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Job No. 518906 Groundsworker - Temporary Pool

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Work type: Staff
Location: Bakersfield
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Temporary, Time Varies

CLASSIFICATION TITLE:  Groundsworker – Temporary Pool


TEMPORARY END DATE: This position is temporary and ends on or before June 30, 2023. Any continuation beyond June 30, 2023, is contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding.

PAY BASIS:  Hourly  

PAY PLAN:  12-month    


  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, education, skills, and training.


BENEFITS:  CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more!  See our benefits website for additional information.

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:  Open to all qualified applicants

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT:  This recruitment creates a pool of qualified applicants to be contacted as needed.

FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, applications must be received by September 23, 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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 CSU Vaccination Policy [calstate.policystat.com] and questions may be sent to hr@campus.edu.

POSITION PURPOSE:  Within the Business and Administrative Services Division, Facilities Management is responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that enables faculty and staff to fulfill the educational mission of California State University, Bakersfield through the continued maintenance of campus facilities and grounds, by providing services in a reasonable and timely manner, and by maintaining a quality oriented organization geared toward the enhancement of the educational environment.

Within the Roads and Grounds Departments within Facilities Management, the Groundsworker performs general gardening work and maintains the grounds in an assigned area of a campus.


Landscape Services

  • Plant, cultivate, fertilize, water and spray ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees, lawns, and flowers
  • Rake leaves
  • Hoe weeds
  • Prepare and treat soils for planting
  • Erect tree supports
  • Trim trees

Equipment Use and Maintenance

  • Maintain hoses, sprinklers, tools, supplies and equipment in proper condition and repair;
  • Operate and perform minor maintenance on small power-operated pavement sweepers, power mowers, small riding mowers, and other gardening power equipment
  • May drive pick-ups and other automotive equipment in performance of assigned duties
  • May provide lead work direction to students and unskilled assistants.

Other duties

  • Clean trash from assigned areas including parking lots
  • May assist in the preparing and lining of athletic fields for events
  • May occasionally assist a qualified specialist in sprinkler repair, spraying, tree trimming, or nursery functions
  • Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Attend training and maintain skill currency as appropriate to safely and effectively complete assignments.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – A High School Diploma and one (1) year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, CREDENTIALS: Possession of a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain by date of hire. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check.


  • 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
  • Recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California
  • Perform strenuous physical work
  • Utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination
  • Skillfully operate small trucks and power-driven grounds equipment
  • Operate a variety of power and hand tools and light motorized equipment including tractors, power mowers, edgers, and weed eaters
  • Read and understand Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position
  • Follow simple oral and written instructions
  • Demonstrate safe work habits and observe all applicable workers safety practices; including the use of required personal protective equipment.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.


  • Three (3) years of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor
  • Demonstrated skills in a college or university environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: HEAVY WORK - 50% or more of the activities involve walking, standing, squatting, kneeling or climbing; lifting heavy weight objects which may exceed 50 pounds.


  • Working on ladders at varying heights.
  • Exposure to chemicals, fumes; noise from vehicle and equipment operation, dust, dirt, oil/grease, gases, and pollen.
  • Working with or around machinery with moving parts.
  • Subject to loud noises.
  • Sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling object(s) weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Occasional stooping, kneeling, Repeated bending
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate grounds equipment and tools
  • Repetitive use of wrists and/or hands
  • Ability to maintain balance
  • Reaching overhead, horizontally and above the shoulders
  • Rapid mental/muscular coordination
  • Verbal, auditory, and written capabilities to effectively communicate in an articulate manner
  • Accurate depth perception
  • Clarity of vision at varying distances to see small details and have color vision/distinguish shades
  • Working with chemicals, tools, and powered machinery.


SCREENING:  Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES UNION:  It shall be the policy of the CSU in filling vacant CSUEU bargaining Units 2, 5, 7 & 9 positions to fill such vacancies from among qualified individuals currently employed on-campus except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet campus workforce diversity goals or to provide specialized skills and abilities that are not available from current employees.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, 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 conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION:  Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.

MANDATED REPORTER:  General: The person holding this position is considered a general mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU

GENERAL INFORMATION:  It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment.  You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations.  State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens.  These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

EEO STATEMENT:  California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity.  Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

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