Grounds Maintenance Operator I

City Of Oklahoma City   Oklahoma City, OK   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on March 15, 2023
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Grounds Maintenance Operator I



$16.39 - $25.41 Hourly


Note:  The normal starting pay for this position is the minimum of the pay range listed above. A higher rate of pay may be considered, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant and/or the City’s step placement policy.


Full-time City employees will receive preference in the following order: major division first, then department, then all other full-time City employees. Part-time/year-round City employees will receive preference next. If there are no qualified full-time City employees or part-time/year-round City employees, external applicants will then be considered.



This position is located in various departments with The City of Oklahoma City and is under the direction of an immediate supervisor. This posting will be used to fill a current vacancy in the Water Quality Division (Atoka) of the Utilities Department with the City of Oklahoma City. However, an eligibility list will be established or supplemented for filling future vacancies, including vacancies in other departments, per provisions of the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement.  Essential job functions include:  performing various facilities and grounds maintenance tasks utilizing vehicles, mowing equipment, and standard electrical and hand tools. Equipment operated may include tractors with attachments, forklifts, front-end loaders, packer trucks, pickups, flatbeds, dump trucks, push mowers and lawn edgers.  Maintenance repair tasks are performed for basic upkeep of City grounds and buildings. Employees of this classification work both independently and in close proximity to other workers. Grounds Maintenance Operators I must have knowledge of and the ability to follow safety practices in the operation of vehicles, tools, and equipment. The employee will complete daily work orders, safety reports, and other work-related activity reports on a daily basis. Instructions are received verbally or in writing with work products subject to review by an immediate supervisor.



Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Active Duty Armed Forces, National Guard, and Reserve Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City and who meet the qualifications for the position shall be given preference. To receive preference, veterans must submit verification of honorable discharge from the United States military service (Department of Defense Form DD214 or NGB Form 22) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.



  • Knowledge of and skill in using and operating ground maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow safe work practices and procedures in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Skill in performing various grounds maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Skill in interpreting and completing standardized forms such as project assignment sheets, etc.
  • Ability to learn.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • Possession of a valid Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL).

NOTE: This position may be underfilled as a Grounds Maintenance Operator Trainee in the event the selected candidate does not possess the required Class A Commercial Driver License. The employee will be required to possess or obtain a valid Class A Commercial Driver License within twelve (12) months of hire/promotion/transfer/demotion. Continued employment is contingent upon obtaining a valid Class A Commercial Driver License within twelve (12) months from the date of hire/promotion/transfer/demotion.



  • Primarily outside; constantly exposed to heat, cold, humidity, dust, etc.
  • Possibility of cuts, bruises, sprains, and fractures from moving heavy objects.
  • Works from ladders or other surfaces from 4 to 12 feet above floor or ground level.
  • May be required to work in confined or cramped positions 1/3 to 2/3 of the time.
  • Will work near moving objects such as traffic and machinery.
  • Exposed to loud and insistent noise requiring the protection of earplugs when assigned to the Will Rogers Maintenance Division.
  • Possibility of occasional exposure to common allergy-causing agents such as bee or wasp stings and poison oak, ivy and sumac.
  • Exposed to limited toxic conditions such as herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
  • Occasionally required to work overtime.
  • Local travel on a daily basis.

Note:  Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department. 



  • Strength and stamina enough to lift, push, pull, or carry objects weighing up to 90 pounds such as fertilizer, cement sacks, machinery and litter sacks.
  • Stamina enough to exert oneself physically over short intervals of time in performing work such as digging ditches, mowing, and toting equipment and/or materials.
  • Mobility enough to continuously move one's body from place to place.
  • Manual dexterity and near vision enough to use items such as hand tools and equipment used in performing maintenance and operations tasks.
  • Far vision enough to drive equipment such as trucks, tractors, to observe objects such as oncoming traffic, etc.
  • Hearing and speech enough to communicate in person and by two-way radio.
  • Eye-hand-foot coordination.



Note:  An eligibility list will be established from this posting consisting of applicants who receive a score of 70 percent or better.  Multiple selection procedures may be utilized; a minimum of 70 percent or better will be required on each; and the results of multiple selection procedures will be equally weighted.  The eligibility list will be in effect for 180 days from the date of the final selection procedure and will be used to fill future vacancies.


Note: This position may be underfilled as a Grounds Maintenance Operator Trainee  in the event the selected candidate does not possess a valid Oklahoma Class A Commercial Driver License.  The salary range for the Grounds Maintenance Operator Trainee is $15.68 - $24.36 hourly.


Pay Method:  City employees are required to receive pay electronically, either via direct deposit or pay card.


Background Investigation, Drug Testing, Physical Examination:  Upon a conditional offer of employment/acceptance of position, the City of Oklahoma City will conduct a criminal history background check for external applicants.   Applicants will be provided contact information for any third-party reporting agencies used to collect background information in connection with conditional offers of employment.  


If the position accepted includes a driver license (commercial or non-commercial) Job Requirement, the City of Oklahoma City will obtain a Motor Vehicle Report for internal and external applicants.


If the position accepted is safety sensitive, internal and external applicants will be provided a copy of the City of Oklahoma City's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy prior to being directed for a drug test. 


If the position accepted includes a lift/push/pull/carry Physical Requirement of 25 pounds and greater, internal and external applicants will be directed for a physical examination.


Note:  Completion of the supplemental questions is required. Applicant responses to supplemental questions must specifically answer the questions asked.  Responses to supplemental questions must be supported by work history/information listed on the application/resume. Applications may not be reviewed if specific responses to supplemental questions have not been provided.



 If you require reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please notify one of the Human Resources Department Representatives by calling 405-297-2530. The City of Oklahoma City is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity and inclusion. The City of Oklahoma City will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex (to include sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression), age, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.



Oklahoma City is one of the fastest-growing metros in the United States and is the 20th largest city in the nation. For nearly two decades our residents have continually invested in our community to make it a place people can find belonging, visit and call home. Our employees are at the heart of those investments–delivering essential services our residents expect and creating a strong and thriving city for all people.


Join our team and build a fulfilling career of public service in a diverse and inclusive workplace, alongside talented, hardworking, and dedicated coworkers who provide essential services to thousands of residents and visitors every day.  As a City of Oklahoma City employee, you will earn competitive pay, have job stability, grow personally and professionally, and make a difference in your community.