Skilled Trades Aide/Grounds Maintenance Worker

  • Ohlone College
  • Fremont, CA, USA
  • Nov 12, 2021
Full time Facilities Management

Job Description



Ohlone College

Ideal Candidate Statement: Ideal Candidate Statement The ideal Skills Trade Aide/Grounds Maintenance Worker candidate must have experience working in both building maintenance and landscaping.

The landscaping portion includes; maintaining lawns, trees, shrubs, control weeds, install and repair irrigation, work with irrigation timers, use blowers, sweepers, chainsaws, loppers, lawn mowers, hedging tools, and a variety of hand and power tools. Must be able to drive and understand the principals of ride-on mowers. The candidate should understand plant species enough to identify native and drought resistant plants. The ideal candidate is either licensed to spray weed chemicals or is willing to be licensed by the District. Must be able to show competent stewardship over assigned areas being especially mindful of the care required in high-use areas. Must be able to identify a variety of landscaping challenges and seek assistance from his/her lead and colleagues when necessary. Must be driven to solve work related problems, prioritize fire and health hazards, and understand the importance of landscape aesthetics in an educational environment. Must be willing to work in inclement weather, all year round. The Skill Trades Aide portion includes; plumbing, carpentry, door locking systems, painting, electric repairs, HVAC systems repairs and other general maintenance work on buildings, furniture, and equipment under the leadership of skilled trade workers. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of proper procedures, regulations, and laws applicable to facility and equipment maintenance and recordkeeping. The ideal candidate must be able to maintain a high-level customer service and be able to work in a team environment.

The candidate must be able to carry up to 35 pounds, must be able to bend, squat, kneel, lift overhead items, climb ladders, walk on uneven surfaces, and understand the use of personal protective equipment.

• Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for staff who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles, highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal and is respectful of diverse views and opinions;

• The college has a firm commitment to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.

Job Description Summary: This is a 12 month, 100%, Classified Position

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Maintenance and Operations, this position is responsible for performing apprentice level work by assisting in all areas of building maintenance and grounds maintenance work as needed. Incumbent will work primarily at the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology and may, from time to time, work at the Fremont Campus.

Essential Duties: DUTY STATEMENTS
1. Conduct basic servicing and adjustments of HVAC systems.
2. Conduct basic assistance in the installation and repair of electrical wiring, equipment, appliances or fixtures.
3. Provide assistance to District plumber by performing duties such as, but not limited to, the cutting of pipes, pre-assembly, and the installation of plumbing systems and components.
4. Provide assistance with routine automotive repairs and the refueling of District vehicles.
5. Perform basic locksmith support functions such as, but not limited to, the cutting and/or duplication of keys.
6. Perform preventive and/or general maintenance of maintenance equipment.
7. Transfer equipment, parts, supplies, and tools to and from workstations and other areas as needed.
8. Prepare workstations, and supply equipment, parts, supplies, and tools, for skilled workers within the Facilities Department.
9. Support District grounds staff by performing duties such as, but not limited to, mowing of lawns and other turf areas, edging of fields and walkways, weeding, fertilizing, and lawn rehabilitation as needed.
10. Perform the edging of fields and walkways, the cutting down and/or trimming of trees, shrubs, or plants as needed.
11. Inspect irrigation systems by checking clocks, sprinkler heads, valves, and pipes to identify leaks, as well as, conduct maintenance, perform repairs, and make irrigation adjustments as needed.
12. Cultivate trees, shrubs, grass, and flowers by performing duties related to pruning, fertilizing, irrigating, and weeding.
13. Clean general grounds such as, but not limited to, parking lots, athletic fields, and lawns by raking leaves, picking up litter, and clearing litter from walkways and driveways.
14. Ensure District grounds keeping equipment such as, but not limited to, mowers, chainsaws, edgers, blowers, power pressure sprayers, and other gardening tools are in safe operating condition.
15. Empty waste receptacles outside buildings and around campus.
16. Report issues and discrepancies to the Senior Grounds Maintenance Worker, to the Supervisor of Maintenance and Operations, or to other appropriate personnel.
17. Comply with all applicable policies, procedures, and standards related to safety protocols, proper use of equipment, and the maintenance of work areas.
18. Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
19. Communicate with District staff, vendors, service providers, and government agencies on behalf of the Facilities Department.
20. Attend District safety trainings and workshops.
21. Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: KNOWLEDGE OF:
1. Common hand tools and construction equipment.
2. Safety practices used at all construction sites.
3. Best practices and techniques of landscaping/grounds keeping.
4. Powered equipment such as, but not limited to, mowers, tractors, chainsaws, and pruning saws.
5. Common hand tools used in grounds keeping such as, but not limited to, shears, pruners, axes, shovels, and rakes.
6. Fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides.
7. Irrigation methods and systems.
8. Artificial turf fields.
9. Safety practices in handling grounds keeping equipment
10. General office computer software.
1. Apply knowledge of common hand tools to provide basic assistance in all areas of the skilled trades, supply the appropriate equipment to senior level staff, and to maintain equipment.
2. Apply knowledge of safety practices used at all construction sites to minimize the risk of injury.
3. Use general office computer software to communicate with District staff and vendors.
4. Apply knowledge of landscaping best practices and techniques to ensure that day to day duties are performed under accepted practices.
5. Apply knowledge of herbicides and insecticides to control the growth of undesirable vegetation and pests.
6. Apply knowledge of fertilizer usage to ensure successful growth of plants, flowers, and grass.
7. Apply knowledge of powered equipment and common grounds keeping hand tools to mow lawns, remove unwanted items, edge walkways, clean grounds keeping areas, trim trees and shrubs, and maintain grounds keeping areas.
8. Apply knowledge of irrigation methods and systems to adjust the amount of water consumption and prevent waste.
9. Apply knowledge of artificial turf fields to remove turf, replace cushing pads, disinfect the turf, and prevent the growth of bacteria.
1. Effectively aid in all areas of the skilled trades.
2. Effectively work independently as the primary maintenance aide at the Newark Center, reporting directly to the Facilities Department of Ohlone College.
3. Ensure that safety practices are adhered to.
4. Ensure the beautification of District grounds.
5. Ensure the safe operation of powered equipment such as, but not limited to, mowers, tractors, chainsaws, edgers, pressure sprayers, and pruning saws.
6. Effectively complete work orders as issued by the Facilities Department.
7. Effectively problem solve when issues arise during a project.
8. Make accurate measurements.
9. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
10. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with District staff and outside vendors.

Education and Experience: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• One (1) year of experience working in construction, a skilled trade, and grounds/landscaping.
• Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.

Preferred Qualifications: DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
1. Bilingual and Biliterate.
2. Related specialized training(s).

Salary Range:
Range #35 on SEIU Salary Schedule$52,908 Annually$58,344 Annually$67,548 Annually

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Foreign Transcripts:
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
2. Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
4. Paid vacation
5. Paid sick leave
6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days
7. Summer 4/10 schedule (Fridays off)
8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)

Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:
A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary:
The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment: Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis and proof of vaccination from COVID-19. In addition, you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. Employees must be California residents on their date of hire and for the duration of their employment with Ohlone Community College District.

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