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Lead Groundskeeper

Mission Viejo, California 92692
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Saddleback College

Lead Groundskeeper (one or more positions)

Job Close Date:10/21/2019


Work Schedule:Tues-Sat, 6:00am to 2:30pm


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 https://jobs.socccd.edu


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.


This is the lead level in the Groundskeeper series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including the provision of functional and technical supervision over assigned staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


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.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu 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.  



Posted: 2019-09-25 Expires: 2019-10-25

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