Gardener Groundskeeper (Sports Turf)

  • Full Time
  • UC Davis
  • $ Budgeted salary range $26.51/hr. - $29.81/hr.

(Groundskeeper Gardener – Sports Turf)

Job ID 62426

Department Description
Grounds & Landscape Services is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of outdoor space including landscape, irrigation, roadways, walkways, bike paths and signage throughout campus. This position performs basic and specialized grounds maintenance tasks for designated campus areas.

Job Summary
This position performs multiple Grounds related functions in all categories of work and delegations assigned to Grounds & Landscape services. Performs all Landscape & Grounds services including daily sport fields maintenance, game day field preparation, seasonal maintenance of sports fields, field and logo painting, control of campus landscape, irrigation maintenance, repair and modification, equipment operations and upkeep within the campus core or country areas of the Davis Campus. The duties include managing turf grass through industry best practices, cultivating a varied selection of plant materials, specialized animal friendly landscapes or specialized gardens, herbicide applications, landscape design, tenant improvements, equipment operations and arboriculture support.

Position Information

Apply by Date: 12/29/2023
Salary Range: $26.51/hr. – $36.39/hr. (Budgeted salary range $26.51/hr. – $29.81/hr.)
Appointment Type: Career
Number of Positions: 1
Percentage of Time: 100%
Shift Hours: Manager will advise
Location: Davis, CA
Union Representation: Yes  (SX)
Benefits Eligible: Yes


  • Agility and strength to traverse steep banks carrying materials weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Walk, lift, stoop, bend, crawl, push and work in tight confined areas.
  • Climb ladders, climb on top on machinery and equipment.
  • Carry pack sprayer weighing up to 50lbs. on back.
  • Work outdoors year-round in summer heat, winter rain and other extreme weather conditions.


  • Work hours are Tuesday – Saturday 6:00am to 2:30pm or Monday – Friday 6:00am to 2:30pm.
  • Work scheduled will be determined by needs of department.
  • Possession of a valid CA driver’s license.
  • Possession of a valid Pesticide Applicators Certificate or ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment.
  • Participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pull notice system.
  • Subject to medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
  • Work in areas of noise odors, vibration, dirt and dust. Subject to completion of a pre-placement medical exam provided by Employee Health Services, at no charge to the applicant.
  • May, at times, require the individual to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
  • Specific hazards include but are not limited to: cleaning materials, pesticides, fuels, solvents, infectious materials and wastes, biological hazards, and other materials labeled hazardous.
  • May be required to work a non-standard work schedule that may include nights, weekends, or alternative schedules such as 80 hours in 8 or 9 shifts instead of 10.

Vacation usage by employee may be restricted during peak workload periods as required to meet the needs of the campus. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


Minimum License/Certification: Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC)

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Experience in Grounds maintenance or gardening. Experience in identification, cultivation, and care of a broad diversity of ornamental, native landscape plants and turf grasses used in sports fields.
  • Experience and skill to safely operate a variety of landscape tools and power equipment. Experience in operation and maintenance of spray equipment for weed and pest control.
  • Experience in recognizing, diagnosing and researching plant health problems, including abiotic disorders, diseases, and pests, and developing solutions to horticultural problems.
  • Experience in irrigation maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Experience in performing daily sport field maintenance, seasonal sports turf field maintenance, game day sport fields preparation, sport field marking and knowledge of NCAA field regulations.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge of pruning standards, weed identification and best practices. Knowledge of pest control laws and regulations regarding safe chemical application and pesticides used.

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, or related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Experience and or skill to maintain an organic garden.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge of landscape construction techniques including operating large mowers and tractors grading, path construction, retaining walls, irrigation, and basic carpentry.


  • Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

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