Lead Grounds Worker/Gardener

Briones, Contra Costa County / Martinez, Contra Costa County / Pacheco, Contra Costa County
Apr 07, 2014

Contra Costa Community College District

Lead Grounds Worker/Gardener

Recruitment Type:
Open (Internal and External applicants)

Special Instructions to Applicants
Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $4,248 per month. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $5,176 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Posting Number

# of Openings


$4,248 per month (first step)

Position Status

Overtime Status
Non-Exempt (eligible)


# of Hours Scheduled Per Week

Work Schedule By Day and Work Hours
Monday – Friday

6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Shift Differential %

# of Months

Furlough Dates

EEO Job Category

Employee Group

Position Definition
To perform skilled and lead supervisory work in the maintenance, repair and modification of District grounds.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the lead supervisory level in the Grounds Worker/Gardener class series. Work involves the responsibility for the day-to-day field supervision of landscape maintenance personnel involved in the maintenance and repair of the campus grounds. Duties may involve performing the most technical and difficult maintenance tasks, as well as the operation of field maintenance equipment.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: lead and participate in all phases of landscape maintenance work; assign specific tasks; and assist subordinates in maintenance tasks as required. Inspect and review the work of subordinates. Requisition materials and supplies; recommend purchase of new equipment. Identify areas in need of repairs; direct the performance of repair tasks; inspect campus for unsafe conditions and cleanliness. Schedule fertilizing, spraying, and planting activities; assist in the selection of appropriate fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides; spray herbicides and insecticides. Check pump station to ensure proper operation; check electric and hydraulic sprinkler clocks to ensure proper operation. Keep time records and maintain employee schedules. Train, supervise and evaluate assigned personnel. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowedge and skills would be: education: equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by courses in supervision and landscaping. Experience: two years of increasingly responsible work performing duties similar to those of Senior Grounds Worker/Gardener.License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, California Pesticide Applicators certificate.

Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Materials, methods, practices and equipment used in landscape maintenance work. Procedures and techniques used in the planting, cultivating, propagating, fertilizing and routine trimming of trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns. Plant and turf pests and diseases, and methods for their control and eradication. Operational characteristics of equipment utilized by the District. Electric and hydraulic clock installation and repair. Principles and practices of supervision and training. Safe work practices.

Minimum Qualification-Skill To
Lead personnel in the performance of grounds repair and upkeep tasks. Operate and maintain a variety of equipment used in grounds work. Identify problems and supervise their correction. Supervise and train subordinates. Develop and maintain necessary written records, logs, schedules, and procedures. Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desirable Qualifications
Possession of a valid Qualified Applicators Certificate for the application of pesticides and herbicides.

Experience supervising and training subordinates.

Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, organize and complete landscape projects

College coursework in horticulture or a related field.

Three years of experience in gardening and/or grounds maintenance work.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Diversity Statement
The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

About Us
About the District

Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD
) is located in Contra Costa County in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area. Contra Costa County has approximately one million residents, living within 720 square miles. The county is diverse in business, population, and wealth.

CCCCD first opened its doors in 1949. It is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The county population is served by Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, in addition to the Brentwood Center, and San Ramon Campus. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.

Contra Costa College

Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 59 years. Most of the 8,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.

Diablo Valley College

Diablo Valley College is a large suburban community college, approximately 25 miles east of San Francisco in Contra Costa County. One of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District, DVC enrolls approximately 20,000 students, about 40% who come from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. DVC ranks consistently as one of the most successful transfer institutions in California and also offers a wide range of highly respected occupational programs leading to certificates or degrees. The faculty is known for its intellectual vitality and deep commitment to the success of its students.

Los Medanos College

Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.

Employee Benefits:
Insurance: The District offers health, vision, dental and life insurance for monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors and their eligible dependents. Monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors covered by another health medical plan may waive District coverage and receive a monthly cash stipend.

Retirement: Most employees are members of the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) with a 2% 55 formula. Faculty employees and Academic Managers are members of the STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Police Service employers are members of Safety Public Employees Retirement System (2% at 50).

Deferred Compensation: The District offers two optional deferred compensation plans. Eligible employees have a choice of the 457, 403b plans and a selection of savings and investment options.

Leave Allowance: The District offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors a generous vacation and sick leave benefits as well as 20 paid holidays annually (which can vary based on length of winter break).

Additional Benefits: The District also offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors educational reimbursements, employee assistance programs, a travel assistance plan, longevity compensation, retiree benefits, employee discounts on health memberships and a comprehensive wellness program.

Agency Shop: Local One Classified positions are within a collective bargaining unit. Local One employees are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee. This is a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contributions of 1% of gross pay + $1. The United Faculty positions are also within a collective bargaining unit. United Faculty employees are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee. The monthly contribution is an agency fee of .55 % of gross pay + $2.50.

For further information regarding benefits eligibility and details please refer to the following documents available on the 4CD website:

Classified Employees Local 1 Contract(Article 20-Benefits): http://www.4cd.edu/hr/LocalOneContract/L-1%20Contract%20Extended%202010-2013.pdf

Managers/Supervisors/Confidential Personnel Manual (Section 8-Insurance Benefits): http://www.4cd.edu/gb/policies_procedures/MANUALS/MSC_08.pdf

Job Open Date

To apply, visit: https://www.4cdcareers.net/postings/2005