Irrigation Maintenance and Groundskeeper

Job description

Job location: Claremont

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-05-26
Req: REQ-2493
Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement                                    

In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.


Claremont, CA

Job Posting Title:

Irrigation Maintenance and Groundskeeper

Job Details and Requirement:


This position is responsible for performing all duties associated with the repair and maintenance of the irrigation systems pertaining to the athletic fields, parkway grass, planters, open and natural areas in a College setting. This includes understanding the operation and location of various controller boxes, backflows, gate valves and station valves. Must understand or have the ability to learn the basic operations of the HydroPoint WeatherTrak irrigation system.



Reporting to the Assistant Director of Grounds Operations, performs or works independently/collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Remote field testing of each station utilizing provided iPad.
  • Locate all backflows on campus and the areas they affect.
  • Know the locations of all controller boxes, gate valves, and each station on campus.
  • Understand and troubleshoot valve operations and components including solenoids and diaphragm replacement.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and replace broken sprinklers and valves.
  • Must test all repairs for proper operation after completion.
  • Maintain an organized inventory of all assigned tools, irrigation supplies, and equipment.
  • Dig trenches with hand tools, repair irrigation, and restore turf to its original condition.
  • Participate in composting and mulching activities.
  • Participate in landscape activities such as blowing, sweeping, line trimming or mowing.
  • Participate in the lining of athletic fields.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function. The inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.


EDUCATION: Any combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to High School Diploma or GED that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of three years hands on irrigation experience including troubleshooting, repairing, and performing preventative maintenance is required. Minimum of one year paid employment experience in groundskeeping assignments is required.

Experience in landscape or golf course industry is preferred.

LICENSES: A valid driver’s license is required to drive College-owned vehicles and the ability to be insured under the College’s authorized driver’s policy.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to stand, walk, bend, climb, push, pull, stop, twist, stretch, and lift up to 50 pounds from ground to waist level without assistance. Must be able to climb ladders up to 6 feet unassisted and work on feet for prolonged periods of time. Must take and successfully pass a functional capacity test after job offer and prior to hire.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

  • Operate the College’s vehicles safely for campus-related work and meet all insurance-related requirements.
  • Must understand or have ability to learn the basic operations of the HydroPoint WeatherTrak irrigation system.
  • Must possess knowledge of maintenance, use, safe operation, and repair of cleaning supplies, tools and equipment. Must have knowledge of cleaning chemicals.
  • Must have knowledge of safe working methods and procedures.
  • Must be able to effectively and efficiently clean and maintain an assigned landscaped area within a predetermined time schedule.
  • Must be able to establish daily priorities.
  • Must be able to adapt successfully to changing situations or circumstances.
  • Requires ability to learn proper use of fire extinguishers.
  • Must have ability to work well without continuous supervision.
  • Must wear uniform and safety equipment as required.
  • Performs multiple tasks and responds to others in a timely manner. Works both independently and as a collaborative member of the department and the College.
  • Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with strong verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and customer service skills. Follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of tasks and assignments.
  • Use strong organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.
  • Must be able to understand and follow basic instructions in English, both orally and written.


REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full time position are 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Overtime, holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or department. This is a 12-month position.


This is a non-exempt position.

This is a regular, full-time position.

This is a benefits-eligible eligible position.

Supervisor – AB1825: No

Mandatory Reporter – CA Penal Code: No

Responsible Employee – Title IX: No

Campus Security Authority – The Clery Act: No

Required On-site or Remote Personnel: No

IPEDS Category Job Code: 37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occ

Physical Requirements: Heavy (up to 50 lbs.)


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. A uniform is required and will be provided.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. This position will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT: Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause. The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/28/2020
Application Due: 5/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time