Grounds Maintenance Worker I
Job Type

San Bernardino International Airport Authority

Position: Grounds Maintenance Worker I Status: Non-Exempt

Reports to: Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

Location: San Bernardino International Airport 

Starting Salary: Starting rate $15.75/hours ($32,751 Annual) DOE with full benefits


Under direct supervision, performs a variety of work in the construction, modification, maintenance, and repair of agency infrastructure, grounds, roads, aprons, taxiways, runways, drainage systems, fencing, satellite properties, and related airport facilities and structures; uses and operates a variety of manual and power tools and light to heavy power driven equipment; and performs related work as required.


Receives direct supervision from the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth.

  • Performs grounds maintenance duties, including mowing and edging lawns, trimming hedges, pruning trees and shrubbery, and performing light maintenance on power equipment.
  • Performs various landscaping duties such as watering lawns and shrubs; mowing; fertilizing; preparing and seeding soil; cultivating and weeding planted areas.
  • Digs trenches and performs routine maintenance on irrigation pipe and sprinkler lines.
  • Cleans walks, parking lots, and other areas of leaves and debris.
  • Accomplishes operator maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Operates power equipment such as power lawn mowers, weed eaters, small tractors, riding mowers, power edgers, and operates motor vehicles.
  • Uses power and hand tools to perform construction, repair, and maintenance of grounds and equipment.
  • Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
  • Maintains public facilities, shop and garage areas, storage sites, and other work areas in a clean and orderly condition, including securing equipment at the close of the workday.
  • Installs street barricades and cones and controls traffic around work sites and special events to ensure safe conditions for the general public and agency workers.
  • Conducts asphalt and concrete repairs and preventive maintenance.
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Maintains accurate logs and records of work performed and materials and equipment used.
  • Responds to after-hours emergencies.
  • May provide temporary supervision of Work Release Personnel.
  • Establishes, maintains, and fosters positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the. public, vendors, contractors, and agency staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles, practices, tools, and materials as they relate to the maintenance and repair of infrastructure, grounds, systems, and appurtenances similar to those in an airport environment.
  • The operation and minor maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools, vehicles, and light to heavy power equipment.
  • Occupational hazards and safety equipment and practices related to the work, including the handling of hazardous chemicals.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Basic mathematics.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
  • Basic computer software related to work.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and agency staff.

Ability to:

  • Perform basic construction, modification, maintenance, and repair work.
  • Perform assigned maintenance and repair duties with accuracy and speed.
  • Operate specialized construction maintenance and repair equipment.
  • Make accurate arithmetic calculations.
  • Safely and effectively use and operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools, and light to heavy equipment required for the work.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Follow department policies and procedures related to assigned duties.
  • Identify priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and one (1) year of experience in construction, maintenance, and/or repair of grounds, facilities, and appurtenances, and/or training in the use of hand and power tools and equipment.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment
  • Maintain federally mandated security clearances required to work at an airport.


Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, to climb and descend ladders, walk on uneven terrain, to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various agency sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 75 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.


Employees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.