San Jose

Groundsworker - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (19864700)

Parks Maintenance
South Bay
6/17/2019 at 11:30pm
$23.05-$28.03 Hourly


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113-1905


The PRNS Department is recruiting to fill several Groundsworker positions. Under general supervision, this position performs semi-skilled and skilled grounds maintenance functions of routine difficulty. The typical duties and responsibilities for Groundsworker are to maintain park grounds. This may include, but is not limited to: irrigation, cultivation, pruning, planting, and transplanting a variety of turf, shrubs, trees, and plants. The position may also operate mowing equipment in parks and athletic fields and operate triplex gang/rotary mowers, power edgers, tractors, rototillers, sprayers, dump and other trucks, power chain saws and other light power equipment and hand tools used in grounds and maintenance work. The position may also apply fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers. The position may also maintain and make minor repairs to playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields and sport courts, park trails, and firebreaks as well as make minor repairs and adjustments to irrigation systems, mowers, and miscellaneous equipment. The position may also perform clean-up and litter pick-up functions, clean pools and fountains, schedule automatic irrigation controllers, maintain work-related records, and prepare corresponding reports. The position may also explain programs and policies to the public, provide lead guidance to less experienced workers, assist in firefighting and rescue duties in wilderness park areas, and may be responsible for vehicle and pedestrian traffic safety in work areas. Candidates must be willing and able to work weekends, holidays, and/or other shifts as needed.


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.



The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:


Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of the tools, methods, and materials used in grounds maintenance and the methods used in planting, transplanting, cultivating and caring for (including irrigating) turf, shrubs, plants, and trees; knowledge of the operation and minor upkeep of trucks, tractors, power and related equipment and tools, as well as work and equipment safety practices and procedures; knowledge of common plant and turf diseases and pests.



Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.



Leadership: Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.


Decision Making: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.


Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.

Ideal Candidate

Education: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Educational Development (GED) Certificate or California Proficiency Certificate).  


Experience: Two (2) years (4,160 hours = 2 years) of grounds maintenance experience.


Licensing/Certifications: Possession of a valid California Driver's License (Class C); As a condition of employment in some designated positions, possession of a valid State of California Class A or B driver's license with applicable endorsements may be required.


Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


Background Check: Candidates will be required to undergo a background check, including a criminal history records check, before being considered for a position.


Selection Process


The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.


You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces for each text response. 


1. Please describe in detail your knowledge and experience that qualifies you for the Groundsworker position? Include place(s) and length of each employment (start/end date) where you obtained your knowledge and experience and the duties you performed. Please note, your experience hours indicated must be equivalent to at least two (2) years (4,160 hours) obtained in grounds maintenance to meet the minimum experience qualification.  


2. The ability to work in a team environment is highly desirable. Please describe what teamwork means to you and tell us about a specific time when you were part of a team project. What was your role on the team, the outcome of the project, and what support did you provide to help make the team successful?


3. Do you have experience supervising or leading staff or others? If so, please provide a brief description of the types of tasks/projects you assigned staff or others and your role and responsibility as the supervisor/lead.


You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.