Groundsworker (2 positions) (512259)

  • CSU, Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services

Job Description


Working Title: Groundsworker

Classification Title: Groundsworker

Posting Details

Recruitment is open until filled. Priority application deadline is Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under direct supervision of the Manager of Grounds and Landscape Services, and in accordance with established schedules or periodic instructions, the Groundsworker performs general gardening maintenance work in various areas of the campus, including parking lots and structures, for the purpose of preserving the campus grounds in a healthy, attractive, and safe condition. Incumbent assists with event support including preparation and clean-up.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,133 - $4,950 per month

Hiring Range: $3133 - $3133 per month. Initial appointment will not exceed $3133 per month unless required by MOU or policy.

Recruitment Type: Regular (probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months

Work Hours: Two shifts available: Mon.-Fri. 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or Tues. - Sat. 6:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m. with possibility for overtime for Campus Events. Shift assignment will be made by management at time of hire. Must be able to work weekends, early work shifts, and/or other change in work schedule.

Department Information

Grounds and Landscaping Services is responsible for maintaining 170 landscaped acres and over 3,000 trees on a sprawling park-like Campus. We also have responsibility for maintaining walkways and parking improvements. Grounds and Landscape Services trims, irrigates, cleans, fertilizes, provides pest control, and renovates campus site improvements that encompass:
  • Over 3,000 trees, comprising 250 species
  • 93 acres of lawn/turf
  • 16 acres of shrubs and ground cover
  • More than 21 miles of campus walkways
  • 60 acres of parking lots
  • 25 acres of undeveloped space
  • Irrigation systems comprising 5 well pumps, 7 zone controllers, 750 valves, and 12,000 sprinklers heads

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge :

Thorough knowledge of general gardening and grounds maintenance methods. General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers, and the use and care of gardening materials, tools, and equipment.

Abilities :

Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California; perform strenuous physical work as described in this classification; utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination; learn to skillfully operate small trucks and power-driven grounds equipment; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and follow simple oral and written instructions.

Experience :

One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor.

License :

Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver's license.

Required Qualifications

  1. Experience with general landscape maintenance, planting, cultivating, and fertilizing.
  2. Experience maintaining and repairing sprinklers.

  1. Knowledge of proper pruning and shrub/tree trimming techniques.
  2. Knowledge of appropriate safety practices.

  1. Ability to perform general maintenance on gardening equipment (e.g. mowers, power edgers, vacuums, string trimmers, chain saws, blowers, etc.)
  2. Effective communication skills.
  3. Effective interpersonal skills.
  4. Excellent customer service skills.
  5. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a diverse environment.
  6. Ability to assist with athletic and special event set-up and clean up.
  7. Ability to assist qualified personnel with gardening related duties.

Work Schedule Requirements:
  • Ability to work weekends, early work shifts, and/or other change in work schedule.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry gardening equipment and materials up to 50 lbs.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

12. Experience in athletic and special event preparation and cleanup

13. Ability to perform light irrigation repair work.

14. General knowledge of plant materials utilized in the landscape field and that are appropriate to this climate zone.

15. General understanding of turf care, including fertilizer and soil amendment applications.

Required Licenses/Certifications

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license and good driving background.

Documents Needed to Apply

Sacramento State Employment online application for the position.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: " As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement. " As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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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