Greenways Worker III - #19589321

City of Evanston

Date: May 11, 2021
City: Evanston, IL
Salary: $30 - $35 / hour
Contract type: Full time
City of Evanston

JobID: 202

Position Type:
Public Works/Greenway Worker III

Date Posted:

Service Center

Date Available:

*Closing Date:

Salary: $29.5780 - $34.7090/per hour
Work Schedule: 40 Hours per week

  • Monday - Friday*

  • 6:30 am - 2:30 pm**


  • Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.


This is skilled, senior level landscape technical and lead worker in the maintenance of City gardens, trees and grounds. Work involves trimming, pruning live, dead or diseased trees, pruning, planting and caring for flowers, bushes, shrubs and turf, applying fertilizers, pesticides and other horticultural agents for proper maintenance. Work also involves being a lead worker on a crew and participating in park maintenance and construction activities including, but not limited to, playground equipment installation and repairs, maintaining ball fields, beaches, ice rinks, repairing and painting fences, mowing lawns, lining athletic fields, and removing snow. Employees may be assigned tasks of similar or higher level classifications to gain experience and training in preparation for advancement. Safety equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, reflective vest, gloves, earplugs, respirator, and protective clothing are worn. This position requires both scheduled and unscheduled overtime for emergencies and special projects, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

Uses chain and manual saws to remove low limbs and dead wood conforming to proper pruning procedures and avoiding power lines.

Plants, transplants, cultivates, fertilizes, waters, and prunes flowers, shrubs, and trees; prunes shrubs using hand or electric pruners; removes weeds from around flowers and shrubs by hand or by using weed cutters; prepares soil by operating power or hand tools and equipment such as aerator, roller, rototiller, shovel, hoe, or rake; sows grass seed by hand or with mechanized equipment; unloads and lays out sod; delivers soil, compost, wood chips, and other materials to work site and shovels, rakes and levels materials; rakes and mulches leaves.

Performs tree planting; digs holes; removes grass, properly prunes tree; plants trees utilizing excess soil to form a saucer for proper mulching; replaces dirt at stump sight; loads dump trucks with wood chips, soil and other material.

Determines appropriate chemicals and amount required to operate power sprayers to apply fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide.

Serves as lead worker engaged in trimming and removal of trees, stumps, broken, diseased, and damaged limbs or seasonal employees maintaining flower and shrub beds, and performing other landscape maintenance duties; assures that proper safety precautions and procedures are followed.

Responsible for snow plowing and snow removal from streets, sidewalks, parking lots and downtown areas; drives truck or other City vehicles to and from worksite; loads and unloads equipment on truck.

Inspects, maintains and repairs underground irrigation systems.

Keeps records of work performed, and materials, supplies, or equipment used.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Must possess a high school diploma or GED and must possess three (3) or more years of forestry or horticultural work experience. Possession of college coursework in forestry or horticulture is preferred.

Must possess a valid Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brakes endorsement and a safe driving record and must maintain it as a condition of employment.

Must be willing and able to obtain a State of Illinois pesticide applicator’s license within six months of employment and maintain it as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in the care of flowers, shrubs, trees, and lawns.

  • Considerable knowledge of the hazards and precautions of the equipment and chemicals used for landscape maintenance.

  • Considerable knowledge of safety standards and precautions pertaining to the use of tools and equipment related to tree trimming and to working near overhead power lines.

  • Considerable knowledge of tree, plant and flower identification, diseases and of proper treatments, insect infestations and the proper use of pesticides.

  • Ability to lead other workers on parks and tree maintenance projects.

  • Ability to operate hand and power chain saws, other tree trimming and removal equipment, and trucks in a safe and effective manner.

  • Ability to read, understand, and apply instructions for the safe application of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and the public.

  • Ability to greet the public in a courteous and pleasant manner, and with a customer-service orientation.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, including utilizing email platform.

  • Ability to use NOVAtime and E-Suite for attendance and payroll information.

  • Ability to complete NIMS Incident training, ICS100, ICS200 and ICS700.


Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions such as extreme cold, high winds, rain, snow, sleet, high temperatures, and humidity.

Ability to lift, stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time, identify or distinguish colors, talk, hear, and work outdoors at night with limited lighting.

Ability to work in situations where the following are present: loud noise levels, vibrations, horticultural chemicals, dust and dirt.

Ability to operate a variety of standard power and hand tools and specialized equipment such as forestry vehicles, brush chippers, aerial towers, log loaders, chain saws, power saws and trimming tools, rope and saddle, planting tools such as shovels, axes, pruners, dump trucks, front end loader, flood lights, snow plow and other required equipment while performing essential functions.

Ability to perform heavy manual labor, including climbing, bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting heavy objects.

Frequently exposed to dangerous equipment, dangerous work conditions with flying debris, fumes, vibrations, dust and dirt.


Work is performed under the direction of a supervisor or lead worker. Assignments may vary from season to season. Instructions can be either verbal or written, and employee must make decisions regarding the safe cutting and dropping of trees in public areas, or proper safety techniques for the safe application of chemicals. Work is reviewed through ongoing observation, written and verbal communication, meetings and feedback from supervisors and other department employees. Guidance is provided through rules and regulations, policies and procedures, Unified Work Rules, Union Contract, Personnel Rules and OSHA. Work is evaluated at least annually for the safe and skilled operation of equipment, quality of tasks, adherence to work rules, and performance in accordance with classification standard.


The employee has contact with the general public in residential areas and with the public using parks and recreational areas to respond to questions and complaints and provide general direction; the employee has regular contact with other City employees in order to share information and complete work tasks.

Skills Test
Structured Oral InterviewQualifications Assessment
To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org_ on or before the closing date._

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).

Job Type: Full-time

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