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Employment Opportunity

Position: Groundskeeper I
Range 9
Closing Date:
November 21, 2013, 5:00 pm
Beginning Date:
January, 2014 (approximate)



  • Graduation from high school or the equivalent
  • Two years experience in landscape maintenance
  • Valid CA driver's license
  • Be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students


  • Three years experience in commercial landscape maintenance.

General Description:

Under supervision, to perform maintenance and gardening tasks on District grounds, athletic fields, and landscaped areas; and to do related work as required.

Essential Functions

  • Mows lawns and fields
  • Trims shrubs, hedges and trees
  • Sprays flowers and shrubs with insecticides
  • Waters lawns and fields
  • Hoes weeds and rakes lawns
  • Operates power mower and edger
  • Operates hand and power mowers and spray equipment
  • Spades and prepares grounds around flowers and shrubs
  • May assist in sprinkler installation and mainline repairs
  • Does general grounds cleanup, including picking up of paper and trash on grounds and parking lots
  • May prepare track and playing fields for athletic events
  • May drive a truck or tractor
  • Maintains grounds equipment and tools
  • Performs other related duties as required

Knowledge of:

  • Methods used in caring for plants, shrubs, flowers, trees and lawns
  • Lawn planting and cutting procedures
  • Safe work practices

Ability to:

  • Speak, read and write standard English
  • Operate gardening machinery
  • Use gardening hand tools
  • Lift up to 60 lbs.
  • Work under extreme heat and cold temperatures
  • Carry out oral and written directions
  • Work independently
  • Train and oversee the work of student assistants
  • Work cooperatively with others

How to Apply: All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment.  If materials are emailed or faxed in order to meet the deadline, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals immediately.  Email to:, Fax 209-384-6103

1.  Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2.  Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3.  Resume

It is the applicantís responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application for Download

Classified Position Application [Word Doc 206k]
This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you.  Please send to:

        Cathy Harris Office of Human Resources
        Merced College
        3600 M Street, Merced, CA  95348-2898

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process.  Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee.  Finalist interviews with district administrators may follow.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment.  In addition, a medical examination will be required of the successful candidate at the Districtís expense.  The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All classified employees, as a condition of employment, must become members of California School Employees Association or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to CSEA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer