Groundskeeper (Lateral and External) (One or More Positions)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7077743 (Ref.No. P0002794)
Posted: April 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Location
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 supervisory and/or management staff, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the development, maintenance and repair of landscaped areas, athletic fields, and related facilities and open spaces of a community college campus; assists in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems; operates and maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment; and performs a variety of general maintenance work relative to assigned area of responsibility. May receive functional supervision, technical training and work direction from a higher-level groundskeeper.


Knowledge of:

Operations, services, and activities of a grounds maintenance program.
Methods, tools, materials and equipment used in comprehensive grounds maintenance program.
Methods and techniques of mowing, edging, pruning and trimming a variety of lawns, shrubs and trees.
Operational characteristics of grounds maintenance equipment and tools used in the area of assignment.
Common insecticides, pesticides and herbicides and their application.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Basic sprinkler operation and maintenance.
Principles and practices of record keeping.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations pertaining to the application of various insecticides, pesticides and herbicides.


Ability to:

Perform a variety of maintenance and repair work in the care and maintenance of campus grounds, including landscaped areas, athletic fields, lawns and related areas.
Operate a variety of tools, equipment and vehicles used in grounds maintenance work.
Perform grounds maintenance work in accordance with established schedules and in preparation for special events.
Care for and maintain plants, shrubs, flowers, turf and trees.
Assist in the maintenance and repair of the District’s irrigation system including installing, operating, maintaining and making minor repairs and adjustments to automatic sprinkler systems.
Safely and effectively apply fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Learn NCAA Athletic Field rules and Measurements.
Learn local water district and health department laws and guidelines involving reclaimed water usage.
Perform heavy manual labor.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Mix, pour and finish concrete as needed.
Apply insecticides and herbicides to assure insect and weed control when authorized.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
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.


Education/Training:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in grounds maintenance.


Experience:

One year of grounds maintenance experience.


License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability. Some positions in this class may be required to attend Forklift Training and obtain certification. Some positions in this class may be required to attend Pesticide Application Training, involving requirements, safety and training, and obtain certification Some positions in this class may be required to attend Heavy and Power Equipment Training and obtain certification.


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 in an outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, noxious weeds and plants, pollens, insect stings, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. 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 equipment and vehicles; 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 landscape maintenance duties including watering, mowing, weeding, trimming, edging, renovating and fertilizing lawns.

Participate in planting, watering and maintaining landscaped areas consisting of bushes, trees, flowers and shrubs; re-seed, plant and maintain new grass and plants; trim and prune bushes, trees and shrubs; stake trees as necessary.

Rake leaves and/or clear debris from walks, fields, courts, parking lots and other open areas using a blower; load, remove and dispose of trimmings and cuttings; pick-up trash; empty trash receptacles and transport rubbish to the local landfill.

Safely apply herbicides, fungicides and pesticides according to established rules and procedures; maintain records of fertilizers and chemicals used.

Participate in preparing, maintaining and painting athletic fields for a variety of sporting events.

Operate a variety of heavy equipment and other maintenance equipment such as dump trunks, backhoes, front loaders, and power tools such as mowers, edgers and blowers; ensure adherence to established safety procedures.

Perform preventative maintenance to vehicles, equipment, and tools; make minor adjustments and repairs; report the need for major repairs and maintenance.

Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Utilize proper safety precautions related to all work performed.

Assist in the maintenance and repair of the District’s irrigation system; change and adjust heads; maintain controllers and assist in large irrigation system installation and maintenance projects.

Perform related duties as required.





At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.



 

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