Lead Gardener

College of Marin

Kentfield , California

Under the supervision of the Director of Capital Projects, acts as a lead and performs skilled and semi-skilled horticultural maintenance operations and routine grounds maintenance including the upkeep of variety of athletic fields. All reasonably related duties are included. Will work in a team environment working on Measure B Capital Projects of varying scope and size.

College of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an Inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.

COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on fall 2017 credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (28% of enrollment), Asian (8%), Black/African American (4%), and Multi-racial (6%) students.

College of Marin is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, genetic condition, status as a veteran, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive Order 11246 (as amended), COM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintains landscaped areas and related items (e.g. storm drains, canals/creeks, etc.) for the purpose of preventing flooding, and removing hazardous debris.
  • Plants, transplants, cultivates, fertilizes, and irrigates ornamental plants as well as established trees and shrubs, for the purpose of keeping the areas attractive and for protecting against erosion and/or fire.
  • Prepares grounds and athletic fields for the purpose of providing attractive and safe areas for institutional and public use (e.g. assemblies, graduation, ball fields, courtyards etc.).
  • Prepares and applies various chemical spraying solutions, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  • Inspects and repairs irrigation and sprinkler systems.
  • Maintains landscaping equipment (e.g. mowers, chain saws, blowers, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring equipment is in safe operating condition.
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
  • Responds to inquiries from staff, students, public, etc.
  • Transports various items (e.g. tools, equipment, supplies, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site.
  • Complies with all mandated CAL/OSHA safety provisions in the course of work.
  • Use of new equipment, software programs/applications materials and techniques is required with the need to remain current in new technology.
  • Recommends appropriate landscaping and irrigation equipment tools, methods and materials used, and scheduling of other gardeners.
  • Ensures that all necessary certifications are maintained by employees relevant to landscaping of both campus
  • Supports gardeners in the areas of training, guidance, solving problems, procedures for accomplishing assigned tasks, record keeping and gives clear instructions on daily, weekly and monthly activities through written and verbal communication.
  • Assigns task and problem solve.
  • Assists other gardeners in completion of daily tasks

Other Functions:
Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Job Related Experience (2 years of commercial landscape is desirable) with increasing levels of responsibility
  • A valid California Class C driver's license
  • A valid Qualified Applicator Certification or License from the California Department of Pest Control or ability to obtain
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understating of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles of community college students and staff.


  • Ability to work in a team environment and able to complete assigned projects within set timelines.
  • Experience in estimating project completion times as well as providing material costs for assigned projects.
  • Ability to manage schedules and workflow as it relates to working on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Excellent communication skills and can easily communicate to management, other employees and contractors on project related issues.
  • Ability to provide creative solutions to issues that may arise on projects.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (Desirable Attributes & Skills)

KNOWLEDGE is required to: perform basic math including calculation of fractions, percents and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals. Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: irrigation, and landscaping equipment; and landscape maintenance.

SKILLS are required to: perform single technical tasks with an occasional need to upgrade skills due to changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: utilizing equipment used in trade; and operating heavy equipment. Use of new or additional equipment brought about by new technology shall be incorporated consistent with the level of responsibility and complexity of this job. Provide clear and concise instruction including guidance, instruction on techniques, methods and procedures for accomplishment.

ABILITY to: work with others under a variety of circumstances. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups. In working with others, some problem solving is required to analyze issues, create plans of action and reach solution. Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: use of alternative methods of pest control; adhering to safety procedures; working as part of a team and communicating with diverse groups. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles of community college students and staff.


Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

  • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  • California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.
  • DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service
  • Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.

  • Cover Letter (cover letter)
  • Resume (resume)