Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2309-3062-001



The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking dedicated, dependable, team-oriented


to maintain and repair City of Tucson park amenities and grounds

General Description

The Groundskeeper position maintains and repairs facilities and grounds. Inspects equipment and facilities, conducts preventive maintenance and ensures safety.

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 including dog waste removal

Inspects, paints, cleans, and repairs playgrounds

Prepares ball fields for daily use as well as 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 preventative maintenance on equipment for proper operation and safety.

Safely operates tractors, mowers, trucks, carts, and transports equipment by pulling trailers

Works and communicates with user groups and volunteer organizations

Assists with set ups and breakdown of equipment for special events and rentals

Works with and helps new employees become familiar with procedures related to safe and efficient work processes

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 work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are similar kind of level 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

*Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Selection Plan

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

  • Practical Assessment will be held: the week of October 23, 2023
Applicants must be physically present for the Practical Assessment. Rescheduling is not an option.

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

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your rating for the practical assessment
Selection Interviews may be conducted post list by the Hiring Manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill Parks and Recreation Department vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native Americans, 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 present your documentation at the Oral Board Interview. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicated characterization of service.

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


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. All inquiries should be directed to the email listed below.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Hep A Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol) and

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol), or

Twinrix Vaccine (Hep A and Hep B Combo)

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.