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Groundskeeper
San Jose-Evergreen Community College District in San Jose, California
 
 
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Date Posted 01/20/2022
Category
Admin-Groundskeeping
Salary $55,027 - $67,192  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 
GROUNDSKEEPER II
Posting Number : S2202
Close/First Review Date : 02/13/2022
Department : Grounds
Work Location : San Jose City College
Position Status : Full Time
Salary Range : $55,027 - $67,192 Annual Salary (Range 71: Classified Salary Schedule Fiscal Year 2021-2022). Starting placement is generally at Step 1.
Benefits Summary
Excellent fringe benefit package includes a pension, medical, dental, vision, EAP (employee assistance plan) and life insurance for employee and eligible dependents, and income protection. Voluntary plans include supplemental life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403b and 457 Deferred Compensation Accounts. Classified employees also receive vacation, 12 sick leave days and 18 paid holidays.
Position Description
POSITION SUMMARY
The Groundskeeper II will report to the Facilities Manager of Custodial & Grounds at San Jose City College. The work schedule is 12 months per year; Monday – Friday; 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This position is represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 363.
POSITION PURPOSE
Under general supervision, perform a variety of skilled gardening and irrigation systems maintenance duties in the development and maintenance of landscaped areas; operates a wide variety of turf mowing, commercial trucks and other maintenance equipment; assignments may require technical or functional direction of a project or work crew or to provide training to less experienced grounds maintenance personnel.
General supervision is provided after a training period by the Grounds Supervisor. Technical or functional supervision may also be provided by higher level grounds personnel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Maintain ornamental and athletic field turf-grass areas by operating a wide variety of mowing equipment that includes commercial self-propelled rotary, triplex, tractor-drawn gang and hand mowers as well as power lawn edgers, weed-eaters and power turf sweepers.
2. Maintain automatic sprinkler irrigation systems for turf-grass, shrubbery, groundcover and tree plantings; repair ¾” to 3” automatic irrigation valves of various manufacturers; repair various manufactured commercial sprinkler heads; troubleshoot controller and electric valve problems; and monitor irrigation pond water level, maintain filtering system and assist in valve maintenance. Repair main lines up to 8” in size.
3. Prepare and maintain athletic facilities including soccer, football, hardball, softball, track and rugby fields; line various fields to league specifications. Operate power liner to mark and cut lines; renovate hybrid bermuda and sandbase fields; resod areas as use requires; remove and install goal posts; move field house, portable bleachers and backstops; schedule maintenance of turf (lining, watering, fertilization, mowing) around sports activities; and maintain tennis and basketball courts with power sweeper and blower.
4. Maintain ornamental areas of campuses and District Offices operating a wide variety of power equipment including chainsaws, power edgers and hedge trimmers, weed eaters, sprayers, tote vehicles, tractor and loader, forklifts, turf sweepers and aerial lifts.
5. Prune trees, shrubs and vines at proper season and with knowledge of correct procedures; edge groundcovers and renovate as needed; fertilize, apply pre-emergent herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to ornamental plantings under direction of employee with pesticide applicator certification; and use wide range of hand tools in performing maintenance of ornamental areas.
6. Mix, load and apply insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers to ornamental plants and turf-grass under direction of employee with pesticide applicator certification; calibrate spray equipment ranging in size from two hundred gallon power rigs to three gallon spray cans; calibrate fertilizer spreaders; and apply materials in a safe manner, at recommended rates.
7. Apply bait for squirrels, rats and mice under trained guidance of employee with pesticide applicator certification; trap and eradicate gophers to provide safe athletic field playing surfaces; and apply chemicals to irrigation pond to control aquatic weeds.
8. Perform landscape construction functions involved in renovation of old plantings and new landscape installations; operate tractor and various attachments including loader, scraper, airefier, rototiller, overseeder, flail mower and auger in accomplishing required tasks; plant and stake trees, plant shrubs, groundcover and vines; prepare planting areas by rototilling in soil amendments and fertilizers, hand or tractor grading; install drain lines, headerboards; install new irrigation systems or modify old systems; and operate trenchers, install mainlines, valves, lateral lines, sprinkler heads and control wires to irrigation controller.
9. Perform a variety of tasks such as concrete work, blacktop repair, cyclone fence repair and assist Custodian and Maintenance staff as required.
10. Participate in District training as requested.
11. Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of:
1. Common plant, tree and turf pest and disease methods for their control and eradication;
2. Safe work practices;
3. Basic construction and repair methods; and
4. Proper and effective use of landscape and maintenance tools, equipment and materials.
Skills and Ability to:
1. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions specified in English;
2. Perform skilled landscape maintenance work;
3. Mix and apply herbicides, insecticides and pesticides safely and properly
4. Pass a complete physical examination prior to permanent appointment; and
5. Work effectively with others encountered in the course of work.
Required Qualifications
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
1. Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
2. One year of experience performing semi-skilled or skilled landscape maintenance work.
Special Licenses, Certificates, etc.:
1. Possession of or ability to obtain, a Commercial Class B California Driver’s License within nine months of initial employment and maintain the up-to-date license during the course of employment.
District’s Diversity Requirements
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.
Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District’s hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.
Desired Qualifications
1. Bilingual abilities, desirable.
2. Foreign Degree
For positions that require a degree or coursework:
Degree(s) must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
All degrees and credits earned outside of the United States must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course) of the transcripts and must be submitted with the application.
Degrees earned outside of the U.S. without a U.S. credential evaluation attached, will not be considered.
Physical Demands:
1. Lift up to 60 pounds unassisted.
2. Bend, stoop and perform tasks requiring physical agility and strength.
3. Work out of doors under adverse weather conditions and with no known allergic reaction to grasses, pollens, dust, fertilizers pesticides or insecticides; operate the full range of landscape maintenance equipment utilized by the district.
About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.
As of Fall 2021, with enrollment of approximately 14, 699 students per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 44%, Black/African-American 4%, Asian/Pacific Islander 34%, American Indian/Native American 0.2%, White/Caucasian 10%) attaining educational goals reflecting 56% – Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District’s emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.
The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse classified staff consisting of 42% Hispanic/Latino, 26% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Native American, 21% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.
Important Information
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT
San José-Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.
CONTACT:
Employment Services,
Human Resources, SJECCD
40 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 270-6414
Email: hremploymentservices@sjeccd.edu
Employment Website: https://sjeccd.peopleadmin.com
District Website: www.sjeccd.edu
APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Interested applicants MUST SUBMIT ONLINE ALL of the following materials by the First Review Date/Closing Date as listed on the job announcement. Applications received after the First Review Date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.
1. A completed online San José-Evergreen Community College District APPLICATION.
2. A COVER LETTER (Stating how you feel you meet the qualifications as outline in the job announcement).
3. A current RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
4. TRANSCRIPT – (If Required) If a degree is listed as a requirement, transcripts (Not Diplomas) MUST INCLUDE confer or award date of stated degree. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted; however if the position is offered, official transcripts will be required prior to employment. If the transcripts or degrees are from outside of the United States, an official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a certified U.S. credential review service (course by course of the transcripts) MUST also be submitted. (* See below for a list of suggested services that provide foreign degree equivalency evaluation to U.S. degrees).
Note: Some positions may require additional documents and/or certificates, in addition to the items listed above. Please refer to the job announcement.
OTHER APPLICANT INFORMATION:
1. Only complete application materials will be considered. No exceptions.
2. Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and will not be forwarded to the hiring committee.
3. Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.
4. Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.
5. Travel expenses to attend the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
6. Meeting the minimum qualifications does NOT assure an interview.
7. The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.
*Suggested services that provide foreign degree equivalency evaluation to U.S. degrees:
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
Website: http://www.acei-global.org/
Education Records Evaluation Services
Website: www.eres.com
International Education Research Foundation
Website: http://www.ierf.org/
World Education Services
Website: www.wes.org
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