Arlington, Virginia
$37,460.80 - $57,200.00 Annually
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

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

Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking an experienced Trades Worker to perform park maintenance functions within a specified geographic Neighborhood Service Area. These employees work with a team engaged in refuse collection, basic horticultural functions, park maintenance, and enhancement projects. The positions are in the Park Service Area Section of the Parks and Natural Resources Division.

Specific duties include:

  • Using hand and power tools;
  • Driving tractors and trucks, including pickups, dump trucks and refuse trucks;
  • Cleaning rest rooms and picnic shelters;
  • Repairing park equipment;
  • Collecting refuse; and
  • Hauling materials; and
  • Reporting and recording completed work data into work order system using tablet.

The employees will interact on a regular basis with park users and during the winter months assists in 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

Minimum: Six (6) months' experience performing general labor duties.

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

  • Operating dump trucks, pick-up trucks, refuse trucks and/or tractors
  • Providing training in general labor duties to other team members;
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and vehicles; and
  • Possession of a valid Registered Technician license or other certified pesticide applicator certification.

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, at grade 3, until the license is obtained.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicant must obtain a valid Virginia Registered Technician's License within 180 days following appointment to this position if the applicant does not already possess a valid Certified Pesticide Applicator's License (Category 3A, 3B, or 6) or registered technician's license with the state of Virginia.
  5. Employee will be required to follow all applicable federal, state, and county safety requirements when performing duties and may be required to wear various types of personal protective equipment .
  6. Employee will be required and must have the ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions. The work environment includes exposure to drafts, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of sitting, bending, and lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment, weighing up to 50 pounds.
  7. A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 hours week, core hours 6:30am - 3:00pm, 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.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications may 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 of full-time experience performing general labor functions?
  • Yes
  • No


If not detailed in your application, please describe your experience performing general labor functions. If you have provided specific details in your application, put N/A.


Please check if you have any of the following (check all that apply):
  • Valid Driver License
  • CDL Learner's permit
  • Class "B" CDL
  • Class "A" CDL
  • Air Brake 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 in general labor duties to other team members
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and vehicles
  • Working in a team environment
  • Operating small trucks
  • Operating large trucks
  • Operating refuse trucks
  • Operating pick-up truck with pull-behind trailer
  • Operating pick-up truck without pull-behind trailer
  • Operating tractor trailers
  • Operating leaf vacuum vehicles
  • Operating other specialized commercial vehicles (list on application)
  • Operating heavy equipment
  • Bus shelter cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Reading a map and providing directions
  • Interacting/communicating with the public
  • None of the above


How much experience do you have working on a team?
  • None, always independent
  • Worked in a group but everybody worked alone
  • Occasionally worked together in a team
  • Part of a team with a leader
  • Part of a self-directed team


How much experience do you have providing information to the public?
  • None
  • Hardly any, worked in the back
  • Once in a while answered questions
  • Worked in a direct public contact position


Do you possess a valid Registered Technician license or other certified pesticide applicator certification?
  • Yes
  • No


I understand that this position requires following all applicable federal, state, and county safety requirements when performing all duties and that the work environment includes exposure to drafts, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of sitting, bending, and lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment, weighing up to 50 pounds. 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.

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