Park Maintenance Supervisor

Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Full time

$41.1-66.6k (annually)

Mar 10

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Park Maintenance Supervisor

An Equal Opportunity EmployerSALARY


$19.77 - $26.08Annually

$41,114.00 - $54,249.00 Hiring Range

OPENING DATE: 03/08/21

CLOSING DATE: 04/02/21 11:59 PM


The purpose of this position is to provide leadership in Landscape Maintenance for the Town of Chapel Hill Park Maintenance Division. The position will supervise staff and contractor’s performance of technical work in the repair, construction and maintenance of the Town's Right of Way maintenance program, downtown litter, parking lot landscaping, greenway maintenance, and landscaping at town owned facilities.


Manage employees; organize tasks to be performed; procure supplies and materials; oversee work; identify field problems and solutions; inspect completed work; provide training; document work activities; evaluate employee job performance; produce reports; address concerns of citizens and other departments


Coordinate and direct a crew to ensure that the maintenance programs are performed in a timely manner; directs and participates in the mowing, edging, pruning, and general clean-up; sets and adjusts heights of mowers; and performs pest management;

Leads crew in the pruning of ornamental trees and shrubbery to maintain proper shape and design and to ensure adequate ventilation and light to the plants interior; uses loppers, shears, bow saws, and hand pruners;


Assesses flower beds, naturalized areas, or related landscapes to determine condition of plants or needs for care and maintenance; monitors plants during extreme temperatures for signs of stress or damage; waters plants according to specific needs of plant species;


Leads in the preparation of plant beds to ensure the soil mixture is of correct texture and density and contains appropriate amounts of soli nutrients; assists with the landscaped areas, flower beds, and specialized planting areas


Perform field work; coordinate special event set-up, take down and post event cleanup; ; work with hazardous weather response for snow, ice and debris removal; managing internal fiscal functions; makes recommendations concerning budget needs; and attending staff meetings


Oversees the routine maintenance of specialty equipment; maintains the irrigation systems; operates landscape equipment including tractors and backhoes for loading and minor grading;


Procures supplies, materials and tools needed; accurately determines amounts of materials required per job; and utilizes various technologies and software


Coordinates with staff, contractors and other departments' staff; ensures staffs' understanding of duties through supervision and direction; documents assignments and work performed; performs employee recruitment; plans and assesses work zone safety issues; and monitors personal and equipment safety


Evaluates problems or issues in areas of responsibility and develops viable solutions; ensures seasonal tasks are scheduled dependent on area managed;


Counsels and disciplines employees; performs annual and semi-annual performance evaluations


Makes presentations and communicates with various departments, and contractors; investigates complaints; solicits facts and information; and sets up meetings with the public

Operate/drive town vehicles to include but not limited to town trucks, town utility vehicles, town tractors, town mowers, etc.


Performs other job related tasks as required.

Supervision Exercised 

The work requires supervising and monitoring performance for regular employees. 


Physical Demands 

The work is typically performed while standing and walking, with intermittent sitting or stooping. The employee uses equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and strength.

Work Environment 

The work is performed in an office, vehicle and outdoors at Town facilities, parks and Right-of-Ways


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a two year college or university with a degree in Landscape Management, Horticulture, turf management or related field.

Knowledge of: 

  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to plan the work and lead a team in landscape management 
  • Thorough knowledge of turf growth, landscaping, horticulture and landscape maintenance 
  • Thorough knowledge of use and maintenance of specialty equipment used in landscape maintenance 
  • Considerable knowledge of appropriate safety precautions of the work 
  • Considerable knowledge of plant growth characteristics and proper pruning and shaping techniques 
  • Considerable knowledge of the species of flowers, trees and shrubs indigenous to Central North Carolina 
  • Trends and practices in landscape design and maintenance 
  • Relevant town ordinances, policies, and procedures 
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices 
  • Pay and benefit systems 
  • Department rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to personnel 
  • General accounting and bookkeeping practices 
  • Computerized systems for the maintenance of personnel and financial records 

Ability to: 

  • Identify right of way sight distance problems and right of way tree issues 
  • Work with and coordinate with outside teams and organizations 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the general public 
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions 
  • Read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias 
  • Deal with a system of real numbers 
  • Practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement 
  • Write reports, prepare business letters, expositions, and summaries with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech (Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college; however, it may be obtained from experience and self-study) 
  • Model behavior that is consistent with our values of RESPECT 


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a two year college or university with a degree in Landscape Management, Horticulture, Turf management or related field. Extensive experience in the field of landscape management may be substituted for a degree.



Five years of experience 


A valid NC driver's License, class C or ability to obtain within one month of hire date; NC Public Pesticide Operator's License or ability to obtain within six months of hire date or Certified Playground Safety Inspector Certification

This position is driving essential and required to conform to the Town's Safe Driving and Accident Procedures.


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