Cemetery Sexton

Division: Parks

Effective Date: 11/07/19 | Closing Date: 11/30/19

Salary: $43,794

Effective Position Start Date:01/01/2020

General Purpose:

Performs a variety of general administrative and supervisoryduties related to planning, coordinating and directing all phases of cemetery operations, cemetery turf management and beautification, facilities maintenance, construction & repair.

Supervision Received:

Works under the general supervision of the Leisure Services Director, and under the direct supervision of the Assistant Leisure Services Director of Parks and Recreation.

Supervision Exercised:

Provides close to general supervision to Building/Cemetery Maintenance Worker(s) II, I, part-time, temporary, and seasonal laborers.

Essential Functions:

Manages the day-to-day operations of the city cemetery division; determines and recommends cemetery project priorities; specifies work schedules and deadlines, determines materials needed to complete specified objectives; allocates personnel and equipment resources as needed to assure timely project completion.

Reviews performance and makes decisions affecting job retention, advancement and discipline; initiates and participates in the recruitment and selection of division staff; develops and conducts staff training.

Performs general administrative duties of the division; maintains comprehensive work records, maintenance records, accident records, vehicle maintenance records, equipment and labor costs; collects information and data for various reports; prepares reports and statistical analyses to aid and plan an evaluation of cemetery maintenance and operations programs.

Prepares division budget recommendations, makes cost projections, assures division compliance with established budget limitations and allocations; drafts bid specifications and reviews proposals; reviews billings for accuracy; monitors inventory of parts and equipment; manages division purchasing processes; requests and reviews proposals for services.

Manages the daily operations of the city cemetery; initiates programs to secure adequate revenues and achieve fiscal goals; oversees the scheduling of funerals; Shows burial lots to individuals.

Supervises and performs various field duties; such as; lawn cutting and trimming; digs and marks off graves; installs and sets head stones and develops new cemetery sections; maintains and repairs sprinkling system.

Establishes and maintains a system of records, files and maps for the cemetery legend; prepares monthly burial report for county and state records; sells burial plots & receives and accounts for payments when needed; makes receipts and maintains payment balances in cooperation with city office clerical support staff. Maintains cemetery records and enters information into computer system.

Responds to public questions, explains cemetery procedures and policies; assists with funerals by directing processions and coordinating cemetery activities; assists people in locating graves; supervises the work of head stone and vault companies.

Operates a variety of equipment including backhoe, trackhoe, dump truck, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, tamping machines etc.; performs routine maintenance and repair of equipment; operates weed sprayer in applying herbicides for control of weeds.

Directs the installation maintenance and repair program of water sprinkler system for the cemetery; supervises and directs mowing, watering and aeration of cemetery turf; carries out supplemental irrigation to sustain or force growth; assures operation and maintenance of automated sprinkler systems and water pumps.

Directs the training of laborers in equipment usage such as backhoe, loader tractor, gang lawn mowers, and landscape equipment. Conducts the purchase and replacement of equipment.

Monitors health condition of trees, shrubs and other horticulture; evaluates diseases and analyzes and makes decisions for the treatment of unhealthy trees, shrubs and related greenery.

Directs and performs seasonal functions including, snow removal, snow plowing, etc.; performs complex sprinkler system repair or installation; operates equipment to perform maintenance functions as needed.

Performs related duties as required


1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school, plus one (1) year of specialized training related to turf management;


B. Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance,

upkeep, and beautification of turf, cemeteries, facilities and related environs;


C.An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Considerable knowledgeof maintenance equipment such as backhoe, loader, dump truck, mowers, tractor, power overseeders, aerators, thatchers, welder, trimmers, etc.; landscape and sprinkler system design; flow pumps; of hazards and related safety precautions associated with equipment operations; of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and proper application of the same; of turf and greens management; of interpersonal communication skills. Working knowledgeof principles of supervision and employee performance management; budget practices and procedures; inventory control; light equipment maintenance and repair.

Skill inthe operation of various types of light equipment such as gang mower, front end loader, tractor, backhoe, etc., basic mechanics, basic electrical and plumbing operations, basic carpentry.

Ability torecognize and identify common weeds and pests; recognize and identify diseases common to turf and greenery; effectively apply chemicals for the abatement and eradication of noxious weeds and insects; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisor, subordinates, and the public.

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to move objects weighing up to 100 Ibs.

Must possess a valid Utah State Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Must become a licensed applicator of pesticides through the State of Utah.

4. Work Environment:

Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, lifting, etc. Talking, hearing and seeing essential to the performance of the job. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, discriminating thinking. Frequent local travel required in normal course of job performance.



Washington City provides full time employees with an excellent benefit package including a healthcare plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage), dental plan (no out of pocket expense for employee, out of pocket expense for dependents only), and a vision plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage). In addition, the City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Washington City also contributes 4.5% into a 401(K) plans for all eligible employees that are in the public employee fun. All benefits are effective on the1st day of work. The City also provides 12 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days per year plus vacation accruals.

It is the policy of Washington City to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity standards in all phases of personnel administration: job structuring, recruitment, examination, selection, appointment, placement, training, upward mobility, discipline, discharge, etc, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin or veteran status.

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