Lead Groundskeeper (one or more positions)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7051753 (Ref.No. P0003455)
Posted: March 11, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
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).

Summary Description:

Under direction from higher level supervisory and/or management staff, leads, oversees, and performs the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing landscape and grounds maintenance activities; performs the full range of grounds maintenance duties including the development, maintenance, and repair of landscaped areas, athletic fields, related facilities and open spaces of a college campus; assists in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems; and operates and maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services, and activities of a grounds maintenance program.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Advanced methods, tools, materials and equipment used in comprehensive grounds maintenance program.
Advanced 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.
Methods and techniques used in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems including controllers, sprinkler heads, valves and backflow prevention devices.
Principles and practices of record keeping.
NCAA Athletic Field rules and Measurements.
Local water district and health department laws and guidelines involving reclaimed water usage.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations pertaining to the application of various insecticides, pesticides and herbicides.

Ability to:

Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.
Independently perform the most difficult grounds maintenance duties.
Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.
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.
Perform 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.
Perform heavy manual labor.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
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.


Three years of increasingly responsible groundskeeping experience including experience in basic landscape design and landscape installation.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California drivers license and proof of insurability.
Possession of a valid California Pesticide Applicator Certificate.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed in an outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, noxious weeds and plants, dust, pollens, insect stings, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Occasional exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:

METHOD OF APPLICATION: Complete and submit an application online at http://jobs.socccd.edu login page. INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

1. ALL SECTIONS of the application must be completed (do not state “see resume” and do not leave any blanks).

    a. List relevant experience.
    b. Specify assignment details for each job listed.
    c. Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references.

2. Submit a resume, cover letter and any transcripts or certificates relevant to this job..

All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District and will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring the application is complete when submitted. Any supporting application materials must reference the job opening ID number.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Application must be posted to the position and materials must be received by the specified closing date. Applications and supporting documents received after the closing deadline will not be accepted. Applications submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active member of CalPERS. Please contact CalPERS for additional information on reinstatement to an active member. Additionally, any active member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with this District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead plan, train, and review the work of staff responsible for performing the full range of grounds maintenance duties related to the development, maintenance, and repair of landscaped areas, athletic fields, related facilities and open spaces of a college campus; train assigned employees in their areas of work including proper grounds maintenance and repair methods, procedures, and techniques; schedule, monitor, and review work activities to ensure that work is completed in a timely and efficient manner; perform the most complex grounds maintenance duties including assisting in the design of new landscapes.

Supervise the use, care, and operation of landscape equipment; assist in maintaining equipment and vehicles for proper working order.

Verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Participate in a variety of landscape maintenance duties including watering, mowing, weeding, trimming, edging, renovating and fertilizing lawns.

Participate in planting, watering and maintaining landscaped areas consisting of bushes, trees, flowers and shrubs; re-seed, plant and maintain new grass and plants; trim and prune bushes, trees and shrubs; stake trees as necessary.

Rake leaves and/or clear debris from walks, fields, courts, parking lots and other open areas using a blower; load, remove and dispose of trimmings and cuttings; empty trash receptacles and transport rubbish to the local landfill.

Safely prepare and apply herbicides, fungicides and pesticides according to established rules and procedures; maintain records of fertilizers and chemicals used; assesses the need for and orders materials such as fertilizers, pesticides and plant materials used in the maintenance of grounds areas.

Participate in preparing, maintaining and painting athletic fields for a variety of sporting events.

Operate a variety of heavy equipment and other maintenance equipment such as dump trunks, backhoes, front loaders, and power tools such as mowers, edgers and blowers; ensure adherence to established safety procedures.

Perform preventative maintenance to vehicles, equipment, and tools; make minor adjustments and repairs; report the need for major repairs and maintenance.

Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints n an efficient and timely manner.

Perform a variety of duties in the maintenance and repair of the District’s irrigation systems; change and adjust heads; maintain controllers and assist in large irrigation system installation and maintenance projects.

Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.

Perform related duties as required.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.


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