Grounds Supervisor

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Jul 17, 2019
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services
  • Salary: $4,362.28 - $5,958.33 Monthly

Job Description

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$4,362 - $5,958 per month
Priority Screening Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Exam# 19/70C80/07JA

The Resource Management Agency (RMA) seeks candidates for the position of Grounds Supervisor to supervise, review and participate in the work of Groundskeepers and other subordinate personnel engaged in the in the maintenance of County grounds and landscaped areas. This individual must have thorough knowledge of and experience in the application of grounds maintenance and landscaping methods, skills and experience performing relevant tasks, be self-motivated and initiative driven, and team oriented.
The RMA brings together a range of functions, including Building Services, Planning, and Public Works to ensure safe building construction, plan for the future needs of the County, manage infrastructure, maintain County facilities and grounds, and protect natural resources.

The ideal candidate will possess integrity; flexibility and adaptability; the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships; strong oral and written communication skills; an ability to relate well to the public, management and employees at all levels; exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful and effective customer service attitude; and demonstrate good judgment.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Examples of Duties Paramount duties include :
  • Supervises, schedules, evaluates and participates in the work of subordinate personnel engaged in the maintenance of County grounds and landscaped areas. Supervises and participates in the pruning of trees, cutting and trimming of lawns and hedges, cleaning, weeding, planting, cultivating and the general maintenance of landscaped areas, and high volume weed abatement.
  • Instructs staff in grounds maintenance and horticultural methods, garden tools, equipment usage and maintenance; and safety practices.
  • Operates a manual transmission long bed truck, or other vehicles and equipment, (i.e. gang-head lawnmower, tractor).
  • Interviews job applicants for employment; makes hiring recommendations; prepares employee performance evaluations; counsels personnel.
  • Supervises and participates in projects associated with grounds maintenance activities and weed abatement; conducts inspections of ground maintenance facilities and systems; determines maintenance and/or repairs; estimates labor and material costs; and orders material needed for routine and project work.
  • Keeps time, material and performance records; prepares local and state pesticide reports; may prepare letters, memos and other reports.
  • Determines and directs the proper usage of fertilizers, insect sprays, weed control chemicals, and pesticides.

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of:
Supplies, equipment, techniques, practices and procedures generally used for grounds maintenance, landscaping, and horticultural maintenance; Grounds maintenance and landscaping methods, principles, procedures and techniques including seeding, propagating, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, and growing of flowers, plants, shrubs, lawns and trees; Proper use and application methods, materials and solutions of various pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other material compositions to control common garden insects, rodents, weed pests and other grounds maintenance/landscape uses; quarantine requirements of same; Safe and proper use, maintenance and basic repair of manual and power tools and equipment utilized in the repair and maintenance of plumbing, horticultural and landscaping work and systems; Water/sewer line plumbing and irrigation systems; Basic arithmetic and record keeping methods in order to estimate supplies and inventory records; California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations and County, State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to County pesticide application operations; Supervisory practices and procedures; County personnel rules and procedures pertaining to employment practices in hiring, retaining, promoting, evaluating and recommending disciplinary action; Uniform Building Codes which include plumbing, irrigation, drainage, and construction features; The use and operation of a personal computer and related software applications, i.e. Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

Skill and Ability to:
Prioritize, plan, assign, motivate, supervise and evaluate the work of subordinates; inspect assigned areas for satisfactory completion; Train employees in grounds maintenance and horticulture, equipment operation, safe and proper methods and applications of pesticide, herbicide, fungicide materials and chemicals; Perform heavy manual labor; work under limited supervision, and adjust to changes in assignments and workloads to meet deadlines; Detect problems in machinery and equipment and make proper repairs or adjustments; Perform a wide variety of skilled and semi-skilled plumbing repair and maintenance work; perform tasks required to diagnose malfunctions of plumbing systems and controls; install, maintain, repair and restore plumbing systems to operating standards; Read English at a level sufficient to understand written directions, including pesticide and cleaning product labels, precautionary cards, instructions in equipment manuals; and write sufficiently in order to maintain accurate time and equipment records, and compile data for reports; Observe safe work practices and procedures; identify, correct or report occupational hazards; Establish and maintain effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, consultants, County employees and officials, the general public and others contacted through the course of work; Gather and compile data to prepare cost estimates for grounds maintenance and landscaping; Interview and recommend candidates for employment; Maintain files, notes and other required documentation; Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing; May require skill to read, understand and work from blueprints, sketches and drawings.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides for the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Four years of experience in grounds maintenance and gardening work, including at least two years of experience in landscape design.

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

Mandated Requirement: Pursuant to Title 3, Section 6000 of the California Food and Agricultural Code, must possess a valid Qualified Applicator Certificate issued by the California Department of Food and Agricultural.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.
  • Drive a manual transmission vehicle, tractor, and gang-head lawn mower.
  • Work overtime, unusual hours, nights, weekends or holidays during special projects or in emergency situations.
  • Work under adverse conditions in the presence of fumes, gases, heat, smoke, dust, odors, noise, vibrations, chemicals, or in high places.
  • Follow safety rules and procedures; and wear safety clothing and equipment.

Visit the Monterey County website to view the complete Job Description:

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "F" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

NOTES: Employees must have and show their Social Security Card on the first day of work. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5014.

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Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County Resource Management Agency, Human Resources Department
Attn: Julie Aulenta
1441 Schilling Place, First Floor - Human Resources, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-5014 Fax: (831) 784-5603
The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all of the Supplemental Questions
Priority Screening Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
For a guaranteed review, all required materials must be received by Thursday, August 15, 2019.  Applicants who fail to provide all required materials will not be considered. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applications that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.
Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5014.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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