Grounds and Underground Utilities Supervisor

Ventura County Community College District

Grounds and Underground Utilities Supervisor

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $80,148.00 – $111,348.00 Annually

Job Type: Classified

Job Number: 2024-00142

Location: Districtwide (Ventura County CA), CA

Department: Districtwide

Closing: 6/10/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, supervise and participate in the overall grounds maintenance and underground utility location activities. Coordinate grounds, utility locating and mapping activities with other maintenance functions.

There is currently one full-time (40 hours/week, 12 months/year) vacancy located at Moorpark College.

This recruitment is also being conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates that will be used to fill district-wide, current and upcoming, temporary and regular vacancies for the duration of the list, not to exceed one year.

Moorpark College, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It serves approximately 15,000 students, and with a “students first” philosophy, empowers its diverse community of learners to complete their goals for academic transfer, basic skills, and career education. Moorpark College is one of the most beautiful community colleges in California. Set on 150 acres, the campus is nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College has been recognized as an Aspen 150 College for the last two years. Known for transfer of students to public and private universities, Moorpark College has the highest number of Associate Degree for Transfers among California community colleges its size.

Moorpark College has the distinction of being recognized as a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity in each of the last five years. A Hispanic Serving Institution, it has an excellent reputation for preparing minority and economically disadvantaged students for university transfer and career success. Moorpark College’s signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for our student athletes. Moorpark College has received numerous grants including a $2.9 million Department of Education Title V grant in 2020 for its Project STEM Impacto, which develops student cohorts in biology, biotechnology, and computer network systems engineering. Moorpark College student outcomes demonstrate that education inspires and transforms communities.

More information can be found on the Moorpark College MC Website.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work that we do within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). The VCCCD is a public community college district serving residents throughout Ventura County. The VCCCD’s three colleges – Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College – offer programs for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; career technical training; basic skills instruction; as well as community service, economic development, and continuing education for cultural growth, life enrichment, and skills improvement. The Ventura County Community College District recognizes that a diverse community of faculty, staff, and administrators promote academic excellence. This creates an inclusive educational and work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves. With the understanding that a diverse community fosters multi-cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides role models for all students, the VCCCD is committed to recruiting and employing a diverse and committed group of faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to the success of all college students.

We encourage candidates who are equity-minded to submit an application for employment. We are designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The Ventura County Community College District does not engage in any employment practice that discriminates against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, political beliefs, age, gender, sex, religion, transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or physical or mental disability.


New Employees: Generally, new employees are placed on the first step of the appropriate range of the salary schedule.

Current Employees: An employee who is promoted will be placed on the salary step of the new range of the appropriate salary schedule that provides a minimum increase comparable to a one-step increase in salary.

New and current employees may be eligible for advanced step placement as outlined in Section 290 – SALARY PLAN in the Rules of the Personnel Commission for Classified Employees (Download PDF reader).

Representative Duties

Supervise and coordinate campus underground utility maintenance and the location, marking, and mapping of existing subsurface infrastructure to prevent accidental damage and service disruptions. Train and instruct assigned staff in proper unified location marking, electronic locator equipment usage, and data acquisition. Assist in utility locating scenarios requiring specialized expertise. E

Plan and supervise the installation, maintenance, and repair of the landscape irrigation system, and monitoring of irrigation infrastructure. Oversee computerized central irrigation control systems and develop irrigation schedules for optimal efficiency and water conservation. Train and instruct assigned staff in proper work methods and procedures working with high pressure/high volume irrigation lines. Assist with technical troubleshooting of central irrigation hardware when necessary. E

Plan, supervise and inspect the maintenance of campus athletic fields, both natural and synthetic, for playability and the safety of collegiate sports teams. Coordinate athletic maintenance activities with the athletic department’s class schedules and team events. Train and instruct assigned staff in the proper modern practices for maintaining the different surfaces of athletic fields at a collegiate level. Schedule annual field safety testing and maintain test result records. E

Plan, supervise, and inspect general grounds maintenance work, including planting, trimming, mowing, watering, fertilizing, and caring for shrubs, trees, and lawns. Train and instruct grounds personnel in proper work methods and procedures. E

Supervise the use and maintenance of assigned equipment, including utility vehicles, excavators, scooters, tractors, turf maintenance equipment, aerial lifts, parking lot maintenance equipment, and trucks used by grounds personnel. Provide proper preventive maintenance and regular repair of assigned equipment. E

Arrange and supervise planting, transplanting, and removal or reconditioning of shrubs, lawns, and trees. Provide recommendations for landscaping projects. E

Plan and implement an integrated pest management program utilizing the most current pesticide and/or biological control methods. Arrange for training and instruction of staff in the safe use of pesticides and herbicides. Supervise the use of spraying equipment to ensure safety to users and the public. E

Maintain landscaped areas to ensure clean, orderly, and safe conditions. Coordinate and supervise recycling efforts. E

Review and approve landscaping plans for new construction and renovation projects and prepare and recommend budgets for grounds and underground utility activities. E

Maintain records regarding grounds maintenance programs, attendance, and pesticide usage, in order to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. E

Provide for the disposal of hazardous wastes associated with grounds operations. E

Prepare estimates on landscape projects and recommend major landscape projects as necessary. E

Act as a liaison with contractors regarding major locating projects, resolve production problems, investigate damages to campus underground infrastructure, and handle related claims. E

Participate in the long-range planning and design of future and replacement utility projects. E

Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned employees, set performance requirements and goals, monitor and coach for improvement, promote excellence and customer service, and take disciplinary action if needed according to District rules. E

Work collaboratively and professionally with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, and ethnic communities. E

Demonstrate cultural humility, sensitivity, and equity-mindedness in working with individuals from diverse communities; model inclusive behaviors; and achieve equity in assignment-related outcomes. E

Perform related duties as assigned.

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or equivalent AND five years of experience in grounds maintenance or underground/utility construction, including at least two years of experience providing technical supervision or serving in a lead capacity over grounds or underground/utility construction personnel.


An associate degree or equivalent college units (60 semester or 90 quarter units from a recognized college or university) with coursework in grounds maintenance, horticulture, utility construction, or a related field OR an EPA recognized WaterSense certification in Landscape Irrigation Auditing (CLIA) or a certification in Water Management AND three years of experience in grounds maintenance or underground/utility construction, including at least one year of experience providing technical supervision or serving in a lead capacity over grounds or underground/utility construction personnel.


Valid California driver’s license within six months of employment
Commercial pesticide applicator’s license within six months of employment

Supplemental Information


This is an examination open to the public and current District employees seeking a promotional opportunity. To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by the posted deadline date on this bulletin.

The examination process may consist of any of the following components:

A) Training and Experience Evaluation = Qualifying (pass/fail)

B) Technical Interview = 100% weighting on final score


A T&E is an assessment of training and experience, beyond the minimum requirements, that has prepared the candidate for the position as evidenced in the application materials. Please be sure to answer every component of each supplemental question as your responses will be scored and serve as your score on the training and experience (T&E) evaluation.


The candidates with the highest passing scores on the T&E will be invited to the technical interview.


Date Range: Thursday, June 20, 2024 – Friday, June 28, 2024

Location: The Technical Interview will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. To participate, you must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone, speakers, and a reliable connection to the internet.


The examination components and dates are subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated, including the possession of licenses, certifications, or other requirements, by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the recruitment process. You must attach copies of any documents that demonstrate your attainment of the minimum qualifications (e.g., unofficial transcripts, foreign transcript evaluation, copies of any required licenses, and/or certifications). Failure to submit any required documents may result in disqualification. All required documentation must be attached to your application; Human Resources staff will not upload your documents for you. The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO MAKE REVISIONS. If additional versions of your application are submitted, only the most recent will be considered.

When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Duration of work experience is calculated based off a standard 40-hour full-time work week. Part-time work experience will be prorated based on a 40-hour full-time work week. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. When completing the supplemental questionnaire (if applicable), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience.


Upon completion of the examination, the eligibility list will be compiled by combining the final examination score with applicable seniority and veteran’s credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for up to one year from the date of the technical interview.


All appointments made from eligibility lists for initial appointment or for promotion, with certain exceptions, shall be probationary for a period of six (6) months or one hundred thirty (130) days of paid service, whichever is longer. Classified management, police, and designated executive classifications shall be probationary for a period of one (1) year of paid service from initial appointment or promotion.


Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodation should document this request in an email to including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.


If a degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications, an official copy of your transcripts will be required upon hire. If you have a foreign degree and the institution from which your degree was granted is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, foreign transcript evaluation is required if the foreign degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications. The foreign transcript evaluation must be included with your application materials. Visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education to search for institutions that are recognized as accredited. If you need your transcripts evaluated, please review the list of agencies approved for foreign transcript evaluation (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader). If applicable, an official copy of your foreign transcript evaluation will also be required upon hire.

For more information about the recruitment process at VCCCD, including responses to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our Classified Careers page.

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