County of Alameda

Park Maintenance Worker HARD (#1136H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$22.66-$27.54 Hourly / $1,812.80-$2,203.20 BiWeekly /
$3,927.73-$4,773.60 Monthly / $47,132.80-$57,283.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to care for grounds or park areas, and to do related work as required.


Park Maintenance Workers generally work in park areas, keeping playgrounds, ball fields, and other grounds open to public use. The area for which this class is responsible has active use by the public. Park Maintenance Workers are also responsible for minor utility maintenance. This class differs from the class of Park Caretaker Foreman as the latter has supervisory responsibility for a crew of Park Maintenance Workers and related grounds personnel.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Cuts grass with hand or small power mower and weeds grounds; waters lawns, sweeps paths and tennis courts, rakes leaves, and removes refuse; helps plant and trim trees and shrubs. Responsible for turf management, including but not limited to, mowing turf areas; edge and blow; aeration, fertilization, reseeding, sodding and re-sodding.

2. Rakes and cleans picnic sites.

3. Inspects and does minor maintenance and painting of playground equipment.

4. Cleans and disinfects outdoor restrooms and keeps them supplied.

5. Make out work orders and park inspection sheets.

6. Responsible for weed abatement, including but not limited to, applying integrated pest management techniques using biological, mechanical or chemical methods; spraying both pre-emergents and post-emergents (a qualified applicators’ certificate is desirable and maintaining fire breaks where needed); use proper safety precautions when handling and/or mixing chemicals for use in and around park areas and facilities; practice proper application techniques with appropriate equipment, i.e., spray tanks and backpacks, 50-gallon and 100-gallon spray tanks, adjust pressure for proper application.

7. Enforces park rules and regulations.

8. Responsible for irrigation management, including but not limited to, troubleshooting and investigating system failures and inadequacies; reading irrigation plans, mapping out and locating systems within parks; setting up and/or adjusting clocks periodically; programming computerized “smart clock” system: monitoring and adjusting for climatic/seasonal changes; understanding of GPM requirements and evapotranspiration of particular plant materials; repairing/replacing sprinkler nozzles, heads, risers and swing joints.

9. Responsible for tree trimming, including but not limited to, operating chainsaws, power pole pruners, lopper pruners, pole pruners and pole saws, hand pruners, maintaining and sharpening to proper operating condition; using proper and safe operating procedures to run chipper .

10. Train hourly, part-time workers and court referrals in “best landscape practices” and personal/public safety.

11. May perform other related duties as assigned.



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 six (6) months of full time experience in the grounds maintenance field .


Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.

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

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

Knowledge of:

• The routine care of lawns, plants, flowers, trees and shrubs.
• Tools and equipment used in gardening, and utility maintenance work.
• Programming and adjusting of irrigation clocks.
• Proper weed abatement techniques and proper safety precautions for handling chemicals.

Ability to:

• Do routine and utility maintenance work.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Read and write and clearly speak effectively.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers and the general public.
• Use and operate hand and power tools.
• Within OSHA 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.
• Resolve idiosyncrasies unique to District facilities.

AM:cs Revised 9/14/15
CSC Approved: 10/14/15



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.