Park Worker (#RC0800)
$22.03-$26.77 Hourly / $3,817.91-$4,640.69 Monthly / $45,814.97-$55,688.38 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled maintenance and construction work in maintaining and improving county parks and facilities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Employees in this class perform a wide variety of work in maintaining and developing county parks and grounds. Employees may be assigned to perform general or specialized duties within a park or group of parks or grounds; may work with minimal supervision; may routinely supervise general relief, alternative work program, and other work crews; and may act as lead worker over other employees.


  • Maintains grounds in parks and landscaped areas; cultivates and fertilizes grounds; plants, mows, rakes, and irrigates lawn areas; plants trees, shrubs, and flowers; performs ornamental and other types of pruning; applies pesticides.
  • Maintains, repairs, and performs custodial services to park buildings and facilities, including drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic facilities, playgrounds and playing fields, fences and other fixtures; constructs park facilities and other projects requiring rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, and other work.
  • Installs and maintains manual and automated irrigation systems.
  • Cleans park areas and facilities; replenishes supplies.
  • Operates a variety of maintenance tools and equipment, including power tools, sprayers, mowers, fertilizers, trenchers, power-boats, tractors, trucks and other equipment; performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment.
  • Ensures compliance with department rules and regulations to protect and preserve natural features.
  • Requests and obtains needed equipment and supplies; maintains records of materials used, work completed, and equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Supervises general relief crews, temporary employees, alternative work program crews, and others assigned to park areas; may act as lead worker over others.


Education: Completion of 30 semester units at an accredited college or university with a minimum of 12 units in ornamental horticulture, forestry, park or recreation management, environmental resources, landscape architecture or a closely related field. 

Experience: One-year maintaining, repairing and constructing park grounds, facilities, commercial landscaping, or similar areas. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Methods and techniques for caring for plants and lawns, including planting, cultivation, fertilizing and pruning; general maintenance and construction practices; methods, materials, tools, and practices used in park grounds and facilities maintenance.


Work independently; follow oral and written instructions; perform a wide variety of grounds, custodial, and facilities maintenance work; use tools and operate equipment used in park maintenance and development; maintain records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; lead others.


Mobility-Sitting and standing for extended periods, driving, walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, operate heavy equipment, climbing ladders, climbing stairs, and crawling; Lifting-Occasionally lift up to 70 plus pounds or restraining or lifting heavy objects or people; Vision-Good overall vision, color perception, eye/hand coordination, depth perception, occasional reading of close-up work; Dexterity-Normal dexterity; Hearing/Talking-Occasional hearing and talking on the telephone or radio and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Occasional decision making, concentration, public contact, working alone, exposure to hazardous materials, trauma, and emergency situations; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to in-door climate; frequent exposure to out-door environment; contact with hazardous materials; may require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC0800; EST: 9/9/1987; REV: 11/10/2004;