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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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 3, 2021
Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs. RSSP provides student housing, residential programs and dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, as well as childcare services for students, faculty and staff. This position may have interactions with many aspects of the UC community.
The Grounds Supervisor is responsible for providing landscape and hardscape maintenance services for all outdoor areas of RSSP. This includes planning, organizing, coordinating and performing activities supporting campus exterior landscaping, including gardening, planting, landscape and grounds maintenance, development and monitoring of irrigation programming, erosion, pest management, and exterior fire control projects. The incumbent is responsible for long-range planning and development of the landscape and monitoring of Albany and Codornices creeks for Storm Water Permit compliance and ensure compliance of Codornices Creek MOU with the City of Albany and City of Berkeley. The Grounds Supervisor keeps the grounds safe, in good repair, and the landscape healthy for all users. Incumbent provides direct grounds services to all properties within RSSP, setting levels of service and quality controls for the area, while adhering to State and or Federal regulations.
Over-sees day-to-day activities of grounds employees. Plans, organizes and directs routine and long term operations for landscape maintenance, general grounds and hardscape maintenance.
Creates long and short term strategies in the planning, organizing and direction of all grounds operations. Responsible for quality control and improvements and identifies specialty contract service needs. Develops specifications and scope of work for required services such as tree trimming projects, re-landscaping and irrigation upgrades.
Trains and supervises the grounds staff to maintain an orderly, safe, and efficient grounds operation.
Ensures safety, hazardous materials, grounds policies and procedures are adhered to. Enforces biohazardous materials and equipment policies and procedures. Develops strategies and procedures to reduce chemical usage and support a sustainable landscape.
Maintains proper inventory needs and purchases inventory. Researches equipment/tools. Assists with annual budget planning and monitors monthly expenses.
Maintains scheduling and purchases within prescribed budgetary guidelines.
Responsible for performance management and coaching of staff. Hire, train, evaluate, discipline and terminate staff, following labor contract and UC policies.
Assists Director in developing Ground unit operating budgets and with budget planning and maintenance.
Provide excellent customer service and communications for all levels of staff and customers. May be responsible for coordinating programs (water abatement, weed abatement & irrigation) with various municipalities such as East Bay Mud, East Bay Regional Parks, PG&E and City of Berkeley, Albany, et cetera.
Vehicle custodian for maintenance and trades and grounds, responsible for coordination of vehicle maintenance and safety inspections. Responsible during emergencies to make decisions and authorize overtime. Develop and implement emergency procedures by staff to relieve hazardous conditions until proper repairs can be made. Responsible for after-hours grounds related emergency services.
Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and corrects methods and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs, learning about potential hazards and reporting unsafe conditions.
Solid working knowledge in grounds services, irrigation systems including central controllers, care and use of tools and power equipment.
Solid verbal and written communication skills in the English language, including active listening, flexibility, critical thinking, and the ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management.
Solid decision making and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis.
Effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel.
Ability to provide plant and pest identification.
Basic computer applications skills.
3+ years of progressively responsible landscape maintenance experience
3+ years landscape maintenance supervision.
Experience with diverse, large scale landscape elements including but not limited to turf grass management, herbaceous and woody ornamental plant identification and culture, irrigation scheduling and trouble shooting, Integrated pest management arboriculture, landscape design and construction.
The ability to establish short and long-range goals for a living landscape and work systematically toward their successful implementation.
Strong communication skills including the ability to write clear, concise report or correspondence and interact professionally and effectively within all levels of an organization.
Experience operating and maintaining landscape maintenance equipment including but limited to the following: tractor mowers, push mowers, aerator, chain saws, line trimmers, dump trucks.
Knowledge and understanding of safety regulations procedures requisite with landscape maintenance equipment and activities.
Basic computer skills to work in Word, Excel, and email.
Knowledge of ANSI A 300 Part 1 - Standard Pruning practices.
The ability to read, understand and comment on blueprints and construction drawings.
Academic prep in horticulture.
High school diploma or equivalent certification.
Blood born pathogen and sharps disposal training.
QAL (Qualified Applicators License -- pesticide applicators license).
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Salary range: $95,000.00 - $110,000.00.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.'
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
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.
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 see:
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