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Job Posting: Supervising Groundskeeper

22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds

Supervising Groundskeeper

$4,115.00 - $5,191.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Maintenance and Operations Supervisor I, the Supervising Groundskeeper I, supervises and leads subordinate staff (both civil servant and 119-Day Temporary staff). The Supervising Groundskeeper is responsible for performing a variety of landscape and maintenance duties throughout the 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA), including, but not limited to the 22nd DAA properties, parking lots, and adjacent streets; operating and maintaining a variety of equipment and tools; and performing other related responsibilities.  

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Work requires heavy physical and manual labor in safely handling, lifting, or carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds, and climbing a ladder or operating a lift to reach high spaces.  Works involves reaching, stretching, bending, stooping, kneeling, and moving about to perform duties. May encounter live or dead insects, reptiles, rodents or other wildlife in the performance of duties. May require ability to work overtime.  Requires ability to inspect the grounds and the proper operation of machinery/equipment. Requires use of power and noise-producing tools or equipment and driving motorized equipment or vehicles applicable to job being performed. Wear safety equipment during work performance i.e. ear plugs, dust masks, eye goggles, face shield, latex gloves, cloth gloves, rubber boots or rain gear, aprons and back support.  Work involves exposure to unusual elements, such as confined spaces, uneven ground surfaces, extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, unpleasant odors, and loud noises, and may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals or physical risks which requires following basic safety precautions.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Supervising Groundskeeper
$4,115.00 - $5,191.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
7:00AM - 3:30PM
Work Week:
Monday through Friday

Department Information


The 22nd District Agricultural Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds on behalf of the State of California, and is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Fairgrounds operations are primarily funded by revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair.


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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
IF NEW to State ServiceIndividuals new to State service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with any State Agency.  Individuals must take the following for Supervising Groundskeeper I on-line exam and pass to be eligible prior to job offer.  For current or former state employees, individuals must also have list eligibility for this classification to be considered. 

Visit following Web site for examination bulletin, information and instructions:


When submitting an application package by mail
, applicants are required to submit a standard application (Form STD. 678/Rev.7/2019) with an original signature, and clearly indicate the Classification and Job Code #: Supervising Groundskeeper I / JC-296615 in the "Job Title(s)" section of the State Application (STD.678/Rev. 7/2019) or you will not be considered for the position.

Transcripts:  If using education in conjunction with experience to satisfy the minimum qualifications, applicants must attach a copy of their degree / transcripts / accounting curriculum (unofficial or official) to their application.  All applicants are required to submit a copy of their transcripts with all the required courses underlined and/or their diploma, if applicable.  Applicants providing photo copies or a scan of international official transcripts may need to provide an evaluation/translation from an educational credentials evaluation service to ensure that all required coursework can be verified by the hiring agency.  Applicants must submit ALL degrees that apply to their application, i.e. if you submit a Masters Degree you must also submit proof of your Bachelors Degree.  All documents will be verified.    Note:  Official transcripts will be required when selected candidate is offered the job, if applicable.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds
Attn: HR Exams/Certs
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds
Attn: HR Exams/Certs
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Note: Drop-Off location is CLOSED due to impact of COVID-19. Please mail applications.
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Two-years performing the duties of a Supervising Groundskeeper or three-years as a Lead Groundskeeper.
  • Four years of experience in planting and cultivating flowers, trees, lawns, and shrubs and in general ground maintenance work.
  • At least one year of experience in the care and maintenance of public parks, large private estates, institutions, in commercial nurseries landscape work, in highway landscaping work, or at a Fairgrounds.
  • Completion of a two-year nondegree course in landscape design or landscape gardening.
  • Knowledge and skill of the use of modern methods of propagating, planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns.
  • Knowledge and skill of plant pests and diseases and the methods for their control and eradication.
  • Knowledge and skill of methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in gardening work.
  • Ability to read and write and effectively communication, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to direct the layout and repair of roads and walks; maintain sprinkling and drainage systems; read and interpret landscaping plans and specifications; and prepare budget estimates and reports.



Our Amazing Perks!

There are many benefits to joining our team, we have a Comprehensive Employee's Benefits Package which includes: Health and wellness benefits (e.g., medical, dental, vision, etc.); Time off benefits (e.g., paid vacation, sick leave, professional development days, personal holidays, 11-paid holidays per year, etc.); Financial security benefits (e.g., California Public Employees' Retirement (CalPERS) pension upon retirement, 401(k), etc.).

To learn more about benefits for State employees, visit the CalHR Website at:   

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Cheryl Zinniger
(858) 794-1089

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
22nd DAA - EEO
(858) 792-4203
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hiring Practices, As Result of the COVID-19

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, the 22nd District Agricultural Association/Del Mar Fairgrounds will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure..…”   Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20.  Phone interviews will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager. Standard in-person interviews will still be offered ‘if’ conditions permit.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail