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Humboldt State University

Closes: Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
(Job #18-41) Groundsworker, $2,736-$4,666/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, 12-month, benefited, non-exempt position with a one-year probationary period in
Facilities Management.

Position Summary: Under general supervision of the Director of Sustainability, Energy & Grounds and with lead work direction provided by the Lead Groundsworker or Gardening Specialists, groundsworkers perform general gardening work and maintain the grounds in an assigned area of the campus. This specific position will be assigned to grounds areas in and adjacent to residence halls.


  • Assist in maintaining landscaping and grounds in and around campus residence halls.
  • Plant, cultivate, fertilize, water and spray ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns and flowers. Prepare and treat soils for planting.
  • Operate and perform maintenance on small power-operated mowers, small riding mowers and other gardening power equipment. Maintains sprinklers, tools and equipment in proper condition and repair.
  • Identify 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.
  • Assist in the preparation of grounds and parking areas for events.
  • Perform minor installation, modification, and/or maintenance 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.
  • Assist pruning and trimming 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: One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds maintenance work or in related manual labor. Possession of a valid California driver's license and appropriate safe driving record.

    Required Knowledge, Skills and 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, and the use and care of gardening materials, tools, and equipment
  • Necessary hand and digit dexterity to operate equipment specific to the trade
    Ability to:
  • Recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California
  • Perform physical work required of the position, such as, but not limited to, climbing and transporting ladders; transporting, holding and operating trimmers, saws and other landscaping power equipment; bending and lifting objects up to 50 pounds routinely.
  • 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
  • Communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a wide variety of individuals
  • Recognize and accommodate changing priorities, as communicated by a supervisor, in order to meet short and long term deadlines/goals
  • 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 outdoor in inclement weather
  • 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 operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, environment) into all aspects of performing job duties
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Equivalent to a high school diploma
  • Experience performing the duties described within a school or institutional environment.

    Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials through Interfolio:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • HSU Employment History Form ( (NOTE: This form replaces the HSU Employment Application form, which should no longer be used. Download the HSU Employment History Form and save it as a PDF file prior to filling it out. If the form is filled out on line (accessed via a web browser), content WILL NOT be saved.

    The Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station and front office staff available for applicants requiring assistance.

    Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018. To be notified in the event this recruitment re-opens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to [email protected] that includes the job number (18-41) and applicant's last name in the subject line of the message.

    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: [email protected]

    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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    Posted: 7/11/2018
    Application Due: 8/9/2018
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