UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinationsarerequired for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.
Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.
INITIAL REVIEW DATE (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.
The IRD for this job is:07-26-2022
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) manages and oversees all University activities and services related to physical and environmental planning, design and construction, engineering, physical plant maintenance and operations, capital planning and space management, and the associated business services necessary to support these functions. The University's main campus is spread across more than 2,000 acres and includes over 500 buildings comprising more than 8 million square feet. The department includes operating budgets of over $48 million, manages a capital project portfolio of approximately $500 million, and employs nearly 300 full time staff to carry forth the duties necessary for the campus' development and operation.
Incumbent will follow oral and written instructions in the performance of landscape maintenance functions for assigned campus areas. This includes horticultural work, hardscape cleaning, trash and recycling collection, safety checks, vegetation control, erosion control, pest management, and drainage maintenance. The position performs a variety of grounds tasks supporting the stewardship of campus lands including the maintenance, restoration and repairs in developed landscapes, transition zones and undeveloped areas. The position may perform light landscape construction functions at various locations on campus as requested by supervision. This position may oversee maintenance activities performed by student assistants as needed.
Salary Information: Salary Range: $21.32 - $24.02 / Hourly. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
No. of Positions: 7
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Perform various grounds maintenance tasks on a daily basis that consist of litter and refuse collection by emptying trash receptacles and picking up ground litter, cleaning hard surface areas and the observation, reporting and elimination of safety hazards in the landscape. Utilize a variety of hand and power tools safely and perform basic cleaning and maintenance of equipment.
25% - Horticultural Maintenance
Prune shrubs and ground covers; maintain planting areas by removing weeds; cultivating soils; mulching and keeping areas suited for optimum plant health. Manual watering of grounds areas that are not equipped with automatic irrigation systems; recognizing signs and symptoms of irrigation problems; fertilizing with organic or chemical amendments, weed control using mechanical and chemical methods.
20% - Vegetation Control
Control vegetation / meadow grass as needed using string or blade trimmer, walk behind high weed mower, lopper, weed wrenches, herbicide, or other appropriate tools.
10% - Oversight of Student Employee
Provide oversight for student maintenance assistant. Coordinate student work schedules and work assignments. Train student and inspect quality of work. Ensure safe practices and proper PPE are utilized. Assist with reporting of student time
5% - Pest Management
Recognize landscape pests and use integrated pest management for their control as directed by supervision. This includes control of vertebrate pests such as gophers, moles, and ground squirrels in assigned areas including area turf using traps, bait, smoke generators or other appropriate means.
5% - Erosion Control
Identify erosion problem areas and mitigate using mulch ground cover, light grading, redirection of traffic, and straw wattles as needed.
5% - Local Storm Drain Maintenance
Assess area storm drain system structure and perform preventative maintenance to insure operation as designed. Inspect and clean catch basins, outfalls, trench drains and other storm drain component on a regular basis. Notify supervisor of issues beyond gardener scope. Document maintenance on PM log.
5% - Documentation and Communication
Communicate with supervisor, coworkers, and emergency personnel if needed using phone, email, and text as appropriate. Complete and turn in monthly preventative maintenance documentation. Complete weekly Excel sheet totalizing time spent billing to appropriate work orders. Enter time weekly in on-line work management software. Enter payroll time using on-line system.
Experience and/or skills in using hand or power tools and equipment such as power mowers, power edger, string trimmers, power blowers, rakes, hoes, etc., including the ability to perform minor repairs and modifications to tools and equipment.
Knowledge of the names, characteristics, and use of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Knowledge and proper use of gardening tools and equipment.
Knowledge and experience with proper planting and propagation techniques, pruning techniques, characteristics of fertilizers, variety of soil structures, soil amendments and conditioners and the effects of environment on plant health.
Knowledge of and experience with plant water needs and water conservation practices.
Ability to work effectively with campus personnel and the campus community and the general public regarding grounds requests and questions.
Ability to implement a customer service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards.
Ability to take initiative, organize, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those within PPDO and other individuals within the University as necessary to successfully conduct assigned tasks and work.
Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization directly or indirectly involved with task and work assignments.
Ability to accommodate changing priorities and complete tasks despite intermittent interruptions.
Ability to be part of a team and foster teamwork by maintaining a cooperative atmosphere and effective working relationships with a diverse population from various cultural backgrounds.
Ability to operationalize and incorporate the concepts of sustainability into daily work efforts.
Knowledge of landscape use and care of California native plants.
Knowledge of plant diseases, landscape pests and Integrated Pest Management.
Experience with storm drain maintenance and general drainage issues.
Ability to provide training and oversight of student employee maintenance assistants.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the State of California
Ability to perform essential physical job functions requiring bending, stooping and performing duties requiring physical agility.
Ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 70 lbs with or without accommodation.
Ability to successfully work with and around a variety of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides.
Ability to perform vertebrate pest control such as trapping, baiting, or other types of rodent control.
Ability to perform grounds keeping duties outdoors through all seasons of weather in developed and undeveloped environments.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions specified in English.
Ability to accurately complete required logs and records for reporting purposes in a timely fashion.
The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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