Monterey County Human Resources
November 17, 2021
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description


Invites your interest for the position of


Final Filing Date: Friday, December 17, 2021

Exam# 21/70C21/11JA

The Public Works, Facilities & Parks Department (PWFP) brings together a range of functions to ensure safe building construction, plan for the future needs of the County, manage infrastructure and county facilities, and protect natural resources. The Department is responsible for public works, county roads and bridges, county parks, and county facilities.

The Groundskeeper performs routine and basic gardening and groundskeeping maintenance, improvement, and care of lawns, landscapes and paved areas.

Groundskeeper is the working level class responsible for performing the day-to-day groundskeeping activities. Groundskeepers work in a variety of locations and weather conditions, and operate various types of gardening and groundskeeping equipment and tools.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis [County-wide].

Examples of Duties

  • Operates groundskeeper equipment such as riding power mowers, power edgers, power mowers, aerators, renovators, chainsaws, wood chippers, power sprayers, augers and other related equipment
  • Calibrates and mixes pesticides to control weeds and insects; sprays plants, shrubs and trees with pesticides
  • Transplants, cultivates, prunes, grafts, trims, sprays and fertilizes lawns, plants, shrubs and trees; prepares soil for sowing seeds, planting shrubs and trees
  • Maintains and performs minor repairs and adjustments to gardening and ground equipment
  • Waters turf areas, ornamental ground covers, shrubs and trees; mows, edges, trims, aerates, dethatches, fertilizes, sprays and reseeds turf areas
  • Rakes leaves, grass and clippings; picks up paper and debris; sweeps sidewalks, driveways, building entrances and other paved area
  • Complete daily service request and work activity reports

To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Working Knowledge of:

  • Routine landscaping and groundskeeping techniques
  • Tools, materials and equipment used in landscaping and groundskeeping work
  • Common names and requirements of plants, shrubs and trees
  • Common pesticides and their use
  • Safe work practices related to the maintenance, repair, operation and care of landscaped and paved areas.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Use and operate hand and power tools commonly used in landscaping and groundskeeping work
  • Perform groundskeeping work to include the transplanting, cultivation, pruning, trimming, spraying and fertilization of lawns, plants, shrubs and trees
  • Perform general manual labor
  • Read and write English at a level necessary for successful job performance
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:


Three years of experience in groundskeeping work which included the use of hand and power gardening and groundskeeping tools.

Additional Information


The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Possess a valid California class C driver's license at the time of appointment
  • Possess a California "Qualified Applicators Certificate" for pesticides issued by the Department of Food and Agriculture, is desirable, and may be required within one year of appointment.


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "J" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website for the position Benefits Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.


Apply On-Line at , by 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted

during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:
Monterey County, Public Works, Facilities & Parks Department
Attn: Julie Aulenta, Associate Personnel Analyst
1441 Schilling Place, 1st Floor, Salinas CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-5014 Fax: (831) 784-5603

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all of the Supplemental Questions

Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

All required materials must be received no later than final filing date:
Friday, December 17, 2021
Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Julie Aulenta, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755-5014, or
The County of Monterey is a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date/Time: 12/17/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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