Ohlone College Grounds Maintenance Worker(Temporary) in Fremont, California

Position Description

Ideal Candidate Statement

Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for staff who embrace diversity in serving students with varied backgrounds and learning styles, highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal and is respectful of diverse views and opinions. The College has a firm commitment to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.


This is a temporary position.

Under the direction of the Manager- Maintenance and Operations, perform a variety of grounds maintenance and gardening duties in the beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas

Desirable Qualifications


KNOWLEDGE OF: Basic grounds maintenance procedures including mowing, edging, raking and weeding. Methods, equipment and materials used in gardening and groundskeeping work. Cultivating, fertilizing, watering and spraying of flowers, trees and shrubs. Operation and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment used in groundskeeping. Basic record-keeping techniques. Health and safety regulations.

ABILITY TO: Perform a variety of grounds maintenance and gardening duties in the beautification of assigned grounds and landscaped areas. Mow, edge, water, weed, fertilize, rake and cultivate lawns, flower beds, athletic fields and other landscaped areas. Operate hand and power tools and other equipment used in grounds maintenance. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Maintain routine records. Observe health and safety regulations. Work cooperatively with others.

Duties and Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Mow, edge, and fertilize athletic fields, lawns and other turf areas; cut, spray and pull weeds; trim trees, bushes and plants; utilize a chainsaw to trim and cut down trees as required; assist with the lining of athletic fields.

Maintain irrigation systems; check clocks, sprinkler heads, valves and pipes; identify and repair leaks and other damage.

Plant, cultivate, prune, spray, fertilize and irrigate flowers, trees, grass and shrubs; hoe and pull weeds and rake leaves; edge walkways.

Perform general grounds cleanup, including picking up paper, trash and debris on grounds areas, parking lots, athletic fields and other assigned areas; empty waste receptacles; sweep litter from walks and driveways.

Operate a variety of power-driven equipment such as mowers, chainsaws edgers, blowers, power pressure sprayers and other equipment used in grounds maintenance work; utilize standard gardening hand tools.

Maintain grounds maintenance equipment in safe operating condition; perform minor maintenance on equipment such as changing blades, greasing and changing oil.

Maintain routine records related to assigned activities.

OTHER DUTIES: Assist with the removal of pool covers as assigned.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Any combination equivalent to: sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above.


Valid California Class C driver’s license.

Physical Characteristics


ENVIRONMENT: Outdoor work environment. Seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions. Exposure to fumes, dust, odors, oil/grease, gases.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate grounds maintenance equipment. Walking or standing for extended periods of time. Seeing to perform gardening and grounds work. Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy objects as assigned by position. Sitting to operate tractors, mowers and other machines. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally. Heavy physical labor.

HAZARDS: Working around and with machinery having moving parts. Exposure to chemicals and fumes.

Posting Detail Information

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

Starting Salary Range: $19.51 per hour

Number of Vacancies: 1

Open Date: 02/29/2016

Open Until Filled: No