Greenskeeper III (Golf Course Mechanic) – City of Portland

Job Listing Posted:

SALARY: $28.17 hourly (starting wage) – $34.11 hourly (after 1 year)

OPENING DATE: 05/02/2022

CLOSING DATE: 06/03/22 11:59 PM

WEBSITE: Greenskeeper III | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. You will have to show that you are fully vaccinated by the date of hire. If you would like to request an exception from getting the COVID-19 vaccine due to health or religious reasons, you may do so when you are offered a position.

About the position:
The Greenskeeper III is a Golf Course Equipment Mechanic for Portland Parks and Recreation. The Golf Course Equipment Mechanic performs mechanical repair, maintenance and modification of equipment used in golf course operations and directs others in the appropriate use of equipment and care of grounds. Golf Course Equipment Mechanics may be required to help maintain golf course greens, grounds and facilities, including irrigation systems and directing, training and reviewing the work of others in the appropriate care of grounds and to ensure proper use and operation of equipment. Weekend work may be required for this position on an as-needed basis.

As a Greenskeeper III, you will:
• Provide proper use and care of golf turf equipment operation and care.
• Diagnose, repair, and maintain specialized golf course equipment.
• Rebuild engines, sharpen mowing reels, bed knives
• Provide daily maintenance and adjustment of equipment
• Provide light welding
• Troubleshoot hydraulic and electrical systems
• Keep computerized records and purchase parts and supplies.
• Work effectively with industry representatives, salesmen, service people and fellow employees.
• Perform all aspects of routine golf course maintenance.
• Have a working knowledge of disease identification and pesticide applications
• Provide irrigation troubleshooting and scheduling
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, and the public.
• Maintain a current Oregon Pesticide License.

This classification is represented by Portland City Laborers (PCL-LL483). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

This recruitment will be used to fill a current vacancy with Portland Parks and Recreation PP&R). However, PP&R, may also use the resulting eligible list to make Temporary appointments as well as filling future vacancies in this classification.

As a person, you are:
Someone who Value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Embrace anti-racism through intentional partnership, self-awareness, and action, showing cultural humility, advocacy, and mindfulness. Use DEI concepts to guide and inform your work.
An Equitable Leader: Experience leading and mentoring people and creating and maintaining an inclusive, respectful, and culturally responsive workplace.
Strong Communicator: You can build trust and strong relationships through transparent and clear communication.
Safety Conscious: Incorporate safety into all your decisions.
Emotionally Intelligent: Motivated, team-oriented, and empathetic.

About the Bureau:
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee, and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R’s ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply and a language pay differential may be available for language skills.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City’s core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in all people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself to the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.

Work Location/Schedule:

Rose City Golf Course
May – September: 5:00 am – 1:30 pm* Monday – Friday (possible weekends)
October – April: 6:00am – 2:30pm* Monday – Friday (possible weekends)
* Days and hours may change due to seasonal needs. Employee may be required to work weekends and holidays.

Join us for an Optional Information Session to learn more about this position and the qualifications (see below for details.

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their responses to the supplemental questions and résumé how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
• Ability and experience in troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of golf course equipment.
• Ability and experience in reel grinding of precision golf course mowers.
• Ability and experience in golf course grounds maintenance & equipment operations.
• Ability and experience in effectively instructing others in the safe use of golf course equipment.
• Basic knowledge and ability to use computer and/or computer programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), record keeping, procurement software.
• Ability and experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with co-workers and diverse communities and work constructively as a team.

Applicants must also possess:
• Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
• A valid state driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.
• A Public Pesticide Applicator’s License within 6 months of appointment.

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to the establishment of an eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Timeline:
• Job Posting closes: 6/03/2022
• • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 5/30/22
• 1st Round of Interviews: Mid June
• 2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): Mid-Late June
• Job Offer: Late June
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
• Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
• Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.
• Your résumé should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
• If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City’s online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and reviews best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Tamara Larison
Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3523

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer