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Gardening Specialist

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA Full-time
Posted on June 11, 2018

California State University, Sacramento

Facilities Management

Gardening Specialist-Job No. AS0303P.

FT Permanent/Probationary; Salary range $2,990-$4,849/month; recruitment range. Minimum 2 years of progressive experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, one year of which shall have been in either the maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems, the care and maintenance of athletic field turf and game preparation, specialized pest and/or spray control work, or cultivation and care of nursery plants. Current Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) for pest and weed control related to landscape maintenance.

Ability to work weekends, early work shifts, and/or other change in work schedule. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Sacramento State application and job description at https://csus.peopleadmin.com. Background check required. Application deadline:  Open until filled, 2018. EEO/ADA.

 

Position Information

 

Working Title Gardening Specialist
Classification Title Gardening Specialist
Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Manager of Grounds and Landscape Services, the Gardening Specialist performs a combination of specialized work in an assigned area which encompasses pest and weed control, tree maintenance, special planting areas and irrigation, and maintenance of gardening power equipment. The incumbent will also make recommendations for the planning and development of special planting areas.

FLSA Non-Exempt - This position is covered by health benefits, and is non-exempt, (eligible for overtime compensation) according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Classification Salary Range

$2,990-5,094 monthly

Hiring Range $2,990-3,289 monthly
Salary Grade/Range 1
Step N/A
Is this position Hourly or Intermittent? No
Regular or Temporary Regular
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Pay Plan 12
Work Hours Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Alternate work schedules may be required including weekends and evenings, early work shifts, and/or other change in work schedule.
Department Information

Facilities Management is the steward for the University buildings, infrastructure, grounds and landscape. We perform maintenance and renovation to facilities, plan and manage new building construction and support the Redefine the Possible initiative through our commitment to building a welcoming campus and by creating a dynamic physical environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge: 
Thorough knowledge of the methods, plants, tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns and trees. General knowledge of the composition and structure of soil, Ph factors of soils, compatibility and incompatibility factors between soil and plants, difference between plant mixes, and erosion control.

Abilities: 
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 area; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and follow oral and written instructions.

Experience: 
Two years of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, one year of which shall have been in either the maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems, specialized pest and/or spray control work, or cultivation and care of nursery plants.

License: 
Possession of the appropriate California Department of Pesticide Regulation license to perform pest control work. Some positions may require possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Required Qualifications

Experience:
1. Experience performing specialized pest and/or spray control work (e.g. weeds, fungi).

Knowledge:
2. Knowledge of installation and programming automatic irrigation controllers.
3. Thorough knowledge of athletic and general turf maintenance.

Skills/Abilities:
4. Ability to perform standard and specialized pruning of trees, shrubs and other plants as needed.
5. Ability to perform maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems. 
6. Ability to operate and perform maintenance on small power-operated power mowers, small riding mowers, and other gardening power equipment.
7. Effective communication skills.
8. Effective interpersonal skills.
9. Excellent customer service skills.
10. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a diverse environment.
11. Ability to use computerized maintenance systems.

Conditions of Employment:
- Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

12. Ability to provide lead work direction to students, Groundsworkers or individuals in other grounds classifications. 
13. Ability to provide advice and assistance to others regarding proper care of flowers and ornamental plants, pruning, and other technical skills.
14. Experience establishing and maintaining preventative maintenance programs using computerized systems.

Physical Demands

15. Ability to frequently lift and carry gardening equipment up to 50 lbs.

Required Licenses/Certifications

16. Current Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) for pest and weed control related to landscape maintenance.
17. Possession of a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S..

Hiring Preference Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.
Conflict of Interest

n/a

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

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 the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.