Groundsworker, Temporary

City of Sunnyvale
900 per week $21 - $25 Per hour CA 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States



(Class Code: 9129)

Note: *Seasonal non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than six (6) consecutive months and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30)


The City of Sunnyvale is seeking self-motivated, energetic, responsible individuals interested in temporary employment to assist in the maintenance of public parks and open space for up to 40 hours a week, between the months of April thru October.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • General cleaning of parks, including litter pick-up and emptying of garbage cans.
  • Custodial care of parks buildings and restrooms.
  • Operation of various power equipment including mowers, blowers and line-trimmers.
  • Provide customer service for park users.
  • Abate vandalism and hazard.
  • Other routine maintenance assignments.
Position requires sitting, standing, walking, crouching, stooping, squatting, reaching, crawling, twisting and climbing in the performance of daily activities. The need to lift and carry tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 75 pounds is also required. Incumbents work outdoors, in inclement weather, and the position may also require climbing. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age: 18 years old

Education & Experience:

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

A high school diploma or tested equivalent, AND                                                                         

Some experience in construction and/or maintenance laborer experience.

Knowledge of:

Basic safety practices and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Understand and follow verbal instructions and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions 
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Paid or volunteer experience in landscaping/gardening desired.
  • Work outdoors in any weather conditions  
  • Must be available to work between the hours of 4 a.m.- 7 p.m., Weekends shifts are possible.


Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C Drivers' License and a safe driving record.

Application and Selection Process

This position is open continuous. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. This recruitment may close at any time without notice. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience, or skills relevant to this position. Applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page at , and click on 'City jobs'. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Supplemental Questions: Candidates are asked to be detailed in answering the supplemental questions. The information you provide will be used to further identify those applicants who are best qualified to continue in the selection process for this position. 

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Individuals with the best match to the position will be invited to participate in an interview.
Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing. 

A valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record is required for this position. Should you move forward to be hired for this position, you will be required to turn in a current copy of your DMV driving record.


Any successful candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e., original copy of the diploma, GED equivalent, or college/university transcripts).

For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Dan Furton Parks Manager at or (408) 730-7539. For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at (408) 730-3015 or email: .

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), religious creed, color, sex (includes gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, family relationship, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at the time of application.