Thursday, June 20, 2019

Landscape and Grounds Supervisor

Recruitment #18-9689-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day of Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.




Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) provides a host of diverse logistical support services to County agencies and departments. These support services are provided through the successful coordination and collaboration of various departments and divisions within GSA. The Agency has an annual budget of $154.7 million and approximately 420 employees working in one of the main departments/divisions listed below:


·        Building Maintenance Department

·        Capital Programs

·        Early Care and Education

·        Finance and Payroll

·        Human Resources

·        Information Systems

·        Logistics Services

·        Office of Sustainability

·        Procurement

·        Real Property and Portfolio Management


For more information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County General Services Agency




Under direction, to manage and direct the County’s Grounds maintenance services; provide specialized consultation on grounds maintenance and Integrated Pest Management (IPM); responsible for sustainable landscaping, hardscaping, and gardening designs and practices; ensures compliance with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; and, to do related work as required.


 The ideal candidate for the position of Landscape and Grounds Supervisor will have experience with:


·       Planning , organizing, and coordinating landscape work projects and maintenance

·       Supervising and training gardeners and staff

·       Dealing with challenging customers and other personnel

·       Educating clients

·       Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Programs (SWPPP)


For more detailed information about the position, visit:  Landscape and Grounds Supervisor (#9689)



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The equivalent of three years of experience in the class of Gardener II in the Alameda County classified service.

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management and Supervision Certificate Program” may substitute for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience.



Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.



The equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible experience in grounds maintenance, including 2 years of administrative and supervisory duties. (Additional supervisory experience may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis.)

Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate.

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license

Special Requirements:

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following competencies:

• Modern sustainable gardening technique.
• General landscaping and design for minimum use of water and chemicals.
• Soil preparation including mulching and composting.
• Plants, shrubs, trees native to, or normally grown in Bay Area, including companion plantings.
• Use of insecticides and fungicides.
• Techniques to minimize plant disease and insect pests.
• Proper care of gardening tools and equipment.
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and chemical use tracking.
• Principles, practices, and application of stormwater, sediment, and erosion control and mitigation.
• Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, hazards and standard safety practices, and pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Safety procedures and industry best safety practices.
• Industry best practices including sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques.
• Irrigation techniques including drip, electronic and computerized controls, pop-ups, installation and repairs.
• Computer software, i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize.
• Lead and delegate.
• Problem solve and make sound decisions.
• Maintain effective working relationships with employees, customers, contractors, and the public.
• Research, analyze, forecast and make recommendations.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.


1.  A review of the candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process;
2.  A review of the Supplemental Questionnaire to determine the best qualified; only the most suitably best qualified candidates will be invited to the oral interview process;
3.  An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.




We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

Monday, July 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

Friday, July 20, 208

Oral Interviews*:

Monday, August 13, 2018

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

 Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer