Recruitment #1808-3062-001



The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking dedicated, dependable, motivated and team oriented Groundskeepers to maintain and repair park amenities and grounds.  The work schedule for a Groundskeeper varies and requires weekend and holiday work.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains grounds and facilities
  • Safely uses hand tools and equipment such as mowers, blowers, power-washers, trimmers, loppers, weed-eaters, rakes, shovels, sod cutters, and saws
  • Inspects, power washes and disinfects park restrooms and ramadas
  • De-litters parks and lakes, empties trash cans and maintains dog parks through dog waste removal
  • Inspects, paints, cleans, and repairs playgrounds
  • Prepares ball fields for tournaments
  • Removes graffiti
  • Conducts irrigation head replacement, minor irrigation repairs, and adjusts controller programs for turf conditions and over seeding
  • Installs and repairs fences, signs, tables, and other fixtures and structures within public facilities
  • Conducts preventive maintenance, services equipment and ensures safety
  • Safely operates tractors, mowers, trucks, carts, and transports equipment by pulling trailers
  • Works with user groups and volunteer organizations
  • Assists with set ups for special events and rentals
  • Orients new personnel to job requirements and reviews procedures for completing jobs safely and efficiently
  • Maintains logs, enters data into computer system, prepares reports, maintains supplies and provides information to supervisors, staff, and the public


This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: No experience required

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a practical assessment.

The practical assessment will be held in Tucson and the following dates are provided for planning purposes.  Candidates must be physically present to test and rescheduling is not an option.

Candidates must present a copy of their high school diploma / G.E.D. or transcripts, for proof of education and must also bring with them a government issued photo ID

Candidates will NOT be admitted to test without these documents.

  • Testing Date: Tuesday August 28 and Wednesday August 29, 2018.
  • Testing Location: Tucson Parks & Recreation Administrative Offices 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson AZ 85716

Candidates will be provided instructions via email no later than Monday August 20, 2018 if they are invited to participate in the practical assessment.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for Education and Work Experience
  • 15% of your Oral Board interview
  • 75% of your Practical Assessment

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.  Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must bring them with you to the practical assessment.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

75 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.