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.
At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit grow.berkeley.edu.
Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The department of Housing Operations, Maintenance, and Environment (HOME) is under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing & Dining Operations, which is an area in Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP). RSSP provides student housing, residential programs and dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, as well as childcare services for students, faculty and staff.
The Grounds unit in HOME maintains all exterior landscape and most hardscape at RSSP facilities including Family Housing in Albany, CA. The Groundskeeper is supervised by the Grounds Supervisor. Scheduling and training may also be done by the Laborer/Gardener Bs and Lead Gardeners.
Pick up, sort and dispose of trash and debris throughout the assigned areas.
Clean areas around trash dumpsters and recycling containers.
Collect trash and recycling that has not been properly sorted.
Remove and dispose of abandoned furniture, appliances or other property left outside.
Properly tag items for removal at a later date.
Other duties as assigned:
Empty and wash out exterior trash receptacles and replace liners.
Collect, sort, label and store common hazardous waste (i.e. motor oils, tires, batteriews, paints, C.R.T.s, etc.).
Collect, load and deliver metal metals to metal recycler.
Remove unauthorized posters and graffiti from various surfaces.
Sweep and power wash hardscapes and playground equipment.
Set up and clean outdoor furniture such as picnic benches and tables.
Locate, install or remove various barricades and signs as directed.
Inspect Grounds and buildings for raccoon, cat or dog feces, remove and record.
Assist with removing homeless camps.
Police creek corridors and remove litter, abandoned property (homeless campsites, etc.) and debris.
Empty trash cans.
Clear creeks of obstacles for flood abatement.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing basic general landscape maintenance and the operation of common grounds maintenance tools, trucks and equipment.
Ability to operate a truck in reverse using only mirrors for line of site navigation.
Common safety procedures including safe lifting techniques.
Ability to speak, understand and legibly write English to communicate with work community and to record measurements, complete simple forms and maintenance records.
Read and understand materials such as job instructions, equipment and safety manuals.
Follow written and oral instructions.
Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public, coworkers and supervisors.
Appropriately select and safely use hand power tools and equipment.
Maintain vehicles, tools and equipment including basic troubleshooting to identify and correct minor mechanical and electrical malfunctions.
Perform routine assembly and repair of playground equipment.
Must be able to bend, stoop, twist, reach, stand and walk for extended periods on even, uneven and sloping surfaces.
Ability to independently lift up to 50 lbs. and up to 100 lbs. with assistance.
Ability to work outdoors in extreme and/or fluctuating weather conditions.
Must be available to respond to emergencies and work occasional overtime on weekends/holidays.
Adhere to RSSP work rules and Respect and Civility Statement.
Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.
Able to identify types of refuse, recycling and hazardous waste in trash stream and sort accordingly.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 6-month, non-exempt, temporary position at 100% (40 hrs a week). This position is paid hourly and eligible for UC Benefits.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $19.81 - $22.30 (Steps 1-7).
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
SX.30.B.5.a: The automatic conversion to career status will not occur since the employee is hired as a replacement for another person who is on an extended leave that exceeds 1,000 hours.
This is not a visa opportunity.
This is a leave replacement.
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.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.