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Groundskeeper

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
201202223028 Full Time Other $31,464 - $44,040

Position Information

Under the general supervision of the Groundskeeping Supervisor, the Groundskeeper will ensure the safety and security of residents and staff by maintaining the hard and soft landscape of the UCR Housing facilities, as well as maintaining the esthetic beauty of the landscape and buildings. This will be accomplished by mowing, edging, tree pruning/trimming, pulling weeds, planting flowers, shrubbery and trees, and maintaining all by watering, fertilizing and staking. The Groundskeeper will maintain the housing irrigation system by repairing/replacing sprinkler heads, risers, broken lines, valves, timers and controllers. The Groundskeeper will also trim and remove dead trees including roots, vacuum, pressure wash, sweep or blow down hard surface areas, install stepping stones and work to assist with the control/eradication of insects, rodents and weeds.


This position is part of UCR Housing, Dining & Residential Services (HDRS) which is one of the campus' largest units, providing housing to about 30% of our students, dining for entire campus in residential and retail facilities, programming and support through a robust residential life program, conferencing and catering services, and child development care to our faculty, staff and students. HDRS employs 450 career employees and over 800 student employees. HDRS departments include Assignments & Accounts, Business & Financial Services, Capital Programs, Catering Services, Child Development, Conference Services, Dining Services, Information Technologies, Marketing, Operations, and Residential Life. HDRS reports to the Division of Student Affairs.

The HDRS Operations Department maintains all facilities and services for over 1.5 million square feet. The selected candidate will work with a team of committed, results-oriented staff focused on providing excellent customer service and creating a safe, sustainable & well maintained environment.

Minimum Requirements

1. One year experience in grounds maintenance or gardening; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Ability to communicate effectively in the English language with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public.

3. Skilled experience with the safe use and maintenance of all landscaping hand/power tools such as, but not limited to, lawn mowers (including riding type), edgers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, power blowers/vacuums, roto-tillers, rakes, saws, clippers, seed and fertilizer spreaders.

4. Skill and knowledge using mechanical tools required to maintain all landscaping related equipment such as hand wrenches, gas/oil mixing, and hand files.

5. Skill reading and communicating in English in order to follow oral and written instructions.

6. Ability to safely work from ladders up to eighteen feet high and on the roofs of buildings four stories high.

7. Ability to work for extended periods of time in extreme and inclement weather conditions ranging from high heat with humidity (120 degrees Fahrenheit) and freezing rain conditions.

8. Ability to work in wet, smelly, dusty conditions including but not limited to, plant pollens, grass, tree and shrub clippings, fertilizers, gas powered engine fumes and animal droppings.

9. Skill working with all hand and power tools common to the landscaping trade that require constant pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, squatting, kneeling, and reaching from ground level to overhead.

10. Skill working for prolonged periods of time in conditions of constant noise requiring ear protection from chain saws, power mowers, edgers, blowers, vacuums and hedge trimmers.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Proven skill to safely move and lift materials, equipment, and tools weighing up to 70 lbs.

2. Prior experience and skill prioritizing work orders, routine work, emergency requests, combined with the knowledge to choose the proper materials and equipment to accomplish the work in the most expeditious and safe manner.

3. Willingness and ability to work scheduled, unscheduled, and emergency overtime.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #4 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2011). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 41st among top public universities (US News and World Report 2011) and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, with a commitment to workforce diversity.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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