Los Angeles Community College District

Groundskeeper (#4187)

$22.83-$28.28 hourly / $3,957.40-$4,902.52 monthly / $47,488.80-$58,830.24 annual


Performs routine manual tasks related to gardening and grounds maintenance at a college campus.

Typical Duties

Mows and edges lawns using hand and power mowers and equipment.

Blows, rakes, and picks up leaves, pine needles, and other tree and plant debris.

Picks up debris and paper in and around planted areas.

Sweeps and washes walks and paved areas in and around planted areas as necessary upon completion of gardening work.

Cultivates and weeds planted areas.

Prepares soil for planting and sets out plants.

Cleans sprinkler heads and assists in repair and adjustments on sprinkler systems.

Maintains hoses, tools, supplies, and equipment in proper condition and repair.

Operates a variety of vehicles and equipment used in maintaining grounds.

Assists Gardeners in performing more skilled tasks such as fertilizing, pesticide application, propagation, and pruning and shaping trees, shrubs, and hedges.

May perform a variety of utility work such as cleaning and oiling blowers, sprayers, edgers, and other gardening equipment.

May keep drains and flow lines free from debris.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Groundskeeper performs semiskilled tasks and general labor related to garden and grounds maintenance at a college campus.

A Gardener provides general gardening care and grounds maintenance involving trees, lawns, turf, shrubs, hedges, ground cover, flowers, and athletic fields.

A Lead Gardener acts as a lead and participates in the work of a gardening crew engaged in providing general gardening care and grounds maintenance at a college site, including the care and upkeep of a variety of athletic facilities. Lead responsibilities are typically exercised over a group of at least three employees and include guidance and instruction on techniques, methods, and procedures for accomplishing assigned tasks and solving problems.

A Gardening Supervisor supervises and participates in the gardening care and the grounds maintenance of a college site, including the care and upkeep of a variety of athletic facilities.


Immediate supervision is received from a Gardening Supervisor. Functional supervision may be received from a Lead Gardener or Gardener. No supervision is exercised.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Basic maintenance gardening techniques

Use and safe operation of common gardening equipment tools

Safety and health practices related to gardening and manual labor

Protection and safety requirements needed when working with and handling hazardous or toxic materials

Ability to:

Perform general labor work related to grounds and gardening work

Demonstrate manual and physical dexterity and good coordination

Safely lift and move heavy gardening materials

Safely operate common gardening equipment and tools

Follow written and oral instructions in carrying out assignments

Operate all equipment safely

Work effectively and harmoniously with college staff and students

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent. Coursework or work experience in gardening is desirable.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Physical Requirement:

Ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 4187; REV: 6/27/2018;