Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 2014545S
Position Title Groundskeeper
Location All Campuses
Department Facilities / Public Safety DIST (DEPT)
Position Number 1C0090
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Months per Year 12
If other, please specify
Min Salary $49,152 (annual)
Max Salary $61,164 (annual)
Position Type Classified Positions

Posting Text

General Statement

San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

This is manual labor work at the skilled level, involved in the maintenance of landscape and hardscape including plants, shrubs, trees, water features, grounds, parking lots, athletic fields and facilities using appropriate tools and related equipment for a college district. Under general supervision, public contact is primarily with department staff and the campus community, but may include vendors and contractors to exchange instructions and other information regarding regular and special projects, set-ups, and other assignments. The position requires a broad knowledge of gardening, landscaping, maintenance and repair of hardscape, as well as knowledge of applicable safety procedures, equipment and supplies. A moderate degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to plan the procedures required to complete daily and special projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Exchanges information with management and other staff regarding daily and long-range work assignments, special and regular projects, safety procedures, equipment and supplies, use of chemicals, work sites, and other matters

2. Mows, edges, trims, waters and fertilizes lawns, shrubs, plants and trees

3. Plants and cultivates flowers, annuals and trees

4. Cultivates mass plant groups as assigned

5. Prunes trees, weeds, planted areas, cleans and maintains fountains

6. Uses common safety techniques, equipment and supplies to assure safe handling of motor and electrical equipment, supplies and chemicals, as well as the use of proper safety equipment and supplies to climb and handle trees and branches

7. Cultivates, prepares, and lines athletic fields for play

8. Grooms athletic artificial turf fields, paints and repairs benches, recreation equipment, tables and fences

9. Operates and maintains power driven equipment such as lawn mowers, lawn edgers, clippers, rototillers, tractors, trucks, sweepers, blowers, and other grounds maintenance equipment as assigned

10. Uses hand tools to work soil and remove weeds, undergrowth and debris from college grounds and landscaped and hardscaped areas

11. Drives a motor vehicle to pick up and deliver equipment, supplies, debris and other items

12. Uses a variety of non-restricted chemicals to exterminate weeds, insects, rodents, aphids and other pests

13. Performs a variety of aesthetic measures, such as raking leaves; loading and unloading brush, branches, rubbish and materials; cleaning drains, culverts, stream beds, pathways, sidewalks; sweeping and maintaining parking lots and grounds; and installing, relocating and maintaining site furnishings

14. Programs, monitors, troubleshoots and repairs irrigation systems and water features

15. Assists in campus evacuations, building lock-downs, flood and spill cleanups, and other emergency preparedness and response actions

16. Paints exterior horizontal surfaces, such as parking lot striping and curbs, as well as unoccupied structures, such as storage sheds and/or containers, and similar assignments

17. Inventories grounds and related equipment and supplies and makes recommendations for and/or executes the purchase or repair of equipment, chemicals and supplies

18. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• Successful training and experience in gardening and landscaping

• Demonstrated skill in the use of safety procedures, equipment and supplies, including applicable chemicals

• Experience in the operation of common mechanical and electrical equipment related to gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance

• Demonstrated skill in following oral and written instructions, and attention to detail

• Extensive public contact experience that has demonstrated respectful and sensitive communication with people at various levels within an organization who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to safely drive a motor vehicle in the performance of assigned tasks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

2. Knowledge of general principles of gardening, landscaping, grounds and hardscape maintenance, including plant identification and basic intercultural gardening techniques, equipment and supplies

3. Knowledge of safety procedures, equipment and supplies applicable to gardening, landscape, hardscape, and grounds maintenance

4. Knowledge and skill in installing, maintaining and repairing irrigation systems and controls

5. Skill in reading, comprehending, and following oral and written instructions and directions

6. Skill in communicating effectively with people who are diverse in their cultures, language groups and abilities

7. Skill in working effectively as part of a customer service team

8. Skill in the safe operation and handling of mechanical and electrical equipment, tools, and supplies, including the driving of a motor vehicle

9. Ability to exercise good judgment in safeguarding and protecting the District, public property, and the public

10. Basic understanding of water chemical balance and treatment

11. Ability to perform moderate to heavy physical labor

Physical Requirements

This position requires work outdoors with exposure to climate changes, chemicals, odors and fumes; bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing ladders and stairs; working on elevated platforms; pushing, pulling, moving moderate to heavy objects; ability to operate electrical and mechanical equipment; standing for long periods of time; walking; and driving a motor vehicle in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 01/17/2018
First Review Date 02/07/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Required application materials, including the cover letter, will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • District Employee
    • District Employment Site
    • CCC Registry
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • ACCCA
    • HERC
    • Other
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook or Twitter
  2. * Can you demonstrate successful training and experience in gardening and landscaping ?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Can you demonstrate skill in the use of safety procedures, equipment and supplies, including applicable chemicals?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience with the operation of common mechanical and electrical equipment related to gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Can you demonstrate skill in following oral and written instructions and attention to detail?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have extensive public contact experience that has demonstrated respectful and sensitive communication with people at various levels within an organization who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds ?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you possess a valid California Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-site locations?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3