Richard Nield began his career with the City of Hayward in 1990 as a Laborer in the Landscape Division for the Maintenance Services Department. Rich has remained loyal to the Landscape Division for over 25 years.
In 1995, he was promoted to a Groundskeeper I. In 2000, he was promoted to a Groundskeeper II. He was recently promoted to a Groundskeeper III in December 2014. Since November 2015 he has been acting in the Landscape Supervisor capacity.
During his time here at the City, Rich showed initiative by taking classes both internally and externally to further his knowledge as a Landscape employee. He is now a Certified Arborist, he obtained a Qualified Applicator License with the State of California to apply pesticides, he is certified in both Bay-Friendly Maintenance and Design, and he is also a Licensed Electrician. Rich has also served as a Union steward for SEIU 1021 Maintenance and Operations unit.
Richard has been instrumental in the city-wide implementation of the Calsense Water Management System – a system that reduces water usage, and automatically adjusts controllers daily according to weather and temperature. There are currently 52 systems online throughout the City of Hayward and has saved more than over 2 million gallons of water.
Richard’s passion is sport fishing in the San Francisco Bay, ocean and lakes. On his spare time, he builds custom fishing rods, donates them to organizations in the Bay area – like the Diamond Classic – that promotes fishing for children. He also donates fishing trips on his boat and fishing rods.