Parks Grounds Worker I (Hourly)

City of Fort Collins Published: August 14, 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Skilled & Technical Labor /
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~ Located a short drive north of Denver, Fort Collins is a vibrant town full of local eateries, pubs, boutiques and home to Colorado State University. With 300 days of sunshine, snow-capped mountains, idyllic lakes and clear-running rivers, it is hard to deny that people like to get outdoors here all year round. ~

The Parks and Cemeteries Division of Community Services provides maintenance and stewardship for parks, cemeteries, streetscapes, trails, open areas and other public grounds for the Fort Collins community.

The Forestry Division provides maintenance and stewardship for the City trees, and provides education and training to enhance citizens' knowledge on the urban forest.

With the demand for quality recreation areas by the residents, the Parks Division has become known as a leader in maintenance, administration, and innovation as recognized by the National Park and Recreation Association's Gold Medal Award for Excellence.

Position Overview

Parks Division is currently seeking Parks Grounds Workers I to join a highly motivated, talented team of innovators to help strengthen the future world-class stewardship of parks in our community.   The position offers a positive and engaging environment, training, and professional growth opportunities in the green industry.  The Parks Grounds Worker I Position is a seasonal position which begins as early as March and ends as late as November, but there is potential for advancement and career progression for the self-motivated employee.


  •  Assist in maintenance of City parks, trails, facilities, recreational areas and downtown public spaces.
  • Learn to operate a variety of equipment including, utility vehicles, hand tools, power tools.
  • Clean and remove trash from all areas of the park including shelters and restroom facilities.
  • Assist with horticulture maintenance (shrub beds, flower beds, specialty gardens).
  • Assist with irrigation maintenance and repairs.
  • Apply chemical/herbicides with required training.
  • May help with snow removal.


Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  •  Unrestricted Valid driver’s license.
  •  Must be at least 18 years old.
  •  Ability to pass a drug screening test.
  •  Physical, mental and cognitive abilities sufficient to perform the essential duties outlined above.
  • These include:
    • Ability to read, write and communicate well with others.
    • Physical ability and stamina to perform duties including bending, lifting, digging, pushing and kneeling.
    • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds regularly; up to 50 pounds maximum.  
    • Proper safety measures for lifting/moving any item are expected to be followed; including, but not limited to, the use of proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), use of lifting/moving equipment, and/or assistance from co-workers.

Working Conditions:

  •  Schedules may vary from part-time to full-time and may include over-time, weekends, and holidays.
  • Working under the supervision of a crew leader, the employee will work outdoors in a variety of conditions.
  • Will wear proper safety gear including, but not limited to, safety-toed boots, safety glasses and ear protection as required.
  • Will attend weekly staff meetings and safety meetings as scheduled.

Work Benefits

  •  Possible paid holiday and personal leave time based on hours worked.
  • Safety Awards Program provides employee with incentives to work safely.
  • Health and Wellness classes and incentives available.
  • Boot reimbursements and issued logo attire.
  • Mentored by world-class, knowledgeable and experienced Park professionals.
  • Training opportunities to expand educational background.
  • Potential for advancement.

Additional Information

  • Background check and drug test required within 48 hours of offer.
  • Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.
  • The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

~ The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality. ~

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