Work for one of the top botanical gardens in North America. The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

The UC Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Positions

Job Title: Groundskeeper (8133C)
Job ID: 25381
Full-time, Temporary


The scope of this position is working on the UC Botanical Garden’s grounds, including lawns, stairs, paths, irrigation systems, retaining walls, set ups, etc. Primary responsibilities are of a daily nature. Work directly impacts approximately 30 staff, 200 volunteers, students, and the public. Maintains and improves grounds, equipment, and tools.
• Assist horticulturists with rock work; irrigation and irrigation repair; building and maintaining paths, roads, and wooden and stone stairs; garden bed maintenance and preparation; spreading mulch, procurement of supplies and equipment.
• Assist on an as-needed basis on special projects as assigned including but not limited to plant sale, event and rental setup and support, etc. Assist other staff on special projects.
• Maintain lawns and lawn edges.
• Operate trucks and power equipment; maintains tools.
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

• Able to understand and execute basic gardening and groundskeeping techniques and turn them into practical application within the UCBG.
• Able to anticipate and communicate material and equipment needs in order to facilitate timely and orderly work completion.
• Ability to maintain and utilize gardening materials and equipment with minimal waste.
• Be able to anticipate and communicate challenges prior to moving forward and completing non-functional directions to avert or minimize negative impact on overall project completion.
• The incumbent will need to understand the policies and basic operating principles of the UC Botanical Garden.
• Understanding of and ability to apply basic groundskeeping and gardening principles. Operate assorted power and hand tools.
• Able to anticipate and communicate material and equipment needs in order to facilitate timely and orderly work completion.
• Ability to perform required skills and demonstrate required areas of knowledge.
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with diverse group of people.
• Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as work well as a team member.
• Ability to be detailed oriented and dependable.
• Ability to generate equipment and materials lists in a written and legible format.
• Ability to maintain accurate records of small purchases.

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