County of Alameda

Park Equipment Operator HARD (#1138H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$23.32-$28.35 Hourly / $1,865.60-$2,268.00 BiWeekly /
$4,042.13-$4,914.00 Monthly / $48,505.60-$58,968.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, operates power mowers and other power equipment, hand mowers, and power and hand trimming machinery and tools in mowing lawns and trimming hedges; performs other groundskeeping duties; and performs related work as required.


Equipment Operators usually work in District facilities with extensive lawn areas. In addition to operating power mowers, this class operates other types of power equipment—Fordson type wheel tractors with loader and attachments, tract laying tractor with dozer and ripper—and hand grounds maintenance equipment, such as weed sprayers, fertilizing machines, leaf mulchers and trimming machines. Incumbents spend a very small percentage of their time planting or caring for shrubs and flowers. In inclement weather, Equipment Operators may do some indoor maintenance work, such as painting and repairing small equipment. Equipment Operators report to and are supervised by Park Equipment Operator Foremen.


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. Operates power mowers to cut lawns over an extensive area.

2. Operates wheel type tractor with attachments and loader, tract laying tractor under 50 HP with dozer and ripper.

3. Uses hand tools, such as pruning shears, spades and hoes.

4. Operates other power machinery, such as power trimmer, leaf mulchers, fertilizing, machines, and sprayers.

5. Rakes leaves and polices grounds by assignment.

6. Under supervision, plants flowers, shrubs and trees by assignment.

7. Performs custodial or maintenance work, such as setting up tables, repairing furniture and painting by assignment.

8. May maintain and repair mowers, sprayers and related hand and power equipment and light maintenance work on District vehicles.

9. May perform other park maintenance related work 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 class of Caretaker level of grounds care class in the Hayward Area Park and Recreation District service.



The equivalent of one (1) year of recent full time experience in grounds maintenance work which included operation of power mowers, loaders and tract laying tractors.


Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.
Possession of a class A license within six months of hire.

Special Requirements:

Federal law requires that positions in the class of Equipment Operator are subject to post offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post accident, random, return to duty and follow up drug and alcohol testing.

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 and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The operation of power mowers, wheel type tractors, tract laying tractors, and general aspects of gasoline and diesel motors.
• Expert handling of power mowers, both on street and park areas.

Ability to:

• Read and write and clearly speak effectively.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Plan sequence of mowing operations within the framework of a general grounds maintenance schedule.
• Operate tractors and other equipment as needed.
• Make routine repairs to power mowers and other simple equipment.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
• Use and operate hand and power tools, heavy vehicles and other equipment associated with the maintenance and repair of heavy machinery, buildings and grounds.
• 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.

Newspec: 1138H - 2/01
AM:cs Revised 9/14/15
CSC Date: 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.