Placer County

Parks & Grounds Worker - Senior (#11404)

$26.15-$32.66 Hourly / $4,532.67-$5,661.07 Monthly / $54,392.00-$67,932.80 Yearly


To perform grounds, gardening and landscaping duties in the maintenance of County parks, median areas, and lawn and garden areas around County buildings; to perform maintenance and repair of tools and equipment; to perform routine maintenance and general construction related to parks facilities; and to exercise technical and functional supervision over maintenance personnel.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Parks and Grounds Worker series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing assigned duties, and by the nature of the public contact made.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series and exercise technical and functional supervision over maintenance personnel.


Receives direction from the Supervising Parks and Grounds Worker and/or management and supervisory staff.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over maintenance personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Train and lead subordinate personnel.
  • Perform a variety of grounds and lawn maintenance duties including mowing, trimming, raking, planting, cultivating, irrigating, pruning, and applying insecticide and fertilizer; and install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems and components.
  • Clean and clear grounds, playgrounds, and playing fields; clean walks, parking lots, and storm drains; dispose of trimmings and other debris; dig trenches and post holes either manually or with mechanical assistance; clean and maintain trails; and maintain native vegetation. 
  • Inspect, service, repair and otherwise maintain various types of grounds equipment, including mowers, rototillers, edgers, hedge trimmers and other power driven and mechanical equipment.
  • Perform routine carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work including welding, repairing faucets, sinks, and toilets, framing, rough carpentry and painting, pouring concrete, and lighting and wiring in parks and grounds facilities.
  • Perform daily sanitation duties and maintenance of parks rest rooms, campsites and picnic areas; perform minor playground equipment repair; accept and receipt parks fees and maintain appropriate records.
  • Perform arborist duties such as climbing trees, evaluating and inventorying trees, and removal of diseased trees.
  • May remove snow and ice on a seasonal basis.
  • Perform pool maintenance and upkeep including pumps, filters and chemicals.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible parks and grounds experience performing duties similar to a Parks and Grounds Worker with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate from California Department of Food and Agriculture is desired.
  • Possession of a valid Class A or B driver's license may be required depending upon the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Parks and grounds policies and procedures.
  • Use and purpose of common materials, equipment and methods used in parks and grounds maintenance, including irrigation and sprinkler systems.
  • Tools, equipment and methods used in semi-skilled building trades and construction work.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, and observe safety rules.  Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate equipment and tools; interpret work orders; remember equipment and tool location; and explain job to others.
  • Intermittently, sit while completing work papers and reports; walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist, and reach while operating equipment and performing grounds and maintenance work; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Train, assign and review work of assigned personnel.
  • Operate light trucks and related grounds equipment to prepare areas for landscaping or planting of lawns and debris removal.
  • Operate sprayer, chainsaw, weedeater, tractor, leaf sweeper, chipper, forklift, and various hand and power tools.
  • Service, repair, and adjust various mechanical and electrical groundskeeping equipment and tools.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interview and to deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Work assigned shift.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 11404; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/1/2007;