University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT

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Pay Rate Range
9.28 to 15.00

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Job Summary
Gardener at the Rio Mesa Center located approximately 40 miles northeast of Moab, UT in a remote area along the Delores River, is responsible for the health, care and appearance of trees, shrubs, lawns, and native plant demonstration garden, and in the general cleaning and maintenance of cooking, sleeping, and bath facilities, and for the service and routine maintenance of grounds equipment such as mowers, pumps, tractor, and ATV . Seasonal work from March thru October; flexible schedule is required as hours will vary week to week including some weekends. Employee may choose to live on-site or commute. A valid drivers license is REQUIRED . Employee MUST have own vehicle to travel to/from Center.

Essential functions include: responsible for weed control with chemicals under the direction of a licensed sprayer applicator; maintains/repairs irrigation systems; performs general cleaning and maintenance of cooking, sleeping, and bath facilities; operates heavy equipment such as: gang mower, tractors with attachments, ATV with boom sprayer; operates handheld power tools such as: chainsaw, circular saw, drills, etc.; assists with setup and maintenance of research projects and equipment; assists facility users with site logistics and planning; assists site manager with administrative tasks as directed. This position is a contact point for researchers, teachers, students and visitors to the Center, and as such, is responsible for all aspects of customer service as well as programmatic facilitation. Responsible for maintaining a presence in Moab in carrying out duties that support the mission of the Rio Mesa Center and the University of Utah. Provides support to the site manager at the Center and to the director in Salt Lake City.

Minimum Qualifications
Nine months professional work experience or equivalency; a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Selected applicant will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.

Must possess a high level of responsibility, independent thinking and problem solving, excellent communication skills, physical fitness, as well as awareness of safety. Preferred knowledge/skills/experience include gardening, native plant identification, irrigation/sprinkler system maintenance, logistical planning, familiarity with education and/or public relations, and Wilderness First Responder Certification.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a [strong or demonstrated] commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801) 581-7447.

Special Instructions Summary
A valid drivers license is REQUIRED . May live on-site at Rio Mesa Center, a remote 380-acre Ranch (1.5 hours drive) outside of Moab, Utah, or commute from Moab. Employee MUST have own vehicle to travel to/from Center. The exact Center versus Moab schedule will be dictated by the needs of the Center and will vary by season. The use of the Center is variable and unpredictable. Employee must be flexible and able to accommodate a wide-range of visitors and group sizes with short notice. Employee should maintain first responder status and help the site manager to develop a safety protocol and emergency plan for a wide variety of potential situations. Employee will be authorized to make decisions relevant to maintenance, repair, safety and emergencies at the remote site while the site manager is away.

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