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

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Detailed Job Description

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

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 October 7, 2015. 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: Facilities department, West Valley College campus, Saratoga, CA.

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

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

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

  • Prior experience in tree removal, cutting, pruning, and/or maintenance.
  • Prior experience with native plants, storm water management, invasive species removal and control, and sustainable landscape practices.

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: $3,742–$4,076 monthly (WVMCEA Operations & Support Services Salary Schedule, Range 53, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • 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 $40 to $200 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.
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
  • Other Administrative
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