Skilled to Work: Huntsville's General Services Department does it all

WAAY 31 takes a look at what it's like working in the General Services Department for the city of Huntsville

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 3:47 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 6:12 PM

The City of Huntsville has many job opportunities for people to explore. In this week's "Skilled to Work," WAAY 31 takes a look into what it's like working in the General Services Department.

From setting up Skating in the Park to keeping all the swings and monkey bars safe at the playgrounds, the General Services Department does it all.

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One employee told WAAY 31 it's actually their favorite thing about the job.

“We assemble, repair and do maintenance on playgrounds, bus shelters, facility buildings, basketball courts, soccer fields, fencing and all sorts of things," said Timothy Bennett, supervisor for the Facility Projects office, a division of the General Services Department.

Bennett said his crew is working on something new every day.

“I like being able to come out and know that I’m doing a service so the citizens of Huntsville can enjoy a quality of life," he said.

There are seven different areas within the General Services Department. Bennett said most of the areas do require experience within the specific trade, but the plumbing supervisor, Bobby Newby, said not to let that prevent you from applying for an entry-level position within the city.

“There are entry-level positions throughout the city, and the city does like to promote within," said Newby. "There are often jobs that are restricted to only city employees and sometimes restricted to only your department.”

Bennett and Newby are examples of being promoted from within. They had previous experience within their trade, but they were both working with their crew before moving up in the ranks and becoming a supervisor.

“You’re going to get the training you need," Newby said. "You’re going to get the exposure that you need to be able to progress and be able to advance. That’s what they want. They want everyone to be successful."

To see current openings with the City of Huntsville, click here.

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