Grounds Maintenance Worker

Apr 14, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Grounds Maintenance Worker

Position Description

Ideal Candidate Statement

The incumbent should be knowledgeable in irrigation timers, drip line installation, new lawn seeding or sod installation, irrigation repairs, and low water use practices. Ability to work independently while making sound judgement and reporting irregularities to supervisor. The incumbent should be skilled in weeding, mowing, edging, tree removal, and roadside safe practices.

Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for staff who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles, highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal and is respectful of diverse views and opinions. The college has a firm commitment to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.

Job Description Summary

This is a 12 month, 100%, Classified Position

Under the direction of the Manager Maintenance and Operations, perform a variety of grounds maintenance and gardening duties in the beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Basic grounds maintenance procedures including mowing, edging, raking and weeding. Methods, equipment and materials used in gardening and groundskeeping work. Cultivating, fertilizing, watering and spraying of flowers, trees and shrubs.
Operation and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment used in groundskeeping.
Basic recordkeeping techniques.
Health and safety regulations.

Perform a variety of grounds maintenance and gardening duties in the beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas.
Mow, edge, water, weed, fertilize, rake and cultivate lawns, flower beds, athletic fields and other landscaped areas.
Operate hand and power tools and other equipment used in grounds maintenance. Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Maintain routine records.
Observe health and safety regulations.
Work cooperatively with others.

Essential Duties
Mow, edge, and fertilize athletic fields, lawns and other turf areas; cut, spray and pull weeds; trim trees, bushes and plants; utilize a chainsaw to trim and cut down trees as required; assist with the lining of athletic fields.

Maintain irrigation systems; check clocks, sprinkler heads, valves and pipes; identify and repair leaks and other damage.

Plant, cultivate, prune, spray, fertilize and irrigate flowers, trees, grass and shrubs; hoe and pull weeds and rake leaves; edge walkways.

Perform general grounds cleanup, including picking up paper, trash and debris on grounds areas, parking lots, athletic fields and other assigned areas; empty waste receptacles; sweep litter from walks and driveways.

Operate a variety of powerdriven equipment such as mowers, chainsaws edgers, blowers, power pressure sprayers and other equipment used in grounds maintenance work; utilize standard gardening hand tools.

Maintain grounds maintenance equipment in safe operating condition; perform minor maintenance on equipment such as changing blades, greasing and changing oil.

Maintain routine records related to assigned activities.

Assist with the removal of pool covers as assigned.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to: sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above.


Valid California Class C driver's license.

Physical Characteristics


Outdoor work environment.
Seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions. Exposure to fumes, dust, odors, oil/grease, gases.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate grounds maintenance equipment. Walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Seeing to perform gardening and grounds work.
Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy objects as assigned by position. Sitting to operate tractors, mowers and other machines.
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
Heavy physical labor.

Working around and with machinery having moving parts. Exposure to chemicals and fumes.

Salary Range
Salary Range 29: $40,296$51,429 annually

Posting Number

Number of Vacancies

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Foreign Transcripts
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course by course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement


1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
2. Membership in Public Employees' Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
4. Paid vacation
5. Paid sick leave
6. Paid holidays and districtpaid floating personal days
7. Summer 4/10 schedule (Fridays off)
8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)

*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement

A multicampus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 6596088.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Preemployment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • Public Job Posting
  • Internal Job Posting
  • Agency Referral
  • Advertisement/Publication
  • Personal Referral
  • Website
  • Other

    2. What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity, and how would you apply this commitment as you conduct your Grounds Maintenance Worker responsibilities?

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

    1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (PDF Document Only)
    2. Cover Letter (PDF Document Only)
    3. List of at least three Professional References including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you. Please DO NOT SUBMIT letters of references at this time.


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