Parks and Recreation

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Statement of Duties


The Parks and Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman oversees the day to day operations and maintenance of the various athletic fields and surfaces through hands on actions and communication with Operations Director. Assist Operations Director with the day to day supervision of staff.


Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Schedules and supervises the day to day upkeep of fields and athletic surfaces to include preparation for practice, games, and/or activities.
  • Coordinates mowing, edging and weed-eating by Parks and Recreation laborers.
  • Requires operation of City vehicles to accomplish duties.
  • Schedules and supervises the day to day upkeep of the athletic fields to include preparation for practice and games. This includes but is not limited to; overseeing mound, home-plate and infield soil repair and preparation, lining of fields, replacement of nets, moving goals.
  • Coordinates and supervises maintenance of natural grass and turf landscaping with appropriate field staff employees, facilities services and private contractors.  Activities to include but not limited to; mowing, fertilization and chemical applications, over-seeding, flowerbed and tree maintenance and debris removal.
  • Assists other field staff members in all aspects of maintenance of other athletic fields as needed.  Activities to include mowing, fertilization, chemical applications, painting and all other maintenance as need and assigned.
  • Develops and coordinates a daily task list for pre & post practices, games and/or other activities
  • Responsible for developing, implementing and scheduling of safety training sessions and professional development of athletic field staff personnel (wage and budgeted).
  • Schedules and supervises the day to day upkeep of the athletic fields and surfaces to include preparation for practice, games, and/or activities.
  • Applies fertilizer, chemicals and over-seeding, aeration, and other pertinent applications related to the maintenance of athletic fields or surfaces.
  • Coordinates with the Operations Director regarding maintenance repairs, debris removal, safety, public access, pest control and cleaning for athletic and special events
  • Sets work schedules and assign duties.
  • Performs related Personnel duties to include reporting workers comp claims, review of training requirements and deadlines, performance evaluations.
  • Coordinates with and assists Operations Director with ordering, receiving and inventory of consumable supplies (grass, seed, dirt, chemicals and pesticides).
  • Coordinates with and assists Operations Director with ordering, receiving and inventory of equipment for field preparation.
  • Assists in annual equipment inventory and provides feedback and makes recommendations regarding equipment and supplies to be requested/ordered during annual budget cycle for new Fiscal Year.
  • In conjunction with Operations Director reviews bids and makes recommendations regarding capital equipment and: performs other duties as assigned.
  • Assists with DPW Grounds tasks when operationally necessary, as determined by the Director of Parks and Recreation or her designee.

Safety Sensitive Position



  • Knowledge of principles and practices of field/facilities maintenance;
  • Knowledge of City, State and Federal regulations concerning field/facilities operations; laws, ordinances and principles of field/facilities safety and enforcement activity;
  • Knowledge of project management, performance measurement;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of effective supervision and personnel management;
  • Knowledge of standard English grammar and usage. 
  • Knowledge of operation, maintenance and minor repair of landscape maintenance equipment, horticultural implements and irrigation systems
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures, First Aid, and CPR.
  • Ability to apply the principles, practices, and current trends in the field of athletic field/facility maintenance;
  • Ability to formulate long range work plans;
  • Ability to implement programs directly and through subordinates;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities effectively;
  • Ability to discuss and resolve differences among multiple parties.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Analyze and project needs and costs in collaboration with Operations Director.
  • Read and interpret related City, State and Federal laws and regulations;
  • access and use personal computer applications including word-processing;
  • perform basic mathematical calculations;
  • work independently; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • review, evaluate, and modify work methods;
  • select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; and plan, organize, and prioritize staff work assignments.
  • In collaboration with Operations Director, ensure program facility and athletic field maintenance is  integrated with department operations as a whole;
  • Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately;
  • ability to handle problems effectively;
  • ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing;
  • ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information;
  • ability to maintain, manage, and organize records;
  • ability to deal appropriately with employees, officials and members of the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills and field and athletic surfaces maintenance. 
  • Use of landscape maintenance equipment including but not limited to; sweepers/blowers, trucks, front end loaders, backhoes, tractors with attachments, mowers, grooming equipment, line painters, spreaders, sprayers, field vacuums, etc.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, park administration, or related field.  Plus five (5) years in landscape planning and maintenance field with one at least one year as a supervisor or;

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and at least eight (8) years of related experience or; an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.


Licenses, Certificates or Registration Required:

Must possess current Massachusetts Class B License with CDL.

Must have a valid Hoist Engineer Class 2B License or obtain within 120 days of appointment.

Subject to yearly Motor Vehicle Record/driver license checks.

Commercial Drivers (CDL) License.



The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of working outdoors while exposed to dampness, fumes, odors, dust, dirt, rain, heat, cold, chemicals, machinery with moving parts, and loud noises. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is loud when operating equipment. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to events or complete work assignments.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Demand

Minimal physical demands are required to perform the work. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance: stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is also required to use feet, ankles, legs, hands and arms to operate necessary equipment. Must be able to perform moderate to heavy physical work with prolonged standing and walking for extended periods of time, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, stretching, bending, pushing, stooping, climbing, crouching, crawling, moving, lifting, and carrying loads weighing between 50 pounds. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about athletic fields, ice rinks, or over rough terrain.


Occasional to frequent exposure to inclement weather conditions while performing work.


Mental Demands

Athletics and recreation are very important to the residents. The Park & Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman will have to manage a number of requests and projects at one time. He/she may have to complete a number of tasks and responsibilities at one time, and must be prepared to deal with emergencies and stressful situations at any time.


Environmental Condition

The Park & Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman may work in a number of facilities and outdoor locations and may have to manage a number of people and projects at one time. They may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs and requests of residents. The Park & Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman may find the environments to be busy, noisy and will need excellent organizational and time and stress management skills to complete the required tasks. The Park & Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman must be prepared to deal with injuries and accidents as a result of recreational and sport events.

Sensory Demands

Sensory demands can include reading and use of the computer or equipment, which may cause eye strain, hearing loss, and occasional headaches. The situations and programs may be noisy and busy making it difficult for the Park & Recreation Athletic Field Working Foreman to concentrate.


Motor Demand

Duties are both mental and physical, the job may occasionally require motor skills for activities such as moving objects, interacting in recreational activities, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, excel, filing and sorting of papers.


Visual Demand

Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes. Also needs to be able to constantly operate equipment appropriately.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Hours: Full Time, M-F, 8:00am – 4:30pm
$49,108.28 a year plus benefits with a July 1, 2019 increase to 58,254.90
Application Start Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019