Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2

at Western Washington University
Location Bellingham, Washington
Date Posted July 31, 2022
Category Trades & Services
Job Type Not Specified


Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2

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Location: Bellingham, WA

Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position TitleGrounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2

About the UniversityWestern Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the DepartmentThe Facilities Management Department supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 2 performs gardening work for University grounds in a comprehensive outdoor maintenance program. Responsibilities include:

+ Landscaping and gardening

+ Operating equipment such as weed trimmers, backpack blowers, rototillers, lawn mowers, snow blowers, aerators, sod cutters, etc.

+ Trash removal

+ Ice and snow removal

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination () by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity () within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Required Qualifications

+ High School Diploma or equivalent

+ Two years of work experience involving grounds maintenance, planting, plant care, and landscape construction in a commercial and/or institutional setting

+ Ability to operate gas powered machinery and small tractors

+ Ability to read and understand written information and instructions

+ Ability to communicate clearly

+ Ability to maintain and use hand and power tools safely as required for the trade

+ Valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work in order to drive a state-owned vehicle for travel to work locations

+ Physically perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

+ Ability to work with computer hardware and software required to track work orders and record time worked

+ Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner with students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization and in contacts with the public

+ Ability to manage time well and work under pressure situations with tight schedules and deadlines to complete projects.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Five years or more of maintenance experience in a commercial and/or institutional setting including proficiency in mowing, edging, pruning and general lawn maintenance and plant care

+ Applicable experience working at Western Washington University and knowledge of the campus landscape

+ Knowledge of plant identification and their characteristics

+ Certified Integrated Pest Management license

+ Master Gardener certification

+ Knowledge of arborist's practices including training to promote tree health, discern tree problems, and take measures to correct them

+ Knowledge of WISHA/OSHA rules and regulations

SalarySalary Range 33 (\_GWA/rep/GS\_2020Jul1\_Represented-.pdf) : New Hires typically start at $2,677/month with an excellent benefits package

Bargaining Unit

This position is part of bargaining unit B and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date NotesPosition open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services () , or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services . The report can be found at:Annual Security and Fire Safety Report () .

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 499137

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