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Lead Groundskeeper (0725)

Lead Groundskeeper

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BL50
  • Class Code: 0725
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 07/11/1979
  • Title Changed: 04/24/1974


Under direction, to propagate and care for flowers and ornamental plants in a large greenhouse and nursery and to lay out, plant, and care for flowers and ornamental plants and shrubs; or to work with and be in charge of a small crew doing gardening and general grounds maintenance work; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and do other related work.

Typical Tasks

On a specific project or in a specific area, supervises and works with a small crew engaged in planting, watering, cultivating, and maintaining flower beds, lawns, shrubs, and trees, and in general grounds maintenance work; propagates flowers and ornamental plants, and shrubs in a greenhouse and nursery; designs beds and borders; plants and cares for flowers, ornamental plants and shrubs; keeps greenhouses, nurseries, and grounds free from plant diseases and pests; prunes shrubs and rose bushes; buds and grafts plants; cares for ornamental flowers and plants in State buildings.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of experience in propagating, planting, and cultivating flowers and shrubs, and in general grounds maintenance work.


(Completion of a recognized course of study in landscape gardening or landscape design may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, materials, and equipment used in propagating, planting, cultivating, spraying, and otherwise caring or flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees; flowers, shrubs, and ornamental and shade trees commonly grown in California, and their planting and growing requirements; plant pests and diseases and methods of their control and eradication.


Skill in: Budding, grafting, pruning, and flower gardening work.


Ability to: Lay out ornamental flower beds and borders; follow oral and written directions; supervise the work of a group of groundskeepers; deal tactfully with the public; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.

  Updated: 6/24/2019
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