Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California


Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2021-1360
Category Facilities
Type Regular Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date 5/1/2021


The Groundskeeper is responsible for the upkeep and appearance of the seven acre, multi-level campus. The position performs semi-skilled work in the maintenance, care, and modification of Museum grounds and landscapes which includes the operation of electrically-powered and gasoline-powered groundskeeping equipment and machines, and the use of small hand and power tools or equipment in planting, cultivating, and trimming grounds and landscaping. The position also performs maintenance and minor repairs on groundskeeping equipment and tools. May perform repairs on irrigation lines and valves, help identify long-term maintenance needs and assist with major renovation initiatives.



The following reflects OMCA's definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Support the Museum's mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future;
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement;
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives;
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement.


  • Plant, transplant, water, prune, and weed planter beds
  • Install landscape designs (trees, shrubs, flowers) in accordance with drawings and sketches to design specifications
  • Use shears, saws, loppers, and other hand and power tools to prune and shape trees, shrubs, and other plants for desirable appearance and vigorous health
  • Irrigate, mow, rake, and edge lawn
  • Operate pressure washer to clean concrete surfaces
  • Recognize disease and insect problems of woody and herbaceous plants and perform pest control operations
  • Apply fertilizers and other chemicals while adhering to all OSHA and SDS safety requirements; maintain application records
  • Move, store, and maintain inventory of facility tools, supplies, equipment, and furniture
  • Move pooled water to prevent flooding and alleviate slip hazards
  • Work with Security Manager and Engineers to maintain and upgrade lighting and/or security systems
  • Participate in waste management, recycling, and composting programs
  • Operate motor vehicles to transport materials and equipment
  • Perform repairs on irrigation, drainage, and other systems as instructed
  • Work with Green Team to develop and implement environmentally sustainable practices throughout the facility
  • Follow established policies and procedures while working collaboratively with colleagues as part of a professional and diverse team
  • Assist with implementation and compliance of OSHA requirements; promote continuous improvement of workplace safety
  • Provide a welcoming environment to visitors
  • Other job-related duties as assigned



  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect
  • 1-2 years related experience
  • Knowledge of garden management techniques such as soil cultivation, propagation, digging, forking, mulching, weeding, edging, pruning, bed preparation, and planting
  • Knowledge of planting irrigation
  • Knowledge of safety protocols
  • Knowledge of basic plant identification; California natives a plus
  • Knowledge of basic pest control
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and blueprints
  • First aid/CPR training preferred


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

  • Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working conditions
  • Ability to travel between OMCA locations, and other travel as required by position responsibilities
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires strenuous physical work including lifting, pushing and pulling
  • Moderate to loud noise from production events, machinery, equipment or vehicles
  • Work near moving mechanical parts
  • Exposure to dirt, dust and fumes


The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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