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200 Church Street, Suite 102, Burlington, VT 05401


Permanent Full Time Positions

Director of Parks and Recreation

SALARY: $79,913.60 to $89,980.80 Annually
POSITION STATUS: Regular Full time, Exempt, NonUnion

This position is responsible for providing high-level managerial leadership, administrative and financial direction, as well as directing the planning, development and operation of City-wide parks, recreation, waterfront and cemetery and arboriculture services programs and City facilities.  Work involves analyzing program effectiveness, managing, planning and supervising the traditional recreation programs to include, but not limited to special events, youth development and senior programs.  This position is a political appointment and the person filling this position serves at the pleasure of and reports directly to the Mayor.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Administer City’s parks, recreation, harbor, cemetery, and arboriculture programs and facility maintenance staff.
  • Prepare and administer department’s annual budget; monitor all department expenditures, prepare budget amendments as needed.
  • Prepare and evaluate Master and Strategic Plans combining staff, public and administration input into Department direction.
  • In conjunction with the Mayor and Commissions, define department goals and allocate resources as needed to accomplish them.
  • Manage department staff including the hiring, training, promotion, discipline, work rule establishment and the development of department morale.  Perform field inspections to monitor performance, taking corrective actions as necessary.
  • Allocate personnel to department functions as needed to carryout Department goals.
  • Administer union contract; hear and adjudicate grievances.
  • Evaluate fee schedules and recommend adjustments as needed.
  • Negotiate contracts, manage, and monitor lease compliance for concessions operating within City Parks/harbor; initiate corrective actions as necessary.
  • Solicit and administer state and federal grants for park development, penny for parks program, manpower development, student work study projects and recreation programs.
  • Monitor performance of appraisers, attorneys, architects, engineers and contractors retained to meet development objectives.
  • Supervise preparation of bid documents; recommend contract awards and conduct field investigations to insure construction projects meet contract standards.
  • Solicit private businesses to support Department programs and facilities.
  • Serve as Ex-Officio Board Member for Parks Foundation of Burlington providing advice and support for private philanthropy initiatives.
  • Advise Mayor and Commissioners of important public issues and seek their advice on major policy matters.
  • Forecast burial trends, cemetery life expectancy and changes to cemetery design and development.
  • Coordinate work efforts with other departments, including coordinating with the Burlington School District on various partnerships and programs.
  • Participate in review of construction and planning documents (public and private) in coordination with Planning and Zoning to insure compliance with City’s open space ordinances.
  • Ensure that tree inspections, maintenance, and planting occur in accordance with the approved Urban Forestry Management Plan.
  • Prepare agenda packets, attend meetings and make recommendations on policy issues to the Board of Parks & Recreation, Harbor and Cemetery Commissioners.
  • Issue permits for private or public uses of City parks.
  • Supervise Harbormaster for the Burlington Harbor; oversee lease and assign berthing spaces and anchorage.
  • Ensure compliance with ACT 250 and overseeing all major events and festivals on the Waterfront.
  • Maintain positive public relations by providing information to the public and by responding to public comments.  Act as the department spokesman to the media.
  • Formulate, recommend and enforce rules and regulations for the control, safety and convenience of park users and cemetery operations.

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Arborist Technician

RATE OF PAY: $21.20 – $25.23 Hourly
POSITION STATUS: Regular Full Time Non Exempt

This position is responsible for assisting the City Arborist in the care and maintenance of the City’s public trees, flowerbeds/shrub beds, and for tree trimming around utility lines.  In addition, this position is responsible for assisting to maintain the City’s ArcGIS tree inventory, including data collection and updated work history and for carrying out specialty maintenance as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform tree trimming around electric utility lines in accordance with ANSI Z133 standards.
  • Removal of trees and shrubs in accordance with ANSI Z133 standards.
  • Planting of trees, shrubs and flowers in accordance with ANSI Z60.1 standards.
  • Assist in selecting plant species, sourcing, inspecting and executing purchase and delivery of trees, shrubs, materials, supplies, flowers etc. as required.
  • Perform the maintenance, installation and design of flower beds throughout the City.
  • Perform cultural practices on all public trees including, but not limited to pruning, cabling and bracing, fertilizing, aerating, vertical mulching and root pruning in accordance with ANSI A300 standards.
  • Perform safe work practices for vehicle traffic and pedestrian worksite set-up.
  • Assist in updating an inventory of street, park and cemetery trees in the city.
  • Collect information on public trees including location, caliper/diameter, species, and condition issues.
  • Record tree information in the field using GIS software and handheld GPS unit.
  • Conduct field survey using a Department vehicle and City owned equipment in all weather conditions.
  • Coordinate data/ information between the Department’s Trees & Greenways Division and City’s IT Division.
  • Train and supervise seasonal workers as required.
  • Inspect and diagnose insect and disease problems and recommend and apply appropriate treatments on public vegetation.
  • Perform mechanical and cultural practices, including pesticide or herbicide applications on vegetation as required.  Effectively communicate with and assist other department divisions with work tasks in a timely manner.
  • Operate snow removal equipment as directed.

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O.N.E. Community Center Program Counselor

RATE OF PAY: $12.00 – $15.83 Hourly

The counselor will work in cooperation with the Site Director in carrying out specific program activities at the site assigned. CLICK HERE for more details and to apply online!


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