Parks Maintainer, Turf Specialist

The City of Kitchener is seeking a permanent full-time Parks Maintainer, Turf Specialist to perform all facets of parkland turf maintenance as part of a highly collaborative Turf Maintenance team, including duties such as turf management, turf renovations, integrated pest management, irrigation repairs, troubleshooting, landscaping, grading and related administration; in addition to winter maintenance duties.


  • Plan and organize materials, supplies, and equipment to carry out daily job assignments.
  • Perform various vegetation control duties, cultural practices and turf renovations in parks.
  • Identify and provide recommendations to supervisor for all supplementary work required to maintain various turfgrass areas (e.g., turf renovation, maintenance regiment based on target turf composition, irrigation).
  • Independently monitor and assess turf conditions and identify maintenance requirements based on understanding of target turf composition and associated maintenance practices, biodiversity, irrigation system and integrated pest management (e.g., insects, disease, nutrient requirements, drainage, wear patterns, etc.).
  • Provide appropriate record keeping for but not limited to: field studies, project planning and performed field work.
  • Operate various types of vehicles and equipment (e.g., top dressers, overseeders, loader tractors and implements, mowers, etc.) as required.
  • Repair/troubleshoot all irrigation systems and equipment.
  • Maintain, operate, troubleshoot, read plans, and repair complex irrigation systems comprised of booster pumps, computer software, computer controlled and manual field satellites, zone and control valves, electric sprinkler heads, in ground piping, filtration systems, and multi-zone stations.
  • Provide frontline customer service to the public and special interests groups.
  • Participate in the winter job pool process which results in the winter job duties assignment i.e. snow plowing, hand shoveling etc.

To apply for this job please visit www.kitchener.ca.