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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3113 - Grounds Crew Leader

Job Description

GRADE: Local 150

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in overseeing the work of the grounds maintenance staff; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising, assigning and inspecting the work of semi-skilled or unskilled laborers.  Work involves responsibility for the completion of tasks as directed by the supervisor.  Direction is received from the Facilities Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Serves as the lead worker to the grounds crew in landscaping duties
• Discusses project requirements with and receives detailed instructions from assigned supervisor or manager
• Leads the installation, care and maintenance of lawns, shrubbery, trees, gardens, mulched landscape beds, roads and parking lots by distributing work orders and assignments
• Leads and participates in the maintenance of lawns on County property
• Leads in the care and maintenance of pavement surfaces in all seasons, including snow removal and ice management
• Inspects work in progress to assure conformance with instructions
• Makes and adjusts work assignments
• Determines needs and requests the procurement of necessary equipment and materials
• Prepares and maintains time and material records and other maintenance related records
• Records and maintains accurate daily work logs and productivity reports
• Prepares work reports
• Inspects parking lot areas and restricted parking lot for debris
• Ensures the collection and proper disposal of trash and debris from campus lawns, pavements, and parking decks
• Performs or assists in performing more difficult or skilled tasks
• Trains, orients and instructs grounds maintenance employees
• Receives and responds to questions and concerns from public
• Operates various tools and equipment in a highly skilled manner
• Performs highly skilled maintenance, construction and repair work for specific assignments
• Develops, implements and monitors organizational training and tracking procedures
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Proper handling of herbicides, fertilizers, fuel, paints and other materials used in maintenance work
• Installation and maintenance of landscaping features such as lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens
• Operating characteristics of tractors, mowers, rollers, utility vehicles and power hand tools
• Safety procedures and practices
• Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations
• Recordkeeping principles
• Safe work practices
• Project management techniques and methods
• Reading blueprints, schematic drawings, and/or construction drawings

Skill in:
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Prioritizing and assigning work
• Using applicable tools and equipment
• Interpreting and applying policies, procedures, codes, laws and regulations
• Analyzing situations, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of actions, and implementing recommendations
• Troubleshooting systems
• Preparing and maintaining a variety of maintenance records

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Lead a crew


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Three (3) years of experience as a semi-skilled worker in grounds or general maintenance; including 1 year experience as a lead worker; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for light work. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position occasionally includes working near moving mechanical parts, in outside weather conditions, with hazardous materials, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Illinois Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and must have an Air Brake Endorsement.