Grounds Supervisor (Grounds & Nursery Specialist 4)

Community Colleges of Spokane - Spokane, WA (30+ days ago)

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Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

The closing date of this recruitment has been extended to 8/17/20.

The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Grounds Supervisor in the District Facilities Department.

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for maintaining campus grounds, including all Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) property and CCS leased properties. This position will provide direction, supervision to all grounds staff including, but not limited to: scheduling, evaluations, training, and discipline of staff in compliance with college policy and collective bargaining agreements. Perform a variety of skilled tasks to develop, maintain, and care for, campus grounds, landscapes, athletic fields, and operate necessary grounds equipment to perform required functions.


Supervise classified and part time hourly employees (train, schedule, evaluate, discipline and respond to grievances). Adhere to classified contracts and all district rules and regulations ensuring efficient operations. *
Inform and educate staff about behavior and performance expectations, provide timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and ensure performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly and effectively. *
Operate power and motorized equipment such as a street sweeper, skid steer, light tractor, front-end loader, backhoe, forklift, sod cutter, weed trimmer, edger, backpack blower, lawn mower (push and riding), aerator, snow blower (push and ride), trucks and other applicable motorized equipment to facilitate grounds work. Perform preventive maintenance, winterize equipment, and maintain records – computer use. Facilitate grounds/irrigation work and complete preventive grounds maintenance programs. *
Use a variety of hand tools to prepare soil for planting, mowing, fertilizing, irrigating lawns and irrigation system repairs and pruning shrubs, ornamentals, and lifting, planting or removing trees. *
Apply and instruct in the application of pesticides and fertilizers. *
Remove debris, leaves, brush, pruning trimmings, snow and ice from grounds, roads, parking facilities and lots, sidewalks, ramps, and stairs. *
Develop preliminary cost estimates for landscape maintenance, construction, and repair work and coordinate, plan and prepare special landscape projects. *
Inventory pesticides and fertilizer. Preplan utilization needs and ensure an adequate stock of equipment and products are on hand to support campus operations. *
May need to read and interpret blueprints. *
Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform all related duties as required. *
  • Indicates this is an essential duty.
This position is designated a bargaining unit position and union membership is no longer a condition of employment.


Knowledge of application of grounds chemicals e.g. fertilizers, pesticides, and etc.
Able to read and interpret instructions on Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Technical skills in the maintenance and repair of grounds equipment.
Ability to assess grounds needs and determine best course of action to accomplish objectives.
Ability to communicate in English.
Ability to supervise others.
Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
Physical ability to do required work.
Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of CCS.
The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, community and technical college system.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
Knowledgeable and experienced in forklift operation.
Ability to operate a backhoe.
Grounds experience in a large campus setting.
Two (2) or more years’ experience as a gardener/equivalent work involving grounds maintenance, plant care and landscape construction.


Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:

Base compensation, plus
Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
Median retirement fund contributions.
The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Work is commonly performed outdoors in uncontrolled elements.
Work is active in nature.
Move up to 50 lbs. frequently and up to 75 lbs. occasionally.
Frequent kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, climbing and twisting.
Enters, crouches, twists, works and climbs in and out of confined spaces.
Frequent repetitive hand/wrist motions and finger manipulation.
Requires communication ability necessary to understand instructions and recognize hazardous, unsafe or poisonous materials and/or products.
Occasional exposure to fumes, dust, odors and/or biohazards.
Respiratory equipment may be used, requiring adherence to applicable rules.
Must be physically capable of working with and mixing fertilizer and pesticide chemicals.
Must be physically capable of operating a variety of mechanized, powered and non-powered hand tools, mowers, and other grounds maintenance equipment.
Full-time schedule (12-months, 40-hours a week).
6-month probation period; may be extended to 12 months.
This position is overtime eligible.
Criminal background check required.
Possess a pesticide applicator license valid in the state of Washington within five (5) months of employment.
Possess a valid motor vehicle operator license.
Ability to travel locally.


To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
CCS online application.
Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
Comprehensive resume. *
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
College transcript(s) if applicable - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.
NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission.

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
Medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under Public Employees Benefits Board; WA State Retirement Plan; vacation and sick leave begin to accrue at the rate of one (1) day per month, upon employment. (For positions that are less than full time, leave accruals will be prorated to the percentage of the position.) This position is designated a bargaining unit position and union membership is no longer a condition of employment.