Department:UW BOTHELL – FACILITIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Job Location:UW Bothell
Closing Info:Closes On 11/19/2015
Salary:$2660 - $3529
This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information
Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The University of Washington Bothell is the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington. We provide a leading-edge student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and staff dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,000 students. A majority of those students are first generation college attendees or are from underrepresented groups; approximately 92 percent are from Washington. Located in the Seattle metropolitan region, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.
Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. At UW Bothell we actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.
Our UW BOTHELL, Facilities Services Department, recognized regionally for its sustainable practices, has an outstanding opportunity for a GARDENER 2. This individual will, under general supervision, perform skilled work in the maintenance of campus upland landscapes, hardscapes, natural areas, synthetic turf athletic fields, nurseries, and greenhouses.
The primary function of this position will be to perform skilled tasks requiring knowledge of sustainable and organic gardening practices and ecological restoration, including the cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns, exotic and native plants, natural areas, rain gardens, and hardscapes. Skilled tasks include invasive plant control, pruning, planting, soil improvement, plant identification and general care, selective weeding, integrated pest management, propagation, and the use of a variety of hand tools and power equipment.
• Maintain high profile display beds and planting areas
• Perform invasive plant and pest control in gardens and natural areas
• Prepare sites and soils for planting
• Mow, edge, fertilize, top dress, overseed, aerate, and irrigate lawns
• Perform all tasks related to Campus Composting, including vermicomposting and thermal composting
• Plant seeds, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees
• Prune plant material
• Plant propagation in the field and greenhouse
• Maintain greenhouse and nursery plant material
• Apply organic fertilizers, compost tea, and soil inoculants
• Maintain synthetic turf athletic fields
• Install, repair, and operate irrigation system
• Use a variety of hand tools such as pruning shears, rakes, shovels, hoes, pitchforks, and hand saws
• Operate power and motorized equipment such as line trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, mowers, pressure washers, utility vehicles, tractors, trucks, lifts, and snow equipment
• Clean, service, and maintain tools and equipment
• Service outdoor landfill, recycle, and compost containers
• Pick-up litter, scrape gum, empty smoking urns, clean-up spills
• Maintain hardscapes including sidewalks, stairs, pavers, ramps, and roadways
• Hazardous Waste Clean-Up: Sharps disposal, Chemical Spills, etc.
• Remove snow and ice from areas such as sidewalks, stairs, roads, ramps and parking garages and lots
• Apply deicer, salt, sand as required
• During inclement weather operate power brushes, spreaders, plow trucks, truck-mounted sanding and deicing units
• Install and maintain campus signs, fences, rockeries, etc.
• Read and interpret blueprints and plans for projects
• May direct the work of others
• Perform Traffic Control Flagging
• Assist with and/or perform tours of campus landscape and/or operations for Students, Faculty, Staff and the general public as required
• Assist with Campus Events as required
• Assist other Facilities Teams and/or other Campus Departments as required
• Perform related duties as required
In the performance of these duties, the Gardener 2 will be working outside in all types of weather conditions. Foul weather gear is routinely worn. Personal Protective Equipment is worn as required. Exposure to, and contact with a diversity of plant materials, soil, pollen, wild animals, and insects is routine.
Physical ability to do required work AND one year of experience or training involving grounds maintenance, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation OR equivalent education/experience.
Additional Skill Requirements:
• One year of experience in the field of horticulture, ecological restoration, grounds maintenance, or landscape design and/or installation OR equivalent education
• Physical ability to do required work including ability to routinely lift/move up to 50 pounds
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to communicate effectively to provide excellent customer service
• Organic land care
• Plant identification
• Ecological restoration
• Display bed design and maintenance
Conditions of Employment:
• Valid Washington State Driver’s License
• Ability to secure valid CPR, AED, and First Aid certificate within six months of hire
• Ability to secure valid Washington State Traffic Control Flagger certification within six months of hire
This position is designated as one that performs an essential function. This means that the position’s incumbent must continue to report to work as directed in the event that the University suspends operations because of severe weather, natural disaster, or other emergency condition.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Follow this link to apply for the job.
Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.