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Lead, Grounds Maintenance

Location: Geyserville, California

Job Summary: This position assists in the planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating of all the activities of the landscaping staff. Must have experience in the profession and a desire to learn new methods and processes in care and management of landscapes and gardens.  Position requires a responsible individual with sustainable horticultural practices and knowledge base. This is a full-time position and some weekends. This includes both new landscaping and maintenance and grounds keeping activities. This individual oversees and assists in the planting, grooming and maintaining of all ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns and softscape features.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Safety Statement: All employees shall follow safe practices according to the injury and illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or People Operations.

Supervisors and Leads are fundamentally responsible for ensuring safety in their own departments and to uphold the following safety standards:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward safety.
  • Ensure work is performed in a safe manner and all safety rules, regulations and instructions comply.
  • Report and investigate workplace injuries in a timely manner; identifies ways to eliminate risk of reoccurrence; complete audits; conduct monthly safety meetings and trainings; maintain compliance with hazardous materials program; inform/train new employees on specific safety aspects and procedures with the department and location; participate in monthly management safety meetings.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • 85% Landscaping:

    • Maintain the properties exterior landscape and overall appearance
    • Safety compliance
    • Identifying and solving landscape pest and diseases using organic methods
    • Focus planting in a healthy and aesthetically pleasing condition which corresponds to the desires of the owner’s
    • Design and rejuvenation of landscaping in specified areas as well as areas to be newly developed
    • Maintaining equipment
    • Water and irrigation management
    • May be required to work special events as maintenance support, as needed


    15% Other:

    • Oversee 2-3 landscapers/gardeners
    • Maintenance of 4 Bocce Ball Courts
    • Computer skills
    • Purchasing of materials
    • Tracking costs

Supervisory Responsibilities:  The Lead is also responsible for evaluating all employees' performance and working with the Facilities Manager on employee’s reviews. He/she is responsible for training and mentoring the workforce. This includes training in the areas of plants, grasses, seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. They must ensure the proper application of all landscape chemicals.

Job Requirements


High school education, 3-5 years’ experience in the profession and a desire to learn new methods and processes in the care and management of landscapes and gardens.

Position requires a responsible individual with sustainable horticultural practices and knowledge base.

Landscapers apply fertilizers, pesticides and other types of chemicals to control hazardous insects, weeds and unwanted plants. He/she must work on hillsides, slopes and flat ground. They must assign duties to the landscape workers and supervise their finished products, and this role is responsible for the quality of the finished project or landscape. This job requires a minimum of 3 to 5 years of landscape and horticulture experience. The Head Gardener must have leadership and communication skills as well as excellent time management skills. He/she must be able to delegate work and spread his/her time between different work groups. It is an advantage for a landscape lead to be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

Excellent organization skills.

Able to work independently.

Ability to promote safety and ability to abide and enforce safety standards.

Ability to maintain positive work atmosphere by communicating effectively with clients, management, peers, and subordinates.


Must be certified to drive/operate a forklift; in house training and certification will be completed as necessary to comply with Cal-OSHA regulations.

Heavy equipment operation, backhoe, wheel tractors, dump trucks, etc.


Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5 + hrs/day)

F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5 + hrs/day)

C (Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5 + hrs/day)


Stand-F, Walk-F, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F, Reaching Outward-O, Reaching Above Shoulder-O, Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-C, Bend-C, Working at the Computer-O






Other Physical Requirements

10 lbs or Less



12 lbs or Less



Vision (Near, Distance)

11 lbs to 20 lbs



13 lbs to 25 lbs



Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/Tractor Sounds)

21 lbs to 50 lbs



26 lbs to 40 lbs



Sense of Touch

51 lbs to 100 lbs



41 lbs to 100 lbs



Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (steel toe boots, safety glasses)


Over 100 lbs



Over 100 lbs



Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, landscape work is highly labor intensive. It requires using hand-held earthmoving equipment as well as heavy machinery. The tools include shovels, hoes, post hole diggers, rakes and many other hand-held tools. The Head Gardener works with mulch, dirt, sod, plants, shrubs, water, sand, rocks and many other natural types of materials. This work is always outside where the team lead is exposed to the elements. This work is dirty and physically demanding.

Posted: October 29, 2020

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