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Gardener (8097C) 5845
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 11, 2020
Title Gardener (8097C) 5845
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation
    Agriculture/Animal Care

Gardener (8097C) 5845

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Residential and Student Services Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of RSSP. RSSP provides residential student housing, family housing, residential life programs, facilities services (maintenance/design, custodial, desk operations) self-operated dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, as well as child care services for students, faculty, and staff. RSSP also conducts a year-round conference business, operates seven campus restaurants, and manages several faculty apartments.


Landscape Maintenance
  • Maintain lawns, plants, shrubs, trees, hedges, ground covers, vines, and bare surface areas on the grounds of the Housing department and child care facilities.
  • Perform weeding, cultivation, mulching, leaf and debris pick-up.
  • Mow lawns and fields, string trim, edge around hardscapes; trim and prune shrubs, hedges and trees; dethatch, rake, overseed, topdress, aerate and fertilize lawns.
  • Apply pesticides as scheduled.
  • Water various ground areas by manual or portable sprinklers, with hoses or by operating in ground irrigation systems; perform minor irrigation repairs.

General Grounds and Hardscape Maintenance
  • Clean outdoor areas; pick-up and remove litter and debris; empty trash containers, clean and replace as directed; remove and dispose abandoned furniture, refrigerators and appliances left on grounds.
  • Maintain walks, paths and signage; remove posters and flyers from non-designated areas.
  • Abate fire hazards where necessary around creeks, buildings and parks.
  • Maintain and complete light repairs on roads, and walkways.
  • Install traffic signs and wheel stops, set up barricades for events, minor street and parking lot painting.
  • Clean, maintain and organize tools, trucks shops and equipment.
  • Operate trucks, electric and gas carts, riding and power mowers, power edgers, pneumatic tools and a variety of other grounds equipment and tools; service and make minor repairs and adjustments.
  • Inspect, repair and replace playground equipment.
  • Load and unload trucks and other vehicles; grounds equipment and supplies, tear down and remove various structures; dig and /or fill ditches, trenches and other excavations after minor repairs of walks, roads and walls.
  • Clean storm drains, catch basins and culverts; cut and remove weeds and debris from roadsides, creek banks and ditches and channels; remove mud and silt from culverts and drainage channels.
  • Perform basic light search and rescue, implement evacuation procedures, sandbag when necessary.
  • Load secure and transport equipment such as tractors, stump grinders and rental equipment.
  • Pick-up and remove litter and debris, inspect and observe condition of assigned areas, report problems regarding general safety, vandalism, irrigation conditions, tree hazards, plant health, pest populations, graffiti, pavement and site furniture hazards.

Customer Service Expectations and Miscellaneous
  • Communicate and work effectively with staff, customers, community, and youth groups; provide excellent customer service.
  • Lead/or assist community, recreation and youth groups in grounds related events such as: Garden Festival, Clean Up days, camps, and other community events.
  • Respond to customer complaints effectively and report unresolved problems to supervisor. Follow proper purchasing and inventory procedures established by unit and department.
  • Assist in training casual and student staff.
  • Keep daily time log.
  • Return completed work tag documentation in timely manner.

IIPP Statement
  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing general landscape maintenance and the operation of common grounds maintenance tools, trucks and equipment.
  • Essential plant identification and horticulture knowledge; basic turf maintenance knowledge; basic irrigation systems knowledge; Integrated Pest Management and safe use of pesticides knowledge; 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.
  • Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divide whole numbers and fractions to calculate square footage and amounts of seed, fertilizer and pesticide to apply.
  • 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.

  • Knowledge of ANSI A 300 Part 1- Standard Pruning Practices.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Central irrigation programming experience.
  • Experience in Irrigation troubleshooting and repair.
  • Landscape installation experience.
  • Experience in customer relations.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain California Department of Pesticide Regulation Q.A.L or Q.A.C.within 6 months.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is $21.57 hourly. 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

This is a full-time, 5-month limited (temporary) appointment.

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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