Come join the Parks Team as a Park Maintenance Worker for our Mukwonago Park (S100W31900 County Hwy LO, Mukwonago, WI 53149 ).

This isn’t just a job (well, it is), but it is also an opportunity to be part of an amazing team that delivers outstanding experiences to our customers, protects our natural resources, and thrives on unique challenges daily. Our team members are our greatest assets, and we value everyone at every level.

The Waukesha County Park System offers an energetic culture that invites collaboration and provides encouragement to learn and succeed. This position is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about serving their community, is naturally friendly, and isn’t afraid of a little hard work.

Best part? The office views are beautiful and there’s plenty of fresh air in the Parks!

As a Park Maintenance Worker you would perform manual labor in the construction and maintenance of parks, golf courses and designated buildings, grounds, and equipment, such as, but not limited to mowing, equipment maintenance, snow and ice control, tree and shrub planting and pruning, tree cutting, wood splitting, construction of volleyball courts, turf renovation and sodding, irrigation repair, repair and painting of structures and signs, sign installation, reel sharpening and maintenance, and renovation of golf course tees, bunkers and greens.

You may be called upon at any time to respond to emergency situations such as: snowstorms, windstorms, fires, and must have the ability to:
  • perform moderate to heavy manual labor for extended periods under variable weather conditions;
  • operate a variety of trucks and equipment necessary for the construction and maintenance of buildings and grounds; and,
  • effectively interact with sensitivity with persons from diverse cultural, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyles.

Salary and Benefits:
The 2022 starting hourly rate range is $22.15 to $25.73 (dependent upon qualifications; full range extends to $29.30) coupled with a comprehensive compensation and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, generous paid time off, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, amongst many other benefits, employees are recognized and valued through a pay for performance system. Successful candidates will be eligible for performance-based merit increases and non-base performance awards.

Employee well-being is promoted through a balanced work-life culture and through an exceptional employee wellness program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote an employee’s wellness and health, including an on-site health & wellness clinic.


Prior to hiring, the final candidate is required to pass work/education/certification reference(s), a criminal background and driver’s license check, and post-offer testing consisting of a hearing test, physical, rapid drug test, musculoskeletal evaluation, and TB assessment.

Example of Duties

Under supervision to perform manual labor in the construction and maintenance of parks, golf courses and designated buildings, grounds, and equipment; and to perform other duties as required.

  • Cleans and maintains park buildings and grounds, golf courses, ice arenas, nature center, exposition center, and other structures and public use areas.
  • Participates in the construction, remodeling, and repair of park system structures.
  • Installs and constructs signs, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and other park system equipment.
  • Mows grass, plants and trims trees and shrubs, performs irrigation, trail grooming, and other work in the development and maintenance of grounds.
  • Assists Park Foreman in prioritizing, directing, and supervising seasonal staff and volunteer groups.
  • Operates equipment such as chain saws, mowers, tractors, sprayers, and trucks in the performance of park system maintenance work.
  • Operates equipment for snow removal, sanding, and deicing operations.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on equipment, facilities, and grounds.
  • Collects lake access, camping, and entrance fees.
  • Instructs employees in proper park maintenance activities and safety practices and procedures, including handling of chemicals.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the staff and the public.
  • Provides information to the general public.
  • Enforces all park rules and regulations.
  • Keeps records and makes reports, including handling daily cash receipts.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Essential Knowledge and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the operation, practices and procedures used in construction and general maintenance of park grounds and facilities.
  • Working knowledge of the tools, materials, and equipment used in general construction and maintenance work.
  • Working knowledge of the operation, care, and repair of maintenance equipment and tools.
  • Working knowledge of occupational hazards and safe work practices.
  • Ability to operate, maintain, and develop park properties and their facilities.
  • Ability to perform manual labor and general maintenance and repair work.
  • Ability to instruct employees in chemical handling and in safety practices and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the staff and the public.
  • Ability to effectively interact with sensitivity with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyles.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.
  • Ability to keep records and make reports.
  • Ability to assist in maintenance of financial records and accounts in accordance with established policy.

You must meet these minimum Training and Experience requirements:

  • High school graduation or GED equivalent.
  • Previous experience in park maintenance work is desirable.

In addition to the above, candidates must possess the mental and physical abilities to perform the essential job functions; physical abilities as listed in the Park Maintenance Worker ADA Functions Worksheet (Download PDF reader). (Download PDF reader) Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supplemental Information

About Us

Waukesha County prides itself on operating in a business-like manner and is recognized as a leader delivering high quality services with competence and skill. With our vision of “Leading the Way”, we value teamwork and collaboration, ethics and diversity, communication, efficiency and cost savings, innovation, and the wellbeing of our staff and the citizens we serve. Employees are provided professional development opportunities and encouragement to learn and practice continuous improvement and LEAN principles as we regularly ask ourselves “Is there a better way?”

Waukesha County is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and adheres to all Federal, State and County Equal Employment Opportunity laws, policies, plans, rules, regulations and ordinances. The County recognizes and accepts its important leadership role in providing for equal employment/service opportunities for minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. It is the express policy of Waukesha County to promote equal employment opportunity among all who are employed by Waukesha County and who seek employment with Waukesha County.

For further information visit: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/plu

Waukesha County’s pay plans, group insurance programs, and other benefit policies comprise a package that is highly competitive and satisfies the needs of its employees. This is intended to give only a brief summary of the employee benefit package; it should not be considered a complete or definitive source of information. Additional information will be provided prior to the time of hire. Benefits for part-time position are pro-rated.

5 days of vacation immediately upon hire.

Vacation Earning Schedule:
Years of Service Earning Rate Per Month Max Accumulation
1st through 6th 8-hours 80-hours (2-weeks)
7th through 13th 12-hours 120-hours (3-weeks)
14th through 22nd 16-hours 160-hours (4-weeks)
23rd and over 20-hours 200-hours (5-weeks)

Holidays (9 paid holidays)
New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve Day

Regular part-time employees earn one-half (½) holiday benefits.

Some employees are required to work on holidays. In these cases, extra compensation or an alternative day off may be authorized.

Floating Holidays
2 paid floating holidays earned on February 1 and June 1.

Sick Leave
8 hours earned per month, up to a maximum of 960 hours.

Funeral Leave
Up to 24 hours of leave with pay to attend the funeral of an immediate family member.

Health Insurance – High Deductible Health Plan
County pays 85% of premium and employee contributes 15% of the premium.

Health Savings Account
Pre-tax savings account that can be used for qualifying medical expenses (e.g. office visit fees, co-pays, prescriptions, vision and dental). County contributes to health savings account based on Health Risk Assessment completion – $2,250 for family plan and $1,125 for single plan.

Onsite Health and Wellness Clinic
Available to individuals who are enrolled in the County’s health insurance plan including employees, spouses, and children ages 2+. Preventive care services are free. All dispensed prescriptions are $2. Dispensed available ACA preventative medications are $0 cost. Non-preventative care visits are $28. Physical therapy is $28 per visit. No cost for office visits after deductible is met. Clinic staffed with MD and Physician Assistant, Physical Therapists, and Health Coaches.

Dental Insurance
Choice of two dental plans. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following 6-months of employment.

Vision Insurance
Coverage begins on the first day of the month following 60-days of employment.

Employee Wellness Activities & Program/Fitness Center
24/7 access to a wealth of health tools and information on the wellness portal. On-going education programs, fitness challenges and classes. On-site fitness center in Administration Center and Health & Human Services buildings.

Retirement Pension
As a full-time employee, you will automatically be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System. This pension is administered by the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. You are required to pay the employee’s share of contributions to the fund, while Waukesha County contributes the employer’s share. Employees are vested in their portion of contributions immediately and after five years of creditable service for the employer contribution. To view employee/employer contribution rates, visit Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds’ website and type in WRS Contribution Rates in the search box.

Part time employees are enrolled and required to pay the employee’s share of contributions after working 1,200 hours of work in any 12-month period.

457 Deferred Compensation
Optional program used to supplement retirement income. Pre-tax and Roth options available. Eligible to contribute upon hire.

Payroll Roth IRA
Optional post-tax program used to supplement retirement income. Eligible to contribute upon hire.

Group Term Life Insurance
Automatic coverage in life insurance at no cost to employee. Coverage effective first of the month following six months of employment. Coverage upon hire is one times annual salary and then transitions to one times prior year gross salary after at least one full calendar year of employment is completed.

Voluntary Supplemental Term Life Insurance
Additional voluntary coverage for an employee at the employee’s expense. May purchase amount in increments of $25,000 up to $200,000. No medical underwriting upon initial eligibility. Coverage effective first of the month following six months of employment.

Dependent Life Insurance
Voluntary life insurance coverage for a spouse or dependent child at the employee’s expense. Coverage effective first of the month following six months of employment.
Coverage options:
Option 1:$20,000 (spouse)/$10,000 (child) – $4.00/month
Option 2: $10,000 (spouse)/$5,000 (child) – $2.00/month

Dependent Care FSA
Optional pre-tax benefit account where employees to deduct up to $5,000 ($2,500 if married and filing separate federal income tax returns) that can used to reimburse self for eligible dependent care services such as child or adult daycare. Coverage effective first of month following 60 days of employment.

Healthcare FSA
Optional pre-tax benefit account where employee can contribute pre-tax dollars to pay for health care expenses not covered under a group health, dental, or vision plan such as deductible, co-insurance, co-pay etc. Must not be enrolled in an HSA Qualifying High Deductible Health Plan to elect. Coverage effective first of month following 60 days of employment.

Retirement Health Savings Plan
Automatic enrollment in a retirement health savings plan. County makes contributions each month on the second paycheck of the month on behalf of employee. Effective the first of the month following employment.

Long-term Disability Insurance
Automatic coverage in long-term disability. County pays 100% of monthly premiums. Coverage effective the first of the month following employment.

Employee Assistance Program
Voluntary program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees and their family members who have personal and/or work-related problems. Unlimited access to a highly informative website with articles and tools to support you in a wide variety of your work/life needs. Eligible immediately upon hire.

Tuition Reimbursement
Financial assistance for attending Job-related classes.

Employee Discount Programs

  • Dell products.
  • Discount on cell service through U.S. Cellular, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon.
  • Discounted rate to get Microsoft 365 through Microsoft Home Use Program.

Student Loan Forgiveness
Employees may qualify to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Special Programs – MyFedLoan).