Grounds Nursery Spec 3

Cheney, WA
Jul 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title Grounds & Nursery Specialist 3

Job Summary

We are currently seeking a Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 3 that performs multiple duties relating to the care and maintenance of university grounds, greenhouse or gardening programs. Positions will be involved in sprinkler irrigation and the maintenance of a grounds maintenance program. Propagates and cares for trees, shrubs, and forage plants. Performs soil analysis, maintains growth records on propagations.

On top of salary, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers generous vacation and sick leave accruals, 10 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses.

EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Diversity Statement

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Conditions of Employment

This position requires continuous walking and maintaining of stamina during workday. Frequent sitting, standing, bending over, reaching overhead, pushing or pulling, repetitive use of hands/arms, repetitive use of legs, lifting of up to 50 pounds, carrying of up to 50 pounds, eye/hand coordination. Successful candidate must be able to pass a pre-placement physical.

This position works continuously outside. The work environment varies in temperature between very hot, and very cold. This position works in high places in an environment that can be dry, wet, dirty and/or dusty.

Have essential physical and mental capabilities in the following: Interpersonal skills, memory, attention to detail, follow directions, comprehension, calculating, reading, writing, speaking, evaluating, mathematics, organizing and innovation.

This position will be required to secure a Washington State Department of Agriculture Public Pesticide Operators license in the following categories: Laws & Safety, Ornamental Insects & Diseases, Ornamental Weeds within six months of hire.

This position requires a valid driver's license.

This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. Successful applicant will be required to pass a background check for continued employment.

This is an agency shop position.

Physical Demands

If you would like to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions Analysis form, which describes the physical and mental demands of the position, please contact Vara Lyn Conrath at

Required Qualifications:
  • Physical ability to do required work.
  • One year of experience or training involving grounds maintenance, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must acquire and maintain a Washington State Department of Agriculture Public Applicators License with the following categories: Laws & Safety, Ornamental Weeds, Insect & Disease within six months of hire.
  • Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Other Skills and Abilities: