Greenhouse Assistant (One or More Positions)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7058356 (Ref.No. P0003554)
Posted: July 10, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:

Under general supervision from higher level academic and/or administrative staff, performs a variety of duties involving the maintenance of the greenhouse and adjacent grounds for use by horticulture students and staff including planting, watering, transplanting, trimming and pruning plants, trees and shrubs, mowing and fertilizing lawns, and pulling weeds; and responds to special requests from instructors as required.

Knowledge of:

Basic laboratory techniques related to the horticulture laboratory.
Methods and techniques of grounds maintenance.
Operational characteristics of grounds maintenance equipment and tools used in a greenhouse.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations governing the use and application of fertilizers and pesticides.
Practices of basic record keeping.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Perform a variety of grounds keeping duties supporting the operations of the greenhouse and horticulture laboratory. Identify and properly care for a variety of plants, shrubs and trees.
Safely apply chemical fertilizers and pesticides according to established procedures.
Maintain the cleanliness of the greenhouse.
Use a variety of grounds keeping equipment, supplies and tools.
Respond to requests from instructors regarding the set up of instructional laboratory assignments.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.


One year of prior experience in horticulture and grounds maintenance is desirable.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a greenhouse and outside setting. Exposure to dust, grease, noise, inclement weather conditions, and unpleasant but not hazardous odors. Occasional exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned tools and equipment; verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in a variety of duties involving the maintenance of the greenhouse including planting, watering, transplanting, trimming and pruning plants, trees and shrubs, mowing and fertilizing lawns, and pulling weeds; clean up leaf droppings; mix soil and repot plants as necessary.

Rake leaves and clear debris from walks and greenhouse floors; empty trash cans.

Safely apply fertilizer and pesticides according to established procedures; maintain records of fertilizers and chemicals used; return unused materials to storage and the stockroom.

Assist in dismantling equipment and checking for needed repairs; assist in performing routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment including power tools, lawnmowers, tractors, and sprayers.

Order and maintain inventories of supplies, materials and equipment; maintain proper rotation and storage of materials; receive shipments and verify content.

Set up, clean and maintain equipment and materials in lecture rooms for instructors as requested.

Perform related duties as required.


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