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Supervising Groundskeeper I (0719)

Supervising Groundskeeper I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BL40
  • Class Code: 0719
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 07/11/1979
  • Title Changed: 04/24/1974


Under direction, to supervise and be responsible for the landscaping and grounds maintenance work at a State institution, other than one of the largest; to supervise and instruct assistants in this work; 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, improve 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, lawns, and various ground covers; supervises the use and maintenance of gardening tools and equipment; 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; does minor layout work on and directs the maintenance and repair of institution roads and walks; directs the preparation of athletic fields for various sports and athletic events; maintains the proper drainage system for grounds or driveway 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; directs and instructs assistants in their work and takes or recommends appropriate action.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year performing the duties of a Lead Groundskeeper or three years performing the duties of a Groundskeeper in the California state service.



Four years of experience in planting and cultivating flowers, trees, lawns, and shrubs, and in general ground maintenance work, at least one year of which must have been in the care and maintenance of public parks, large private estates, institutions, in commercial nurseries landscape work or in highway landscaping work. (Completion of a two-year nondegree course in landscape design or landscape gardening may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)

Knowledge and Abilities

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


Skill in: Use of modern methods of propagating, planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns.


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; read and interpret landscaping plans and specifications; prepare budget estimates and reports; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; effectively contribute to the State's affirmative action objectives.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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