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Job ID: 132523

Groundskeeper (8133C)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 29, 2019
Title Groundskeeper (8133C)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Groundskeeper (8133C)

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 11, 2019.

Departmental Overview

Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The department of Housing Operations, Maintenance, and Environment (HOME) is under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing & Dining Operations, which is an area in Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP). RSSP provides student housing, residential programs and dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, as well as childcare services for students, faculty and staff. The Grounds unit in HOME maintains all exterior landscape and most hardscape at RSSP facilities including Family Housing in Albany, CA


Exterior Hardscape
  • Pick up, sort and dispose of trash and debris throughout the assigned areas.
  • Clean areas around trash dumpsters and recycling containers.
  • Collect trash and recycling that has not been properly sorted.
  • Remove and dispose of abandoned furniture, appliances or other property left outside.
  • Properly tag items for removal at a later date.
  • Empty and wash out exterior trash receptacles and replace liners.
  • Collect, sort, label and store common hazardous waste (i.e. motor oils, tires, batteries, paints, C.R.T's, etc.).
  • Collect, load and deliver metals to metal recycler.
  • Remove unauthorized posters and graffiti from various surfaces.
  • Sweep and power wash hardscapes and playground equipment
  • Set up and clean outdoor furniture such as picnic benches and tables.
  • Locate, install or remove various barricades and signs as directed.

  • Operate gasoline powered equipment such as walk-behind mowers, line-trimmers, edgers and blowers, as well as diesel powered tractor with rotary mower.
  • Rake and sweep leaves and debris from grounds.
  • Dig and pull weeds.
  • Move mulches, soils and sand with shovels and rakes.
  • Plant and install landscape materials.

Other Maintenance:
  • Inspect grounds and building landings for raccoon, cat or dog feces, remove and record. Assist with removing homeless campsites.

Creek Maintenance:
  • Police creek corridors and remove litter, abandoned property (homeless campsites, etc.) and debris.
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Clear creeks of obstacles for flood abatement.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing basic general landscape maintenance and the operation of common grounds maintenance tools, trucks and equipment.
  • Ability to operate a truck in reverse using only mirrors for line of site navigation.
  • Common safety procedures including safe lifting techniques.
  • Ability to speak, understand and legibly write English to communicate with work community and to record measurements, complete simple forms and maintenance records. Read and understand materials such as job instructions, equipment and safety manuals. Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public, coworkers and supervisors.
  • Appropriately select and safely use hand power tools and equipment.
  • Maintain vehicles, tools and equipment including basic troubleshooting to identify and correct minor mechanical and electrical malfunctions.
  • Perform routine assembly and repair of playground equipment.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, twist, reach, stand and walk for extended periods on even, uneven and sloping surfaces. Ability to independently lift up to 50 lbs. and up to 100 lbs. with assistance.
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme and/or fluctuating weather conditions.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies and work occasional overtime on weekends/holidays.
  • Adhere to RSSP work rules and Respect and Civility Statement.
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Able to identify types of refuse, recycling and hazardous waste in trash stream and sort accordingly.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

Working Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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