Lead Groundskeeper Specialist

Job description

Lead Groundskeeper Specialist

$46,275.00 Annually

District Operations - Fresno, CA

Job Type

DO Operations & Information Systems

Job Number

12/19/2018 11:59 PM Pacific


Under direction leads other employees in the performances of grounds maintenance and gardening tasks.

Examples of Duties/ Essential Job Functions

Performs a variety of duties including, but not limited to:

  • Care for established landscaped areas by mowing, aerating, edging, grubbing, mulching, removing thatch, trimming and weeding around flower beds, walkways, and walls according scheduled needs.
  • Plant, cultivate, prune, fertilize and irrigate flowers, trees, grass, shrubs, and other plant material in order to preserve softscape areas.
  • Identify and conduct treatment for diseases in landscaped areas in order to prevent contamination.
  • Prepare soil for new sod, seeding or overseeding in order to adjust to seasonal changes in accordance with planned use.
  • Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools in order to clear site.
  • Care for hardscaped areas by using blowers, brooms, shovels, rakes, and other tools in order to clear sites.
  • Use hand tools such as axes, hedge trimmers, handsaws, rakes, brush trimmers, pruning saws, and shovels to plant, cultivate, prune, fertilize and irrigate flowers, trees, grass and shrubs in order to preserve softscape areas.
  • Collect animal waste, human waste and debris from campus and remove using brooms, shovels, rakes or other tools in order to clear site using proper safety techniques.
  • Use proper tools to install, repair, and maintain irrigation systems to ensure efficient operation.
  • Maintain grounds equipment in safe operating condition by performing routine maintenance such as sharpening blades, lubricating and replacing parts as needed.
  • Apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers utilizing proper application techniques and appropriate amounts for the upkeep of turfs and elimination of pests and weeds.
  • Ensure preparation and repairs of athletic fields and turfs for appropriate use.
  • Communicate with district personnel to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns related to grounds maintenance activities.
  • Clear sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps, fallen trees and limbs to maintain a safe and visually appealing area.
  • May climb trees using ladders, climbing hooks, boom lifts, correct safety equipment and belts to prune dead and excess branches and inspect for pests and diseases
  • Lead, train, and assign work and monitoring employees in their job performance and groundskeeper duties.
  • Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers and foliage according to seasonal changes and requirements of the facilities.
  • Coordinate and accomplish complex integration of landscaping requirements, equipment use/maintenance and available labor, while ensuring safety and adherence to district policies and procedures.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops and other training programs to stay current with rules, regulations, and industry best practices.
  • May perform other related duties as needed.

    Employment Standards/ Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Experience
    Any combination equivalent to: Completion of twelve (12) units or the equivalent in plant science, ornamental horticulture or a related area and progressively responsible experience (3 years or more) as a Groundskeeper Specialist or as a Groundskeeper and Equipment Repair Specialist or a similar position in a large crew setting conducting grounds maintenance work.

  • Class C Drivers License is required
  • State of California Department of Pesticide Regulations (or DPR)-Qualified Applicator Certificate or License to apply Pesticides.

  • Knowledge of maintenance and safe operation of hand and power tools used in grounds keeping such as mowers, edgers, blowers, axes, hedge and brush trimmers, saws, rakes, shovels and small power equipment.
  • Knowledge of cultivation and proper irrigation of flowers, trees, shrubs and turfs in order to maintain healthy growth.
  • Knowledge of various plants, diseases and pests common to the area and how to eliminate or manage the effect of such problems.
  • Knowledge of correct pruning techniques of trees, shrubs and plants to ensure proper growth and safety of campus.
  • Knowledge of appropriate use and care of landscape maintenance materials, tools and equipment to ensure tools are in proper working condition.
  • Knowledge of hazards and applicable safety rules of grounds care by understanding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and chemical mixing instructions to prevent injuries.
  • Knowledge of installing, repairing, troubleshooting and maintaining irrigation systems to maximize efficiency and ensure proper function.
  • Knowledge of scheduling and maintenance of all assigned areas including, mowing, edging, raking and weeding.
  • Knowledge of basic landscape design for large scale properties.
  • Knowledge of cultivating, fertilizing, watering and spraying of flowers, trees and shrubs using appropriate application techniques and correct materials for growth and prevention of disease.
  • Knowledge of proper preparation of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides using the required amount and accurate application techniques.

  • Skill to safely use and maintain softscape and hardscape materials, tools and equipment.
  • Skill to identify a variety of plants and their horticultural needs.
  • Skill to identify diseases, insect and pests and utilize approved methods and/or materials used in controlling and eradicating them.
  • Skill to design, install, repair, troubleshoot and maintain irrigation systems to maximize efficiency and ensure proper function.
  • Skill to perform general landscaping and grounds keeping duties in the maintenance and beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas.
  • Skill to demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment, safe work habits and observe all applicable worker safety regulations to minimize the risk of injury.
  • Skill to write English sufficiently to correctly maintain records, such as pesticide spraying records.
  • Skill to operate and maintain hand and power tools and equipment used in grounds keeping such as mowers, edgers, blowers and standard landscaping hand tools.
  • Skill to mow, edge, water, weed, fertilize, rake and cultivate lawns, flower beds, athletic fields and other landscaped areas to ensure the ability of proper use of all sites.

  • Ability to read English adequately to understand safety and instructional manuals such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and product labels.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with other departments in order to perform joint tasks.
  • Ability to receive and follow instructions and appropriately interact with students, staff, faculty and the public.
  • Ability to learn, apply and adhere to various district standards, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor such as bending, lifting, stretching, lifting overhead, and carrying tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 60lbs for distances up to five ft.
  • Ability to climb a variety of ladders.
  • Ability to maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance.
  • Ability to perform general landscaping and grounds keeping duties in the maintenance and beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas.
  • Ability to monitor and review the work of others to ensure that proper practices and procedures are being followed.
  • Ability to lead others in training, assignment of work and monitoring employees in their job performance and groundskeeper duties.

    Examples of physical ability requirements necessary to perform the above job duties:
  • Have coordinated, precise movement of the fingers of one or both hands to perform tasks such as pulling weeds or trimming branches. (Finger Dexterity)
  • See clearly objects and close surroundings that are 36 inches or closer to perform tasks such as looking at computer monitors. (Near Visual Acuity)
  • See clearly objects and close surroundings that are six feet or further away such as being able to see other vehicles while driving. (Far Visual Acuity)
  • Distinguish between shades of one color or the difference between two or more colors such as working with various plant materials. (Color Discrimination)
  • Hear and understand human speech in a relatively quiet environment such as hearing someone speak in quiet office or library setting. (Speech Intelligibility in Quiet)
  • Hear and understand human speech in a relatively noisy environment such as hearing someone speak to you while in the presence of loud equipment. (Speech Intelligibility in Noise)

    Examples of mental ability requirements necessary to perform the above job duties:
  • Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. (Oral Comprehension)
  • Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. (Originality)
  • Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern, according to a specific rule or set of rules such as patterns of numbers, letters, words, or pictures. (Information Ordering)
  • Identify or detect a known pattern, such as a figure, object, word, or sound that is hidden in other distracting material. (Flexibility of Closure)
  • Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. (Category Flexibility)
  • Focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. (Auditory Attention)
  • Quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. (Speed of Closure)
  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. (Selective Attention)
  • Shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information; multi-task to work on different projects simultaneously. (Time sharing)
  • Remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. (Memorization)
  • Clearly communicate information and ideas through spoken words so others will understand. (Oral Expression)
  • Identify and understand the speech of another person. (Speech Recognition)
  • Recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. (Problem Sensitivity)
  • Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions such as finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events. (Inductive Reasoning)
  • Apply general rule, a premise, which is known to be true to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. (Deductive Reasoning)
  • Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. (Written Comprehension)
  • Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. (Written Expression)

    Other Working conditions which may occur:
  • Works independently with less supervision.
  • Work outside exposed to the weather and varying temperatures.
  • Work under pressure of constant deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Work on varying type of surfaces.
  • Work at heights that may be up to 90 feet.
  • May come in contact with electrical hazards and hazardous materials.
  • May come in contact with degreasing agents and solvents.
  • May be exposed to nuisance dusts.
  • Work effectively in a demanding environment.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Noise exposure up to 110 decibels, typically that of a chain saw.
  • Some overtime and/or schedule changes may occur.
  • May be required to travel to locations other than assigned site.

    Examination Process
    The assessment process will include screening to ensure applications are complete and meet all minimum qualifications. The application requires the completion of Supplemental Questions to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the application has been submitted. Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

    The assessment process will include a competency assessment (40% weight) and an oral interview assessment (60% weight). Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the competency and oral interview assessments. Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each testing section.


    To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our website https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/scccd. Resumes may be uploaded but cannot be used in place of a completed application.

    Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed in rank order on district wide Open-Competitive List. Using the same process, a separate Promotional List will be established and both Lists will be used concurrently. Unless otherwise indicated, the eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for District Operations for at least six months.

    The assessment process / assessment date is subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email to the address listed on your application.


    When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload documents for you.

    ACCOMMODATIONS:Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

    State Center Community College District Disclaimer:
    Classification and Compensation Study
    State Center Community College District is currently conducting a classification and compensation study through a third party vendor, Reward Strategy Group. A classification and compensation study is primarily designed to focus on the internal and external equity of both the structure by which employees are compensated and the way positions relate and compare to one another across the organization. The effects of the study are currently being negotiatedand there may be changes to employee's job titles, duties, FLSA status and possibly salary.

    State Center Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.

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