County of Alameda

Golf Course Caretaker HARD (#1144H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$25.87-$31.45 Hourly / $2,069.60-$2,516.00 BiWeekly /
$4,484.13-$5,451.33 Monthly / $53,809.60-$65,416.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, to perform the maintenance work required on the golf course, including the operation of all equipment, spraying, planting, fertilizing, aerating, watering, repairing water lines, maintaining greens, fairways, and sand traps; and to perform related work as required.



Positions in this classification are distinguished from the next higher class of Golf Course Foreman, by not being assigned lead-supervisory responsibilities.

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 all power equipment used on the golf course for mowing, spraying and other work as required.

2. Under supervision, sprays greens, fairways and lakes to control weeds, pests and fungi.

3. Aerates all greens and fairways.

4. Vericuts all greens as required.

5. Under supervision, fertilizes all greens and fairways.

6. Changes cup locations as required.

7. Changes tee markers as required.

8. Maintains sand traps by raking and adding sand as required.

9. Repairs water lines when broken.

10. Waters the golf course by the use of quick couplers.

11. Does other work related to the golf course as required and directed.


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. Six (6) months experience in the class of Caretaker or an equivalent or higher level grounds care class in the HARD service.



The equivalent of one (1) year of full time experience in the maintenance of golf courses.


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

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the 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 use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
• The operation of power equipment.
• The use of fertilizers.
• The repairing of water lines.
• The use of quick couplers.

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of organization.
• Follow oral and written directions and instructions.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Operate power equipment.
• 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.

Newspecs: 1144H
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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.