Parks and Grounds Maintenance Worker I - Extra Help

Salary $20.94 - $25.45 Hourly Location Sonoma County, CA Job Type Extra Help Department Regional Parks Department (RPK) Job Number 21/03-5403-EHC Position Information

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department seeks qualified
Parks and Grounds Maintenance Workers!

Working at locations across the County, Parks and Grounds Maintenance Workers maintain all County parks, bike trails, open space and other landscaped areas under contract with the County. Locations include: Spring Lake, Sonoma Valley, Central Area, Coastal (Bodega Bay, Gualala - Stillwater), and Russian River park areas. Work hours may vary, up to 40 hours per week, and may include days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

As a Parks & Grounds Maintenance Worker I, you will:
  • Perform grounds keeping and landscape maintenance
  • Service and operate landscaping power equipment and irrigation systems
  • Maintain park building, equipment, gardens, and grounds
  • Assist with construction and repairs at the County Center Complex and various community centers, marinas, and park areas
Important Note: Parks and Grounds Maintenance Workers are expected to wear a uniform, and may receive a voucher toward the purchase of uniform, including safety boots.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: The ability to read and write English and to make basic mathematical calculations at a level required for successful job performance.

Experience: Any combination of experience that would provide the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, some experience in semi-skilled building construction, repair, maintenance or grounds keeping work which included the use of trucks, light mechanical machines and hand tools would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: The techniques related to the care of lawns, plants, shrubs and trees including propagation, planting, cultivation, pruning, spraying and fertilization; the calibration and mixing of herbicide or pesticide sprays, and of other means of controlling weeds, insects and parasites; basic construction materials, safety practices, and tools commonly used in parks and building construction, repair maintenance and grounds keeping work; semi-skilled carpentry, welding, masonry and plumbing and electricity; preventive maintenance and safe operation of trucks, gardening equipment, machines and power tools; occupational and safety programs related to the maintenance, repair, operation and care of landscaped and paved areas; and construction materials and practices.

Ability to: Follow oral and written instructions; perform a variety of light and heavy semi-skilled manual parks and building construction, repair and maintenance tasks for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions; accurately complete report forms, keep simple records, make simple reports; perform landscaping work to include the propagation, transplanting, cultivation, pruning, grafting, trimming, spraying, and fertilization of lawns, plants, shrubs and trees; plan, install and maintain a variety of hydraulic and electric sprinkler and drip-irrigation systems; drive, operate and adjust equipment such as trucks and/or fork lifts, tractors, riding power mowers, power edgers, blowers, aerators, renovators, chain saws, wood chippers, power sprayers, and related equipment; work different shifts, weekends and holidays at various locations throughout the County, and to wear a uniform and demonstrate physical strength, endurance and mechanical aptitude that relate to the work performed as well as work effectively with other employees and to answer questions of the general public; acquire a pesticide applicator's license is highly desirable. Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the to determine the requirements for this position.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job announcement must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of the job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's for further information.

HR Analyst: JT
HR Technician: RR


Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Job type

Full time

Salary Range
$33,000.00 - 52,000.00
per Year
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Santa Rosa, CA 95401, US
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