This position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will take place by January 17, 2020.
Performs a variety of work involving grounds and landscape maintenance of public access grounds, gardens, and athletic venues. Works under the general guidance of an assigned team leader or supervisor. Works primarily as a skilled crew member but on small assignments may work independently with little or no direction.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Grounds and Landscape Specialist is fully qualified in grounds maintenance, not to be mistaken for an entry-level position. To be accepted as a Grounds and Landscape Specialist, incumbents will have one year as a Groundskeeper or Grounds Specialist and demonstrate competency in maintaining a complete site that includes landscaping, horticultural techniques, beautification, litter, and lawn care.
Advancement to Grounds and Landscape Specialist, Senior requires additional specialization such as with high school or higher education grounds, athletic field preparation, and potential exists to the Team Leader position that is capable of performing a versatile range of equipment operation sufficient to do site excavation, advanced athletic field conditioning, and horticulture.
About Orange Coast College (OCC)
Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest -- and finest -- community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester. OCC has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 21,498 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 35% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 23% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 31% are White, and 6% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Incumbents in this position are capable of performing all of the essential duties, however, may specialize in a portion listed below based on the needs of the school sites, other facilities, and projects:
* Mows, edges, aerates, and re-seeds lawns and public grounds. Trims shrubs, hedges, and trees. Hoes weeds and rakes lawns. Operates and cleans power walking and riding lawn mowers, power blowers, and other motorized equipment requiring a similar skill.
* Constructs and contours raised beds, gardens, and drainage areas.
* Plants and cultivates trees, grass, flowers, and shrubs. Applies fertilizer as needed. Spades and otherwise prepares grounds for planting.
* Removes weeds, blows, rakes, and removes trash and debris from walkways, culverts, stairways, roadways, planters, and parking. Maintains in-ground drains and culverts.
* Assists with maintenance, repair, replacement and upgrading of irrigation components such as but not limited to sprinkler heads and lines. Digs trenches, unloads and relocates materials, and cleans tools and equipment.
* Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.