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Grounds Worker

Company: Calvary Cemetery | Calvary Mortuary SB
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: October 9, 2021

Job Description:

Grounds Worker

Santa Clara Cemetery

*Attention Internal Applicants - If you are currently employed at one of our Cemetery/Mortuary or ACC locations and is interested in this position, please see your Manager so you can be explained the procedure and given the Internal Transfer Application.*


Works in the direct interment/entombment of the deceased, or disinterment/dis-entombment of remains. Trims memorials and monuments on cemetery grounds. Maintains cemetery grounds and buildings under the direction and supervision of the Supervisor/Assistant Supervisor. Full time position requires 40 hours per week. Overtime is required as needed.


Because all Archdiocesan employees represent the Roman Catholic Church, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the goals and mission of the Church in performing their work.

  • Sets up graves for interment services, seals vaults, backfills and tamps graves, replaces sod; trims all memorials and monuments on cemetery grounds.
  • Sets up tents as necessary; handles and stores dirt sheets and greens.
  • Mow, edges, sweeps lawns.
  • Removes flowers; cares for vases.
  • Prunes, fertilizes and waters the grounds.
  • Cares for flower beds and areas around buildings.
  • Raises graves and memorials; levels lawn.
  • Cleans automobiles and equipment.
  • Driving Cemetery Vehicles and/or equipment.
  • Cleans office and performs janitorial maintenance.
  • Gathers and removes trash.
  • Acts as funeral attendant; assists priests, patrons and funeral directors as necessary.
  • Performs other cemetery tasks as directed by Supervisor.
  • Maintains good personal appearance; conducts self in a manner befitting funerals and respect for the dead.
  • Responsible for safe and careful handling of all cemetery property and equipment; makes certain of its proper use and security. Makes certain all equipment is clean and stored properly; informs Supervisor of any needed maintenance or repairs to equipment, or buildings. Ground worker in small cemeteries operates backhoe and performs minor maintenance work.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, typically:

  • Valid Driver’s License, good driving record and automobile insurance.
  • General education sufficient to understand and observe written and oral instructions, directions and safety rules. Previous experience in grounds-care helpful.
  • Training in lawn maintenance and landscaping equipment, excavation safety -- all on the job training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Active member of a Roman Catholic faith community.
  • Application of on-the-job training in procedures and safety practices.
  • Basic edging and trimming equipment operation and repair.

Skill in:

  • Acquiring necessary skills from on-the-job training.

Ability to:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Complete job on own after initial instruction from Supervisor.
  • Write, read, and follow instructions

Physical and Environmental Requirements

  • Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Sit for sustained periods of time on a daily basis.
  • Perform tasks requiring intermittent bending stooping, and walking.
  • Sustain frequent movement of the fingers, wrists, hands and arms.

Keywords: Calvary Cemetery | Calvary Mortuary SB, Santa Barbara , Grounds Worker, Other , Santa Barbara, California

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