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Milwaukee Recreation is hiring part-time groundskeepers!

Milwaukee Recreation is hiring new seasonal groundskeepers to provide basic upkeep to outdoor recreation facilities in the city of Milwaukee. Apply here today!

Groundskeepers will be asked to maintain and prepare the athletic fields and courts by fertilizing, aerating, pruning trees, cutting grass, and marking fields. The job also includes: daily inspection and cleaning of recreation site field houses and grounds; inspection and minor repair to tot lot equipment, bleacher and player bench boards, tennis nets, wind screens, and game cabinets; operation of various lawn and garden equipment and small trucks; and other related duties as assigned.

No experience is required, but a familiarity with lawn equipment - including mowers and trimmers - and the ability to drive trucks with trailers is preferred. This is a highly physical work environment that is centered on working outdoors during the spring and summer months.

Staff may work up to 40 hours per week; the starting rate is $16 per hour. Groundskeepers report to the Recreation Facilities Supervisor.

"This [is] an excellent seasonal job," James Hotson said. "The pay is pretty good for a seasonal job [and] working outside is very enjoyable. I think it's a good experience and you can learn different skills."

Candidates should be able to interpret maintenance and repair manuals, follow oral and written instructions, understand basic math, and work independently.

"There is no typical day! I can be working on pools, cutting grass, and doing special projects," Brittan Owens said.  "We have very long-term employees and new employees.  I can always learn new things from both, everyone is always willing to help each other."

Milwaukee Recreation is also renovating its 52 playfields in neighborhoods around the city. The groundskeeping team will play a crucial part in maintaining these sites for the community.

"It is really great to see the improvements made to our parks. The best part is to see the looks on the kids and the neighbors faces when they see it," Owens said.

Watch the full video below to see why you should join the Milwaukee Recreation team today!


Applicants must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate at the time of application, and should be in good physical condition. Seasonal groundskeepers must be able to lift more than 50 pounds for long periods of time.

Candidates must possess a valid State of Wisconsin motor vehicle operations license at time of appointment and throughout employment. Candidates must have a good driving record. Driving records will be checked prior to job offer. Persons hired by the Milwaukee Public Schools must have an insured personal vehicle for use on the job. Car allowance is provided. Candidates must pass a pre-employment drug test and sign a release authorizing the City to receive the results of any drug and alcohol tests conducted by previous employers during the past two years if those tests were required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

When asked what she would tell applicants, Owens said, "be prepared to work hard, but you will enjoy working outside and all the different things you can learn."

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