Arlington, Virginia
$37,460.80 - $57,200.00 Annually
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation has two vacancies for Trades Workers within the Landscape Unit in the Parks and Natural Resources Division. These Trades Workers will work as team members assisting gardeners in performing horticultural and gardening duties at County-owned parks, streetscapes, gardens, facility grounds, and other landscaped public areas.

Specific duties include:

  • Planting, mulching, weeding, and pruning of landscape areas;
  • Performing general maintenance of landscape areas and small trees;
  • Assisting in greenhouse and nursery operations;
  • Performing routine watering of trees and landscape areas;
  • Using hand and power tools; and
  • Operating various vehicles including pickup trucks and trucks requiring a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
These employees will interact on a regular basis with park users and during the winter months assists with snow removal. Work is conducted in a team environment and employees will periodically provide leadership to other trades workers for small projects, special assignments, maintenance and weather emergencies.

Selection Criteria

NOTE: This recruitment may be used to fill comparable vacancies within Arlington County.

Minimum: Six months' experience performing general labor duties. See Special Requirements section for required license information.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Performing general grounds maintenance, landscaping, tree planting and similar horticultural experience;
  • Operating dump trucks, pick-up trucks, trailers and CDL vehicles;
  • Providing information to the public;
  • Working in a team environment; and/or
  • Applying pesticides and/or possession of valid Pesticide License.

Special Requirements

1) Applicant must possess or obtain within nine months of appointment to this position, a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Any employee hired without this license will be appointed as a trainee, until the license is obtained. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

2) Prior to the time of appointment, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screening. The successful applicant will be subject to drug screening, at such times during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies.

Working Conditions: Employees are required to follow all applicable federal, state, and county safety requirements when performing all duties.

  • Employees perform activities inside and outside.
  • Employee is subject to cold (below 32 degrees) for periods of more than one hour and/or temperatures above 90 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as snow, rain, hail, wind and humidity.
  • Employee is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.
  • Employee is subject to one more of the following conditions: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation, oils, and other cutting fluids.

Physical Requirements :
  • Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 Hours Per Week, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employee may be required to work some evening and weekend hours. Employee must be available for callback and holdover in emergency situations including those that are weather related.

Employees hired without the required CDL will be hired at trainee level until licensure is obtained within specified timeframe.

Salary range listed is the salary range effective July 1, 2021.

The official title of this position is Trades Worker III. Trainee level is Trades Worker II.

Trainee salary range:
$16.23 - $24.80 Hourly
$33,758.40 - $51,584.00 Annually

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have at least six months or more of full-time experience performing general labor functions?
  • Yes
  • No


Please describe your experience performing general labor functions.


Please check if you have any of the following (check all that apply):
  • Valid driver's license
  • CDL Learner's permit
  • Class "B" CDL
  • Class "A" CDL
  • Tanker endorsement for CDL
  • None of the above


I understand that I must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employer's information required by DOT agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information. I have read the above statement and agree to it.
  • Yes
  • No


Indicate if you have experience with any of the following by checking all that apply: Please include details of experience in application in order to receive full credit.
  • Providing training to other team members
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and vehicles
  • Operating hand held power tools (list on application)
  • Working in a team environment
  • Operating small trucks
  • Operating large trucks
  • Operating refuse trucks
  • Operating a vehicle with pull-behind trailer
  • Performing landscaping or grounds maintenance
  • Tree planting, pruning
  • Irrigation systems
  • Applying chemical treatments to plants
  • Growing plants
  • Hardscape construction
  • Performing landscaping and/or grounds maintenance
  • Turf Maintenance
  • Interacting/communicating with the public
  • None of the above


Do you possess a valid Registered Technician license or other certified pesticide applicator certification? If so, please list on application.
  • Yes
  • No


I understand that this position requires following all applicable federal, state, and county safety requirements when performing all duties and exposure to working conditions and physical requirements as described on job announcement. I understand the above statements and agree to them.
  • Yes
  • No


This recruitment may be used to fill similar vacancies within Arlington County. Please select which statement most applies to you.
  • Please consider me for this vacancy only.
  • Please consider me for this vacancy as well as any other comparable vacancy within Arlington County.

Required Question

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