The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
Do you prefer the freedom of the outdoors? Pierce College is seeking a passionate landscaping artist to beautify our campuses for students, parents, and the community at large. The Grounds Services Specialist 2 s a district position working under general supervision to perform skilled gardening work in the maintenance of grounds, landscapes and other exterior systems at Pierce College campuses. Typical responsibilities include cleaning, operating, monitoring and repairing manual, power and motorized tools. The Grounds Service Specialist 2 reports to the campus Buildings and Grounds Manager and may be located at either the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses. This position requires regular and consistent attendance.
About the District: The college enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site with views of Mount Rainier and recreational Lake Waughop, the campus enjoys modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development center; and a health education center.
Pierce College at Puyallup - Located on a luscious site with 125 acres of wooded land including modern facilities and beautiful hideaways.
Landscapes, Grounds and Vegetation: At a skilled-level will clean, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate lawns, fields, beds, areas, trees, shrubs, plants and various other grounds, landscapes and vegetation.
Tools and Equipment: At a skilled-level will clean, operate, monitor, maintain and repair manual, power and motorized tools and equipment.
Exterior Structures, Fixtures, Equipment and Systems: At a skilled-level will clean, operate, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate fences, gates, signs, features, irrigation systems and various other exterior structures, fixtures, equipment and systems.
Hardscapes, Exterior Surfaces: At a skilled-level will clean, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate parking lots, roads, drives, walkways, curbing and various other exterior surfaces.
At a skilled-level will operate and maintain utility carts, forklifts and various other vehicles. Operate two-way radios, cell phones, computers and other electronic devices.
Remove snow and ice from building entrances, walkways and parking lots.
Respond to and perform emergency functions, as required.
Observe and report suspicious activity.
Maintain inventories and submit requisitions for tools, supplies and equipment to supervisor; be accountable for assigned keys, tools, equipment and supplies.
Perform other related duties, as assigned.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
Two (2) years' experience providing grounds and landscape maintenance for a large facility or campus.
Experience in commercial grounds and landscape maintenance.
The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment.
Must possess a valid Washington driver's license upon hire.
Must consent to and pass a driver's check upon hire.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Accountability & Dependability:
Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight
Follows instructions, policies, and procedures; meeting productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
Acknowledges responsibility for mistakes and taking appropriate steps to make corrections; meeting expectations without making excuses.
Earns others' trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions by respecting the opinions and assessments of others.
Maintains confidentiality during investigations and personnel matters.
Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables by knowing and supporting teammates' work; helping teammates who need or ask for assistance.
Encourages team unity through sharing information and expertise, working together to solve problems and putting team success first.
Supports fair treatment and equal opportunity for all; listening objectively and with consideration for the ideas and input of others.
Respects the talents and contributions of co-workers.
Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect by maintaining an open, approachable manner and treating others fairly and respectfully.
Preserves others' self-confidence and dignity and showing regard for their opinions.
Seeks to resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively; focusing on the situation, issues, or behaviors, rather than the person.
Demonstrating a balance between building rapport and getting the work done.
Adheres to all workplace and trade safety laws, regulations, standards, and practices.
Performing work in a safe manner at all times; avoiding shortcuts that increase health and safety risks to oneself or others.
Maintains and inspects PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); using PPE as required.
Adaptability & Flexibility:
Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems.
Copes well and helping others deal with the ongoing demands of change;
Sees and showing others the benefits of change; recovering quickly from setbacks and finding alternative ways to reach goals and objectives.
Maintains composure in stressful or adverse situations by: handling workloads, competing demands, changing assignments, interruptions and distractions with a positive attitude.
Attention to Detail:
Diligently attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing tasks.
Performs tasks thoroughly with care; checking work to ensure completeness; remaining aware and taking care of details that are easy to overlook or dismiss as insignificant.
Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with Facilities & Operations services by seeking ways to improve service delivery; assessing the quality of services from the customer's point of view; recognizing adverse customer reactions and developing better alternatives; emphasizing a team approach to providing great customer service.
Diplomatically handles challenging or intense interpersonal situations by working through difficult or awkward interpersonal situations in a positive and professional manner.
Exercises appropriate tact and discretion in conversations and sharing information with others.
Listens accurately and actively as well as communicates clearly and effectively with individuals and groups.
Communicates clearly and effectively in writing maintaining proper usage and grammar, and is able to review and critique the work of others.
Ability to operate software programs such as MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Megamation (maintenance work order system), and Time and Leave Reporting (TLR) software.
Ability to exhibit tolerance of others; recognize the value of cultural, ethnic, gender, and other differences; understand the differences in and responds appropriately to others in the workplace.
Demonstrates trust in, sensitivity to, and mutual respect of others; recognize and manage personal biases.
Application Requirements: To be considered for this position, applicants must:
Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally responsive and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. (Cover Letter)
Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: www.naces.org/members.htm (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
Terms of Employment:
Pierce College is hiring one full-time(40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. The position's primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom but occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.
Salary & Benefits: The starting salary range of this position is $2,353.00 - $2,700.00 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $3,031.00. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr-benefits.
Physical Work Environment:
This position is required to work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions. This position is exposed to noise, electricity, lifting, hand and power tools, rotating and reciprocating machinery, welding, extreme temperatures, working at heights, using ladders, confined spaces, compressed gas, pressure vessels, airborne contaminants, hazardous materials and waste, and blood borne pathogens. Requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), fall protection, MSDS, lock-out/tag-out procedures, First Aid/CPR/AED, RCW and WAC compliance.
Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
Screening & Interview Process: Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.
Conditions of Employment:
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.
Bargaining Unit: This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).
Equal Opportunity: The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.
For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:
Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator 9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, Washington 98498 (253) 964-6519
Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3229