Basic Function: Under general supervision, to assist the Assistant Superintendent with the planning of grounds-keeping activities throughout the District; to personally perform such duties; to coordinate maintenance work with central maintenance personnel; to coordinate and work with other grounds-keeping and outside contract personnel to implement program.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Incumbent is responsible for planning, coordinating, and performing grounds maintenance throughout the school district.
Representative Duties: This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge or abilities associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the principal job elements.
Assist the Assistant Superintendent in planning, assigning, inspecting, and leading the work of the grounds-keeping staff; prepare work schedules; instruct staff in work methods and safe use of tools and equipment.
Coordinate and work with staff to plant, cultivate, prune, and water trees, shrubs, hedges, and flowers; work with staff to water, fertilize, rake, weed, and mow lawns.
Oversee specialized grounds projects such as returfing athletic fields, installing sprinkler systems, and preparing fields before athletic events; serve as a liaison for the District in working with outside contractors including Witter maintenance.
Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment; repair sprinkler systems; read and interpret blueprints, layouts, sketches and landscaping designs.
Safely and efficiently operate and maintain a pick up truck; use, repair, and maintain a variety of gardening and grounds maintenance tools and equipment.
Maintain license for pesticide use on District’s facilities and grounds; train and work with staff in safe application of pest control spray and other chemicals; maintain appropriate records of chemicals used and ensure that all notification requirements are satisfied.
Maintain records, and prepare simple reports as necessary; plan material, supply, and equipment needs, and submit appropriate requisitions.
Work cooperatively with staff to maintain clean and functional garden and grounds throughout the school district; coordinate maintenance work with central maintenance staff.
Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Any combination of training, experience, and/or education equivalent to three years of progressively responsible experience in garden and grounds maintenance.
Skills: Proper use and care of tools and equipment used for garden and grounds maintenance; coordination/supervisory and training skills; awareness of pesticide and herbicide application requirements for garden and turf maintenance..
License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license; possession of a California Department of Food and Agriculture Qualified Applicator Certificate or the ability to qualify for the certificate within six months of employment.
Knowledge and Abilities
Methods, supplies, and tools used in planting, cultivating, and caring for shrubs, trees, lawns, and other plants.
Supervisory and coordination techniques and methodologies.
Operation and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment used in grounds-keeping.
Correct and safe use and application of pesticides and herbicides for pest/weed control purposes.
Safety practices and precautions, as well as environmental rules and regulations.
Working knowledge of landscape materials, plants, and their intended uses
Meet District standards of professional attitude as outlined in Board Policy 4219.21 Code of Ethics for Classified Personnel.
Assist in planning, scheduling, and leading the District grounds-keeping program; work with staff to implement grounds-keeping program.
Perform general gardening and grounds-keeping work.
Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; train others in the execution of their duties.
Ensure safe and effective application of pesticides and herbicides.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with staff, administrators, and others.
Maintain basic work records and prepare necessary reports.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Determine appropriate action within clearly defined guidelines.
Environment: District-wide garden and grounds; some indoor and primarily outdoor environment; regular exposure to fumes, dust and odors; contact with chemicals, pesticides and herbicides; may be required to work with harsh and toxic substances; may be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, rain, and wind; required to wear protective apparel including goggles, face protectors, aprons, shoes, and oxygen breathing apparatus; work within enclosed spaces or heights above ground level; may be required to work around loud noises; work around moving mechanical parts and electrical current.
Physical Abilities: Requires mobility to stand, stoop, reach, walk and bend for prolonged periods; requires mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects and operate equipment; perform work involving frequent lifting, pushing, and/or pulling of objects which may approximate 50 pounds, and may occasionally weigh up to 100 pounds; lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and moving heavy objects, furniture, and equipment; climbing stairs, ladders and ramps; bending at the waist; reaching overhead and horizontally