Grounds Maintenance Program

What do Groundskeepers do?

Grounds staff are responsible for the maintenance of the exterior environment. Our Grounds staff take pride in ensuring the campuses are aesthetically pleasing, safe, and facilitate the instructional mission as well as community use. The vast knowledge and experience of our Groundskeepers in the areas of tree trimming, athletic field maintenance, irrigation, grounds equipment maintenance, proper pruning techniques, hardscape maintenance, pest control, roadway maintenance, and fire prevention allows us to achieve " Facilities Excellence".

The extensive exterior environment for which our Grounds staff are responsible includes:

  • 3 campuses totaling 416 acres
  • 48 parking lots, 7,546 parking spaces
  • 5.75 miles of roadway
  • 10 sports fields
  • 23 landscaped acres
  • 29 tennis courts
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 48 miles of underground pipeline (for electrical, communications, sanitary and storm drain, water supply, gas, irrigation)
  • over 1000 exterior light fixtures
  • 3,108,400 square feet of roadway, with associated striping and pavement markings
  • 5.75 miles of concrete curb
  • 2,263,800 square feet of parking lots
  • 7,546 parking spaces, with associated wheel stops, striping and pavement markings
  • 8,800 linear feet of storm drains, plus related drain basins
  • 120 landscaped islands with concrete curbs, planted with hundreds of trees and bushes
  • 266 lights/poles
  • 200 garbage cans
  • hundreds of signs (no parking, stop, yield, speed limit, etc.)
  • 5 entrance gates
  • 3 SamTrans bus stops and additional bus rest stops, plus numerous Redi-Wheels bus stops

Generic job descriptions for classifications in the Groundskeeping family:

Grounds Standards of Care and Maintenance (Grounds Program Review)

Beginning in February 2002 and continuing through Spring 2004, we performed program reviews of our Grounds operations. This program review allows us to develop best business practices, to qualify and quantify what we do, and to do more with less by working smarter - not harder.

Pesticide Notification

The San Mateo County Community College District is comprised of 416 developed and undeveloped acres of land among 3 campuses: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. As part of the grounds maintenance program, some pesticides are applied at our campuses. The Facilities Department is committed to using the least toxic pest management practices as the preferred method of managing pests at our sites. All pesticide use is subject to regulation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. Sec. 136 et seq.). We maintain records of all pesticide use for a period of four years, and we make this information available to the public, upon request, pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).