With the City of Oshawa I have had the opportunity to work across various municipal parks within the City.
During my time there I typically maintained sports fields, municipal parks or prepared for events whether independently or in a small team. Most of the labour consisted of grounds maintenance with the odd bit of building maintenance and special event projects.
Here I learned to work as a group to accomplish landscaping tasks and developed time-management skills when I worked independently on sports fields. While working independently, I checked the future schedule of games, made requests for supplies ahead of time and managed tasks effectively so that I always had something to do either before, during or after a team was done using a field.
I also learned how to resolve conflict situations and customer interactions in a polite, patient and professional manner. Customers came in a variety of personalities and I always made sure o be respectful of their praise, complaints or considerations.
The Hardest part of the job was when I would have to make the call of whether a game could take place or not. Many times occurred where a team would either be on the field or arriving where I would need to cancel the game due to weather (lighting, deluges) or safety concerns which was disappointing to sports teams but necessary to maintain a facility's/field's health.
The best part of the job was the customer interaction. I enjoyed the results of conflict resolution and was always improving my field management techniques to enhance the experience for customers whenever possible.
customer interaction made for great experiences, freedom allowed in completion of tasks (self manage tasks), co-workers make the workplace enjoyable and inspired you to work hard, excellent networking opportunities, work outdoors, paid lunches and breaks
worked alone for part of employment in a sports area with infrequent co-worker interaction, some tasks are repetitive and static, following work policy does not always match customer desires, waste on a site can be unpleasant