City of Fort Wayne

Supervisor-Riparian Maintenance/Landscape

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Working under the direction of the Manager – Landscape and Horticulture, incumbent is responsible for all river maintenance (large woody debris, floatable, and trash removal), streambank assessment and restoration, vegetation assessment, invasive spe
Job Code: 2020148
Posted On: Friday, 22nd May 2020
Category: Regular Full Time
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: 40 hours per week
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $61,000.00 - $63,000.00 annually

Job Description:

SUMMARY

Working under the direction of the Manager – Landscape and Horticulture, incumbent is responsible for all river maintenance (large woody debris, floatable, and trash removal), streambank assessment and restoration, vegetation assessment, invasive species management, vegetation restoration, volunteer coordination and management, public education, and outreach. Incumbent is expected to coordinate with multiple City agencies, committees, and organizations. Incumbent works horizontally, across the organization, in planning and implementing both routine and special programs and projects.  The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

PLANNING / JUDGEMENT

  • Assists Superintendent – Parks Planning, Landscape, and Horticulture in the assessment and implementation of the City of Fort Wayne Riparian Management Plan;
  • Works with Superintendent – Parks Planning, Landscape, and Horticulture to assess and implement goals and objectives of the Riparian Maintenance Division;

MANAGEMENT

  • Performs administrative duties, including the development and maintenance of work schedules, budgets, reports, and records;
  • Manages any contracts for riparian related maintenance or projects as assigned;
  • Works independently, establishing, and prioritizing daily task lists and directing subordinates within the riparian division;

OPERATIONS

  • Safely operates a 30’ work barge, including 6 ton knuckle-boom crane, and 14’ service boat;
  • Performs basic maintenance on all work barge and service boat systems;
  • Utilizes work barge to remove the following items from river channel and banks: trash, logs, woody debris, boulders, and miscellaneous debris;
  • Assists with keeping all bridges clear of log jams and debris that obstructs navigation, in cooperation with Public Works Department;
  • Assists with keeping levees clear of large, woody debris and miscellaneous debris, in cooperation with Flood Control Department;
  • Oversees installation of Parks-owned docks in the spring and removal of docks in the fall, in coordination with other Parks divisions;
  • Uses work barge or service board to inspect the rivers and promptly remove any obstructions, assess safety concerns, and address safety concerns;
  • Installs Parks-owned docks in the Spring and removes dock in Fall, In coordination with other Parks divisions;
  • Maintains Parks-owned docks including cleaning, repairs as necessary, removal of floating debris and trash accumulated from up river;
  • Assists various Parks divisions in maintenance of all riverfront parks;
  • Safely operates wood chipper, skid loader, and other power equipment as needed with proper training;
  • Utilizes various chemical agents such as but not limited to; cleaning products and pesticides, following all instructions on product labels;
  • Operates and maintains equipment in a safe manner;
  • Maintains work related reports and records;

COMMUNICATION / INFORMATION

  • Coordinates, plans, and executes volunteer work days and events;
  • Assists with river-related Parks and Recreation Department programs and events;
  • Coordinates with City and County Departments on all work along rivers;
  • Works in harmony with fellow workers and maintains good relations with park patrons.

MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintains attendance records and approves time cards;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with/between subordinates;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor.  Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Incumbent may supervise additional full-time and/or seasonal maintenance staff.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • High school diploma or GED required;
  • College degree preferred, or combination of high school diploma and work experience;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience operating boats.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and/or ABILITIES

  • Ability to drive one-ton trucks or small utility trucks, with trailer;
  • Ability to read and understand USGS river levels and gages;
  • Knowledge of how rivers are affected by rain events locally and in upper watershed preferred;
  • Knowledge of river depths and bottom conditions preferred;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws related to watershed conservation and stream restoration;
  • Ability to understand oral and written instructions;
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Works with moderate supervision where instructions are relatively complete.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid Indiana Driver's License as required. Successful completion of Official Indiana Boating Safety Course required. Ability to obtain Category 5 Aquatic Pest Management license within 3 months.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and taste or smell.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and toxic or caustic chemicals.  Works in an outdoor environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Apply Online

All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at www.cityoffortwayne.org. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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