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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: 5/24/2021
Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.
Involves planning, organizing, coordinating and performing activities supporting campus exterior landscaping, including gardening, planting, landscape and grounds maintenance, erosion, pest management, and exterior fire control projects, turf and tree programs.
Closely oversees day to day activities of landscape/groundskeeping employees with an emphasis on hands on education in best horticultural & arboricultural practices especially pertaining to deferred maintenance
Plans, organizes and directs routine landscape/groundskeeping operations & new landscape practice.
Oversee/Coordinate with outside contractors that provide landscape services.
Trains and supervises the landscape/groundskeeping staff to maintain an orderly, safe, and efficient grounds operation.
Train and assist Grounds Staff on use of Maximo and handheld devices.
Requires knowledge in the care and use of power equipment and other landscape/groundskeeping tools.
Ensures safety, hazardous materials and landscape/groundskeeping policies and procedures are adhered to.
Enforces biohazardous materials and equipment policies and procedures.
Maintains proper inventory needs and purchase inventory.
Responsible for performance management.
Maintains scheduling within prescribed budgetary guidelines.
May assist with budget planning and maintenance and provide input on landscape design.
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, et cetera.
5 years of experience and lead or project lead
10 years in field of Horticulture or Arboriculture.
Working knowledge in landscape/groundskeeping services.
Working 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.
Working decision making and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis.
Working, effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel.
Review design of landscape in planning stage.
Solid computer applications skills. Ability to learn Maximo
Experience in a unionized environment in a lead or management role preferred.
Strong horticultural background (includes Plants & pest identification, plant diseases, knowledge of hydrology zones, etc,
Must be able to stand for long periods of time in all different weather conditions.
Able to frequently bend/crouch
Able to frequently climb stairs/hillsides and walk on uneven ground and plant landscapes.
High school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Blood born pathogen and sharps disposal training.
Licenses or certifications:
Landscape Contractor Certification
Degree in Landscape/ Horticulture
Academic prep in horticulture
ISA Certified Arborist
Salary & Benefits
Hiring Range: $60,800 - $88,500 annually. 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.
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:
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.