Groundskeeper Lead

Coast Community College District

Orange Coast College


Groundskeeper Lead

Job# O-025-17

Salary: $49,908.00 - $60,720.00 Annually

Deadline: 01/10/17


Complete job description and application available online at:


Under direct supervision of the Grounds Supervisor, to coordinate and supervise the work of staff involved in campus landscape and sports turf maintenance; and to perform related work as required.


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

a. Confer with the Grounds Supervisor and other administrators in landscaping and planning the maintenance program for campus  landscape and sports field turf.

b. Prioritize, schedule, coordinate, supervise, review, document,  and participate in the work of campus landscape and sports  turf maintenance crews.

c. Identify departmental resource and supply needs, procurement, and allocation while maintaining budget goals and tracking open accounts.

d. Conduct routine department equipment safety and maintenance checks.

e. Ensure crew members are equipped with and use the appropriate  PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

f. Coordinate department landscape equipment maintenance and repair with department and outside service mechanics.

g. Conduct equipment operation and safety training for staff.

h. Calibrate, maintain, adjust, program, troubleshoot, and repair of campus central control irrigation system, irrigation  controllers, valves, wire, piping, sprinkler heads, and related equipment.

i. Program and adjust campus irrigation systems regarding weather changes, campus events, sport field games, practices, and  routine maintenance.

j. Control irrigation fitting, pipe, and supply inventory; order  and stock as necessary while tracking department budget and open accounts.

k. Inspect and rectify irrigation drift and sprinkler alignment  issues to maximize adequate coverage and minimize water run- off and overspray onto buildings and hardscapes.

l. Retrofit and modernize existing irrigation systems to improve  water conservation and efficiency.

m. Utilize IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to determine corrective actions for pest and insect issues.

n. Stock, order, and inventory pesticides and follow all label and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) rules and regulations.

o. Apply pesticides and rodenticides according to county, state, and federal regulations.

p. Analyze campus schedules and routines to identify best windows or opportunity to safely apply pesticides and rodenticides.

q. Post, record, and submit pesticide and rodenticide records to county and state governing agencies.

r. Manage and schedule sports field mowing, cultivation, fertilization, seeding, infield grooming/grading, and renovation.

s. Monitor and order inventory of seed, fertilizer, and bulk materials for campus landscapes and sports field maintenance while tracking open accounts to fit department budget goals.

t. Coordinate, schedule, and oversee proper artificial turf care, grooming, and disinfection.

u. Coordinate, schedule, and oversee campus mowing to minimize  disturbance of students, faculty, and staff.

v. Coordinate, schedule, oversee, and monitor inner campus and campus parking lot sweeping duties.

w. Coordinate, participate, train subordinates, record, schedule, oversee, and monitor campus tree health, pruning, and care.

x. Direct workers and participate in the cleaning or campus rooftops.

y. Operate district vehicles. 

z. Perform related work as required.



Knowledge of:

1. Approved methods of installation and maintenance of campus  landscape plantings, trees, and sports field turf.

2. Common plant, tree, and turf diseases and pests and the approved methods and chemicals used in their control using IPM  (Integrated Pest Management) techniques.

3. Weed identification and appropriate control solutions in turf, planter, and industrial areas.

4. Pesticides, chemicals, materials, and fertilizers related to landscape, sports field, and rodent control.

5. Retrofit, upgrade, design, and improve irrigation systems consisting of drip, spray, and rotor devices.

6. Modern landscape design with resource and water conservation.

7. Computer utilization including email communications, record  keeping, reporting, and document processing.

8. Central control irrigation software and hardware.

9. General principles of supervision and training.

10. Appropriate safety precautions and procedures.


Ability to:

11. Hold and maintain in good standing, a California Department of  Pesticide Regulation Qualified Applicators License.

12. Communicate in person or via email, cell phone, radio, office  phone, fax with sports field coaches, campus staff,  instructors, public, subordinates, vendors, and contractors.

13. Create and update documents using Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and Power Point.

14. Plan and coordinate the work of grounds personnel.

15. Work from verbal instructions, documents, sketches, and blueprints.

16. Follow directions given by Ground Supervisor and allocate resources and man-power as required.

17. Provide positive and negative feedback to Grounds Supervisor to allow for improvement of department programs, tasks, labor, and equipment use.

18. Use and instruct others in the use of the proper methods, tools, materials and equipment used in the grounds maintenance trade.

19. Design landscapes.

20. Maintain simple records.

21. Supervise the work of others.

22. Hold and maintain California State Driver's License Class C.

23. Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving  practices.

24. Operate campus heavy equipment, carts, trucks, tractors, mowers, and sweepers; provide training to Grounds staff on the proper use of such equipment.

25. Operate and hold license for fork truck operation.  May be acquired during probation period.

26. Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience:

29. Individuals possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above are considered to possess the necessary education.

30. Two (2) years' experience in grounds and sports field management and  maintenance.



This is a full time, 12 month per year position. The normal hours of work are to be arranged between Monday through Friday 6am to 2:30pm. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)

The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individual's interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities

who self-disclose.



Starting salaries for support staff positions begin at Step-1 of the salary range.  

All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.


Additional Information


Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  Electronic applications may be completed by visiting ; Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.


All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.


Application Requirements:

To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:


1. A complete Classified/Management Employment Application.

2. A current resume.

3. A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position. (Optional)

4. Answers to Supplemental Questions. (please provide clear, thorough responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, put "see resume" or "N/A".


To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested.  Additional materials will not be considered or returned.  Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank. 

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. 

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.


Disability Accommodations:

If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 OR (714) 438-4713.



The physical demands are representative of those that must be  met by an employee to successfully perform the essential  functions of this job.

The work environment characteristics are representative of  those an employee encounters while performing the essential  functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals  with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is on  file and will be provided upon request.


Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer