest or wildlife facility.

Notes: 1. Applicants may substitute education in the field of forestry, wildlife biology or park management at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for each year of the required experience for up to two years.

2. Applicants may substitute experience for the required High School education at the rate of one year experience for one year of education up to a maximum of four years.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in equipment, facilities, and services classification or equipment, facilities, and services specialty codes in the equipment, facilities, and services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned dutieswhich require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.

2. Upon permanent appointment the employee may be required to reside in the county, region, or park to which they are assigned.

3. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require a valid operator license for heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, back-hoes, payloaders or tractors.

4. Persons appointed to these positions may be required to have their current private residence telephone number listed in the agency’s telephone directory or on file with Forest, Park and Wildlife Communications Center in case of emergencies.

5. The employee may be required to attend training and be certified as a water plant operator.

6. Employees in this classification may be required to lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds or more.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a skilled service classification in the State Personnel Management System. All positions in this classification are skilled service positions. Some positions in skilled service classifications may be designated special appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405.

This classification is assigned to bargaining unit A, Labor and Trades unit. As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation. An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series. NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series. In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series an employee must: 1.) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2.) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3.) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Revised

Jan 1, 2015

 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003103; EST: ; REV: 1/1/2015;

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