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Invitation to Compete #17-13
Facilities Maintenance Department
$21.47 – $26.00 per hour
Full time, 80 hours per pay period

Application materials must be received by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 .

This is a regular, full-time, FLSA non-exempt, position. This classification is part of a bargaining unit represented by AFSCME, Local 2083; and with few exceptions, upon employment the individual selected must join the union and pay dues.

This Gardener position will be assigned to work at multiple sites. The current work shift is Monday-Friday, 6:00AM to 2:30PM. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, and the work shift is subject to change depending on operational and customer needs.


The Seattle Public Library (SPL) employs a workforce of over 650 employees, located in the Downtown Library and at 26 neighborhood libraries. The Library enjoys a reputation for being one of the most dynamic public library systems in the nation. It is a learning organization with staff and public service teams composed of highly qualified and motivated people who pride themselves on providing exceptional customer service and support to Seattle’s diverse community.

Each Library location throughout the city has varying needs for gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance depending on seasonal factors, types and condition of facilities, and large improvement projects. The position reports to and works under the general supervision of the Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor. The work of the position is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, involves repetitive work and medium-to-heavy lifting.

Job Responsibilities:

Primary duties include gardening, landscaping, and grounds maintenance tasks such as preparing beds, planting, mowing and maintaining lawns, maintaining irrigation systems, fertilizing, weed and pest control, pruning trees and shrubs, cultivating, edging, and performing general grounds clean-up. This position will also be responsible for:
  • Safely loading, transporting, and unloading materials, supplies and equipment to and from worksites by Library motor vehicle.
  • Maintaining gardening equipment and ensuring that stocks of consumable supplies and materials are maintained. Reporting repair and supply needs.
  • Operating safely and properly all hand and power tools needed for gardening work.
  • Weed and pest control is managed primarily via an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. Duties may also include use of horticulture chemicals that are approved by the City of Seattle chemical usage guidelines.
  • Performing other duties related to landscaping, gardening, and grounds care and maintenance, as directed.

  • A minimum of 3 years previous experience performing professional gardening, landscaping and/or grounds maintenance work, including a minimum of 1 year working in a commercial or institutional setting
  • Completion of a training program in the horticultural profession.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the uses of horticultural chemicals, their application methods and best practices at the level necessary to obtain a Washington State pesticide operators license and other applicable licenses the duties may require.
  • Demonstrated skill using and following complex written instructions such as landscape blueprints, equipment operation instructions, irrigation control instruction and maintenance manuals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience performing grounds maintenance and landscaping to include the following areas: planting, plant identification and care, landscaping, turf maintenance, and irrigation systems.
  • Safety skills and knowledge must include:
    • Knowledge of safety codes and practices.
    • Experience reading and working from shop drawings and blue prints.
    • Experience using power and hand tools safely and skillfully in the performance of duties.
    • Knowledge of or experience using Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Effective written communication skills and the ability to follow oral and written instructions in manuals, labels or other work related materials.
  • Proficient computer skills including the ability to write documents using word processing software, access and operate e-mail, and navigate the internet.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Able to communicate clearly and interact effectively with the public, Library staff and administration and other Facilities personnel, responding with tact and courtesy in the resolution of problems or complaints.
  • Ability to plan and schedule own work efficiently, work independently with minimum on-site supervision.
  • Ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with others in a diverse team environment.
  • Perform duties while standing, stretching, bending, reaching and able to lift up to 50 pounds, on a regular basis.
  • Candidates must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License. (Successful candidates will be asked to provide a current Washington State Driver’s Abstract at the time of interview.)

Additional Information:

How to Apply

All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 . To be considered for this vacancy, candidates must submit an application via NEOGOV and include:
  • A Cover Letter describing how your qualifications and experience meet those required for the position
  • Resume
  • Supplemental Questions
Note: Successful candidates will be asked to provide a current Washington State Driver’s Abstract at the time of interview.

THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY PROUDLY PROMOTES DIVERSITY IN EMPLOYMENT. If accommodations are needed during the selection process, please let us know.

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