San Jose, CA
Mar 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24421
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 0731
Department: Ground


Classification: Groundsworker
Salary Range: $2,736 /month - $4,530 /month
FLSA status: Nonexempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

Under immediate supervision, and in accordance with schedules and periodic instruction, this position is primarily responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the campus grounds, ensuring a clean, safe and attractive learning environment. Position makes decisions based upon sound grounds maintenance practice. Researches and recommends supplies and materials for area of responsibility.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

-Operates hand tools for area clearing, pruning, cutting, debris removal, minor irrigation repairs, and general landscape maintenance.
-Maintains and operates powered equipment such as leaf blowers, push-type lawn mowers, lawn edgers, line trimmers, pole saws, and reciprocating hedge trimmers for vegetation maintenance and clean-up.
-Mixes, spreads, or sprays fertilizer, herbicides, or insecticides to promote plant growth.
-Manicures, cuts, removes, and cleans up vegetation and debris to maintain aesthetics.
-Monitors and promotes plant growth by providing water, light, and soil nutrients and aeration.
-Operates utility cart, pick-up truck, power landscape equipment, and ride on sweepers/mowers to transport tools, personnel, and waste materials.
-Operates, cleans and inspects irrigation systems, valves, drainage, related equipment and areas to identify problems and needed repairs.
-Disables and clearly identifies (lock out and tag out) unsafe equipment, and immediately notifies appropriate personnel.
-Unlocks and secures equipment and areas to be maintained.
-Consults and works with other trade workers, as needed, for completion of maintenance tasks or associated repairs.
-Operates radio or cellular phone for communication of urgent needs, critical information and status updates.
-Records work details in log sheets and keeps time records to assists in completion of documentation.
-Responds promptly to, and assists with, urgent needs - preventing injury, damage, or further incident.
-Attends and participates in departmental meetings, trainings and functions.
-Maintains clean work areas, tools, equipment and associated structures.
-Uses protective equipment, as required, for personal safety.

Education and Experience

One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor. Requires the possession of a valid California Driver's License for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required for position and in any emergency situation. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.

Preferred Qualifications

-Commercial grounds and landscape experience including lawn edging and grooming.
-Litter, trash and green waste removal experience.
-Tree and shrub care experience, including pruning and tree supports.
-Sprinkler maintenance experience.
-Pesticide and/or fertilizer application and/or spraying experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Thorough knowledge of general gardening and grounds maintenance methods.
-General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating and caring of hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns and flowers.
-Knowledge of the use and care of gardening materials, supplies, tools and equipment.
-Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California.
-Ability to perform strenuous physical work; mechanical aptitude and motor coordination.
-Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools.
-Ability to learn to operate skillfully small trucks and power-driven grounds equipment.
-Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position.
-Ability to follow simple oral and written instructions.
-Ability to interface positively with co-workers, students, staff and faculty.
-Ability to perform all work activities in a safe manner utilizing safety guidelines and equipment.
-A valid California Drivers License is required at time of hire for the operation of any vehicle required for this position.
-Must be able to complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam.
-Must be able to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and may include evening and weekend hours.

Posting Date

February 8, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins February 23, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Every applicant who reaches the final level of interviews will be required to complete a background check. The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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