Forestry Maintenance Worker

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Full-Time Regular

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Forestry Park Maintenance Worker

Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Benefit Eligible, Union Position

Pay: $29.913 – $36.340 per hour, DOQ

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 2nd @ 11:59pm CST


Join Team Eagan!

We’re in search of a dependable and hard-working individual to join our talented Forestry Division!  The person hired for this position will perform landscape, forestry, and park maintenance functions with a primary emphasis on landscape maintenance and installation.


Why Eagan?
Be a part of a culture that values teamwork, people, and progressive thinking. Work hard and have fun while serving the residents of our wonderful community.
Enjoy competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package!


Normal hours of work are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

This position may be required to work alternative schedules including evenings and weekends, as required for the city's maintenance operations.


We'll help you obtain a Class A License with a tanker and air break endorsement!

Job Summary

Essential Position Functions:


  • Performs the implementation of municipal landscape and forestry projects including site analysis, plant species selection, plant purchase, site preparation and layout, plant installation, fertilization, irrigation, mulching and weed control within City parks, public facilities, and boulevards.
  • Performs ongoing plant maintenance activities including pruning, fertilization, irrigation and other horticultural treatments related to the maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
  • Safely drive and operate various trucks, compact construction equipment, aerial bucket truck, and other motorized vehicles as needed to perform essential job functions.
  • Performs required maintenance on landscape and forestry related equipment, including a variety of power and hand tools.
  • Constructs and installs park hardscape features, such as retaining walls, planting beds, boulder walls and irrigation systems.
  • Assists in the removal of potentially hazardous, diseased or dead trees from public parks, open spaces and other public properties.
  • Assists in the trimming and maintenance of public trees within parks, public facilities, and boulevards.
  • Assists with park and trail maintenance activities including tree removal, grading, invasive plant management, grubbing and chipping operations.
  • Assists in maintaining the City's computerized tree/landscape inventory management system including data collection and input.
  • Provides information for the preparation of educational articles, promotional items, technical reports, grant applications, and public inquiries.
  • Assists with wildlife, prairie, and/or aquatic resources management projects and programs.


Parks Maintenance

  • Maintains outdoor hockey and pleasure skating rinks and winter facilities including base preparation, flooding, shaving, lining, and snow removal.
  • Participate in snow and ice control efforts in parks, at City Facilities including parking lots, walks and trails, assists with snow removal from streets as required.
  • Assists in the installation of parks improvements, such as play equipment, landscaping, recreation facilities and structures.
  • Performs a variety of trails maintenance tasks such as trails sweeping, snow removal, crack filling, patching, signing and seal coating.
  • Performs ongoing routine parks maintenance activities, such as mowing and trimming, infield maintenance, athletic field layout and striping, waste removal, tennis court and basketball inspections, and building janitorial services.
  • Performs turf maintenance tasks including: fertilization, aerification, de-thatching, seeding, sodding, weed spraying, topdressing, and irrigation installation and repair.
  • Identifies public hazards or liabilities in parks and responds in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Conducts preventative maintenance and performs repair work on park equipment vehicles and other small equipment.
  • Assists in the preparation of park and City facilities for scheduled recreation activities and special events.


Other Position Functions:       

  • Attends schools and seminars relating to landscape, forestry, and parks maintenance.
  • Provides on-the-job work direction and/or training to seasonal employees, park volunteers, contractors or outside work groups as required or requested.
  • Provides assistance to other City maintenance divisions as assigned in response to emergencies, special requests or to balance seasonal workloads.
  • Performs minor system or mechanical repairs on buildings and recreation-related facilities.
  • Answers public inquiries and directs visitors to park facilities and athletic fields.
  • Provides information and answers questions related to landscape, forestry, and park maintenance operations.
  • Other duties as requested or may be obvious and/or necessary to provide City services.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Ability to perform all of the essential position functions under the working conditions described.
  • Must have a two-year technical or vocational degree in Landscaping, Urban Forestry, Forest Resource Management, Horticulture, Park maintenance, or a closely related field, OR 4 years of a demonstrated combination of equivalent knowledge gained through a similar work experience.
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license; must obtain a class A commercial license with tanker and air brake endorsement within 1 year of employment.
  • Must be physically capable of performing the assigned tasks.
  • Must be able to lift 70 pounds and work in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards of work and necessary job related safety precautions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other city department personnel, volunteer groups, residents and other professionals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to work independently and complete assigned duties in a productive and efficient manner.
  • Must be neatly groomed and willing to wear and maintain a city uniform.


Desired Qualifications:

  • A four-year college degree in Landscape Design/Maintenance, Urban Forestry, Forest Resource Management, or a closely related field.
  • Previous experience in landscaping, or parks maintenance.
  • Possession of Minnesota Pesticide Applicator's License.
  • Must have knowledge of various biotic and abiotic plant disorders.
  • Must have a working knowledge of plant identification, both in the growing season and in the dormant season.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and experience in performing maintenance and repairs on related forestry equipment.
  • Considerable experience in the installation and maintenance of large landscapes in a public or commercial setting.
  • Previous experience with computer word processors, databases, and geographic information systems.


Working Conditions:

  • 90% field - 10% maintenance facility and office
  • Employee will be required to do sustained physical work in any weather, including air temperatures to -30°F, wind-chills as low as -50°F, and temperatures to 100+°F.
  • Position functions requires; ability to manually transport awkward and heavy loads over short distances, to stoop, bend and lift overhead, to walk over uneven or snow/ice covered terrain, to manually load and unload heavy loads from trucks and other equipment, and to safely operate a variety of mechanical and power equipment and tools related to forestry and parks operations and maintenance.


Supervisory Responsibility:

This position may occasionally provide on-the-job training or oversight of seasonal employees including landscape crew laborers, forestry technicians, park attendants, ball field attendants, seasonal maintenance personnel, volunteers and community groups.  This coordination responsibility may occur during regular day hours or evening and weekends as required.




Located in the Twin Cities metro area, Eagan is home to about 68,000 people. The City operates under a Council-Administrator form of government, employing 250 regular full-time employees, and up to 400 seasonal and part-time employees.  Regarded as a great place to live, work and play, the City of Eagan prides itself on exceptional customer service and employs a stable workforce with experienced and professional staff. Areas of employment include finance, engineering, law enforcement, fire safety, parks and recreation, forestry, public works and utilities, community development, sports and fitness, arts and preschool education, etc. Visit our website to learn more at!


The City of Eagan is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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