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Laborer/Gardener (8097C), Facilities Services - 66737
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 28, 2024
Title Laborer/Gardener (8097C), Facilities Services - 66737
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Laborer/Gardener (8097C), Facilities Services - 66737

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the University community to ensure that classrooms, laboratories, and offices support teaching, learning and research. Through the efforts of over 400 dedicated staff members and serving over 10M building square feet and 1100 acres, Facilities Services includes the asset management program, custodial services, maintenance operations, engineering and technical services, environmental services, grounds operations, the Cal Zero Waste program.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Tuesday, April 9, 2024



  • Perform weeding cultivation, ground cover pruning, vine and shrub pruning, mulching, and leaf pickup.
  • Water by manual sprinklers, hose and spike, portable sprinklers, and supplementing automatic systems.
  • Assist tree crew with sucker removal: brush pickup and chipping.
  • Assist mowing crew with using power mowers, edging, and blowing clippings off hardscape.


  • Perform demolition; soil preparation including amendment, rototilling, and grading; installation of plant material; and installation and/or repair of header boards.
  • Renovate turf-scalp, over seed top dress, and/or lay sod.
  • Assist with installation, repair and/or relocation of grounds furnishings, and erosion control.
  • Assist with installation and repair of irrigation systems.


  • Pick up and remove litter and debris, empty trash boxes and replace as necessary, and strip posters and flyers from all non-designated structures.
  • Inspect and observe beat and report problems to proper personnel regarding: irrigation, pest infestations, tree hazards, surfaces and furnishings in need of repair and/or replacement, safety hazards, general landscape problems (stressed or declining plants including trees, erosion, etc.), and vandalism/graffiti.


  • Perform head/valve cleaning.
  • Fill in holes and low spots around heads.
  • Perform minor head adjustments and/or repairs.


  • Perform tree trimming and thinning, up to 25', utilizing ladders and appropriate safety equipment, tree pollarding (i.e. sycamores), small tree removal, and brush chipping and removal.


  • Clean drain covers and catch basins, clean building entrances and pathways, power washing hardscape, operate power mowers, and clean window wells.
  • Perform creek-bed clean-up, road cleaning, hillside maintenance (brush and weed cutting and litter pickup), fire trail maintenance, log splitting, and other related tasks.
  • Assist tree crew in emergency situations.


  • Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job-related and safety training as required.


  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge and ability to properly operate, and provide daily/weekly basic maintenance of landscape maintenance equipment such as: lawnmower, edger, weed whip, blower, vacuum, hedge trimmers, splitter, stump grinder, sprayers, aerator, verticutter, turf aerator, sod cutter, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and follow oral/written instructions provided in English.
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of ANSI A 300 Part 1-Standard Pruning Practices.
  • Twelve months of experience in a ground's operation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, materials, tools, equipment used in grounds work and safe work practices.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a group setting.
  • Ability to work outdoors in fluctuating and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Availability to respond to emergencies and work occasional overtime shifts and on weekends/holidays.
  • Ability to adhere to Facilities Services work rules and Code of Conduct.
  • Ability to follow health and safety guidelines/instructions.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $25.02 (step 1.0) - $37.89 (step 22.0).

  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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.

Driving Required

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

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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