Gardener (500950)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Parks and Recreation

Job Description


Job Summary

Under general supervision, and in accordance with scheduled and periodic instruction, this position is responsible for the performance of all aspects of gardener work including athletic sports turf care, preparation of sports fields surfaces, designing, stripping and painting lines for intercollegiate athletic fields, irrigation systems repair, herbicide spraying and pest control, and heavy grounds equipment operation. This position is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of all landscaping and sports fields, ensuring a clean, safe and attractive learning environment. Position makes decisions based upon sound grounds maintenance practice. Researches and recommends supplies and materials for area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities
  • General Up-Keep, Maintenance, and Beautification of Sports Fields
  • Perform Skilled Horticulture Work in Specialized Planting Areas
  • Sets irrigation controllers based upon weather conditions and usage of fields
  • Sprays ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns, weeds, flowers for pest control
  • Operates large and small riding mowers/tractors, dump trucks, and attachments
  • Maintains spray equipment, hoses, sprinklers, tools, supplies and equipment in proper condition and repair
  • Completes equipment records as needed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of a wide variety of turf grasses and their impact on the sports that are played on them; general knowledge of soils and PH factors for sports turfs; thorough knowledge of a wide variety of soils or minerals to create sports surfaces, such as baseball mounds or softball surfaces
  • Thorough knowledge of the dimensions and layouts of fields, such as football, soccer, baseball, softball, rugby, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field; thorough knowledge of line stripping and spraying equipment to line fields correctly and to create and implement designs for multi-color field emblems and logos
  • Thorough knowledge of methods, plants, tools, and equipment used in the planting, cultivating, and caring for flowers, shrubs and trees, with an emphasis on sports turf fields, and necessary equipment; ability to identify plant and turf diseases, pests and nutrient deficiencies
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; ability to follow simple oral and written instruction
  • Ability to perform all work activities in a safe manner utilizing safety guidelines and equipment
  • Possession of the appropriate State of California license to perform pest control work.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently, with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and may include evening and weekend hours

Required Qualifications
  • Two years of experience in performing work in the cultivation and care of nursery or ornamental plants including planting of seeds and cuttings, watering, fertilizing, transplanting, and pruning. Requires the possession of a valid California Driver's License for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required for position and in any emergency situation. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.


A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual preferred; ability to speak, understand and be understood by others in Spanish
  • Two years in the general maintenance of landscaped areas, one year of which shall have been in the maintenance of sports turf, equipment operation, and irrigation installation and repair


Classification: Gardener
Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,594/month - $3,881/month
Salary Range: $2,990/month - $5,404/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
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All applicants must apply within the specified application period: January 27, 2022 through February 10, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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