Groundskeeper (Limited term)

University of California Merced - Merced, CA4.3

Full-time$17 an hour
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

Under supervision, incumbent performs a variety of Grounds maintenance and repair functions including but not limited to litter pick-up, cultivating, trimming of shrubs and small trees, fertilizing, planting and irrigation repairs. Performs prescribed maintenance procedures as directed such as: mowing, edging, pruning, raking, sweeping and weeding. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining assigned landscape areas in a clean and healthy condition. Irrigates various plant material by use of appropriate manual or automatic systems or hoses when necessary. Operates grounds power tools and machinery and must be responsible for proper use of equipment and follow proper safety procedures for his/her protection and that of others. Follow University guidelines and departmental policies and procedures. Be respectful and courteous with faculty, students, staff and public in general while performing assignments.

Review of applications will occur as openings are available. This is a temporary employment pool for Groundskeeper. This position is reopened every six months so please re-apply if you remain interested in the position. This position will close on December 31, 2018.

Qualifications: • High school or a General Education Diploma.

  • 3 years minimum demonstrated experience working on landscaping.
  • Ability to identify undesirable plant material and knowledge to operate commonly used grounds equipment and tools like trenchers, tractors, rototillers and other types of power driven equipment.
  • Knowledge and ability to maintain and troubleshoot irrigation systems.
  • Ability to follow through and carry out assignments; be flexible and constantly adjust to changing priorities.
  • Must be physically able to consistently perform job duties as outlined in this job description.
  • Position is subject to the California DMV's "Pull Notice System" and an offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory driving record.
  • Employment contingent upon pre-placement physical, including drug/alcohol testing, background investigation.
  • Knowledge of correct chemical use and fertilizer mixtures.
  • This position(s) will be required to work weekends.