Lead Grounds & Horticultural Technician

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Title: Lead Grounds & Horticultural Technician Position Number: 201314955 Department: Grounds Job Category: Classified Unit B Time (Percent Time): 100% Term (months/year): 12 months/year Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Monday - Friday, 4:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Salary Range: B-52 Salary: Steps 1 - 6, $4,032 - $5,142 per month Shift Differential: Shift differential eligibility based on the current CSEA 651 collective bargaining agreement Open Date: 02/14/2019 Initial Screening Date: 03/18/2019 Open Until Filled: Yes Application Procedure:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on March 18, 2019, are assured consideration.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu to be considered for this position:

1.A Mt. San Antonio College online application.

2.A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.

3.A detailed résumé that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.

4.Two (2) letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation).

5.College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree (if applicable) are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Health & Welfare:

College contributes $12,608 toward annual premium for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.

The District participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and MetLife Social Security Alternative Plan.

Note Salary and Health & Welfare Benefits are subject to change.

Basic Function/Overview:


Under general supervision, the Lead Grounds and Horticultural Technician, oversees, trains, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the District’s athletic/sports fields and campus grounds.


Receives general direction from of the Director of Grounds & Transportation and direct supervision from the Supervisor, Grounds. Exercises technical and functional supervision over and provides training to assigned grounds maintenance staff.


This is the advanced journey-level in the grounds equipment operator series that performs technical duties, as well as the most complex duties, required to ensure that District grounds, sports fields, and facilities provide the highest level of safety for public and staff use. Responsibilities include performing a wide variety of tasks in the maintenance, repairs, and installation of softscape and hardscape landscaping. This includes installing and maintaining turf, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and plants on the campus grounds, ensures campus ground are clean and set-up for events in a timely manner. This class is distinguished from the Supervisor, Grounds in that the Supervisor, Grounds is the full supervisory-level class in the series responsible for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of assigned staff involved in maintenance operations; whereas the Lead is responsible for overseeing day to day operational activities.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

1.Provides lead direction, training, and work review of assigned tasks; organizes and assigns work, sets priorities, and follows up to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work.
2.Provides input into selection decisions, disciplinary matters and other personnel decisions.
3.Trains staff in the proper use of grounds maintenance equipment and supplies; maintains equipment and supplies in good working condition.
4.Performs a variety of grounds maintenance and landscaping duties in the beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas.
5.Prepares, maintains, and renovates athletic fields, golf greens, and practice areas; mows, aerates, topdresses, seeds, lays sod, vacuums, and verticuts as needed; chalks, paints, and makes other preparations for athletic fields in accordance with specific sport requirements.
6.Safely operates a variety of light- to heavy-duty equipment used in grounds maintenance such as mowers, tractors, skip loaders, street sweepers, aerial lifts, backhoes, tractor mounted large turf-care implements, utility vehicles, dump trucks, lifts, and trenchers; safely operates a variety of power and hand tools such as line trimmers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, and chain saws.
7.Performs minor preventative maintenance and minor repairs on grounds equipment; checks fluids and assures proper lubrication of grounds equipment.
8.Safely applies pesticide, herbicide and other pest management treatments; applies fertilizers to turf and landscaped areas.
9.Estimates labor, materials, and equipment needed for assigned projects; monitors inventory levels of materials and equipment; orders, receives, and maintains inventory of materials and equipment as needed.
10.Provides recommendations regarding needed parts and suppliers.
11.Records and maintains work and material records.
12.Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
13.Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly condition, including securing equipment at the close of the workday.
14.Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees.
15.Learns and applies emerging technologies to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Other Duties:

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1.Basic principles and practices of providing technical and functional direction and training to assigned staff.
2.Principles, practices, methods, equipment, materials, and tools used in grounds maintenance.
3.Principles, practices, methods, equipment, materials, and tools used in the preparation and maintenance of the golf greens and sports turf.
4.Safe operation and routine maintenance of equipment and power tools used in grounds maintenance such as trucks, trash carts, street sweepers, tractors, loaders, backhoe, lifts, mowers, and a variety of mechanized turf and landscape equipment.
5.Proper use and applications of a variety of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
6.Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
7.Safe operation of equipment and practices related to the work.
8.Standard office practices and procedures, including the use of standard office equipment, basic record-keeping, basic computer skills, and arithmetic.
9.Safe work practices, including safe driving rules and practices.
10.English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
11.Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, students, and District staff, including individuals of various ages, disabilities, socio-economic and ethnic groups.

Skills and Abilities:

1.Plan and oversee activities of assigned personnel.
2.Maintain established quality control standards.
3.Train others in proper and safe work procedures.
4.Identify and implement action plans to complete assigned work.
5.Perform a variety of complex technical tasks in the preparation and maintenance of the District grounds, sports fields, and events.
6.Skillfully and safely operate a variety of equipment and power and hand tools used in grounds and sports fields maintenance.
7.Perform basic preventative maintenance of equipment and tools.
8.Troubleshoot maintenance problems and determine materials and supplies required for repairs and projects; recommend purchases.
9.Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
10.Understand and follow written and verbal directions, instructions and safety rules and procedures.
11.Maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed.
12.Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs.
13.Make arithmetic calculations for proper application of chemicals and materials.
14.Operate a truck and observe legal and defensive driving practices.
15.Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
16.Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
17.Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
18.Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications/ Education & Experience:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade supplemented by additional coursework and/or training in landscape or sports turf maintenance and five (5) full-time equivalent years of experience performing grounds maintenance duties.

Equivalencies: Preferred Qualifications:

Experience which includes oversight of others and coordination of work, is preferred.

License(s) & Other Requirements:

Possession of and ability to maintain a valid California Driver’s License.

Examination Requirements: Working Environment:

Employees work in the field and/or facilities and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with staff and/or public and private representatives, and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in the field as well as around various District facilities, to operate a motor vehicle and drive on surface streets; strength, stamina and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves field work requiring frequent walking at landscape site areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites; lift, move, and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Hazards: Conditions of Employment:

Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live-scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live-scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

Notice to all prospective employees – The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here: https://www.mtsac.edu/safety/pdf/asr_2018.pdf

The person holding this position is considered a ‘Responsible Employee’ under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to him or her about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Typing Certificate Requirements: Special Notes:

Please note: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

DO NOT include photographs or any personal information (e.g. D.O.B, place of birth, etc.) on your application or supporting documents.

TRAVEL POLICY: Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be reimbursed up to a $500 maximum (per position recruitment). Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate. Travel reimbursement claims must be submitted no later than 30 days following the interview date.

Foreign Transcripts:

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.


Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

Selection Procedure:

A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, and/or performance test. The start date will be following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu to complete and submit your application for this position.

Letters of Recommendation
Confidential letters of recommendation are not accepted for this position. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application.

EEO Policy:

The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (gender), age, sexual orientation, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.

Conflict of Interest

Mt. San Antonio College employees and the Board of Trustees members shall not engage in any employment or activity that is inconsistent with, incompatible with, or in conflict with Mt. San Antonio College’s Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

Cancel RTF Policy:



Quick Link http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu/postings/6142 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.
    • I understand this statement
  2. * Incomplete applications packets will not be considered. Stating “see resume” on your application will be considered an incomplete response.
    • I understand this statement
  3. * Evidence of minimum qualifications must be established in the online application form. Supporting documents such as cover letter, resume, etc. will not be used for the purpose of determining minimum qualifications.
    • I understand this statement
  4. * Letters of recommendation including confidential letters of recommendation must be received prior to the initial screening date deadline in order for the application to be guaranteed consideration. Applications submitted without letters of recommendation (if required) will be considered incomplete.
    • I understand this statement
Optional & Required Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts to Meet Required Qualifications
  2. Other Document 1
  3. Other Document 2
  4. Other Document 3
  5. Professional License/Certificates/ Credentials




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Posted: 2/15/2019
Application Due: 6/21/2019
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