Placer County

Parks & Grounds Worker (#11462)

$23.72-$29.62 Hourly / $4,111.47-$5,134.13 Monthly / $49,337.60-$61,609.60 Yearly


DEFINITION

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; and to perform routine maintenance and general construction related to parks facilities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Maintenance Worker 
This is the entry level class in the Parks and Grounds Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Parks and Grounds Worker 
This is the full journey level class within the Parks and Grounds Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

This class is distinguished from the Senior Parks and Grounds Worker in that the latter performs more technical and complex work and may exercise technical and functional supervision over maintenance personnel.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Maintenance Worker
Receives immediate supervision from a Supervising Parks and Grounds Worker and may receive technical and functional supervision from management and supervisory staff.

Parks and Grounds Worker
Receives general supervision from a Supervising Parks and Grounds Worker and may receive technical and functional supervision from management and supervisory staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

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

  • Plant, cultivate and irrigate lawns and flower beds; prepare soil for transplanting; mow and edge lawns; prune and trim trees, hedges, and shrubs; weed assigned areas, apply fertilizer, and mix and apply pesticides and herbicides; and install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems and components.
  • Clear and rake 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 repairing faucets, sinks, and toilets, framing, rough carpentry and painting, pouring concrete, and lighting and wiring in parks 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.
  • May remove snow and ice on a seasonal basis.
  • As a Maintenance Worker perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in Parks and Grounds.
  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Maintenance Worker

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:  No experience is required.

Training:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position and in accordance with the California Vehicle Code.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Parks and Grounds Worker

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 experience performing duties similar to those of a Maintenance Worker assigned to the Parks and Grounds Division or to another County division in Placer County.

Training:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:

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

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Maintenance Worker

Knowledge of:

  • General use and purpose of materials, equipment, and methods used in parks and grounds maintenance.
  • 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; 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.
  • 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 deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Work assigned shift.
  • Use hand tools, rakes and shovels.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Parks and Grounds Worker

In addition to the qualifications for Maintenance Worker:

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.

Ability to:

  • 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.

CLASS: 11462; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 10/1/2008;