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Groundskeeper, Facilities Services

Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 25, 2022


* Empty waste bins following assigned routes.
* Remove litter/trash from surrounding areas and buildings.
* Deliver dumpsters, wheeled carts, event cans and various equipment and containers using vehicles.
* Blow hardscapes (plazas, pathways, parking lots etc.) and dumpster enclosures to remove ground litter from areas.
* Loading and unloading of waste materials into packer trucks, flatbed trucks, vehicles, compactors, and balers.
* Push and move dumpsters, wheeled carts, and various containers into position to be loaded by packer truck, flatbed, or other vehicles.
* Use of hand trucks and pallet jacks as required.
* Operate compacting, baling, dumping, and various controls on compactors, balers, packer trucks, flatbed trucks, and vehicles.
* Clean and wash outdoor trash, recycling bins, and loading docks.
* Wash and clean dumpsters, wheeled carts, and various types of outdoor bins.
* Remove stickers, flyers, posters, decals, and graffiti from bins, sight furnishings, exterior of buildings,trees, hardscapes, and equipment.
* Removal of chalk graffiti from hardscapes and buildings.
* Assure all dumpsters, carts, bins, equipment, and enclosures have proper signage and labels, decals, and stickers.
* Assembly, maintenance, and repairs of dumpsters, wheeled carts, bins, and equipment.
* Inspect, observe, and report problems to Supervisor regarding any safety hazards bins, dumpsters, carts, equipment, and vehicles.
* Report all vehicle accidents and/or vehicle failures to Supervisor immediately.
* Inspect assigned vehicle(s) for safety and equipment functions daily.
* Advise Supervisor of equipment repairs needed or of faulty equipment.
* Keep vehicles clean and in good working order.
* Complete vehicle log inspection and mileage log daily.
* Maintain a safe driving record and follow all state, city, federal motor carrier regulations and campus driving and parking regulations.
* Complete and report daily collection route and work order information
* Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
* Attend job related and safety training as required.
* Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

* Ability to properly operate and provide daily/weekly basic maintenance of dumpsters, bins, equipment, compactors, balers, and vehicles.
* Demonstrated ability to read, write and follow oral/written instructions provided in English.
* Ability to interact in a positive manner with campus community, including students, building managers, asset managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel.
* Ability to work within a multicultural environment.
* Working knowledge of or ability to learn management of recyclables and compostable materials accepted on campus and items that are considered contamination.
* Demonstrated working knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in grounds, recycling, and composting work and related safe work practices.
* On a regular basis, ability to lift up to 75 pounds; walk distances of up to mile; bend and stoop to remove trash; lift materials overhead; and to work outdoors in fluctuating and/or extreme weather conditions.
* Ability to work different shifts beginning as early as 4:00 a.m. and ending as late as 5:00 p.m.
* Ability to work weekdays, weekends, some holidays, and some overtime.


* A minimum of 12 months of working experience in grounds, recycling, and compost bin route collection operations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary & Benefits

* This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
* This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $19.23 - $25.37 (Step 1.0 to Step 15.0).
* For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Driving Required

* A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
* Ability to drive carts, vehicles with trailers, and trucks required.

Other Information

* Facilities Services is hiring for two career appointments.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

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

Keywords: University of California, Berkeley , Groundskeeper, Facilities Services, Other , Berkeley, California

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