Lead Groundsworker

Oct 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lead Groundsworker

Humboldt State University

(Job #17-94) Lead Groundsworker, $3,091-$5,118/Month. Appointments are normally made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefitted, 12-month pay plan, non-exempt position with a one-year probationary period in the Department of Housing & Residence Life. Regular work hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Description: Under the direction and general supervision of the Associate Director of Housing Facilities, the Lead Groundsworker performs and oversees the work of employees engaged in general gardening and grounds-maintenance work in assigned areas of the Housing Residence halls; assists in the work of employees engaged in more specialized work such as Gardening Specialist; and oversees and assists employees engaged in grounds projects.

Duties: The Lead Groundsworker typically performs work involving some or all of the following duties: performs and oversees work with a crew of grounds employees and students engaged in planting, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, and spraying ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns, and flowers or other grounds maintenance work in an assigned area of a campus; oversees and assists employees who are taken from their normal assignment to work on major grounds projects such as re-sodding, installation of sprinkler systems, pruning, major landscaping projects or Housing move-in and move-out; may oversee and assist a crew of grounds employees and students engaged in grounds activities of a general nature such as construction of flower beds, maintenance of drainage systems, removal of brush and trees, collection of trash and laying of concrete and asphalt; assign work to others according to well established guidelines and procedures; inspect completed work; assist in the selection of grounds workers; train and evaluate employees; keep records and make reports of work completed; may drive pick-ups and other automotive equipment in the performance of assigned duties; requisition supplies and equipment necessary to maintain the landscape; and may perform specialized grounds maintenance work such as spraying, irrigation system repair, or plant propagation in an assigned area on an occasional basis.

Minimum Qualifications: Two years of experience in general grounds maintenance work and performance of planning, training, coordinating and inspecting the work of others. Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, and tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating, and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees. General knowledge of common plant diseases, pests, and weeds and approved methods and materials used in their control and eradication. Knowledge of horticultural methods and materials; and planting and growing requirements of plants commonly grown in California. Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position. A California driver's license is required as well as the ability to drive automatic and standard transmission vehicles.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience performing the duties described above within a school, University or institutional environment.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns and trees; general knowledge of common plant diseases, pests, and weeds and approved methods and materials used in their control and eradication; knowledge of horticultural methods and materials, and planting and growing requirements of plants commonly grown in California. Ability to lay out, coordinate and supervise the work of others; ability to provide training, interpret policies and explain methods and procedures; ability to inspect and evaluate the work of others; ability to read and write at a level sufficient for satisfactory job performance; ability to perform general gardening and grounds maintenance work. Must be willing and able to work outdoor in inclement weather. Must possess the level of competency to understand University correspondence, Material Safety Data Sheets and safety procedures, and instructions on product labels; knowledge and understanding of the safe use of chemicals and proper labeling of supplies. Knowledge of equipment maintenance. Ability to follow directions to use and care for equipment applicable to the trade; ability to observe safe working procedures and to organize work areas in the safest manner possible. Necessary hand and digit dexterity to operate equipment specific to the trade. Ability to climb and transport ladders, and bend and lift objects up to 50 pounds routinely. Applicants must have ability to maintain effective relationships with students, co-workers, parents and campus visitors. Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse population. Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities, as communicated by a supervisor, in order to meet short and long term deadlines/goals.

Specific Physical and/or Environmental Working Conditions: In general, this position works a consistent schedule, Monday-Friday for an eight hour shift as assigned. Business needs may occasionally require overtime as assigned and approved in advance for housing projects, events and/or emergencies. This position is assigned to a work environment that includes residence halls, grounds, roadways and other physical improvements. Due to the nature of the assignment, individuals in this position are exposed to or must have the ability to: perform work involving regular physical activity including tasks with repetitive physical motion, traversing uneven slopes and climbing stairs; perform work involving heights, using lifts and/or involving the use of fall protection equipment; perform work in noisy and/or dusty environments; perform work in a construction-oriented environment which requires the use of personal protective equipment. Work may involve exposure to hazardous materials such as chemicals associated with the landscaping trade.

Application Procedure: Please note that Humboldt State University now requires 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:

Letter of Interest;
HSU Employment Application at https://csucareers.calstate.edu/Detail.aspx?pid=63988
Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
Contact information for at least three professional references

Submission of the application materials should be sent as email attachments to careers@humboldt.edu.

Please include your last name and the job # (17-94) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Thursday, October 26, 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
Email: careers@humboldt.edu

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 http://www.humboldt.edu.

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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