County of Alameda

Grounds Foreman (HARD) (#1134H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$28.26-$34.35 Hourly / $2,260.80-$2,748.00 BiWeekly /
$4,898.40-$5,954.00 Monthly / $58,780.80-$71,448.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to serve as a first-line working supervisor of a crew of grounds personnel; to care for and maintain recreation grounds or park areas and to keep the buildings and equipment thereon clean and attractive; and to do related work as required.


Grounds Foremen receive their assignments from the Park Supervisor. They are first-line supervisors over a crew of Caretakers or related grounds personnel who are assigned to them on an area basis. The Grounds Foreman and his crew care for lawns, trees, plants, and shrubs in a recreation or park area and they also may do indoor janitorial and general utility maintenance work on assignment or emergency basis. Grounds Foremen ordinarily perform plant, tree, grass, and shrub care that at times require extensive knowledge or a special skill. Grounds Foremen differ from the next lower class, Caretaker, by having on-going supervisory responsibility. Grounds Foremen differs from the next higher class, Park Supervisor, by this position having responsibility for supervising the operation of the Grounds Division.


NOTE: The following list of duties are those usually performed by most employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

1. Plans, directs, coordinates, and evaluates the work of and is responsible for the field conduct of a crew engaged in a comprehensive grounds maintenance program.

2. Prepares written performance plans using pre-established guidelines; prepares and conducts performance appraisals for assigned crew members and direct reports; counsels employees (orally and in writing) to confirm standards and/or correct performance, behavior on the job, or violations of work rules District policies and procedures.

3. Reports instances of inappropriate work behavior or poor performance to appropriate supervisor in situations that may warrant more serious action than a counseling memo.

4. Schedules jobs, sequences tasks, and sets work priorities for the crew based upon established section programs and goals identified by next level supervisor and considering seasonal requirements and maintenance needs; inspects assigned properties regularly to examine work accomplished and to determine work needed.

5. Recommends and implements special work needed; estimates labor, material, and equipment needed to carryout assigned work; recommends changes in labor, materials, and equipment resources based on assessment on job site, nature of work to be performed, and skills required; verifies that material and personnel are scheduled and ready to start work.

6. Reviews written maintenance procedures and practices periodically and recommends changes needed.

7. Provides for the planting of small areas or the replanting of existing areas in accordance with an approved landscaped plan.

8. Controls weeds, insects, and plant diseases; cares for soils, shrubs, trees, lawns, and gardens; provides for irrigation and drainage; clears brush, leaves, and litter; improves existing landscaped areas in conformance with fire safety standards.

9. Ensures that employees are trained in and use safe work practices in conformance with Cal/OSHA regulations and applicable regulatory standards and that required pest control certifications are maintained; identifies training requirements, monitors, assists in scheduling training, and trains crew members in proper work methods used in landscaping techniques, equipment operation, and grounds maintenance activities.

10. Coaches, monitors, and provides oral and written recognition of work accomplishments and skill development of crewmembers; recommends approval or denial of short-term leave requests; participates in hiring interviews and makes hiring recommendations as assigned.

11. Makes written reports such as crew time and attendance, labor, equipment, and materials used, contractor hours and work completed, vendor delivered materials, work measurement data, and other related information.

12. Evaluates the effectiveness with which assignments are completed and implements corrective action; maintains adequate work standards; resolves problems at the job site; identifies, recommends, and implements work process improvements.

13. Answers District staff and public inquiries and handles complaints regarding gardening and ground maintenance activities; arranges for and coordinates special work with other District work units or external organizations as required.

14. Arranges for repairs and service to tools and equipment as needed.

15. Coordinates and oversees court-referred community service workers and volunteers.


A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:

The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience in the class of Caretaker or in an equivalent or higher level grounds care class in the HARD service.


The equivalent of two (2) years of full time experience in grounds maintenance work.
License: Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.

Valid Pesticide Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) or acquire a QAC within 6 months of employment.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge, skills and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
• Soil preparation and enrichment
• Methods and techniques of planting, transplanting, cultivating, pruning and maintaining a variety of lawns, ground covers, plants, shrubs, hedges and trees.
• The methods, chemicals and equipment used to control weeds, insects and plant diseases.
• Landscape maintenance, right-aways, and path enclosures, application of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, the care and minor maintenance of commonly used hand and power tools
• Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.
• The installation and maintenance of irrigation systems and appropriate USDA laws and regulations.
• Principles and practices of effective supervision.
• The use of garden tools and equipment; operating power equipment and various motor vehicles skillfully and safely.
• Recognizing common plant diseases and insect pests.
• Performing mathematical computations which include areas and proportions.
• Estimating labor and material needs.
• Reading planting diagrams.
• Data entry and use of various computer programs.

Ability to:
• Plan, schedule, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of others.
• Train others in efficient and safe work methods and related safe regulations.
• Keep records and make oral and written reports.
• Inspect property sites and develop and revise scheduling priorities based on plant growth, seasonal variations and unusual conditions.
• Estimate labor, materials, and equipment needs
• Answer inquiries and resolve complaints from the public in a tactful and effective manner.
• Use sound independent judgment and initiative in daily work activities.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
• Within CALOSHA guidelines, withstand periods of physical exposure to the presence of fumes, odors, dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect.
• Safely transport, lift and handle bulky objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

AM:cs Revised 7/18/14
Old Title: Senior Caretaker
CSC Date: 10/1/14



Ten (10) working days paid vacation each year; fifteen (15) days after five (5) years of service; and twenty (20) days after thirteen years of service.

Thirteen (14) paid holidays a year.

Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one (1) day per month.

Choice of three (4) health plans for employees and their dependents, most, if not all of which is paid for by the District upon completion of probation. (Employees that are Full-time, benefits are effective upon date of hire)

Comprehensive dental plan for employees and their dependents after completion of probation. ( Employees that are Full-time,  benefits are effective upon date of hire)

Vision care reimbursement benefit.

Social Security paid for by District and employee.

Public Employees Retirement System (employee's share paid by the District).

Long Term Disability Plan.

Deferred Compensation Plan available.

Employee Credit Union services.

Educational Tuition Reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program.