Job Details


Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 08/01/2019

Working at Lewis & Clark College
The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Job Purpose
The Groundskeeper performs grounds maintenance tasks as directed in an efficient and productive manner. The position is represented by the Teamsters Local Union No. 305.

What You'll Do
* Plants, fertilizes, cultivates, and prunes trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers.
* Performs turf renovation (thatching, aerating, and overseeding)
* Applies pesticides.
* Installs, maintains, and repairs automatic and hand-movable irrigation systems and underground drainage systems.
* Removes trash and litter, clears ice and snow from travel areas.
* Prepares areas for athletic events, including lining, striping, and dragging.
* Skillfully and safely operates all hand and power tools necessary to complete assigned tasks, including shovels, hoes, rakes, axes, chain saws, dethatchers, string trimmers, mowers, and tractors.
* Keeps an accurate record of labor, material, and equipment costs for each assigned job.
* Keeps informed about current trends in the industry.
* Performs other duties as assigned (may be in adverse or emergency conditions. Required to respond to emergencies including adverse weather at all hours of the day and during weekend when it impacts school operations).

Must Haves
* High school diploma or equivalent.
* Three years experience in the maintenance or installation of landscaped areas or athletic fields. Up to two years of formal education or training in plant sciences, soil sciences, or ornamental horticulture may be substituted for experience.
* 5 years prior experience working in commercial landscape management and mtc work including plants, fertilizers, cultivates, pruning trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers.
* Must possess a current Oregon driver’s license and be approved to drive under the College’s insurance policy.
* Knowledge of use and care of hand tools and power equipment.
* Sound basic knowledge of ornamental horticulture and skill in the performance of a wide variety of gardening tasks.
* Ability to effectively assume overall responsibility for the maintenance of a landscaped area.
* Skill desired in the operation of tractors larger than 30 HP.
* Ability to perform the physical tasks required to carry out the job responsibilities. A pre-employment physical will be required.
* Ability to read, write, and speak the English language.
* Ability to work independently with little supervision.
* Strong interpersonal skills.

Nice to Haves
* Current Oregon Commercial Pesticide Applicator's license (or within 6 months after hire).
* Irrigation classes through Rain Bird or other.
* 2 years experience working in irrigation and pesticide application.

Work Schedule
* Weekly Schedule: 37.5 hours per week
* Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
* $22.75 per hour

Physical Requirements
* Considerable amount of lifting of medium weight (15 to 35 lbs.) climbing, or other physically tiring work.
* Bending, crawling, kneeling/squatting, twisting, climbing (ladder), climbing (stairs), standing, walking, grasping/gripping, pinching/squeezing, reaching, pushing/pulling, seeing, talking, hearing
* Must be able to work in a stopped, kneeling, crouched, or squatting position continuously.
* Must be able to work with arms extended or in front and supporting the weight of eight pounds continuously.
* Must be able to dig ditches and shovel snow continuously.
* Must be able to lift and carry a fifty-pound weight repetitively over one-half hour periods.
* Must be able to lift and carry a twenty-five pound weight repetitively and continuously.
* Must be able to climb and work with tools from a 40-ft. ladder.
* Must be able to manipulate effectively the tools and equipment used in grounds tasks.
* The work continuously means that the work may be carried out over consecutive eight-hour shifts with two one-half hour breaks during each shift. Workers working under the conditions described in one and two * above are expected to vary their positions frequently or to pause frequently to stretch in order to avoid fatigue and injury.

The College explicitly acknowledges and affirms its conviction that diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic background, religious orientation or spirituality, physical or sensory disability, gender, and sexual orientation on the Lewis & Clark campus provides an educational benefit for all students that can be realized only if students and education professionals from diverse backgrounds are present in significant numbers within our learning community. In creating and sustaining such a community, we engage, to the extent possible, in practices that will ensure a high degree of diversity on our campus, simultaneously meeting the highest standards of academic excellence of which we are capable.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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