Fairgrounds Buildings & Grounds Superintendent

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 24, 2021
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Position Information


The Sonoma County Fairgrounds seeks an experienced and energetic team leader to
become their Fairgrounds Buildings and Grounds Superintendent!
Starting salary up to $53.01/hour ($110,638/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

As a member of senior management, the Fairgrounds Buildings and Grounds Superintendent is responsible for the oversight of maintenance, repairs, and upkeep of all the grounds, buildings, and property of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This position also oversees 15 facility maintenance staff who are involved with construction projects, repairs, and general maintenance. Additional responsibilities of this position include:

  • Assessing facility needs and scheduling staff and resources
  • Preparing and reviewing proposals to monitor supply needs of Fairgrounds
  • Managing all set-up, daily maintenance, and tear down of the events, in addition to preparation of the budget, during the annual County fair and other major events
  • Coordinating with vendors and internal services to ensure telecommunications systems are functioning properly (IT, wireless, and telephony systems at the Fairground facilities)

The next Fairgrounds Buildings & Grounds Superintendent will bring a solid understanding of large facility maintenance requirements in order to address the various issues that arise on a daily basis that range from electrical, plumbing, irrigation, janitorial, etc. in nature. The ideal candidate will have experience managing facility maintenance operations for a campus environment, which could include a fairgrounds or multi-building environment with major parking facilities. The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Experience training a team on safety procedures and maintaining safety records
  • Strong communication skills as well as the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a professional and customer service-focused attitude
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team leader who creates a positive team environment
  • Excellent time management skills that utilizes down time to assess maintenance needs and schedule preventative maintenance
  • A comfort level working around large crowds and livestock, possibly assisting in moving livestock
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as project scheduling and/or risk management software
  • Bilingual skills are desired, but not required

This position is required to work evenings when the Full Fair Board and the Buildings and Grounds Board convene. Other evening and weekend work is required during the Sonoma County Fair, Harvest Fair, and large Interim Events.

The Sonoma County Fair is among our region's most time-honored and cherished traditions. Over the past 75 years, the Fair has grown to become one of the most popular in the state. Famous for its top quality horse racing, stunning flower show, and constant innovation in family entertainment, the Fair continues its unswerving commitment to showcase and provide education on the wealth of our agricultural community. The Fairgrounds Building and Grounds Superintendent position is an exciting opportunity to continue this commitment and contribute to the community.

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice: 

The Fairgrounds offers a challenging and rewarding work environment, the satisfaction of knowing that you're working to better the community, and a competitive total compensation, including*:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • Contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.  Employees in this class are in the unclassified service; this class is exempt from the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma as stated in Section 5 of Ordinance No. 305-A as amended. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.



Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of experience and education which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, journey level experience in building or landscape maintenance and construction and three years of formal supervisory level experience in the maintenance department of a large public facility will provide this opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: buildings maintenance and repair practices and procedures, and the operation and maintenance requirements of associated machinery and equipment, including plumbing, heating, electrical, refrigeration, carpentry, painting, masonry and other mechanical systems; the general principles and practices governing janitorial and landscape maintenance care; tools, equipment and materials used in general maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds; public personnel and budget administration and basic accounting principles and practices; the general and specific provisions of the uniform building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes and related state and County codes and ordinances; modern building and construction materials and their qualities as it relates to state and County codes and ordinances and of tools, practices and techniques used in the building and construction trades; principles and practices of supervision; State and local codes relating to fire and emergency safety requirements relating to public assembly facilities.

Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate and supervise comprehensive and operational programs for buildings and grounds maintenance, including the development of safety and maintenance standards; plan, assign and supervise by direct observation and review the work of skilled and semi-skilled personnel; work effectively with administrative personnel, contractors and vendors, groups and the general public; prepare and implement a comprehensive departmental budget; prepare written reports; estimate costs labor time and materials and to keep accurate records; read and write English and perform arithmetic and accounting calculations; make, interpret and work form technical sketches, blueprints and plans.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.