Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE:  Grounds Foreperson

CLASS:  Classified




Under the direction of grounds management, performs and supervises the performance of landscape and facilities maintenance functions in a safe manner. Job requires well-developed verbal skills to present and exchange technical or complex information. Interpersonal contacts include college students and staff, the public, vendors and representatives from external agencies. Incumbent has primary influence over the nature of the end result with work results impacting the accuracy, reliability and acceptability of further results beyond the immediate work section. Responsible for producing work with minimum guidance or direction, and for guiding and reviewing the work of others.


  1. Performs groundskeeping duties; irrigation systems operation, maintenance and repair; and services and maintains grounds-related equipment in coordination with groundskeeping and facilities staff.
  2. Independently plans and completes landscape projects at multiple sites. This includes resolving problems and scheduling.
  3. Oversees student and non-student workers in use of landscape maintenance equipment and supplies, and in proper procedures and techniques.
  4. Trains and directs the staff's safe use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment.
  5. Implements and directs tasks related to major projects such as landscape and irrigation systems at new sites.
  6. Maintains current knowledge of correct pesticide and hazardous materials used in landscape maintenance and ensures that training of staff, proper procedures and records are complete.
  7. Directs correct calibration of equipment used in applying pesticides and other potentially hazardous substances.
  8. Maintains all safety and training records for OSHA inspection.
  9. Orders supplies, spare parts and equipment as authorized and takes delivery on or off campus.
  10. Produces budget projections for grounds maintenance department for supplies and capital projects and monitors spending.
  11. Recommends purchases, obtains and assist others in collecting bids and ordering supplies.
  12. Directs and uses heavy equipment in performing tasks related to complete landscape maintenance and construction, including all related landscape equipment.
  13. Represents the grounds department by attending various committee meetings.
  14. Provides information and assistance to supervisor in evaluation and assessment of personnel.
  15. Maintains a safe work environment.
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed outdoors in sometimes inclement weather and involves dirt, noise and hazardous materials. Work pressure disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected. Job requires considerable and usually sustained physical effort. Strength and agility for heavy lifting* and knowledge of correct body dynamics is necessary for this position. Job requires ability to operate physically demanding machinery.    Travel between college locations using college-owned vehicle or personal vehicle may be required.

*lifting over 50 lbs requires assistance and/or use of mechanical devices such as forklift, hand truck, etc.


High school diploma or equivalent. Two year degree in landscape maintenance required. Experience performing the duties of the job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Three years of work experience in general landscape maintenance.

Must possess a valid and appropriate public pesticide apprentice license and forklift certification within nine months of employment. Must be able to obtain certificates for first aid/CPR within six months of employment.

Must be able to meet the requirements to obtain a Class A-CDL within three months of employment for operation of commercial motor vehicles in the State of Oregon; and must possess an acceptable driving record.


Knowledge of:

  • Applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Safety and materials requirements and recordkeeping;
  • Departmental processes and policies;
  • Plant identification and control;
  • Irrigation techniques;
  • Heavy equipment operation and maintenance;
  • Use of pesticides;
  • Drainage and storm water management;
  • Integrated pest management.

Skills in:

  • Explaining terms, concepts and technology in plain language;
  • Leading, training, and coordinating the work of others in a team environment;
  • Organizing and keeping records;
  • Developing budgets and estimating costs;
  • Operating a computer and various software packages.

Ability to:

  • Effectively communicate both in writing and verbally;
  • Interact positively with staff and the public in order to enhance effectiveness and to promote quality service;
  • Work independently and prioritize multiple tasks and adapt to needed changes.

 REVISED: 3/2017; 2/2016; 3/2015; 2/2001

REPLACES: Grounds Foreperson, Gr. 20, 6/1995