Saturday, July 11, 2020

Park Maintenance Worker, HARD (Promotional)

Recruitment #19-1136H-01



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


The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as “H.A.R.D.," is an independent special use district created to provide park and recreation services for over 280,000 residents. Our boundaries encompass a 100 square-mile area, which includes the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Fairview. In 1944, representatives of the City of Hayward, various school districts, and local civic organizations developed a proposal for establishment of the Hayward Area Recreation and Parkway District. When an initiative was placed on the November 7th ballot, the residents voted overwhelmingly for the creation of the District, which was officially formed on December 11, 1944. In 1958, the District changed its name to the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and has become the largest recreation district in the State of California. Since its creation, the District has provided residents with many beautiful facilities and parks, many of which have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs


Under general supervision, to care for grounds or park areas, and to do related work as required.  Park Maintenance Workers generally work in park areas, keeping playgrounds, ball fields, and other grounds open to public use. The area for which this class is responsible has active use by the public. Park Maintenance Workers are also responsible for minor utility maintenance.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Cuts grass with hand or small power mower and weeds grounds; waters lawns, sweeps paths and tennis courts, rakes leaves, and removes refuse; helps plant and trim trees and shrubs. Responsible for turf management, including but not limited to, mowing turf areas; edge and blow; aeration, fertilization, reseeding, sodding and re-sodding.

2. Rakes and cleans picnic sites.

3. Inspects and does minor maintenance and painting of playground equipment.

4. Cleans and disinfects outdoor restrooms and keeps them supplied.

5. Make out work orders and park inspection sheets.

6. Responsible for weed abatement, including but not limited to, applying integrated pest management techniques using biological, mechanical or chemical methods; spraying both pre-emergents and post-emergents (a qualified applicators’ certificate is desirable and maintaining fire breaks where needed); use proper safety precautions when handling and/or mixing chemicals for use in and around park areas and facilities; practice proper application techniques with appropriate equipment, i.e., spray tanks and backpacks, 50-gallon and 100-gallon spray tanks, adjust pressure for proper application.

7. Enforces park rules and regulations.

 8. Responsible for irrigation management, including but not limited to, troubleshooting and investigating system failures and inadequacies; reading irrigation plans, mapping out and locating systems within parks; setting up and/or adjusting clocks periodically; programming computerized “smart clock” system: monitoring and adjusting for climatic/seasonal changes; understanding of GPM requirements and evapotranspiration of particular plant materials; repairing/replacing sprinkler nozzles, heads, risers and swing joints.

9. Responsible for tree trimming, including but not limited to, operating chainsaws, power pole pruners, lopper pruners, pole pruners and pole saws, hand pruners, maintaining and sharpening to proper operating condition; using proper and safe operating procedures to run chipper.

10. Train hourly, part-time workers and court referrals in “best landscape practices” and personal/public safety.



A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:

The equivalent of six (6) months of full time experience in the grounds maintenance field .


Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of the examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The routine care of lawns, plants, flowers, trees and shrubs.
• Tools and equipment used in gardening, and utility maintenance work.
• Programming and adjusting of irrigation clocks.
• Proper weed abatement techniques and proper safety precautions for handling chemicals.

Ability to:

• Do routine and utility maintenance work.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Read and write and clearly speak effectively.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers and the general public.
• Use and operate hand and power tools.
• Within OSHA guidelines, withstand periods of physical exposure to the presence of fumes, odors, dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect.
• Safely transport, lift and handle bulky objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
• Resolve idiosyncrasies unique to District facilities.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application 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 performance examination and an oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. 

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.


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:

December  16, 2019

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

December 23, 2019

Performance Examination/Oral Interview

February 10, 2020*


*updated 1/29/2020

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,




  • Ten (10) working days paid vacation each year; fifteen (15) days after five (5) years of service; and twenty (20) days after thirteen (13) years of service Fourteen (14) paid holidays a year. Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one (1) day per month.
  • Choice of three (3) health plans for employees and their dependents, most, if not all of which is paid for by the District. The medical plan design offered to employees is a $15 HMO Plan or High Deductible PPO Plan. Employees may elect coverage provided through one of the two medical carriers, United Healthcare HMO or PPO, Kaiser Permanente HMO Comprehensive dental plan for employees and their dependents.
  • Vision care reimbursement benefit.
  • Social Security paid for by District and employee.
  • Public Employees Retirement System 2% at 62 for new hires; 2% at 60 for new employees hired after January 1, 2013 that are already members of CalPERS.
  • Long Term Disability Plan paid by District.
  • Life Insurance policy ($75,000) paid by District.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan available, employee funded.
  • Employee Credit Union services.
  • Educational Tuition Reimbursement.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Post employment healthcare plan contribution of 2.52% of base salary paid by District.
  • State Disability, employee funded


Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their

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Sam Gee, Human Resources Division Manager
Human Resource Services Department, County of Alameda

HARD is an equal opportunity employer.