Lead Groundsworker – Irrigation, Facilities Management (533574)

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
November 9, 2023
San Bernardino, CA
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Job Summary:

Under general supervision, the Lead Irrigation Groundsworker provides lead work direction in maintenance of the campus irrigation system and grounds work. Plan, train, coordinate, and inspect the work of others.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides Lead Irrigation Specialist leadership over other Irrigation Specialists in the maintenance of the campus irrigation system, as well as providing increased irrigation specialized skills. Assign, lead, and participate in the daily activities of performing irrigations and grounds work. Maintains and repairs irrigation systems including, but not limited to, lines, sprinklers, valves and controllers. Makes modifications as directed. Operates various testing devices related to irrigation systems and backflows. Uses other grounds and irrigation tools and equipment. Maintain as accurate inventory of all grounds and irrigation materials, supplies and tools under their care. Prepares cost estimates and plans for installation of new systems and modification of existing systems. Able to read and follow specifications and working drawings. Prepares reports as required. Works under the campus work order system in testing and maintaining the total campus irrigation systems. Reports in writing to supervisor and FSC on modifications to campus irrigation system. Record changes on "As Built" drawings. Service and makes minor repairs on grounds tools and equipment.
  • Perform routine inspections of the work assigned to crews for accuracy ensuring it has been completed in a timely manner. Provide documentation of those routine inspections to the Landscape and Fleet Manager. Assist the Landscape and Fleet Manager with annual evaluation of the crew. All evaluations are to be based solely upon the individuals attitude, initiative and ability.
  • In coordination with the Landscape and Fleet Manager, establish priorities, set standards of quality for the campus and evaluate work needed for irrigation, planting, turf and shrub care campus wide. Show knowledge and ability to properly plant and care for all types of turf, plants, and trees for our planting zone. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the work needs for your area and to follow through on the priorities to accomplish accepted standards of quality.
  • Train new employees, conduct ongoing training sessions for permanent employees and operate equipment such as trenches, backhoe, pumps, etc. Direct staff in proper operational procedures. During inclement weather, conduct in-house training for crew on equipment operation, safety practices and work techniques. Hands-on training of riding equipment to be preceded by operating demonstration by lead worker or appropriate operator.
  • Informs the appropriate utility agency or entity before digging when necessary.
  • Provide other classification-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience

  • Two years of experience in planting, cultivating and maintaining flowers and shrubs, or in general grounds maintenance work.
  • Valid CA Driver's License

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, and tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating, and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees. General knowledge of common plant diseases, pests, and weeds; approved methods and materials used in their control and eradication, horticultural methods and materials; and planting and growing requirements of plants commonly grown in California.
  • Ability to lay out, coordinate, and oversee the work of others; provide training, interpret policies and explain methods and procedures; inspect and evaluate the work of others; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and perform general gardening and grounds maintenance work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two-year's journeyman experience in landscape, grounds maintenance, and irrigation systems works.
  • Knowledge of proper care and irrigation of plants and trees including equipment and tools used.
  • Advanced knowledge of irrigation systems and automatic and computer irrigation controllers.
  • Plant-Water-Soil relationships.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others; provide training as needed.
  • Read and write at the level appropriate to the duties of this position.

Compensation and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,544 - $4,409 per month

Classification Salary Range: $3,544 - $5,985 per month

The salary offered will take into account internal equity and experience among other factors.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here .

Position Information:

Work status: Full-time/Non-Exempt/Probationary

Work schedule: Monday through Friday (6:00 am - 2:30 pm), some evenings/weekends.

Staff: The application deadline is: Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

California State University, San Bernardino in not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

Conditions of Employment

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Drivers License Check

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.


CSUSB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents .

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. We welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. We will create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

California State University, San Bernardino is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, hire, train, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, caste, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096) For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at CSUSB, please visit https://www.csusb.edu/human-resources/diversity-inclusion

Closing Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Nora Jean Fernandez, ADA Manager at Nora.Fernandez@csusb.edu


CSUSB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/6591951/latest/ .

Clery Act

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State San Bernardino Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: https://www.csusb.edu/clery-act
Closing Date/Time: November 21, 2023

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