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Department: Business & Finance
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position available on or after May 1, 2023 for Landscape & Laborer Services.

      Under general supervision of the Grounds & Events Supervisor, the Groundsworker performs a combination of unskilled and semiskilled work, which encompasses the maintenance of landscaped areas, parking lots, athletic fields, and surrounding facilities to provide a safe and aesthetically pleasant environment for the campus community. The incumbent shall participate in the preparation and lining of all assigned sport fields to include, proper mowing of turf to the desired height of the sport to be played, but most importantly by the grass cultivar.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Maintain campus turf by irrigating, mowing, edging, hand and power trimming, fertilizing, and performing annual scheduled maintenance to sport fields, that includes power raking, core aerating, over seeding, and top dressing with appropriate soils and using weed control methods when necessary, to provide a safe and aesthetically pleasant environment for students and authorized visitors.
      • Prepare and line sport fields for academic games and special events.
      • Prepare areas for seed or sod, lay sod and sow seed.
      • Operate riding mowers with single or multiple decks including both, rotary blades and reels, roto-tillers, lawn vacuums, hydraulic sprayers, backpack blowers, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, aerators and other grounds related equipment.
      • Maintain landscaped areas including ornamental trees, shrubs, and ground covers by properly pruning, trimming, and edging according to season, schedule, and growth habit depending on plant species.
      • Plant, cultivate, fertilize water and spray ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns and flowers, rake leaves, pull and hoe weeds.
      • Prune and trim trees to maintain sufficient clearance to walk and mow safely under canopies. Remove dead and diseased shrubs, trees and broken branches/limbs, or unsightly growth, fell and remove trees when work can be done from the ground or with the assistance of aerial equipment.
      • Assists a qualified specialist in sprinkler repair, spraying, tree trimming, or nursery functions. Make minor repairs to the irrigation system such as replacing of sprinklers, replacing of nozzles and adjusting watering pattern on assigned areas of campus. Prepare and amend soil for planting.
      • Make minor repairs to sidewalks and parking lots using appropriate materials and procedures.
      • Maintain hoses, sprinklers, tools, supplies, and equipment in good condition and repair.
      • Clean all access areas to campus’ buildings, by power blowing, sweeping, or pressure washing areas of stain and gum concentration.
      • Clean roadsides, sidewalks, streets and related areas. Pick up trash at assigned facilities and empty trash containers daily or as needed.
      • Make sure that equipment being used is taken to the automotive shop for scheduled preventive maintenance. Inspect and check all fluids, safety guards, and moving parts on equipment prior to be used. Perform minor maintenance on small power-operated pavement sweepers, power mowers, small riding mowers, and other gardening equipment.
      • Service/lubricate all moving parts of equipment daily or as needed.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education: None required.

      Experience: One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • High School Diploma or equivalent.
      • Three years of experience working in commercial landscape maintenance, and installation large turf areas such as golf courses, parks or school grounds.
    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Thorough knowledge of general gardening and grounds maintenance methods.
      • General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers as well as the use and care of gardening materials, tools, and equipment.
      • Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California.
      • Ability to perform strenuous physical work.
      • Ability to utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination.
      • Ability to learn to operate skillfully small trucks and power-driven grounds equipment.
      • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position.
      • Ability to follow simple oral and written instructions.
      • May required possession of a valid California driver’s license.
    • Special Conditions
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:
    • License or Certifications

      • Valid California Driver's License.
    • Salary Range
    • Anticipated salary will be $3,155 – $3,470 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. (Full Groundsworker range: $ 3,155 - $4,950 per month)
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: 5) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.


      Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding.  Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.

    • Application Deadline
    • March 31, 2023

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  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, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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