Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
Position Information

Position Title Gardener Department Landscape Maintenance Fixed Term End Date Part Year No Part Year Months FLSA Status Non-Exempt Standard Hours (hours per week)


Position Summary Information

Position Purpose

Maintains University Grounds and Landscaping

The Operations division is a team that is tasked with providing an exceptional campus environment to the faculty, staff, students, and visitors of SCU. We are successful as a team when we:

* Put the needs of our customers first

* Constantly improve and innovate the way we conduct business

* Construct a positive work environment that allows our team to work together and thrive

We focus on our customers by emphasizing availability and providing professional, dependable service. We innovate and improve our business through performance analysis, leveraging technology, and employee training. Finally, we construct a positive work environment by emphasizing the importance of teamwork and communication. We expect all members of our team, new and veteran alike, to advance the ultimate goal of providing an exceptional campus environment by succeeding in these three critical areas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Must possess a general knowledge of flowers, shrubs, and trees commonly grown in

California and possess the knowledge and ability to maintain plant material and turf in a neat and orderly condition. Recognizes plant diseases, pests, and general conditions of plant life and performs methods to correct such conditions including application of fertilizers and pesticides.

Safely operates, cleans, and cares for hand and power tools, such as edger, blower, mower, chain saw, aerator, chipper, man lift, rot-o-tiller, vacuum, fork lift, hedge trimmer, and string edger. Possess good understanding of personal safety equipment required for each piece of equipment. Operates manual irrigation systems and performs minor irrigation repairs (including nozzle and head replacements). Landscaped areas, sidewalks, and parking lots are to be kept clean of debris and litter. Landscaped areas are to be kept free of weeds by means of herbicides and/or hand cultivation. Replaces damaged turf and plants. Transplants flowers, shrubs and trees. Installs soil amendments and header boards for new plantings. Makes recommendations for plant selections, maintenance methods and designs. Performs manual labor as required for various irrigation and landscape projects. Performs furniture moves and furniture deliveries, set-ups, and pick-ups for both indoor and outdoor events.

Provides Work Direction



Must possess a valid California driver's license and be able to pass a physical examination for pesticide respirator use. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed recognized courses in landscape maintenance. Works under general supervision, and also, independently, as well as with entire crew.

Physical Demands

* Ability to lift and move moderately heavy objects, up to 65 lbs. safely.

* Frequent kneeling and bending of knees and back required.

* Able to work at elevated heights by means of a ladder, extension ladder or man-lift.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

* Outdoor environment.

* Loud equipment noise.


Knowledge of relevant safety regulations required.


Demonstrated skill in tasks described above are required.


* Ability to perform basic mathematics.

* Ability to follow job-related oral and written instructions in English and keep written records and perform simple computer data input.

Education and/or Experience

Four (4) years experience in landscape, maintenance, and demonstrated skill in tasks described above are required.

Salary Information $23.97 per hour

Posting Detail Information

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants EEO Statement

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

* SCU Website

* SCU: University Promotion/Transfer

* Periodical

* SCU Employee

* Conference

* Assoc of Jesuit Colleges & Universities

* CAL Jobs

* HigherEd Jobs

* Indeed

* Twitter

* Facebook

* LinkedIn

* CareerArc Networks

* Handshake

* Other


* * Are you a current SCU employee?

* Yes

* No

* * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?

* Yes

* No

* * What is the highest level of education that you have completed?

* High School Diploma

* Professional Certificate

* Associate's Degree

* Bachelor's Degree

* Master's Degree

* JD

* PhD

* * Do you have a minimum of 4 years related experience?


* NO

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

* Cover Letter

* Resume

Optional Documents

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