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GENERAL SERVICES-RESD-BUILDING AND PROPERTY MGT BRANCH

Title:  GROUNDSKEEPER
Salary: $2,687.00 - $3,051.00
Posted: 02/27/2013

Job Description:
The Department of General Services is subject to the Personal Leave Program 2012/2013
(PLP 2012/2013), effective July 1, 2012 for 12 consecutive pay periods through June 2013 pay period.
The salary reduction is 4.62% less the base salary rate shown above.< PLEASE INDICATE RPA NUMBERS 4625, 6097, 6098 ON YOUR APPLICATION
br> SELECTION CRITERIA – This position is subject to Post & Bid for Bargaining Unit R12. The selection criteria will be in the following order:
• Local bidders (DGS employees only) must file their bid requests for this position by the “Post & Bid File By” date above with the contact person listed above using the “Local Work Area Post and Bid” OHR-R12Lform. The employee with the greatest amount of continuous “local work location” seniority in the class shall be selected over other employees and notified of start date. If no local bidders, then • Outside local work area bidders (DGS employee only) who have submitted their bid for outside local work transfers will be considered based on their seniority. . If no outside bidders are interested, then
• SROA/Surplus ligible will be considered prior to other recruitment methods. • Transfers or reinstatements may be considered after the Post & Bid process is cleared. Consideration may be given to applicants who are on a DGS employment list or on another department’s employment list. Transfer of list eligibility must meet the criteria to transfer the eligibility from the other department’s employment list to DGS’ employment list.
• Applications will be evaluated based on eligibility and desirable qualifications and interviews may be scheduled. Br> Under the supervision of the Supervising Groundkeeper I/II, the incumbent performs grounds maintenance at State-owned facilities in the Capitol Park Downtown area. These facilities consist of office buildings and parking lots.

The Capitol Historic Region is located in Sacramento and includes facilities within a 15-mile radius of Capitol Park (including but not limited to Sacramento downtown facilities, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Justice and CalTrans).

All work to be accomplished in accordance with guidelines of the Department of General Services (DGS), Building and Property Management (BPM) Manuals, Real Estate Services Division (RESD) and BPM strategic plans. Assignment may require temporary shift change or building location change.
This position will work under the direction of the Regional Manager and the Office Building Manager to assist in incorporating an Integrated Pest Management Plan for the State-owned grounds designed to focus on the long-term prevention or suppression of pest and plant disease problems using non-chemical practices and biological control programs. This work is performed in order to establish innovative and resource-efficient operational methods and practices in accordance with published guidelines as set forth in Executive Order D-16-00, Sections 14600 through 14973 of the Government Code, the Excellence in Public Building Initiative, Building and Property Management (BPM) and Real Estate Services Division (RESD) manuals and strategic plans. Additionally, to promote AB2415 and the Healthy Schools Act application of chemicals and cultivation tactics will be restricted to biological maintenance controls.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
In order to maintain and beautify plant materials in DGS maintained ground, under the supervision of the Supervising Groundskeeper:
• Mows, edges, and aerates lawn areas using power tools, riding lawn mowers, edgers, trimmers and aerators. • Cultivates and amends soil prior to planting, using hoes, shovels, and rototillers
• Mows, edges, and aerates lawn areas using power tools, riding lawn mowers, edgers, trimmers and aerators
• Cultivates and amends soil prior to planting, using hoes, shovels, and rototillers • Trims, prunes, and shapes shrubs, hedges, and trees, using hand and power trimmers, hand and pole saws, pruners, and loppers.
• Waters plants using hoses, portable water machines and irrigation systems.
• Clears leaves using power rakes, rakes, shovels, tarps, small utility vehicles and power leaf blowers.
• Removes weeks from flowerbeds and other areas by hand weeding or using hand tools and/or power equipment.
• Plants and transplants flowers, small trees, shrubs, groundcover, etc., using shovels and hand tools.
• Hauls away/disposes of cut branches, grass clippings, weeds, and other plant materials using a small utility vehicles, handcart and tarp.
• Sows grass seed using a hand spreader or power spreader pulled by a small utility vehicle to replace or renovate lawn areas. • Visually inspects and monitors vegetation for damage, and applies pesticides as needed to control insects, diseases and pests, using all personal protection equipment (PPE), by use of hand spreader, backpack sprayer, power sprayer, and power spreader pulled by a small utility vehicle. • Applies granules and/or liquid fertilizers to plants, trees, shrubs, ground cover, lawns, annuals, etc. using all PPE, by use of hand spreaders, backpack sprayers, power sprayers, and power spreader pulled by a small utility vehicle.

In order to maintain and beautify, upgrade/improve, repair and ensure public safety of physical landscape environment, under the direction of Supervising Groundskeeper:
• Constructs decorative planting borders and retaining walls from wood, brick, concrete, plastic bender board, using hand and power tools. • Repairs and cleans mow strips, bike paths, walkways made of various materials (such as concrete, asphalt, decomposed granite, paver stones), using steam cleaners, jack hammers, concrete tools, and other hand and power tools as appropriate.
• Installs, repairs, and maintains various type of irrigation systems (to include drip, overhead, automatic, manual, low voltage controls and valves, etc.) using trenchers, shovels, backhoes, etc.
• Cleans out drainage ditches, catch basins, bio-swales, drains, and culverts, using shovels and rakes, power drain cleaners, and water pumps to prevent flooding of parking lots, sidewalks, and landscape areas.
• Repairs/maintains ponds or fountains (including minor pump repair) using hoses, pressure washers, water pumps, brushes, nets, filters, and appropriate chemicals to keep them functioning and free of debris. • Repairs/maintains outdoor furniture (objects and structures such as picnic tables and park benches) using paint brushes, sanders, pressure washers, wire brushes, scrapers, and graffiti remover to restore and beautify. • Picks-up and/or removes garbage and refuse from grounds (such as DGS maintained properties), using grab sticks, buckets, bags/sacks, rakes shovels, backpack blowers, sweeper vehicles, rags, spray bottles, cleaners/solvents, graffiti remover, and small utility vehicles.

In order to ensure maximum longevity through equipment maintenance and operation, under the direction of Supervising Groundskeeper in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines.
• Performs preventive maintenance, minor repairs or service on gas-powered equipment (such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, line trimmers, etc.), using wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, files, etc. • Cleans, sharpens, and repairs hand tools for proper and safe operation, using manual and power-driven sharpeners, grinders, files, sand paper, drills, etc.
In order to maintain a safe and healthful environment for the benefit of all employees and the public, under the supervision of the Supervising Groundskeeper I or II and BPM Environmental Safety and Health Unit (ESHOP), in compliance with laws and regulation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Safety Training (AB 2189), Injury and Illness Prevention (IIPP and SB 298), by promoting the health and safety programs as follows:
• Attends training in the handling of hazardous materials and use of environmental safeguards.
• Participates in updating IIPP plans and records by completing reports and coordinating with the designated Branch Coordinator. • Participates in executing the plans for Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery and Business Resumption and Hazardous Materials and Waste Manifest.
• Monitors worksite to identify, and remedy, potential safety hazards to ensure public safety.
• Wears proper personal protective equipment when performing hazardous activities (such as spraying chemicals, or using power tools) to ensure personal safety and minimize exposure to hazardous materials.
• Safely operates motor vehicles to transport self and materials in compliance with CHP and DMV rules and regulations.
In order to remain current and knowledgeable of operational needs according to BPM policies and procedures, or laws and rules:
• Maintains and submits accurate records regarding the times, locations, and amounts of pesticides and fertilizers to be applied by completing a Pesticide Use Report or other appropriates forms.
• Determines work that needs to be completed by reviewing work orders and product specifications, sketches, drawing, plans, and diagram. • Ensures proper use of tools, equipment, and chemicals (such as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) by reviewing manufacturer’s operation manuals and product labels.
• Reports inventory needs to Supervisor by requesting equipment, supplies or materials, based on stock on hand.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
• Disposes of fallen tree limbs and branches using a chain saw in order to maintain and beautify grounds at the direction of the Supervising Groundskeeper.
• Participates in staff meetings to ensure current information is communicated within the unit at the direction of the Supervising Groundskeeper.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: Proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers; gardening materials, tools, and equipment, and their use and care; approved methods and materials used in controlling and eradicating common plant diseases and inspect pests.


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
• Possess a Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC) • Possess a Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL)
• Possess a California Driver’s License, Class C • Willingness and ability to do general manual labor

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
• Follows directions
• Works independently with little supervision
• Dependable and punctual
• Interacts well with co-workers, the public, and clients
• Organizes time efficiently and sets own priorities

WORK ENVIRONMENT, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABILITIES
WORK ENVIRONMENT
• Work in buildings 1 to 16 stories high. • Wear unaltered BPM supplied shirts according to current policy.
• When working in the interior of the building, may need to use passenger or freight elevator to get self, equipment or supplies from one floor to another floor.
• Work involves exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, unpleasant odors, and loud noises.
• Work environment involves some exposure to hazardous chemicals or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
• Work outdoors and in all weather conditions, including rain, heat and cold.
• Work on various uneven ground surfaces.
• Work in public-accessed areas.
• Work in noisy areas or with noisy equipment or machinery. • Work in any facility within the regional location. • May encounter live or dead insects, reptiles, rodents or other wildlife in the performance of duties.
• Removes weeds from flowerbeds and other areas by hand weeding or using hand tools and/or power or battery operated equipment and herbicides.
• May need to use heavy duty flamer torch to remove weeds via a backpack or cart to pull device, which weighs approximately 29 pounds.
• Willingness to remove human or animal waste in the Capitol Park and/or downtown buildings.
• May require ability to work overtime.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
• Typical work activities involve frequent and prolonged periods of standing, walking extended distances, bending, stooping, kneeling or squatting while performing duties.
• Repetitively grip, grasp, and manipulate hand movement while using tools or power or battery operated equipment applicable to job being performed. • Climb stairs or ladders, use power and noise producing tools or equipment; drive motorized equipment or vehicles applicable to job being performed.
• Reach or stretch by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
• Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds.
• Drive to other outlying buildings and provide groundskeeper coverage.
• Wear safety equipment during the performance of duties, i.e., ear plugs when using blowers; dust masks when working around dirt or dust, eye goggles when edging, cloth gloves when planting or pruning, rubber boots or raingear and back support.

MENTAL ABILITIES
• Read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures. • Understand written and verbal communication.
• Read, understand, and follow instructions on manufacture’s label for use of and/or mixture of products.
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions or decimals.
• Apply common sense in personal safety and safety of equipment in adverse weather conditions (lightning storms, downpours, etc.)


Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Groundskeeper (3 Positions) 308 - 232 - 0731 - 013
Location County
Sacramento SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
03/08/2013 http://www.dgs.ca.gov
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
RESD Building & Property Management Branch
1300 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Michael Nielson
(916) 324-6437

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