Pay Grade:  21



This is supervisory and limited administrative work in directing the grounds maintenance operations of facility requiring the application of advanced technical skills or in supervising one or more phases of grounds maintenance in a research oriented teaching facility.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - Level D: "Under general direction…" Employees at this level are usually in charge of a large and important organizational unit.  They plan and carry out assignments with little supervision. They report regularly to a superior, usually by means of occasional conferences, to discuss work progress or new problems which require advice from above. This designation will pertain to classes with a high order of independence.

Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average… Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL C: Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of duties. Analytical thought becomes more important at this level due to increased data and changing situations. Tasks usually have several steps, some of which may not be directly related. Alternatives may exist for processes or methods to be used in solving problems. Workers at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL D: Involves administrative supervision responsibility. As a "first line supervisor", the primary responsibility involves scheduling, supervising and evaluating employees who perform the same or similar work. Responsible for recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority. As a "project manager" may direct the activities of project leaders to develop plans and criteria and to evaluate progress and results for one or more projects.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor class which is the supervision of two or more maintenance and construction trades.


Designs and implements landscaping plans; estimates materials, staff and equipment costs of projects. Orders bulk materials and plantings; prepares and reviews specifications for materials, irrigation systems, and major equipment purchases.

Plans, develops and coordinates landscape projects; directs the operations of a greenhouse or nursery; plans and directs total renovation of lawn areas and construction of drainage ways.

Reviews prepared plans for technical application within each area being developed.

Prepares and maintains historical documents and budget materials and records; maintains documentation of spraying activities for pesticides and chemicals.

Reviews and implements plans for and supervises the construction or repair of sidewalks, roadways, and parking lots.

Plans, assigns and evaluates the work of subordinate employees planting and cultivating trees, nursery stock and other ornamental vegetation; preparing seed beds, grading and backfilling, applying chemicals and other grounds maintenance work.

Recruits, hires and trains grounds maintenance personnel.

Supervises the operation and maintenance of trucks, mowers, tractors, trimmers, edgers, chain saws, graders, road oilers, jackhammers, and other equipment.

Diagnoses damage to vegetation caused by diseases, climate conditions and environmental stress. Determines and supervises appropriate treatments. Follows and documents progress.



*Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape design.

*Knowledge of plant species, size, shape, and suitability for proposed site.

Knowledge of agri-chemical usage and application.

*Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.


*Ability to read, interpret and work from sketches, blueprints and specifications.

*Ability to complete concise and accurate reports and records.

*Ability to plan, organize, assign and evaluate the work of subordinates.

*Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

*Required at Entry


Two years of experience in nursery/grounds maintenance and one year of supervisory experience. Education in nursery management, landscape, horticulture, agronomy, forestry or plant pathology may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Some positions in this class may require possession of an Insecticide and Herbicide Applicator's license, Arborist certification and a valid driver's license.

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