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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 1/2/2017

University of California - Merced Merced, CA

Merced, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree


Groundskeeper (Limited term)

Job Category:

UC Merced Continuous Recruitment


Temporary General

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will occur as openings are available. This is a temporary employment pool.


$16.79 hourly


Atwater, Merced and Fresno Centers

Background check:

Background check may be required


The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Under supervision, incumbent performs a variety of Grounds maintenance and repair functions including but not limited to litter pick-up, cultivating, trimming of shrubs and small trees, fertilizing, planting and irrigation repairs. Performs prescribed maintenance procedures as directed such as: mowing, edging, pruning, raking, sweeping and weeding. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining assigned landscape areas in a clean and healthy condition. Irrigates various plant material by use of appropriate manual or automatic systems or hoses when necessary. Operates grounds power tools and machinery and must be responsible for proper use of equipment and follow proper safety procedures for his/her protection and that of others. Follow University guidelines and departmental policies and procedures. Be respectful and courteous with faculty, students, staff and public in general while performing assignments.

Review of applications will occur as openings are available. This is a temporary employment pool for Groundskeeper. This position is reopened every six months so please re-apply if you remain interested in the position. This position will close on December 31, 2016.


3 years minimum demonstrated experience working on landscaping.

Ability to identify undesirable plant material and knowledge to operate commonly used grounds equipment and tools like trenchers, tractors, rototillers and other types of power driven equipment.

Knowledge and ability to maintain and troubleshoot irrigation systems.

Ability to follow through and carry out assignments; be flexible and constantly adjust to changing priorities.

Must be physically able to consistently perform job duties as outlined in this job description.

Position is subject to the California DMV's "Pull Notice System" and an offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory driving record.

Employment contingent upon pre-placement physical, including drug/alcohol testing, background investigation.

Knowledge of correct chemical use and fertilizer mixtures.

This position(s) will be required to work weekends.

To Apply:

Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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