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Supervising Groundskeeper II (0717)

Supervising Groundskeeper II

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BL20
  • Class Code: 0717
  • Established: 08/06/1959
  • Revised: 07/11/1979
  • Title Changed: 04/24/1974


Under direction, to supervise and be responsible for landscaping and grounds maintenance at one of the largest State landscaping installations; to supervise and instruct assistants in this work; to inspect large contract landscaping projects for compliance with contract specifications; may instruct, lead, or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Supervising Groundskeeper II is used at one of the largest State landscaping installations as measured chiefly by the following factors: supervisory responsibilities, improved acreage, shrub and flower acreage, and lawn acreage.


A Supervising Groundskeeper I is in charge of landscaping and grounds maintenance at landscaping installations of relatively smaller size as measured by the above factors.

Typical Tasks

Supervises employees, patients, inmates, or wards engaged in the planting, cultivating, propagating, transplanting, and caring for trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers, and various ground covers; supervises the use and maintenance of gardening tools and equipment; directs and instructs assistants in their work and takes or recommends appropriate action; designs and lays out minor landscape work; supervises the operation and maintenance of greenhouses and other buildings used for plant propagation; supervises pest and noxious weed control work; supervises tree trimming and does minor tree surgery; identifies and labels shrubs, trees, and flowers for instruction purposes; does minor layout work on and directs the maintenance and repair of roads and walks; directs the preparation of athletic fields for various sports and athletic events; maintains the proper drainage system for grounds or roadside plantings; makes minor repairs and adjustments to sprinkling systems; as required, maintains time and cost records; assists in the preparation of the grounds maintenance budget; inspects contract landscaping work for compliance with contract specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience performing the duties of a Supervising Groundskeeper I in the California state service.



Experience: Two years of supervisory experience in planting and cultivating flowers, trees, lawns, and shrubs, and in general grounds maintenance work at public parks, institutions, large private estates, or in commercial nurseries landscape work or highway landscaping work.(Completion of a two-year nondegree course in landscape design or landscape gardening may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Modern methods of propagating, planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns and skill in their use; plant pests and diseases and methods for their control and eradication; methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in gardening work; principles of effective supervision; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; identify flowers, trees, and shrubs commonly grown in California; plan minor ground beautification projects; direct the layout and repair of roads and walks; maintain sprinkling and drainage systems; inspect contract landscaping work for compliance with contract specifications; read and interpret landscaping plans and specifications; prepare budget estimates and reports; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.


Additional Desirable Qualification


Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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