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Grounds and Landscape Specialist Senior
Coast Community College District

Date Posted Dec. 19, 2019
Title Grounds and Landscape Specialist Senior
University Coast Community College District
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation
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).

Performs a variety of skilled work in the preparation and maintenance of grounds and athletic fields; installation, maintenance, and repair of sprinkler irrigation systems; and/or the construction of special landscaping or public use areas.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Grounds and Landscape Specialist - Senior is the third and skilled level within landscaping, horticulture, and grounds career path. Advancement to this level requires competency in several areas of specialization requiring advanced training and experience in areas including, but not limited to operation of a full range of hand and power equipment use for upkeep of grounds, recognition for landscape and horticultural design sufficient to layout, contour, and construct and maintain special areas and athletic fields and irrigation systems.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments, divisions, and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties, as assigned:
* Removes weeds, blows, rakes, and removes trash and debris from walkways, culverts, stairways, roadways, planters, and parking. Mows, grooms, and replants lawn areas. Fertilizes turf and various landscaped areas. Maintains in-ground drains and culverts.     
* Operates specialized machinery to configure and upkeep special land uses such as athletic fields and pedestrian parks.     
* Operates equipment such as, but not limited to, tractors, mowers, chippers, jackhammers, compressors, and an array of common power tools.      
* Plants, prunes, and trims trees, ornamental plants, shrubs, and ground covers to accomplish landscaping objectives. May serve as a resource on landscape and horticultural matters.     
* Sets calibration on tank sprayers, drop spreaders, and wheel-driven spreaders.      
* Maintains current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for potentially hazardous materials. Maintains logs and files pesticide use reports with the District and/or local governmental agencies.     
* Installs new landscaping by cultivating and renovating areas and installing or replacing turf, trees, ornamental plants, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and bulbs.      
* Prepares, repairs, or installs fencing, paving materials for pathways and road repair, concrete, and rock retaining walls, wood, concrete, and/or rock borders, and various posts, slabs, drains, and culverts.     
* Stakes, prunes, thins, and transplants turf, trees, ornamental plants, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and bulbs. Levels, cuts, fills, trenches, and excavates grounds with tractors and other rolling stock. Prepares sites for portable buildings.     
* Maintains athletic fields, areas, surfaces, and outdoor classrooms in a safe and usable condition. Mows, grooms, contours, paints, and lines athletic and public use playfields to comply with required dimensions.     
* Installs, repairs and replaces landscape irrigation systems following and interpreting blueprints, sketches or verbal instructions. Locates and repairs shutoff valves, irrigation valves, and physical layouts.     
* Installs, adjusts, maintains and repairs electronic timers. Installs, inspects and performs repairs to electronic and hydraulic valves and controllers. Replaces and repairs a wide variety of sprinkler heads and lines by removing, disassembling and replacing worn or broken parts.     
* Drains, flushes, cleans, and repairs water storage reservoirs and irrigation boxes from water sources on a periodic basis. Performs maintenance on fire hydrants. Assists with the installation of new water lines.     
* Monitors and diagnoses weed, disease, and pest problems in athletic fields/areas, taking appropriate measures to mitigate or eliminate the problems.     
* Applies fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to areas, as authorized. Places postings where pesticides are being applied. Applies biological/organic controls for pests and weeds.     
* Maintains up-to-date knowledge of safe pesticide/herbicide applications.     
* Event setups and other miscellaneous activities.     
* Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.     
* Required to abide by all District policies and procedures including Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics.


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