Your City. Your Career.
Living in the Bay Area can enrich your life. Now it can do the same for your career. As one of Northern California’s most powerful economic forces, the City of Oakland offers an impressive array of career opportunities for visionary people who thrive on open communication and dedicated service. If you'd like to share your talents with our city, Oakland welcomes you.
GARDENER CREW LEADERS
Closes: October 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm
Are you interested in landscaping? Do you want to contribute to improving city beautification for Oaklanders? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for our residents. The City of Oakland is currently accepting applications to fill 3 Gardener Crew Leader vacancies within the Public Works Department. Candidates use a full range of technical skills to serve as a mobile crew leader performing a variety of grounds maintenance duties in City facilities and City landscaped areas; direct a small crew which performs grounds maintenance at a number of different ball fields; perform a variety of complex gardening and horticultural assignments at a specific City park; and perform related duties as assigned. Additionally, will perform the more complex gardening and horticulture assignments such as, maintenance of roses, flower beds, greens and other flora; perform basic landscape design; make floral displays; propagate, transplant and care for annual and perennial flowers; diagnose garden diseases and pest problems and specify treatment for eradication or prevention; perform ball field maintenance such as preparing fields for ball games, repairing broken equipment and developing ball field preparation schedules; prune and trim shrubs, hedges and trees; cut and remove weeds; rake and clear ground; mow and edge turf areas in park; plant ground covers, trees, shrubs and flowers; maintain soil; identify, diagnose and treat plant problems and diseases; and clear out drain lines and catch basins. Will also pick up litter, clean tot-lots, walkways, paths, basketball and tennis courts; load and unload soil, sand and other materials; transport trash and debris; apply pesticides and fertilizer to turf and plants; determine appropriate spraying dosages; record spray and pesticide use; clean and service spray equipment; perform minor repair to sprinkler lines and valves; replace broken irrigation heads; check turf area for watering problems and program irrigation system controllers, hand-held remotes and computer-based central controllers; set traps for rodents and pests; and inspect and service tools and equipment.
Requires equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and successful completion of 4 college-level horticulture courses (12 units) such as, "Introduction to Landscape Horticulture", "Plant Identification", "Weed Identification" and "Irrigation Repair", or their equivalent. Must have 2 years of experience as Gardener II in the City of Oakland, OR 3 years of comparable responsible landscape gardening or park maintenance experience. Possession of an AA degree in horticulture may be substituted for 2 years of comparable experience. A valid California Driver's License and sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds are necessary. Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate is preferred. Bay Friendly Certification (as a Maintenance or Design Professional) is desirable and would substitute as 2 course units. Depending on the nature of the assignment, candidates who receive offers of employment may be required to pass a thorough background investigation, submit fingerprints, undergo a criminal record clearance, and have a physical examination including a TB screening if the assignment requires working in proximity to children or vulnerable populations.
NOTE: At time of application, must submit the following: A 3-year DMV printout which was requested within the last 3 months of the job announcement posting date (dated on or after June 19, 2016); and a copy of your college transcript that verifies completion of 4 college-level horticulture units.
Recently featured in Forbes Magazine's 2016 list of "America's Fastest Growing Cities", Oakland is an up-and-coming city that holds plenty of untapped potential. Located along the east shore of the San Francisco Bay and just north of Silicon Valley, Oakland is a thriving and vibrant community that offers a great place to begin and grow your career.
To apply and view current openings visit our employment opportunities webpage at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm. You may also call (510) 238-3112 for information. EOE