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Groundskeeper I

California Lutheran University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Groundskeeper I

Position Category: Staff (Non-Exempt)
FLSA: Non-exempt
FTE: 1.0
Location: Thousand Oaks

University Background:
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person’s dignity.

Basic Function:
Under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor the position will perform landscape maintenance and installation duties on campus grounds including athletic fields. The Groundskeeper assists in installing, repairing and maintaining irrigation systems and performs pest, weed and disease control by applying pesticides and herbicides.

Representative Duties:
  • Performs general ground maintenance duties in picking up paper and trash in ground areas; clean and remove weeds from flowerbeds, sidewalks, parking lots and roads. E
  • Plants, cultivates, fertilize, prunes or mows lawns, trees and shrubs. E
  • Waters lawns, plants, flowerbeds and fields; hoe weeds and rake as necessary. E
  • Transplants plants and flowers. E
  • Mixes and applies pesticides and herbicides to eliminate plant diseases and insects to control weeds according to established procedures. E
  • Operates and maintains equipment such as tractor, riding and push mowers, trimmers, chain saws and other large grounds maintenance equipment; drives truck to conduct work; operates and maintains a variety of hand and basic power equipment. E
  • Prepares, maintains and lines athletic fields; prepare athletic courts for scheduled programs. E
  • Assists with special projects including irrigation installation, concrete work and other related projects. E
  • Perform related duties as assigned

E = Essential Duties

Knowledge Of:
  • Methods, tools, materials, equipment and practices utilized in landscape maintenance and installation
  • Mowing, edging, hoeing and other basic grounds maintenance procedures.
  • Regulations and safety precautions related to the use and application of pesticides and herbicides is preferred
  • Landscape practices and operations
  • Irrigation system maintenance and repair

Ability To:
  • Cultivate, fertilize, water and planted areas properly
  • Learn methods, procedures, equipment and materials used in grounds keeping
  • Make independent judgments within the framework of good landscaping and landscape maintenance practices
  • Treat plant diseases and problems
  • Participate in maintenance of grounds areas
  • Operate and maintain hand and basic power equipment including mowers, edger’s, trimmers and other ground maintenance equipment
  • Utilize appropriate methods and materials for control and eradication of plant pests and weeds
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions in English.
  • Communicate in English.
  • Adhere to safe work rules, behavior and protocol.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination equivalent to: A high school diploma or equivalent and six months of experience and training in grounds keeping, landscaping, irrigation, and field maintenance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licenses and Other Requirements:
Valid California driver’s license and safe driving record

Physical Abilities:

Working Environment:
Outdoor work environment; subject to driving a vehicle to conduct work; dust dirt and pollen; exposure to pesticide and herbicide chemicals; fumes and noise from vehicle and equipment operation; working with or around machinery with moving parts.

Posting Number: Staff004762020
Number of Vacancies: 2
Desired Start Date: 02/07/2022
Position End Date:
Open Date: 11/29/2021
Close Date: 2/27/2022
Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.
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