Oakland, California, United States | Facilities | Full-time


Come join Children’s Fairyland as a Groundskeeper for a unique opportunity to use your landscaping and maintenance experience to make our park a colorful, inviting outdoor experience for our guests!  The Fairyland team is a diverse group of dedicated individuals committed to creating a magical fantasy world for young children to create, imagine, play, and learn!

A successful Groundskeeper candidate has deep experience in grounds maintenance, landscaping and general cleanup.  Reporting to the Horticulturist/Landscape Supervisor, the primary responsibility of the position will be maintaining lawns, irrigation systems, and performing general garden maintenance.

COVID-19 Update:  In an effort to keep our visitors, staff, volunteers, and communities safe, Fairyland has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. In accordance with state and federal laws, Fairyland will consider all qualified applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation from our vaccination policy based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • At least one (1) year of previous grounds keeping/gardening experience, preferably at a public park, garden or golf course;
  • Ability to operate various types of power equipment including lawnmowers, trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and other landscaping equipment;
  • Proper maintenance and repair procedures of tools and equipment used in park maintenance operations;
  • Basic landscaping concepts for mowing, watering, applying fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and rodenticides;
  • Proper planting and pruning techniques for a variety of trees, bushes, and other plants;
  • Basic recordkeeping principles and practices;
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service;
  • Principles and practices of on-the-job safety and use of personal protective equipment;
  • Ability to use hand tools required for landscaping;
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete assignments;
  • Extensive knowledge of landscaping techniques and processes;
  • Excellent time management skill;
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred;
  • Possess a clear background history with no barriers to working with Fairyland;
  • Possess current valid California Driver’s License with an insurable driving record

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation: able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse stakeholders;
  • Professional maturity to manage composure during stressful interactions;
  • Energetic, diplomatic, adaptable and with a good sense of humor;
  • Passionate about the mission, vision, and goals of Fairyland and possess an understanding of how this position contributes to the organization’s success;
  • Strong work ethic with an orientation toward process improvement;
  • Impeccable integrity and honesty

Physical Requirements

This position is primarily located in an outdoor environment.  Able to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Stand, sit, kneel, walk, bend, and perform repetitive motions for the duration of an eight (8) hour shift;
  • Traverse safely over uneven terrain throughout the entirety of the 10-acre amusement park;
  • Safely lift, manipulate and transport items of up to 50 lbs.;
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others;
  • Respond quickly to sounds;
  • See and respond quickly to situations;
  • Operate two-radio for communications with park personnel;
  • Work in outdoor, occasionally adverse, seasonal weather conditions for 100% of shift;
  • Ability to dig drainage/planting trenches in our native clay soil;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery such as turf equipment;
  • Ability to work on weekends and holidays;
  • Proven track record of punctuality and attendance;
  • Ability to meet Fairyland’s current COVID-19 requirements
    • Ability to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to start of employment;
    • Ability to wear and maintaining a face mask for the duration of the scheduled shift

Benefits & Compensation

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position scheduled 32 hours per week (4 full days) Wednesday through Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The rate of pay is $18.84 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in benefits the first of the month following 60 days of service. Benefits include:

  • Medical: Fairyland pays 100% for employees and 50% for dependent children for our base Kaiser plan with options to buy up to Gold and Platinum plans. 
  • Dental: 100% premium coverage for employees and 50% for dependent children on SunLife PPO. 
  • Vision: 100% premium coverage for employees on VSP. Eligible dependents may be added to the vision plan.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO):  In the first year, new full-time team members accrue ten (10) PTO days, ten (10) sick days, and  six (6) paid holidays including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day,  and three (3) floating holidays! 
  • Retirement:  All eligible team members can participate in the 401k plan upon hire.
  • Employee membership program: Team members receive their choice of two (2) adult memberships and three (3) named children OR  six (6) guest passes annually to enjoy the park with their families and friends.
  • Employee discounts:  Discounts on merchandise in the park’s gift shop and a 20% discount at our Café. 
  • Fairyland parking pass:  Working at Fairyland means you don’t pay for parking! We provide designated passes for our staff.

How to join Team Fairyland

To apply for a position with Fairyland, please complete the application here. Due to the size of our operations, we are unable to take phone inquiries about positions.

Children's Fairyland fully and actively supports equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Our commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We see candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, community building, and meaningful connection with a broad range of people and institutions.

About Fairyland

Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s travel section on unique places to visit in Oakland and touted by BuzzFeed as “The Most Amazing Place to take Kids” in California, Children’s Fairyland is the first storybook theme park in America! In 1950, a group of visionary Oaklanders partnered with the city’s park superintendent and garnered support from enthusiastic citizens to build the outdoor 10-acre theme park on the shores of Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland. Visited by Walt Disney as he was conceptualizing Disneyland, Fairyland has inspired many other fairytale-themed parks across the United States. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy Fairyland’s many activities and programs annually, and through our outreach program, free or reduced admission is offered to over 16,000 children and families every year. Fairyland operates 362 of 365 days a year, weather permitting.