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Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 3 (Two Vacancies)

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

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Close Date: 03/31/2020

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks two highly motivated and qualified individuals for the position of Grounds & Nursery Specialist 3 in Facilities.

This position will serve in the Grounds Department, maintaining the grounds at both the Mottman and Lacey campuses, participating in special landscape projects, submitting requests for supplies, overseeing work by Corrections Crews, and evaluating landscape, plant and tree needs.

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
Perform duties related to care and maintenance of grounds:

Maintains grounds at the Mottman and Lacey campuses
Diagnoses and treats plant/tree diseases and pests
Plants and prepares landscaped areas; feeds, waters, prunes, etc.
Installs, maintains and repairs sprinkler systems and equipment
Prepares recommendations for improvements to grounds
Maintains and replaces signage

Maintains equipment and supplies:
Maintains supplies and inventory
Operates a variety of grounds equipment
Oversees inventory, ensuring proper storage and handling
Maintains the greenhouses and hoop house and surrounding area
Participates in required safety training and departmental meetings

Other duties as assigned:
Assist in oversight of Department of Corrections crews and projects
Uses computer and work order system for communication regarding projects/tasks
Qualifications You Possess
Desired Qualifications:

Experience in landscaping and grounds care.
Strong commitment to customer service.
Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and written.
Ability to work well in a team environment.
Ability to work independently, perform multiple tasks and accommodate interruptions.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Computer skills – Outlook; Megamations
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.

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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