Groundsworker- Facilities Services
San Diego State University - San Diego, CA

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Full-time, temporary position anticipated to end on June 20, 2014.
Groundsworker: Under immediate supervision, and in accordance with schedules or instruction, incumbent performs the full range of groundskeeping work and maintains the grounds in an assigned area of the campus.
Objectives: A tidy and well-maintained exterior that is ready for the beginning of the academic day free of litter with trash receptacles and cigarette urns emptied and receptacle lids cleaned and wiped. Proper maintenance of a wide variety of attractive, colorful and interesting exterior spaces throughout the campus. Maintenance and cultivation of planted areas at a consistent level throughout the year, free of pests, weeds and dead material.
Expectations: Properly functioning equipment and a safe and clean working environment. Thorough and accurate accounting of time and materials. Completion of routine work assignments and performance of additional duties as assigned. Consistent meeting of university needs in a timely and professional manner with increasingly improved skill. Follow-up on every project or task to insure that all items are completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor/requestor. A responsible attendance record, punctuality and consistent meeting of deadlines. Performance of work in a manner that supports and facilitates the work of others in Facilities Services and the university community. A positive and cooperative working relationship with members of department and campus community.

Salary Range

Salary Range: $2,700 - $4,050 per month (Anticipated Hiring Salary: $2,700 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.


Hardscape Clean-up: Tasks include sweeping, vacuuming or blowing sidewalks, gutters and parking areas; removing unauthorized posters and signs from buildings and grounds.
Trash Removal: Tasks include removal of accumulated litter; bagging and removing trash from outside receptacles and cleaning receptacle lids; cleaning cigarette urns and replacing urn sand.
Landscape and Planter Bed Maintenance: T asks include weeding shrub beds, sidewalk cracks and curbs, and removing dead plant material; planting, cultivating, fertilizing and watering flowers, shrubs, hedges, lawns and trees.
Lawn and Turf Maintenance: Tasks include mowing, edging, and fertilizing lawns, turf, and ground cover.
Shrub and Tree Maintenance: Tasks include pruning shrubbery and trees; trimming trees.
Specialized Grounds Maintenance Work: Assists in the application of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides (operates power sprayer or hand sprayer); applies fertilizer; hand waters or insures operation of automatic and manually controlled irrigation systems to provide consistently adequate levels of irrigation to planted areas.
Project Assistance: Assists in the repair, maintenance and replacement of irrigation lines and sprinkler heads; assists in the renovation/top dressing of lawns and turf; assists in the preparation and lining of athletic fields.
Student Assistant Direction: Assigns student assistants work; monitors work progress; performs quality control checks and inspects completed work; instructs and provides input on performance of student assistant workers and grounds trainees.
Maintenance and Operation of Shop: Maintains and services tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; performs shop clean-up and maintains a safe and clean work area; performs minor maintenance on small power-operated sweepers, mowers and other gardening power equipment. Assists custodial services, grounds, trades and mechanical services staff in the accomplishment of their work (projects, events, on-going programs), and performs other tasks as assigned by the manager in support of the University and Facilities Services.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The ideal candidate must possess:
Thorough knowledge of the latest methods, materials and equipment used in general gardening and grounds maintenance and thorough knowledge of the proper use and care of the tools and equipment used in that work.
General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers.
Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California.
Ability to perform strenuous physical work; utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination.
Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position; must be able to follow simple written and oral instructions.

Experience and Education

One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work.

Specialized Requirements

Must have or the ability to possess a valid California Driver's License upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Recent experience as outlined in the experience and education section above.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin on Thursday, November 21, 2013; position will remain open until filled. The on-line application should be completed in detail. COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION, A RESUME ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE.

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Employment Opportunities Website .
Applicants with disabilities requiring special attention and/or interview arrangements may call (619) 594-7099.

SDSU employees are required to sign an Oath of Allegiance.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be funded by a qualifying federal contract, requiring new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

This position may be a "designated position" under the Conflict of Interest Code. Candidates accepting a "designated" position will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Employees who are required to operate motorized vehicles and/or use their personal vehicle more than once a month on University business are required to take a mandatory Defensive Driving course and enroll in the DMV Employee Pull Notice (EPN) Program.

This position may require a background check, including, but not limited to employment verification and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s). The selected candidate will be required to submit fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services. If required for the position, a background check must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU.

Equal Employment Opportunity

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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