Trades Worker - Landscape Worker - Job Code #4333

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Trades Worker (Working Title: Landscape Worker):  The position involves daily work activities of landscape maintenance personnel and operation of landscape equipment to maintain transportation rights of way throughout Sarasota County as directed by the Manager. This position involves moderate to heavy manual labor and consists of routine and repetitive duties that may be performed without immediate supervision. This position requires knowledge of landscaping and grounds maintenance practices.


  • Safely operate, fuel and perform maintenance functions on the following types of equipment: gas-powered string trimmers, stick edger's, pole saws, backpack blowers, chain saws, commercial grade pick-up trucks, trailers, 4-wheel drive utility carts, and other miscellaneous small hand-operated landscape maintenance tools. 
  • Perform small-engine repairs and perform daily/weekly maintenance and safety checks on all the above listed equipment. These tasks will require the use of pneumatic, power and hand tools.
  • Utilize and follow diagrams, maps, written instructions and blue prints to install landscaping according to plans or to perform right-of-way maintenance according to plans.
  • Utilizing the above listed equipment for right-of-way maintenance work includes, but is not limited to hand weeding, mulching, digging, turf trimming, tree trimming, hand collection and disposal of litter, removal and installation of plant materials and trees.
  • Work shall normally occur in transportation right-of-ways with active automobile traffic which will require the implementation of appropriate maintenance of traffic-safety standards and wearing of safety equipment. This work is to be done without immediate supervision always available onsite.

Performs various right of way maintenance tasks including but not limited to:

  • Mowing right- of-ways
  • Line-of-sight clearance
  • Tree trimming utilizing chainsaws, pole saws and commercial tree chippers
  • Maintaining irrigated and non-irrigated landscaped medians, including irrigation repairs
  • Pesticide Applications to maintain landscaped beds, ornamental turf and landscaping areas
  • Right-of-way and stormwater area maintenance as required
  • Pavers and other landscape repairs


Minimum Qualifications:  A High School Diploma or equivalent and one year of experience in landscaping, contract mowing or landscape grounds maintenance.  Must obtain Right-of-Way Public Pesticide Applicator’s Certification within (1) year from appointment.  A valid Driver’s License is required.

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