Gardening Specialist

Posting Details

Position Information

Working Title Gardening Specialist
Classification Title Gardening Specialist
Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Manager of Grounds and Landscape Services, the Gardening Specialist performs a combination of specialized work in an assigned area which encompasses pest and weed control, tree maintenance, special planting areas and irrigation, and maintenance of gardening power equipment. The incumbent will also make recommendations for the planning and development of special planting areas.

FLSA Non-Exempt - This position is covered by health benefits, and is non-exempt, (eligible for overtime compensation) according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Classification Salary Range

$2,990-4,946 monthly

Hiring Range $2,990-4,946 monthly
Salary Grade/Range 1
Step N/A
Is this position Hourly or Intermittent? No
Regular or Temporary Temp
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Pay Plan 12
Work Hours Monday through Friday - 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Department Information

Administration & Business Affairs at Sacramento State is one of the University’s chief support divisions, providing integrated and comprehensive administrative, business, financial, operational and logistical support services to students, faculty and staff.

In addition, ABA encompasses planning, operation and maintenance services for the campus facilities and environment, which includes major responsibility for capital construction projects, as well as police and safety services for the campus community.

Minimum Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of the methods, plants, tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns and trees. General knowledge of the composition and structure of soil, Ph factors of soils, compatibility and incompatibility factors between soil and plants, difference between plant mixes, and erosion control.

Ability to identify, diagnose and treat plant disease, and correct plant nutrient deficiencies; prepare freehand sketches and make recommendations for possible improvements in landscaping within the assigned area; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and follow oral and written instructions.

Two years of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, one year of which shall have been in either the maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems, specialized pest and/or spray control work, or cultivation and care of nursery plants.

Possession of the appropriate California Department of Pesticide Regulation license to perform pest control work. Some positions may require possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Required Qualifications

1. Experience performing specialized pest and/or spray control work (e.g. weeds, fungi).

2. Knowledge of installation and programming automatic irrigation controllers.
3. Through knowledge in common pruning practices, formal and informal styles included.

4. Ability to perform tree trimming work (i.e. trim and maintain).
5. Ability to perform maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems.
6. Ability to operate and perform maintenance on small power-operated power mowers, small riding mowers, and other gardening power equipment.
7. Effective communication skills.
8. Effective interpersonal skills.
9. Excellent customer service skills.
10. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a diverse environment.
11. Ability to use computerized maintenance systems.

Preferred Qualifications

12. Ability to provide lead work direction to students, Groundsworkers or individuals in other grounds classifications.
13. Ability to provide advice and assistance to others regarding proper care of flowers and ornamental plants, pruning, and other technical skills.
14. Experience establishing and maintaining preventative maintenance programs using computerized systems.

Physical Demands

15. Ability to frequently lift and carry gardening equipment up to 50 lbs.

Required Licenses/Certifications

16. Current Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) for pest and weed control related to landscape maintenance.
17. Possession of a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Hiring Preference Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.
Conflict of Interest


California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number AS0103P
Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 08/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Priority Review Date 08/31/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

This temporary appointment may be renewed based on funding, work performance, and recommendation of the supervisor.

For questions regarding this search, contact:

Contact Name Employment Services
Contact Phone 916-278-6326
Contact Email

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least two years of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, one year of which has been in either the maintenance, repair or modification of irrigation systems; specialized pest and/or spray control work; or cultivation and care of nursery plants?
    • yes
    • no
  2. * Do you possess a current Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) for pest and weed control related to landscape maintenance?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license and a safe driving record?
    • yes
    • no

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Proof of Licensure
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Letter of Recommendation