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Lead Groundskeeper
Job Category:   Services/Maintenance/Crafts
Unit:   Facilities
Position Code:   SFAC9151A
Status:   Closed
Closing Date:   11/11/2019
Salary:   $18.55 - $20.90 hourly
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check is required

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 general supervision of the Grounds Supervisor, incumbent plans, coordinates and conducts grounds, and landscape/hardscape maintenance work for the UC Merced campus and off campus sites. Performs a variety of grounds maintenance, upkeep and repair functions on turf/athletic fields, flowers/plants, ground cover, hedges/shrubs, and trees. This includes planting and irrigation of all of the above. Applies selected herbicides and pesticides IAW state law and UC policies to all of the above. Manages all outside pests IAW campus Integrated Pest Management Plan. Operates and maintains grounds power and hand tools, machinery and irrigation systems; is responsible for proper use of equipment and proper safety procedures. The Lead Groundskeeper provides technical guidance to lower-level groundskeepers, general service workers, students, and other workers. Selects and orders all supplies and equipment for all above job duties. Follow University guidelines and departmental policies and procedures. Be respectful and courteous with faculty, students, staff and public in general while performing assignments.

Planning, Coordinating and Conducting Grounds Operations:
Schedules and performs all grounds, hardscape and turf maintenance and upkeep. Performs and monitors prescribed maintenance procedures as directed such as: mowing, edging, pruning, hedging, raking, sweeping and weeding. Plant and care for all turf, ground cover, flowers, plants, shrubs/hedges and trees. Uses assigned supplies, tools and power equipment in a safe and prescribed manner, avoiding misuse, breakage or loss. Performs preventative and reactive maintenance on all assigned tools and equipment. Operates turf maintenance equipment such as push and ride-on reel/rotary mowers, turf sweepers, de-thatchers, core aerators, flail mowers, sod-cutters and top dressers. Drive tractors, operate power trimmers, blowers, edgers, trenchers, roto-tillers, excavators, backhoes and other similar pieces of equipment; fertilizes landscaped areas with various spreaders. Programs irrigation clocks and others irrigation controls in adherence with supervisor’s and water conservation requirements. Maintains all parts of irrigation systems and continually monitors system performance. Applies pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers by a number of methods. Drive and operate university vehicles including ATV/Quads. Inspects work assignments for quality control and competition of task. Prepare and submit labor and material records. Maintain accurate records for grounds and landscaping projects. Orders all associated equipment and supplies (including all types of flora) necessary to accomplish all tasks. Recommends selection of grounds equipment and materials specific to athletic turf maintenance.

Professionalism, Leadership & Communication:
Maintain proficiency at current level and continually update knowledge through appropriate courses, seminars, publications and contacts with others in the trade. Establish and maintain a positive and cooperative working relationship among the members of the Grounds Department. Effectively communicate orally, in writing and electronically. Assist in the proper training of new personnel and identify safety training needs and proper grounds care procedures related to athletic turf. Coordinate work schedules between crew and other venue maintenance staff. Effectively perform in a service environment.

Safety & Work Habits:
Maintain an acceptable attendance record, punctuality and meet established deadlines. Utilize a personal computer and maintain basic proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Develop other computer skills as required. Participate in employee performance evaluation by providing supervisor with employee performance information. Participate in Grounds department training sessions and seminars, on and off campus. Follows and applies safety recommendations and procedures for any work performed by him/her and his/her crew. Maintain a functional awareness of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that may be encountered at UCM such as bio-hazards, radiation, chemicals, etc. Follow established procedures for dealing with such potential hazards. Report accidents on the job, help in the preparation and submission of accident reports and supporting documentation.

Qualifications:   • Possession of a high school diploma or GED certificate.

• Three years minimum demonstrated Groundskeeper/Landscaping experience required.

• California State certification as a herbicide/pesticide handler highly preferred.

• Considerable knowledge of current landscaping techniques required.

• Ability to lead others, maintain records and plan projects required.

• Basic MS Office computer skills required.

• Must be physically able to consistently perform all job duties as outlined on this job description required.

• Position is subject to the California DMV's Pull Notice System and an offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory driving record required.

• Employment contingent upon pre-placement physical, including drug/alcohol testing, and background investigation required.

• May be required to work a staggered week, weekends and multiple shifts required.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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