03 Jul
Grounds and Nursery Services Specialist 2 (Bellingham)
Washington, Bellingham

Whatcom Community College invites applications for a Grounds and Nursery Services Specialist 2 (Class Code 591J) in the College's Facilities department. This recruitment is open to ALL qualified applicants. This position will support the duties of the Grounds Supervisor and will report to the Grounds Supervisor. Responsibilities include performing skilled gardening work in the maintenance of grounds, landscapes, nurseries, and/or greenhouses. Positions instruct the work of others, including students, staff, or part-time employees regularly assigned to gardening.

Job Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to:

-Prepares soil for planting.

-Plants, transplants, trims, and waters plants, trees, flowers and shrubs;

-Applies pesticides and herbicides to flowers and shrubs; Seeds, mows, irrigates, fertilizes and maintains lawns;

-Uses a variety of manual tools and equipment, such as rakes, pruning shears, hand edger's, loppers, shovels, wheelbarrows and pesticide sprayers;

-Operates power and motorized equipment such as weed trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, rototillers, light tractors, front-end loaders, small trucks, lawn mowers, sweepers, aerators, sod cutters and snow blowers while working in inclement weather;

-Cleans, services and makes repairs to tools and equipment;

-May supervise lower level staff.

Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Minimum Qualifications:

-High school diploma or GED.

-Must be insurable and hold a driver's license valid in Washington State.

-One year of experience or training involving grounds maintenance, gardening, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Two (2) years grounds maintenance experience.

-Knowledge and experience in the maintenance, cleaning and repair of lawn service equipment and tools.

-Experience in the maintenance and repair of artificial turf fields.

-Experience in the maintenance and care of rain gardens, wetlands, retention ponds and other related storm water systems.

-Experience in the maintenance and repair of parking lots related to asphalt repair, crack filling, and striping/painting.

-Experience in the maintenance, repair, and installation of irrigation systems.

-Current Washington State applicator license.

-Current First Aid/CPR certification.

-Current forklift certification.

-Experience in a community college/higher education work environment.

-Develops innovative ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges and brings ideas to supervisor.

-Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and public through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions.

-Actively contribute to a work environment that embraces diversity and uses diverse perspectives to enhance the attainment of organizational goals. Treat everyone with respect and dignity, and appreciates the differences in people.

-Understand and follow applicable standards to establish/maintain a safe work environment.

-Adapt easily to changing operational needs, conditions and work responsibilities.

-Coordinate with customers to ensure effective completion of work orders and maintain excellent customer service.

-Remains focused on task, working efficiently and handling interruptions appropriately.


-Range 32, full-time salary starting at $2,658 per month with periodic increments to $3,272 per month. This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

Benefit Package:

-The position comes with a full benefit package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.

Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

-Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.

-Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.

Start Date:

-Estimated start date is Monday August 24th, 2020 or as soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.

Shift and Working Conditions:

-Work schedule may vary from season to season depending on specific needs of the college and may require Saturday as part of regular schedule. The ability to safely handle pesticides, fertilizers, and other maintenance related products is essential to this position. Physical ability to perform the function of the job including ability to lift up to 50 pounds, and agility to bend/walk/stand for extended periods of time and climb ladders.

Application Due Date:

-Applications due on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Special Instructions to Applicant

A completed application consists of an online application and:

-Letter of application detailing relevant experience and how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position.

-Current resume.

-Diversity statement (one page max) that addresses how you have committed to equity and inclusion in the past and how you might support a diverse workplace through this position.

-List of 5 recent professional references with contact information.

To apply please visit us at:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/whatcomcc

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