Job description

Saddleback College



Work Schedule:    Tuesday - Saturday, 6:00am to 2:30pm

Job Close Date:    12/04/2018


Classification Benefits:    

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).



PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Summary Description:

Under general supervision from higher level supervisory and/or management staff, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the development, maintenance and repair of landscaped areas, athletic fields, and related facilities and open spaces of a community college campus; assists in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems; operates and maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment; and performs a variety of general maintenance work relative to assigned area of responsibility. May receive functional supervision, technical training and work direction from a higher-level groundskeeper.


This is the journey level class within the Groundskeeper series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Grounds Specialist in that the latter has primary responsibility for specialized duties including the installation, maintenance, and repair of irrigation systems. This class is distinguished from the Lead Groundskeeper in that the latter position serves as a lead worker over lower level groundskeeping staff. Employees at the Groundskeeper level are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.


Knowledge of:    

• Operations, services, and activities of a grounds maintenance program.

• Methods, tools, materials and equipment used in comprehensive grounds maintenance program.

• Methods and techniques of mowing, edging, pruning and trimming a variety of lawns, shrubs and trees.

• Operational characteristics of grounds maintenance equipment and tools used in the area of assignment.

• Common insecticides, pesticides and herbicides and their application.

• Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

• Basic sprinkler operation and maintenance.

• Principles and practices of record keeping.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations pertaining to the application of various insecticides, pesticides and herbicides.


Ability to:    

• Perform a variety of maintenance and repair work in the care and maintenance of campus grounds, including landscaped areas, athletic fields, lawns and related areas.

• Operate a variety of tools, equipment and vehicles used in grounds maintenance work.

• Perform grounds maintenance work in accordance with established schedules and in preparation for special events.

• Care for and maintain plants, shrubs, flowers, turf and trees.

• Assist in the maintenance and repair of the District’s irrigation system including installing, operating, maintaining and making minor repairs and adjustments to automatic sprinkler systems.

• Safely and effectively apply fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

• Learn NCAA Athletic Field rules and Measurements.

• Learn local water district and health department laws and guidelines involving reclaimed water usage.

• Perform heavy manual labor.

• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

• Mix, pour and finish concrete as needed.

• Apply insecticides and herbicides to assure insect and weed control when authorized.

• Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

• Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines:    

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in grounds maintenance.



One year of grounds maintenance experience.


License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability. Some positions in this class may be required to attend Forklift Training and obtain certification. Some positions in this class may be required to attend Pesticide Application Training, involving requirements, safety and training, and obtain certification Some positions in this class may be required to attend Heavy and Power Equipment Training and obtain certification.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  







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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 12/4/2018
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