Grounds and Nursery Services Specialist 3

at Highline Community College Inc
Location Seattle, Washington
Date Posted July 31, 2022
Category Trades & Services
Job Type Not Specified


General Summary

This posting will remain open until the position is filled, application received by April 10, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

Positions at this level perform multiple duties relating to the care and maintenance of grounds, greenhouses, nurseries, or gardening programs. Position may work independently or as a team. Position will primarily focus on sprinkler irrigation and the maintenance of the campus grounds maintenance program. Position typically requires the ability to perform strenuous, outside work in inclement weather.

This position is a classified full-time position, which is eligible for overtime. Schedule: Mon -Fri 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Salary Information: The above salary range reflects the starting step of Range 34 (Step C) for this classified position and includes a 5% King County compensation provision. As a new employed classified employee, based on annual increments, it will take 5 years to reach Step L on the salary schedule. This does not reflect any contractual changes, legislative mandated salary increases or Cost of Living Increases (COLA's) that may be approved in the future.

Please be advised beginning October 18, 2021 of the Washington State employees requirement to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Additional details located in the Supplemental Information section. Essential Tasks

Under the direction of the CentralServices Manager, this position will:

Install, maintain, repair, and adjust various sprinkler systems and control devices;
Repair, maintain and operate a variety of grounds mechanical equipment, systems, and apparatus;
Clean, service and maintain tools and equipment, including power equipment;
Operate power and motorized equipment such as small trucks, small tractors, lawn mowers, edgers, chain saws, weed trimmers, backpack blowers and sweepers, and perform related duties as required;
Use a variety of manual tools and equipment, such as rakes, hand edgers, loppers, shovels, wheelbarrows, weeding forks, hoes, pruning shears and pesticide sprayers to perform the following: seed, mow, irrigate, sweep, fertilize, top dress, edge and maintain lawns, rake, remove leaves, propagate plants by cutting, seeding, grafting, layering and budding;
Formulate and present recommendations for layout or improvements of grounds;
Plan, prepare, plant, feed, water, prune and maintain flower beds and landscaped areas;
Prepare soil for planting seed, sod, turf, plants, trees and shrubs;
Diagnose and treat plant diseases and pests;
Remove snow and ice from areas such as walks, stairs, roads, ramps and parking facilities;
Install and maintain campus signs, fences, rockeries, etc.;
Maintain adequate supplies and materials inventory;
Provide services for departmental furniture moves, archive retrieval, recycle and package deliveries.

Ability to:

Use hand tools;
Operate power washer;
Ability to lift up to 60 pounds daily, 100 pounds with assistance;
Work in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, and ice.

Knowledge of:

Safety Data Sheets (SDS);
Hazard Communication Standard (HCS);
Safety Standards.


HS Diploma or GED equivalent;AND

Two years professional experience in gardening or grounds maintenance.

Desirable Qualifications:

Ability to operate a forklift;
Ability to operate a backhoe/tractor.

Supplemental Information

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Conditions of Employment

Highline College does require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty -- with waivers for specific exemptions -- for those who physically attend courses, operations, or other in-person activities. This decision was made in accordance with higher education proclamation 20-12.4. A candidate will not be asked to report their vaccination status unless they are hired by the college. If a candidate chosen for hiring is not fully vaccinated from COVID-19 and plans to submit a medical or religious exemption to this employment condition, the hiring process will be suspended until a decision has been made regarding any exemption application which is submitted. A candidate will not be allowed to do any work for Highline College or be onboarded as a new employee during the time period when the exemption is being considered. The request for an exemption does not guarantee approval.


Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students -- a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.


As an essential part of ourmission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.


Your online application must include the following to be considered complete:

1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;

2. A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the QUALIFICATIONS, and KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES for the


3. A one-page response to the Supplemental Question.


National Criminal Background Check may be required;
This position is covered under the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)bargaining agreement.



Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.


Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. 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.


The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at . Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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