Gardener 3

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7079766 (Ref.No. 2301402)
Posted: June 11, 2021
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Job Description

Gardener 3


Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2015-1602884

Location: CA 94556, CA

Department: Vice Pres, Admin/Finance

7/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Under direct supervision of the Lead for Grounds, or the Grounds Supervisor, the Gardener 3 manages the grounds maintenance, gardening, sweeping, grounds clean-up, irrigation, and related work as required. The Gardener 3 accomplishes these duties through the maintenance of lawns, tree and shrub trimming, fertilizing, soil preparation and treatment, administering pesticides, and maintaining the tools and equipment necessary to do the work safely.

1. Pruning, Trimming & Planting:

• Pruning, Trimming & Planting
• Under minimal supervision of the Grounds Lead and/or the Grounds Supervisor, prunes trees & shrubs, assesses environment for new plantings (sun/shade/irrigation/soil preparation).
• Skilled at the identification and pruning of the various types of plants to ensure proper growth and creative design to achieve the desired outcome.
• Cares for the special gardens, fountains and other landscape.
• Decorates the Chapel and Chapel Plaza for Christmas, Easter and other special occasions held in the Soda Center and around campus. Also provides plants for Commencement.

2. Lawn & Plant Care:

• Mows and edges lawns;
• Controls weeds using appropriate chemicals;
• Aerates and fertilizes lawns and flower beds;
• Controls pests through spraying pesticides, digging & trapping methods
• Assists with minor irrigation problems, such as replacement of sprinkler heads.

3. Campus Cleanup (2 hours per day):
• Picks-up litter, leaves and other debris around the campus facilities & grounds;
• Empties garbage/trash receptacles;
• Cleans storm drains & building gutters, seasonally.

4. Maintenance & Operation of Machinery:

• Conducts routine safety inspections of machinery and equipment, and ensures equipment works properly and safely;
• Regularly cleans and services equipment including, but not limited to, lawn mowers, weed eaters, blowers, hedge trimmers and chain saws;
• Operates lawn mowers, weed eaters, blowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, tractors, wood chippers, trucks and rototillers.

5. Risk Management & Stewardship of College Property
All employees in Facilities Services are expected to protect and maintain all College property and the people who come to SMC to learn, live, work and visit. Therefore, the following are required:
• Proactively identify, report or resolve any and all safety issues as quickly as possible;
• Proactively identify issues related to code compliance and report them to the appropriate supervisor or Director as soon as possible;
• Ensure the campus is clean and orderly; return furnishings and other equipment to their places when moved by members of the community or after scheduled events;
• Take care to ensure College property is not compromised due to propped doors, broken locks, or left out in the rain or weather. Work proactively to reduce opportunities for theft and vandalism;
• Ensure that our campus facilities achieve the greatest amount of "up time," meaning all services and utilities provided shall have minimal disruption in service. Disruptions in service shall be well-planned with constituent groups and result in the least impact to the campus.

6. Other General Duties

• Occasionally assists in other types of event set-ups and break-downs.
• Provides general support/labor as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications
Education: High School diploma or GED (PREFERRED)

Experience: At least 5 years of grounds, landscape & gardening and good performance as a Gardener 2 or similar position.

Skills/Abilities: Working knowledge of grounds-keeping equipment, materials and tools. Must have more advanced knowledge and the ability to identify plants and assess environmental conditions for planting. Ability to speak and write in English; basic working knowledge of computers for email and electronic work orders.

Licenses & Certifications: REQUIRED: Valid California Driver License; must be able to be insured by the College's provider PREFERRED:

Other Requirements: The Facilities Services department operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Therefore, swing, weekend, and emergency shifts are required. Facilities Services employees are considered critical employees and will be required to assist the College in the event of campus emergencies.

Supplemental Information
Supplemental InformationApplication Instructions: Please apply online at
Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College

• A resume
• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
• In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, please go to the Public Safety website at To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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