The Lead Grounds Maintenance Specialist will perform landscape maintenance functions for ornamental landscapes areas of the estate, including horticultural work, hardscape cleaning, vegetation and erosion control, organic pest management, and drainage and irrigation maintenance. This position includes maintenance, restoration and repairs of the existing landscape, as well as light landscape construction functions for new garden areas.
1. Basic Maintenance and Safety
Perform various grounds maintenance tasks on a daily basis that consist of litter and refuse collection by emptying trash receptacles and picking up ground litter; cleaning hard surface areas and the observation, reporting and elimination of safety hazards in the landscape. Utilize a variety of hand and power tools safely and perform basic cleaning and maintenance of equipment. Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, or other grounds features.
2. Horticultural Maintenance
Prune shrubs and ground covers; maintain planting areas by removing weeds, deadheading flowers, cultivating soils, mulching, and keeping areas suited for optimum plant health. Manual watering of grounds areas that are not equipped with automatic irrigation systems; recognizing signs and symptoms of irrigation problems; fertilizing with organic or chemical amendments, weed control using mechanical and chemical methods. Winterizing of garden as needed.
3. Vegetation Control
Control vegetation as needed using string or blade trimmer, walk behind high weed mower, lopper, weed wrenches, organic herbicide, or other appropriate tools and methods. Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.
4. Pest Management
Recognize landscape pests and use organic pest management for their control as directed by supervision.
5. Local Storm Drain and Irrigation Maintenance
Understand area storm drain and irrigation system structure and perform preventative maintenance to ensure operation as designed. Inspect and clean catch basins, outfalls, trench drains and other storm drain component on a regular basis. Inspect, clean and test all components of the irrigation system including irrigation spray heads, drip lines, and valves on a regular basis. Notify supervisor of issues beyond gardener scope.
6. Documentation and Communication
Communicate with supervisor, coworkers, and emergency personnel if needed using phone, email, and text as appropriate. Complete and turn in preventative maintenance documentation. Provide a record of grounds and landscape watering, chemical application, and pest management treatments.
- A high school diploma or equivalent is required
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions in English
- At least two years of experience as a Lead Ground Maintenance Specialist for a similarly sized estate or campus in the region.
- Experience in using hand or power tools and equipment such as power mowers, edgers, string trimmers, etc., including the ability to perform minor repairs to tools and equipment
- Knowledge of names, characteristics, uses, and maintenance requirements of trees, shrubs, and flowers in the region.
- Knowledge and proper use of gardening tools and equipment
- Knowledge and experience with proper plantings and propagation techniques, pruning techniques, characteristics of fertilizers, variety of soil structures and amendments, and the effects of environment on plant health
- Knowledge of and experience with plant water needs and water conservation practices
- Knowledge and experience with automatic irrigation system management, maintenance, repair, and programming, including spray and drip systems
- Knowledge of landscape use and care of California native plants
- Knowledge of plant diseases, landscape pests, and pest management
- Knowledge of organic fertilizing and pest management practices
- Knowledge of the use and proper disposal of landscape maintenance chemicals
- Associate’s degree in horticulture or a related field
Special Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California
- Ability to bend, stoop, and perform duties requiring physical agility and strength.
- Ability to successfully work with and around a variety of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides.
- Ability to perform vertebrate pest control such as trapping, baiting, or other types of rodent control.
- Ability to perform grounds keeping duties outdoors through all seasons of weather in developed and undeveloped environments.
- Ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 70 lbs with or without accommodation.