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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 678O
Category: Inst. Food & Personal Services


Under the direct supervision of a Park Ranger or Construction and Maintenance Project Specialist-Parks, performs semi-skilled repairs, maintenance and grounds keeping activities in a state park or park area.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from Park Aide by the designation as Lead Worker of Park Aides, or the specific assignment of semi-skilled maintenance or grounds keeping work within a park or park area (i.e., irrigation maintenance/repairs, campsite or Environmental Learnings Center reservation and registrations).

Typical Work

Under the supervision of a park ranger, leads a crew of Park Aides in:

  • Making daily inspection and cleaning of comfort stations, vault toilets, kitchen/picnic shelters and other agency facilities and grounds;
  • Mowing and trimming all cultivated lawn and rough areas; operating riding lawn mower, weed trimmer, power mower (push type) and tractor with flail mower; performing other grounds maintenance work such as weeding flower beds, pruning shrubs, and raking leaves;
  • Providing clean environments for park users by keeping grounds free of litter, debris or illegal garbage dumps; cleaning stoves and braziers weekly; cleaning campsites and raking tent pads;
  • Performing routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment and vehicles;
  • Maintaining and repairing park trails and roads; clearing brush, limbs and trees using hand and power tools; filling and leveling trails/roads using hand tools; patrolling  for and removing litter from these areas;

Under the supervision of a Construction and Maintenance Project Specialist or park ranger, assists in general repair and maintenance of buildings, facilities, equipment and utility systems; repairs or replaces faucet washers, toilet and urinal flush valves; repairs or replaces hinges, handles and other minor hardware; repairs or replaces defective light bulbs and minor electrical fixtures, resets electrical breakers;

As a Park Specialist, operates hand and automatic irrigation systems making minor repairs to irrigation and domestic water systems;

Assists park ranger with park administration duties as assigned; registers campers and processes reservations for camping and day use; utilizes computer for reports and correspondence; collects and accounts for camp fees and prepares for transmittal; answers phone and provides information to the public;

Attends annual and monthly training, including fire school, defensive driving, park technical training, hazardous chemicals, radio procedures, infectious diseases and safety meetings;

Answers visitor questions about the facilities, day use, campground, self-registration and directions to local merchants; hands out printed materials of areas of interest, recreation facilities and public services; advises park users of park violations and directs them to rangers for questions; reports violations to rangers and assists with park emergencies; opens or closes park gates;

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: general grounds keeping and/or maintenance practices; use and care of materials and tools used in minor repair and maintenance of park buildings, facilities and equipment.

Ability to: lead and instruct others; give directions; perform varied manual tasks; operate a variety of hand and power tools and other mechanical equipment safely and with a reasonable degree of skill; meet public in a courteous and friendly manner; work outdoors in all types of weather extremes; perform prolonged physical labor; understand and follow written and oral instructions; learn and understand park rules and regulations; communicate park rules and regulations to others; make sound, common sense judgments and decisions.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Twelve months of experience in building maintenance or grounds keeping, or performing semi-skilled/general carpentry, electrical and/or plumbing repair work.


Six months cumulative experience as a Park Aide or equivalent or twelve months experience in a special employment program (i.e., WCC) with a parks agency.

A combination of experience (i.e., WCC and Park Aide) may be used providing the candidate has at least three months experience as a Park Aide or equivalent staff.

Note:  Applicants must possess a valid unrestricted (other than corrective lenses) driver’s license at the time of appointment.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted June 9, 1995.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 97051); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007. Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.