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Gardening Specialist

California State University at Dominguez Hills
Dominguez Hills

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 540617
Work type: Staff
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Gardening Specialist

Department Name: Grounds Maintenance

Division: Administration and Finance

Classification Title: Gardening Specialist

Classification Salary Range: $3,721 - $6,071 per month

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $3,900- $4,091 per month.

The final salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin July 17, 2024, and the position will remain open until July 31, 2024.

About the Department/Position:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Facilities Services the Gardening Specialist will primarily perform a wide variety of gardening work campus-wide. The incumbent will inspect and repair tools and equipment, prepare and maintain campus turf areas, horticultural spray work, and plant propagation, gardening, or nursery work, and ensure areas are cleaned of trash and debris. In addition, the incumbent will perform general gardening work and maintain grounds as assigned.

Overview of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the maintenance of turf which includes but is not limited to the cultural practices of mowing, verticutting, scalping, field lining, aerification, topdressing, pesticide applications pre-emergent chemical applications, overseeding, overseed prep, application of seed topper.
  • Install, repair and maintain irrigation systems including pipes, sprinklers, heads and clocks, and
  • drainage systems.
  • Apply chemicals for pest eradication, weed abatement, mulching of fields, open areas and planter beds, fertilize plant material including shrubs, flowers and turf.
  • Install landscaping including bender board, rocks, trees, shrubs, flowers, seed and sod.
  • Soil preparation for the planting of shrubs, flowers and turf, water shrubs, hedges, trees, turf and flowers.
  • May need to drive automotive equipment in the performance of assigned duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in the maintenance of grounds and installation of landscaping. One year of which shall have been in the
    maintenance, repair and modification of irrigation systems. Experience with mixing, loading and application of chemicals and fertilizers.
  • One year of equipment maintenance and operation.
  • Possession of the appropriate California Department of Pesticide Regulation license to perform pest control work within one year from date of hire.
  • Valid California drivers license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, plants, tools and equipment used in the maintenance and installation of landscaping and sports fields. General knowledge of soil structure, plant ID, disease and pest diagnosis, identifying and correcting plant nutrient deficiencies, irrigation maintenance, repair and installation experience, equipment maintenance and repair.

  • Ability to identify, diagnose and treat plant disease, and correct plant nutrient deficiencies; prepare freehand sketches and make recommendations for possible improvements in landscaping within the assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

To view the full position description, click “Position Description” above.

General Information:

  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program.
  • Employment is contingent upon the candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift up in excess of 50 lbs.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • The CSU system offers a competitive total compensation benefits package for employees and qualifying dependents, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, and tuition assistance. It is our goal to compensate employees equitably and fairly. You can access a full description of our benefits here.

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an 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, or protected veteran status.

Employees at California State University, Dominguez Hills shall abide by the Nondiscrimination Statement.

Advertised: 18 Jun 2024 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: 31 Jul 2024 Pacific Daylight Time

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