Union City

Public Works Grounds Supervisor (20006693)

Public Works Maintenance
East Bay
Until filled
$9,754.00-$11,666.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under direction, organizes, supervises, assigns and schedules work crews engaged in the maintenance of parks and landscape infrastructure; develops and manages parkways, trails, sports fields, play lots, trees, shrubs, street median islands, sidewalk landscaped areas, and/or other special recreational facilities; provides responsible and technical staff assistance in the areas of horticulture, grounds, and equipment; performs related work as required.


This is a single, supervisory position. The incumbent is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the Building and Grounds unit within Public Works, including the landscaping of City parks, street trees and medians, and building and facilities. The incumbent ensures that the landscaping and grounds maintenance work is completed in a safe, efficient, and effective manner, which will enhance community aesthetics and satisfy the public.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only)

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for parks, street median and back of sidewalk landscaping maintenance, repair and construction; implement policies and procedures.
  • Participate in selecting, motivating, counseling and evaluating staff; monitor and prepare employee performance objectives and reviews; provide or coordinate staff training; collaborate with employees to correct deficiencies; and implement discipline procedures.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for needed equipment and materials; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Manage crews in the maintenance of parks and landscape infrastructure; including selecting plant material, applying pesticides and fertilizers, and supervising the use of chemicals according to current integrated pest management practices.
  • Conduct periodic surveys to determine the maintenance needs of the parks, street median and sidewalk landscaping, and sports grounds.
  • Plan and coordinate minor maintenance and repair projects; obtain appropriate equipment and materials necessary for maintenance projects; monitor and review work performed by contractors on behalf of the City.
  • Analyze and maintain time, material and equipment use records; determine and implement adjustments to optimize the effectiveness of the maintenance system.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints; recommend corrective actions as necessary to resolve complaints; manage on-call duty phone as assigned.
  • Purchase necessary, authorized materials and recommend major capital purchases; approve invoices for utilities, materials and projects.
  • Assist in coordinating grounds maintenance activities with other City departments and government agencies.
  • Administer an IIPP program and participate on the safety committee.
  • Attend Parks Commission meetings and Sports Committee meetings, as required.
  • Perform related duties, as required.


Ideal Candidate


Knowledge Of:

  • Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Materials, methods, practice, equipment, and tools used in construction, maintenance, and repair activities of parks, grounds, parkways, trails, play areas, trees, shrubs, and street median island and sidewalk landscaped areas and other special recreational facilities.
  • Methods of estimating time, cost, and equipment necessary to perform assigned work. 
  • Budgeting principles and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution and negotiation.
  • Project management methods, practices, and techniques.
  • Modern procurement.
  • Safe work practices and methods.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Applicable business equipment and software applications.

Ability To:

  • Supervise, monitor, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Coordinate deadlines, prioritize competing demands, and assign work.
  • Provide conflict resolution.
  • Provide project management, organization, and logistics.
  • Develop and maintain budgets and expenditures.
  • Apply safe work practices.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
  • Read and interpret sketches, penciled layouts and blueprints.
  • Understand the geography of the City, including the location of major park and trail systems, streets, and sports fields.
  • Operate a variety of maintenance equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Utilize a computer, relevant software applications, and/or other equipment as assigned.
  • Effectively communicate.
  • Respond courteously and tactfully to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, customers, and the public


Licenses and Certifications

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.

Possession of a valid Qualified Applicator Pest Control Certificate from the State of California within six (6) months of appointment.

Possession of a Certified Playground Inspection Certificate within twelve (12) months of appointment.


Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent and four (4) years of increasing responsible experience in construction and maintenance of facility landscaping, including two (2) years of lead or supervisory experience.

An associate degree and/or certification related to the position are highly desirable.



Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2%@60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2%@62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental/Vision: The City provides the employee up to $2,000 per month after the employee’s initial monthly contribution of $182 to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Deferred Compensation Plan: The City contributes $100/mo. into a 401(a) tax-deferred plan on behalf of the employee upon minimum employee contribution of 2%. A 457 Deferred Comp Plan and a ROTH IRA are also available on a voluntary basis.

Leave: The City will provide the employee with 70 hours of administrative leave annually (prorated based on hire date). Employees shall accrue 3.08 hours of vacation leave per pay period limited to two times their maximum annual accrual rate plus 160 hours per year. Employees shall accrue 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period without limit on accumulation.

Holidays: 10 days and 3 floating holidays per year.

Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website. 

* Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received the recruitment may close without notice. *

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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