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Senior Landscape & Park Maintenance Worker
City of Newark, East Bay

Public Works Maintenance

For more info contact:
(510) 578-4244
Close Date: Apr 8, 2013
Salary: $6,022.00 - $7,319.00 Monthly


The Senior Landscape and Park Maintenance Worker, under direction from a Maintenance Supervisor, organizes, assigns, and leads the work of assigned personnel engaged in the maintenance and repair of landscaped areas and park/related facilities; and performs technical duties related to the installation, maintenance and repair of irrigation systems.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:  Organize, schedule, assign, lead, review and exercise technical and functional supervision over the work of assigned crew; provide input on performance evaluations and provide advice and assistance to staff; plant and maintain trees, shrubs, ornamental plants and other vegetation; apply herbicides/pesticides, and install, repair and maintain playground and ball fields and related structures; install, maintain and repair irrigation systems and related equipment; review plans for in-house work force or contracted construction/modifications and recommend changes as appropriate; inspect work in process and at completion to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; select materials and estimate material and labor costs; coordinate and administer contracts and projects; provide recommendations for project-related budget planning; respond as appropriate to comments and concerns expressed by the public regarding landscape, park maintenance and irrigation issues; use a personal computer to enter and retrieve information and for record-keeping; and perform related duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate:


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of planning and reviewing the work of others and training, including safety practices and related record-keeping.
  • Materials, methods, practices and equipment used in landscape and park maintenance and repair activities and irrigation systems.
  • Current practices and techniques used in the installation, maintenance and repair of irrigation systems for landscaped and park areas; operational characteristics of irrigation control and backflow devices, equipment and systems.
  • Proper use of a variety of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

 Ability to:

  • Act as a lead worker and perform advanced journey level tasks related to maintenance and repair of landscaped and park areas and related facilities.On a continuous basis, know and understand landscape and park maintenance and repair activities and observe safety rules.  Intermittently, analyze problem equipment; identify safety hazards; locate equipment; interpret work orders; operate various types of equipment; and explain jobs to other employees.\
  • Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing maintenance, repair, or installation tasks; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry heavy weights; work in conditions of various outdoor exposure.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, sketches, specifications, and written instructions.
  • Prepare and interpret specifications, administer contracts and inspect quality of work relative to recommendation for payment.
  • Review difficult and/or complex landscape and park maintenance/related issues; prepare related cost estimates and recommend the most effective and efficient course of action.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Keep records and make reports; use a personal computer for electronic mail and to enter and retrieve data.
  • Work unusual/prolonged work schedules during emergencies or seasonally-caused circumstances.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


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:


Two years of experience performing landscape and/or park maintenance work similar to that of a Landscape and Park Maintenance Worker II in the City of Newark.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by specialized training in landscape management, horticulture or a related field.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class C California driver’s license.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by the date of employment, a valid California Class A driver's license (with tank endorsement by end of probation).  Per DOT regulation, positions that require a Class A driver's license will be required to have a pre-employment drug test and will be subject to random and other alcohol and drug testing.
  • Possession of a Backflow Tester certificate issued by the American Water Works Association.
  • Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate issued by the State of California.



$6,022 - $7,319 per month total compensation

This is a “fully compensated” salary from which employees may elect to purchase benefits at group rates.  In addition, the City will contribute $115 a month towards the cost of the 2013 medical plan premiums. The total compensation package provides flexibility for purchasing medical insurance at CalPERS group rates for employees without medical insurance.  Employees with medical insurance have the option to forgo the additional cost of double coverage.  In addition to medical insurance, employees may choose to purchase:

  • Dental insurance (Delta Dental or Delta Care)
  • Long-term and/or short-term disability insurance.
  • Vision coverage (EyeMed)

Retirement – Per AB340, PERS 2.5%@55 plan for applicants currently employed by a PERS agency, or PERS 2%@62 plan for applicants not employed by a PERS agency.  Employees contribute 11.468% (8% of the Employee Share and 3.468% of the Employer Share).  There is no deduction for Social Security.  Medicare is deducted at 1.45% of salary.

Holidays - 13 holidays, including one floating holiday and a birthday holiday.

Vacation Accrual - 6.667 to 16.667 hours per month depending upon years of service.

Sick Leave - 8 hours per month.

Life Insurance - City paid $20,000 life insurance policy.

Health and Fitness - Free use of the Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center.

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