Gardener 2

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington

Notes: Please note that this position has been re-posted. If you have already submitted your application, you need not submit it again, as it has already been received.
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington’s mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM). Our staff must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Maintenance & Construction has an outstanding opportunity for a Gardener 2.
  • Under the direction of the supervisor and lead, perform specialized grounds duties requiring the skill and knowledge of cultivation and maintenance of trees, lawns and ornamental plants.
  • Prepare ground for planting seeds, bulbs, plants, seasonal flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees; seed, mow, fertilize and maintain lawns.
  • Maintain plants through accepted horticultural standards.
  • Control invasive and noxious weeds through Integrated Pest Management strategies and practices.
  • Rake and remove leaves and litter from campus grounds; remove snow and ice from assigned pathways and stairs.
  • Use a variety of hand implements and tools, such as rakes, pruning shears, and loppers; and operate commercial power equipment such as tractors, trucks, mowers, tillers, sweepers, chain saws, trimmers and sprayers.
  • Keep leads and supervisors informed of project status/work progress, needed materials and equipment.
  • Operate machinery such as fork-lifts, scissor-lifts, and high rangers. Load and unload materials and supplies.
  • Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.
  • May instruct semiskilled workers.

    Communicate and coordinate with other Facilities Services shops and Engineering Services to facilitate work.
  • Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work and conduct on the job, including Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Comply with all UW and Facilities Services policies and procedures, FMC protocols, i.e., Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP). Support all management directives and the vision and values of FMC.
  • Participate in and follow through with FMC process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation.
  • Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled.
  • Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Must Possess Core Competencies:

• Demonstrate strong personal integrity and trustworthiness.
• Possess the ability to effectively handle stressful situations and changing priorities.
• Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
• Demonstrate responsibility and accountability.
• Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Demonstrate a positive, optimistic, success-oriented attitude.
• Demonstrate professionalism which includes being tactful, civil and
• Demonstrate professional work ethic.
• Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Physical ability to do required work
  • AND one year of experience or training involving grounds maintenance, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation OR equivalent education/experience.

Additional requirements include:

Washington State Public Pesticide Operator’s License or obtain license within 120 days of employment.

Washington Drivers License

  • Demonstrated successful ability in taking direction, working well with others and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated excellent effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications include:

  • Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) regulations.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products

Conditions of Employment include:

  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s License or a license recognized as valid by the State of Washington.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required. May be required to accept variable work shift.
  • Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using approved safety precautions.
  • Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy material may be required.
  • Must be able to work outside under all weather conditions.
  • Approved footwear must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job.
  • Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
  • Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.