Job Details

Northeastern University
  • Position Number: 5396993
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management


About the Opportunity

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Under the direction of the Grounds Manager, provide campus-wide landscaping services.


Knowledge of:
  • Common gardening and lawn maintenance tools, materials and equipment
  • Principles and practices involved in grounds maintenance work
  • Sustainable grounds keeping practices
  • Record keeping techniques
  • Basic computer programs such as email. MS Office suite knowledge a plus

  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be customer service oriented
  • Meet or exceed the college's attendance and tardiness guidelines
  • Work in crews or independently
  • Understand and follow directions and complete work assignments on schedule
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
  • Work safely in compliance with College Injury and Illness Prevention Plan

Education and Training
  • High school diploma or equivalent and at least two years of working experience in grounds maintenance.
  • Valid California driver's license and safe driving record.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

  • Lifting, pulling, or pushing heavy objects up to 50 lbs
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate hand and power tools and equipment
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching. Standing for extended periods of time

  • Seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions
  • May work at high elevations in trees and in bucket truck
  • Works around pesticides
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work
  • Works around machinery having moving parts

  • Waters, cultivates, mows, lawns, shrubs, hedges, trees, and other plants in both landscaped and wooded areas.
  • Prunes hedges, shrubs and trees; cuts flowers and mows lawns; ensures application of fertilizer, plant treatments, and other methods to maintain healthy plants and lawns.
  • Installs, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs sprinkler systems valves and electronic controllers;
  • Uses leaf blowers, turfvacs, power sweepers and other tools or hands to remove trash and debris from grounds.
  • Operates hand and power tools, including but not limited to rototillers, stump grinders, wood chippers, log splitters, mowers, chainsaws, edgers, weed whips. Maintain and make minor repairs to equipment as necessary.
  • Performs general duties related to grounds keeping, such as cleaning drains, pick up papers and rubbish, clear brush and leaves, performs minor asphalt and concrete work, dig trenches as assigned.
  • Assists in moving furniture, boxes, and equipment related to commencement set up and take down.
  • Maintain safe work conditions and comply with established safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements

The hourly rate for this role is $31.65

Position Type


Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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