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Grounds and Nursery Specialist 2

Company: Tacoma Community College
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are Tacoma Community College ( TCC ) is built on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time and continue to do so today. Our college commits to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond. TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community and we strive to become an anti-racist institution. We are examining racism, both implicit and explicit, as a system of domination, and we seek to identify and abolish it in our policies, procedures, and practices. As the winner of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Equity Award for the entire Pacific Region, TCC is committed to recruiting faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. We are specifically focusing on improved support for traditionally underserved populations at TCC including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, Dreamers, justice-involved, immigrants and refugees, Veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, the college seeks applicants who will intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and who recognize and honor the important role that diversity brings to an educational community. Since opening its doors in 1965, Tacoma Community College has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women's prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, 58 percent receive financial aid, 13 percent have children, 42 percent are students of color, and 48 percent work while attending school. TCC has multiple campuses: the main campus is in Tacoma, another is in Gig Harbor, and two additional sites are maintained at the Washington Corrections Centers for Women. Position SummaryPerform skilled gardening tasks requiring knowledge of cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns and ornamental plants. Responsibilities include testing soils, pruning, transplanting plant materials and applying chemicals. This position maintains the grounds on the Tacoma and Gig Harbor campuses. This position reports to the Director of Facilities and Capital Projects. Essential Functions Prepare soil for planting; plant seed, sod, turf, bulbs, plants, trees and shrubs. Seed, mow, irrigate, sweep, fertilize, top dress, edge, aerate and maintain lawns. Operate power and motorized equipment such as week trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, rototillers, light tractors, front end loaders, small trucks, lawn mowers, sweepers, aerators, sod cutters and snow blowers. Use a variety of manual tools and equipment such as rakes, pruning shears, hand edgers, shovels, wheelbarrows and pesticide sprayers. Transplant seedlings, trees, shrubs, and assorted nursery stock. Prune, spray and fertilize trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Rake and remove leaves; control weeds by pulling, hoeing and/or spraying. Apply pesticides and herbicides to greenery and plant material observing applicable safety regulations. Remove debris, leaves, brush, snow and ice from areas such as walks, stairs, roads, ramps and parking facilities. Apply ice melter, sand and gravel. Clean, service and maintain tools and equipment including power equipment; perform preventive maintenance according to established procedures and regulations Install and maintain campus fences, signs, etc. Install, maintain and repair irrigation and storm drainage systems. Collect and remove accumulated litter on campus, in parking areas and along the campus perimeter. May supervise lower level staff. Perform related duties as assigned. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications High school graduation or equivalent. Physical ability to do the work. One year experience in a related field of grounds maintenance, gardening, plant care or landscaping. Conditions of Employment Successful completion of a criminal history background check prior to employment. Current, valid, unrestricted driver's license. Pesticide Applicators License or willingness to obtain within 6 months of employment. Ability to lift/carry up to 50 lbs., repeatedly. Willing and able to work in adverse conditions: Willing and able to work in adverse conditions such as rain, fog, ice, snow, wind, extreme ambient temperatures (heat or cold), to perform normal ground maintenance and clearing of roadways, walkways, stairways, etc. Ability to walk, bend, stoop and stand for long periods of time. Proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccination or valid exemption is required upon hiring and employment at TCC. The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate Excellent customer service skills; including building and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction. Ability to accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work. Able to be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight. Utilizing knowledge of equipment, skillfully control tools, machines and vehicles to transport goods or people, or to create work products that fully satisfy the demands of the assignment. Ability to earn the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions. The ability to foster a climate of equity and belonging through multicultural awareness and appreciation. Results orientation and initiative including resourcefulness in problem solving. Understanding and following applicable laws, regulations and other standards to establish and/or maintain a safe work environment. Application Process Application Material & Procedures Complete application packages must include the following:1. Tacoma Community College online application.2. Cover letter and Resume. Terms of Employment This is a full-time classified overtime eligible position scheduled to work Tuesday through Friday, 6:30am - 5:00pm. The salary range is $2,612 to $3,270 per month, DOE/DOQ. Tacoma Community College offers a generous benefits package to include: life, health, dental and long-term disability insurance, state retirement, vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay. A collective bargaining agreement exists and membership in the Washington Federation of State Employees or payment of a service fee may be available within 30 calendar days of employment. The layoff unit for this position is "All Other WFSE classified". Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Dr. Davi Kallman, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5157. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and/or modified without notice. Tacoma Community CollegeHuman Resources6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466www.tacomacc.edu/about/employment 01 Which best describes your level of education? High School graduate or equivalent. Some College. Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university. 02 How much experience do you have in a related field of grounds maintenance, gardening, plant care or landscaping? None. Some experience but less than one (1) year. At least one (1) year but less than two (2) years. At least two (2) years but less than three (3) years. Three or more years of experience. 03 Please describe your experience with grounds maintenance, gardening, plant care and/or landscaping. 04 Please describe the gardening training that you possess; include school, programs, classes, other formal gardening seminars or discussions? 05 Do you have a Pesticide Applicators License? (Must obtain within 6 months of employment.) Yes No 06 Do you possess a current valid, unrestricted driver's license? Yes No 07 Are you able to lift/move equipment and materials weighing up to 50lbs, repeatedly? Yes No 08 Are you able to work in adverse conditions: Willing and able to work in adverse conditions such as rain, fog, ice, snow, wind, extreme ambient temperatures (heat or cold), to perform normal ground maintenance and clearing of roadways, walkways, stairways, etc.? Yes No Required Question

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