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Artesia Cemetery District

Cemetery Groundskeeper

Job Description (Full Time)



$18.00 Hourly

$3,120 Monthly

$37,440 Annually




Under general supervision will perform semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the maintenance, development, and operation of the cemetery; and operate a variety of equipment including riding mower, edger, backhoe, tractor, and excavator. 




·       Digs graves

·       Sets up canopy and chairs;

·       Operates light and heavy equipment including backhoe, tractor, and excavator;

·       Installs grave marker and floral vases;

·       Maintains, repairs, and installs automatic sprinkler systems and lines;

·       Mows and trims lawns throughout cemetery grounds including around grave markers, monuments, head stones, curbs, and tree;

·       Irrigates cemetery grounds using automatic and manual systems;

·       Prepares for burial services;

·       Sets up lowering devices, erect canopy and lower caskets, bells, and vaults;

·       Performs disinterment of human remains; may require entry to place strapping for removal;

·       Directs traffic and parks cars;

·       Provides additional assistance to service attendants, mortuary directors, and families as needed; acts as pall bearer if necessary;

·       Performs a variety of tasks in the maintenance of the City's cemetery;

·       Cultivates, prunes, and edges lawns and flowers;

·       Trims trees and shrubs;

·       Weeds landscaped area and picks up litter;

·       Cleans and performs basic custodial work in cemetery buildings and facilities;

·       Sweeps cemetery paths and streets;

·       Secures building, vehicles, and gates;

·       Assists and provides information to customers; and

·       Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.




Knowledge of:

·       Practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in cemetery and grounds maintenance and operation work;

·       Occupational hazards and necessary precautions applicable to assigned work; and

·       Safe driving principles and practices.


Skill to:

·       Use a backhoe & excavator to open graves in restrictive spaces or on uneven ground;

·       Operate a variety of mechanical equipment in a safe and effective manner;

·       Use and operate hand tools, mechanical equipment and power tools and equipment; and

·       Operate a motor vehicle safely.



Ability to:

·       Perform cemetery maintenance, landscaping, reconstruction and repair work independently;

·       Perform preventive maintenance on equipment; and

·       Learn policies, procedures, and codes related to cemetery and facilities maintenance;

·       Perform cemetery maintenance, landscaping, construction and repair work;

·       Perform minor or routine maintenance and repair of equipment;

·       Deal tactfully with the public;

·       Understand and follow oral and written directions;

·       Communicate clearly and concisely, and

·       Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.





·       Experience in grounds maintenance and construction, preferred but not required.

·       Experience in maintenance and operations, preferably in a cemetery.

·       Experience operating a mower, edger, backhoe, tractor, and excavator.



·       Equivalent to a high school diploma supplemented by training in operating an excavator and backhoe.


Licenses and Certificates:

·       Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

·       Excavator/Backhoe Experience (or certification) Required

·       Pest Control or OSHA certification a plus, but not required


Special Requirements:


Essential functions and duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:


·       Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, and climb;

·       Ability to lift 75 pounds;

·       Ability to work on occasional weekend burials at overtime pay;

·       Exposure to outdoors, heat, noise, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, mechanic

·       Maintain a positive work relationship with the public and cemetery staff.




·       Medical/Dental/Vision

·       Vacation

·       Paid Holidays

·       Monday – Friday work schedule

·       403 (b) Retirement Savings Plan