Job Details

Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Other

Close Date: 07/31/2020

Applications must be submitted online at:

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2 in Facilities.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

We also offer:
The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
Starbucks coffee shop
Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond – you receive a FREE State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
On-campus child care
Percival Creek, which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
Many walking paths (Download PDF reader) that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
Gym and recreation facilities
SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
What You'll Do
The Grounds and Nursery Services Specialist 2 reports directly to the Grounds Supervisor and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of campus grounds, landscaping, and athletic fields. This position is also involved in litter control, irrigation system maintenance, and storm water system maintenance.

Maintain college landscapes, grounds, and plantings:

Prepare soil for planting; plant, transplant, trim and water plants, trees, flowers and shrubs.
Seed, place grass sod, mow, irrigate, fertilize and maintain lawns.
Apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer to lawns, flowers and shrubs.
Rake and remove leaves; pull, hoe and control weeds in flowerbeds and lawns;
Remove debris, leaves and brush from areas such as sidewalks, streets, and stairs, ramps, parking lots and lawn areas;
Maintain athletic fields by seeding, repairs, mowing, and watering.
Trim trees as needed

Maintain irrigation systems and water retention areas:
Install, repair and operate sprinkler irrigation systems;
Inspect and clean storm drains, catch basins, inlets and outlets and maintain retaining structures for the campus holding pond systems.

Maintain campus signage, landscape related structures and weather related work:
Install and maintain campus signs, fences, rockeries, retaining walls, etc.
Maintain outdoor art pieces per artist's recommendations
Litter removal from roads and parking lots
Remove snow and de-ice walkways and roads; operate snow removal equipment.

Safely operate tools and landscape equipment:
Operate power tools and motorized equipment such as tractors, mowers (both hand and riding), weed trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, aerators, sod cutters, Rototillers, front-end loaders, sweeper blowers, aerators, mobile compressors and small trucks, etc.
Use hand tools such as shovels, hoses, rakes, pruning shears, loppers, wheelbarrows, hand edgers and pesticide sprayers, etc.

Clean and service tools, equipment, and shop:
Clean, service and make repairs to tools and equipment. Clean shop and grounds areas in the Buildings & Grounds compound.
Clean building courtyard areas not already assigned to building custodians.

Qualifications You Possess
Minimum Qualifications:

One year of applicable experience or training involving grounds maintenance, gardening, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation.
Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations, solving problems and making decisions.
Ability to work well with others and function as a team member.
Experience working independently; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and accommodate interruptions is essential; strong aptitude for attention to detail.
Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time outdoors in all types of weather; bend, climb and reach; and lift, pull or push objects weighing up to 65 pounds.
Experience with and ability to climb ladders and operate heavy machinery.
Must be able to work in an environment that values a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.
To Apply
Applications must be completed online at: and include the following attachments:

Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and are wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

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