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Parks Maintainer (Turf Specailist)

Job Number: 9-68

Permanent   |  Kitchener, Ontario   |  Posted on Mar 29, 2021 ← Back

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Parks Maintainer (Turf Specialist)

Competition Number


Job Code


Posting Date

March 29, 2021

Closing Date

April 8, 2021

Job Status

Permanent Full-Time

Position Overview:

The City of Kitchener is seeking a permanent full-time Parks Maintainer - Turf Specialist to perform all facets of Sports field maintenance as part of a highly collaborative team, including duties such as turf management, turf renovations, integrated pest management, irrigation repairs, troubleshooting, landscaping, grading and related administration; in addition to winter maintenance duties as assigned.



·       Plan and organize materials, supplies, and equipment to carry out daily job assignments.

·       Perform various vegetation control duties and turf renovations in parks and sportsfields.

·       Identify and provide recommendations to supervisor for all supplementary work required to maintain sportsfields and field houses (e.g., turf renovation, additional maintenance, irrigation).

·       Independently monitor and assess turf conditions and identify maintenance requirements based on understanding of safety requirements, field aesthetics, playability, irrigation system, turf care, and integrated pest management (e.g.,insects, disease, nutrient requirements, drainage, wear patterns, vandalism etc.).

·       Operate various types of vehicles and equipment (e.g., top dressers, overseeders, loaders, mowers etc.) as required.

·       Repair/troubleshoot all irrigation equipment.

·       Maintain, operate, troubleshoot, read plans, and repair complex irrigation systems comprised of booster pumps, computer software, computer controlled field satellites, zone and control valves, electric sprinkler heads, in ground piping, filtration systems, and multi-zone stations.

·       Provide frontline customer service to the general public, sports associations, user groups and sports officials.

·       Participate in the winter job pool process which results in the winter job duties assignment i.e. snow plowing, hand shoveling etc.

·       Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Must be reliable with good attitude and employment record.
  • Must pass a medical examination if required.
  • Must be able to successfully complete required progressional criteria as it relates to this job title.
  • Must successfully complete they City of Kitchener's customer service test.
  • Must have successfully completed a minimum 2-year Turf Management diploma program at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Must have a Ministry of Environment - Landscape Exterminators license.
  • Must have proven experience in Turfgrass maintenance and in working with related equipment (minimum 2000 hours /1 year of experience).
  • Must be able to perform a variety of duties including manual labour.
  • Must possess a valid MTO class “G” driver’s license in good standing and be capable of upgrading to a “DZ” within a 12 month period.
  • Must have demonstrated communication skills with a customer service focus and the ability to keep accurate written records.
  • Must have advanced computer skills.
  • Must be flexible to work varying shifts, weekends, and overtime as required.
  • Must be available for winter call out.
  • Must be a competent person as defined by the Ontario Health & Safety Act.


Candidates selected for hire may be required to provide a satisfactory driver's abstract dated no earlier than 30 days prior to their hire date as a condition of employment, in addition to completing a driving skills assessment. Additional seat time and/ or training, if required, will be provided at the determination of the Supervisor, Fleet Safety and Compliance subject to management's discretion.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance.  

Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code.  


We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted



Please note that as per Human Resources Policy #II-110, "Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials":

"The immediate relatives of staff of the Human Resources Division, all Directors, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, or the Chief Administrative Officer and Elected Officials shall not be employed by the City in any capacity.

The immediate relatives of all other Management personnel shall not be employed where such employment would be:

1. within the same Department in the case of permanent full-time, temporary full-time and part-time classifications.

2. within the same Division in the case of students."



Infrastructure Services


Parks and Cemeteries

Union Affiliation


Number of Positions


Hours of Work

Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 11:00pm



Kitchener Operations Facility




Salary Range

$28.78 - $30.47 per hour



Job summary


City of Kitchener

Job Type



Kitchener, Ontario

Start Date

Apr 19, 2021

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