Playground Equipment Technician – City of Charlottesville

invites applications for the position of:
Playground Equipment Technician

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications are only accepted online at:


CLOSING DATE: Continuous


GENERAL SUMMARY: The starting hiring range is $20.07 to $25.59 an hour.


Performs difficult skilled work exclusively inspecting, installing, replacing, servicing, repairing and maintaining city and city school playgrounds, playground equipment and surfacing; does related work as required.


Work includes directing other parks staff and performing duties related to playground equipment safety and inspection, and providing related technical information and assistance to supervisors, equipment installation contractors and manufacturers, other park staff and the general public. Ensures compliance with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ASTM guidelines governing the design, installation and use of playground areas; ensures related training and maintenance of training records of staff; establishes and maintains a safety and inspection program; ensures compliance with any additional guidelines and appropriate regulations; does related repair and installation work as required.


Primarily and most frequently the work done here is performed in an individual or lead capacity with broad functional areas and more expertise and strategic focus. Reports to the Parks & Recreation Divisional Manager.


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  • Oversees the playground safety program which includes but is not limited to:
    • Perform or oversee monthly safety inspections at each playground,
    • Conduct routine safety audits of each City playground.
    • Development and implementation of training and record keeping programs related to playground equipment and maintenance, including pesticides related to playground maintenance.
    • Ensure proper playground signage at all City playgrounds.
  • Repairs, replaces, inspects and performs other necessary actions to keep playground equipment in compliance with ASTM, CPSC and ADA regulations and manufacturers specifications. Coordinates the work of others in accomplishing these tasks.
  • Maintains a current file for each playground including inspection and manufacturers information, and inventory and condition of playground equipment and surfacing.
  • Orders replacement parts, supplies and materials for routine repair and maintenance. Stock work vehicle with tools and materials to allow for immediate repairs.
  • Operates trucks, loaders, tractors, hand power equipment such as tillers and other equipment in connection with the above duties;
  • Serves in the role of project lead capacity when necessary;
  • Assists with the playground replacement program including but not limited to:
    • Recommends plans for new playground based on safety, maintenance and design analysis and department guidelines.
    • Communicates and coordinate with manufacturers and distributors on issues related to new and old equipment, orders, and warranties.
    • Adheres to City purchasing guidelines.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and provides information on playground practices and methods;
  • Performs related tasks as required.
– Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school;
– Minimum of three years’ experience as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector actively involved in the inspection, maintenance, repair and installation of playground equipment;
– Extensive experience in the development, management and implementation of a playground safety program which implemented Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM guidelines and American with Disabilities Act regulations;
– Experience in the supervision and coordination of others;
– Working knowledge of construction practices and methods.

Special Requirements:
– Possession of a valid, appropriate, driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia at time of hire (To view our driving eligibility requirements, go to the ‘About City Jobs’ section of our FAQs on the HR webpage);
– Certification as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) at time of hire;
– Certification as a Pesticide Application Technician within 12 months of hire;
– Certification as a Playground Installer by the International Playground Equipment Manufactures within 18 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
– College or technical school level classes in engineering or construction technology preferred.

Skills: Extensive knowledge in the practical application of Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM guidelines and American with Disabilities Act regulations as they apply to playground safety; general knowledge of the tools, material, principles and practices and materials and equipment used in Playground Safety Programs; General knowledge and ability to read blueprints or schematics; ability to estimate volumes; ability to establish and maintain effective departmental and public relationships; ability to keep records; ability to carry out detailed instructions; ability to perform demanding physical work for continued periods; skill in the operation of tools and equipment related implementation of the safety program; skill in the supervision of others; skill in the utilization of general office computer programs.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS & WORK CONTACTS: Requires the ability to perform strenuous manual labor requiring considerable walking, lifting, reaching, climbing, stooping, pushing, pulling, and carrying. Must be able to frequently lift 10-50 lbs, frequently and occasionally move up to 100 lbs.


Works with paints and pesticides classified as hazardous materials on a routine basis; applies regulated pesticides. Working with and around loud power equipment on a regular basis.


The employee may be subject to adverse environmental conditions including inclement weather requiring the use of appropriate protective equipment.


This position is subject to emergency and stand by call.


Frequent interactions with citizens and other city employees at all levels.



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