Mar 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Humboldt State University

(Job #17-29) Groundsworker, $2,736-$4,441/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a temporary, seasonal, full time, pool position in the department of Facilities Management. This position is not eligible for state benefits, but may be eligible for medical benefits only under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The individual appointed to this position will work for no more than 960 hours per calendar year. Anticipated starting date is June 1, 2017.

Position Summary: Under general supervision of the Director of Sustainability, Energy & Grounds and with lead work direction provided by the Grounds & Recycling Coordinator as well as Gardening Specialists, Groundsworkers perform general gardening work and maintains the grounds of the campus in an assigned area of the campus.

  • Plant, cultivate, fertilize, water and spray ornamental plays, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns and flowers. Prepare and treat soils for planting.
  • Operate and perform maintenance on small power-operated power mowers, small riding mowers and other gardening power equipment. Maintains sprinklers, tools and equipment in proper condition and repair.
  • Identifies noxious pests, insects, plant diseases and weed conditions in campus buildings and grounds.
  • Applies horticultural sprays and other chemical agents to plants, trees, shrubs, and lawns for eradication of fungi and pests; to embankments, roads, parking lots and unimproved acreage for the control of insects, pests and weeds; and to buildings for the control and eradication of insects, termites and pests.
  • Inspects, services, maintains and repairs automatic sprinkler control devices. Repairs broken sprinkler lines, heads, valves and related equipment.
  • Performs minor installation and modification of sprinkler systems. Review landscaped areas and coordinate the installation or modification of sprinkler systems taking into consideration the vegetation, soil conditions, and evaporation and water retention factors.
  • Prune and trim trees to achieve attractive shapes; treat cut surfaces to protect them from fungi and insects.
  • Apply. treatment to trees having diseased or unhealthy conditions
Minimum Qualifications: Equivalent to a high school diploma and one year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds maintenance work or in related manual labor.

Knowledge & Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of general gardening and grounds maintenance methods.
  • General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns and flowers.
  • General knowledge of the use and care of gardening materials, tools and equipment.
  • Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees, and flowers grown in California.
  • Ability to perform the strenuous work required to complete the duties required of the position.
  • Ability to use maintenance management and work reporting systems such as those used to track work orders and obtain warehouse supplies.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet short and long term deadlines/goals; and complete routine tasks despite intermittent interruptions.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, environment) into all aspects of performing job duties.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience performing the duties described within a school or institutional environment.
Possession of a valid California driver's license and appropriate safe driving record.

Application Procedure: Please note that our application process has changed! We now require application materials to be submitted electronically. If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you. Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following materials:Submission of the application materials should be sent as email attachments to

Please include your last name and the job # (17-29) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Thursday, April 20, 2017.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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