Groundskeeper - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Facilities Department for the West Valley-Mission Community College District is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Groundskeeper. Under general supervision, this person performs skilled gardening and grounds keeping work. Two openings are available.

Comprised of two colleges, West Valley College and Mission College, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate our two colleges for our friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of November 19, 2014. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Operations & Support Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley-Mission Community College District. This position may be assigned to either Mission College or West Valley College, or re-assigned from one College to the other.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Experience – Two years of gardening or grounds maintenance experience preferably for large grounds or the equivalent;

2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

Not Applicable

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Plant, cultivate, weed, water and care for lawns, ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and flowers, prunes trees, re-sod and otherwise repair lawns and playing areas.
  • Mix and apply insecticides and herbicides using hand operated and power driven sprayers.
  • Set up fields for athletic events.
  • Operate equipment such as street sweeper, lawn mower, roto-tiller, tractor, dump truck, chain saw, chipper, edger, weed eater, backpack blower, and power hedge trimmer.
  • Provide direction and training to student helpers.
  • Repair small sprinklers and assist in the repair and installation of sprinkler/irrigation systems.
  • Sweep walks and driveways and pick up paper and refuse.
  • Assist in repairing and cleaning clogged drainage systems.
  • Use hand and power tools to work soil and to remove weeds, undergrowth and debris.
  • Maintain indoor plants and inventory of supplies and pass out grounds keeping equipment.
  • Make minor purchases, occasionally, of plants and tools for the Grounds Department.
  • Assemble and marks tools
  • Perform concrete forming and pouring jobs and install signs.
  • Report sanitary, safety hazards and the need for repair to the proper authorities.
  • Present to the supervisor matters requiring the supervisor’s decision. Act on the supervisor’s directives and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors within the area of responsibility.
  • Attend and participate in District and/or College provided training or information sessions. Incorporate new information or technology into existing job duties as directed by supervisor.
  • Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Demonstrated Knowledge of:

  • Methods, supplies and tools used in planting, cultivating and caring for lawns, shrubs, plants and trees;
  • Common plant diseases and insect pests and approved methods and materials used in controlling and eradicating them; and
  • Safe work practices.

Demonstrated Ability to:

  • Prune trees and shrubs;
  • Carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Establish effective working relationships with others;
  • Perform heavy manual labor; and
  • Effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,402–$3,705 (monthly); with a maximum earnable monthly, excluding longevity and educational growth, of $4,446.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $35 to $175 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 15 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 20 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including:(1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (4) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Groundskeeper
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Facilities Management
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume