Temporary Groundsworker

City of Sunnyvale
25) per week $21 - $26 Per hour CA 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States



(Class Code: 9129)

Note: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week 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.

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

  • Perform basic building maintenance and janitorial tasks (depending upon assignment).
  • Learn to operate equipment including mowers, blowers and line-trimmers , as assigned.
  • General cleaning of parks, including litter pick-up and emptying of garbage cans, as assigned.
  • Provide customer service for park users
  • Abate vandalism and hazard
  • Clean drainage ditches and culverts.
  • Perform other routine maintenance assignments, as assitned.
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 construction practices. Basic safety practices and procedures.

Skill in:

  • Performing unskilled and some semi-skilled construction work.
  • Operating hand and power tools, equipment and light trucks.
  • Basic maintenance and repairing of tools.

Ability to:

  • Understand and follow verbal instructions and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.
  • Work outdoors in any weather conditions.
  • Work in, with and around chemicals, solvents, grease, oil, pesticides, water, wastewater and/or hazardous substances.
  • Work in dry, dusty, smoky or humid atmospheric conditions.
  • Work in a cold, wet or damp environment.
  • Work with and in moving vehicles.
  • Work on ladders, scaffolds, and aerial lifts.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Use and maintain basic hand and small power tools.
  • Push, pull, lift and drag items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Walk, stand, sit, kneel, crawl, bend and climb repetitively or over a long period of time.
  • Reach above shoulder height and use both hands.
  • Work in a noisy environment.
  • Must be available to work between the hours of 4 a.m.- 7 p.m., Weekends shifts are required.

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

Desirable Qualifications
  • Paid or volunteer experience in landscaping/gardening

Application and Selection Process

 If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit the required application materials to the Department of Human Resources.
City application forms with the supplemental questions completed in full, are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume" on your application.

Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page; go to Sunnyvale.ca.gov, Search: Jobs. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice.  
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 licenseand a safe driving record is required for this position. Applicants selected for hire will be required to turn in a current copy of your DMV driving record.

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.