Occ. Code 7202190


New York Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


In the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation Maintenance Assistant (Parks) performs semiskilled maintenance and repair work on structures and equipment, operates a variety of power-driven mechanical equipment, and maintains and cleans grounds in a State park or park region.


Characteristically, Maintenance Assistant (Parks) performs semiskilled maintenance and repair activities in one or a combination of trade areas such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry and mechanical repair generally under the supervision of a journey level, supervisor, park and parkway supervisor, or park superintendent. To support classification, incumbents must spend at least 1/3 of their working time performing such semiskilled maintenance activities. Incumbents in learning and perfecting their craft skills may perform journey level activities under supervision or after receiving detailed instructions.

In addition, Maintenance Assistants (Parks) operate a variety of power-driven mechanical equipment such as trucks, tractors, snowplows, power mowers, power saws, air compressors, tree spraying equipment and pumps; performs a variety of grounds maintenance and cleaning activities with a park; and as assigned, serves as lead worker of a small crew of helpers, laborers, and other maintenance assistants.

Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade or other specialty are usually found in maintenance staffs where such specialization is not desirable.

Maintenance Assistant (Parks) is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter’s performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled and/or skilled trades positions. Such tasks involve a limited use of the tools and equipment of the trade under very specific instruction and supervision of either a maintenance mechanic or a journey level trades worker.

There are a number of other specialized maintenance assistant classes having parenthetic designations describing the predominant trade area to which the incumbent is assigned such as Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter). Although incumbents of such classes may perform tasks normally associated with more than one trade most of their time is spent in performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the special title.

Critical distinction between Maintenance Assistant (Parks) and those classes at the journey level is the latter’s responsibility for planning, layout, designing, and supervision of maintenance and repair projects, the diagnoses of mechanical or structural problems and the performance of all tasks using all tools of a particular trade in producing a finished product.

Classification Standards describing other classes involved in maintenance, repair and related activities include Supervising Carpenter, Occ. Code 7002700; Carpenter, Occ. Code 7002000; Electrician, Occ. Code 7331100; Motor Equipment Mechanic, Occ. Code 7312000; General Mechanic, Occ. Code 7352000; Maintenance Assistant, Occ. Code 7202000; Laborer, Occ. Code 6961000; and Maintenance Helper, Occ. Code 7150000.


Maintenance Assistant (Parks) performs a variety of semiskilled carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and related work in maintaining, repairing and constructing a wide variety of park structures, roads and other facilities, including but not limited to the following activities.


The nature of a Maintenance Assistant (Parks) activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit. However, on occasion, incumbents may be called on to answer routine questions of park patrons concerning such matters as the location of park facility and activity areas and explaining park rules and regulations. As assigned, incumbents supervise a small maintenance crew, usually on a seasonal basis. Such relationships are characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written communications with the general public are not typical of this class. Although incumbents may have frequent verbal relationships with others, the tasks of positions in this class are predominantly thing-oriented and involvement with others is not a factor in determining their classification.


A Maintenance Assistant (Parks) is usually supervised by a higher level trades position such as Carpenter or General Mechanic, a journey level supervisor, park and parkway supervisor, or a park superintendent. Work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed is laid out by a journey level person who gives specific instructions, assists in performing the more difficult tasks and inspects the job while in progress and when completed to insure quality of the work and that instructions were followed. Incumbents are expected to perform the more routine repetitive tasks with considerable independence.

As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Parks) supervises a maintenance crew comprised of maintenance helpers, laborers, and other relatively unskilled workers. Incumbent make assignments, give instructions and provide assistance in performing the work.


Maintenance Assistant (Parks) uses the hand tools, portable power tools, shop equipment and measuring and testing instruments appropriate for the craft area to which assigned, and may operate a variety of trucks and light construction equipment as required.


As assigned:


Two years of experience in maintenance or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled trades person or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course.



 Reviewed: 7/02



NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.