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Grounds and Nursery Services (Specialist 3)

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, Washington
Facilities Management

A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington invites applications for the position of:

Grounds and Nursery Services (Specialist 3)

$3,144.00 -$3,535.00 Monthly
$37,728.00 -$42,420.00 Annually


CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with businesses, community, government, and educational organizations.

The campuses have modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development centers; and health education centers, all with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Rainier. 

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom- Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community and recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup - Located on a lush 125-acre wooded site with beautiful spaces for exploring.

Pierce College at JBLM - Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families serving our country.

Job Summary:

This position works under general supervision to perform skilled gardening work in the maintenance of grounds, landscapes and other exterior systems at Pierce College campuses. This includes cleaning, operating, monitoring and repairing manual, power and motorized tools. Occasionally instructs the work of others, including inmates and students as temporarily or regularly assigned to gardening. This position reports to the campus Grounds Services Supervisor and may be located at either the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses.


Landscapes, Grounds and Vegetation:

At a skilled work level will clean, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate lawns, fields, beds, areas, trees, shrubs, plants and various other grounds, landscapes and vegetation.

Tools and Equipment:

At a skilled work level will clean, operate, monitor, maintain and repair manual, power and motorized tools and equipment.

Exterior Structures, Fixtures, Equipment and Systems:

At a skilled work level will clean, operate, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate fences, gates, signs, features, irrigation systems and various other exterior structures, fixtures, equipment and systems.

Hardscapes, Exterior Surfaces:

At a skilled work level will clean, monitor, maintain, repair, replace, install, modify, construct and/or fabricate parking lots, roads, drives, walkways, curbing and various other exterior surfaces.

Other Duties:
  • At a skilled work level will operate and maintain utility carts, forklifts and various other vehicles.
  • Operate two-way radios, cell phones, computers and other electronic devices.
  • Remove snow and ice from building entrances, walkways and parking lots.
  • Respond to and perform emergency functions, as required.
  • Observe and report suspicious activity.
  • Be accountable for assigned keys, tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain inventories and submit requisitions for tools, supplies and equipment to supervisor.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Required Education:

High School Diploma or GED.

Required Experience:
  • 2 years’ experience in commercial grounds and landscape maintenance to include; irrigation systems controls maintenance/repairs, commercial landscape equipment operation, maintenance & basic service/repair (Utility vehicles, large mowers, edger’s etc.).
  • Use of computers for sending/receiving emails, time reporting, leave requests & training.
  • A combination of education and experience may substitute for years of experience.

Competencies Required:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Traits & Characteristics:

Accountability & Dependability:

Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight by: arriving for work on time and following instructions, policies, and procedures; meeting productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules; acknowledging responsibility for mistakes and taking appropriate steps to make corrections; meeting expectations without making excuses.

If problems arise with co-workers, address the issues promptly with the supervisor’s assistance, when appropriate.

Personal Integrity:

Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions by: respecting the opinions and assessments of others; maintaining confidentiality during investigations and personnel matters; communicating truthfully.


Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables by: knowing and supporting teammates’ work; helping teammates who need or ask for assistance; encouraging team unity through sharing information and expertise, working together to solve problems and putting team success first; supporting fair treatment and equal opportunity for all; listening objectively and with consideration for the ideas and input of others; respecting the talents and contributions of co-workers.

Relationship Building:

Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect by: maintaining an open, approachable manner and treating others fairly and respectfully; preserving others’ self-confidence and dignity and showing regard for their opinions; seeking to resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively; focusing on the situation, issues, or behaviors, rather than the person; demonstrating a balance between building rapport and getting the work done.

Safety Focus:

Adheres to all workplace and trade safety laws, regulations, standards, and practices by: performing work in a safe manner at all times; avoiding shortcuts that increase health and safety risks to oneself or others; maintaining and inspecting PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); using PPE as required.

Adaptability & Flexibility:

Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities by: responding positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems; coping well and helping others deal with the ongoing demands of change; seeing and showing others the benefits of change; recovering quickly from setbacks and finding alternative ways to reach goals and objectives.

Stress Management:

Maintains composure in stressful or adverse situations by: handling workloads, competing demands, changing assignments, interruptions and distractions with a positive attitude.

Attention to Detail:

Diligently attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing tasks by: performing tasks thoroughly with care; checking work to ensure completeness; remaining aware and taking care of details that are easy to overlook or dismiss as insignificant.

Customer Focus:

Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with Facilities & Operations services by: seeking ways to improve service delivery; assessing the quality of services from the customer’s point of view; recognizing adverse customer reactions and developing better alternatives; emphasizing a team approach to providing great customer service.


Diplomatically handles challenging or intense interpersonal situations by: working through difficult or awkward interpersonal situations in a positive and professional manner.

Exercises appropriate tact and discretion in conversations and when sharing information with others.


Listens accurately and actively as well as communicates clearly and effectively with individuals and groups.

Communicates clearly and effectively in writing, maintaining proper usage and grammar, and is able to review and critique the work of others.


Ability to operate software programs such as MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Megamation(maintenance work order system), and Time and Leave Reporting (TLR) software.


The ability to: exhibit tolerance of others; recognize the value of cultural, ethnic, gender, and other differences; understand the differences in and responds appropriately to others in the workplace; demonstrate trust in, sensitivity to, and mutual respect of others; recognize and manage personal biases.

Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:

Must have a valid driver's license.

Must consent to and pass driver records check.

The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.


Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

Complete the online application profile at

Apply for the specific job opening.

Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. Be sure to provide specific examples to support your experience, training and/or skills. (Cover Letter)

Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)

Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Terms of Employment:

This is a full time (40 hours per week) overtime eligible position with Pierce College District. Pierce College is looking to fill 2 vacancies, 1 at the Fort Steilacoom Campus and 1 at the Puyallup Campus. Infrequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Summer hours will vary), Monday through Friday, to include occasional evenings and weekends. These positions may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

The starting salary range of this position is $3,144.00 to $3,535.00 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $3,616.00. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

Physical Work Environment:
  • The position requires working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements; wildlife, climbing ladders and working at heights as well as stooping, kneeling, crawling, reaching and climbing.
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for over 80% of the work day.
  • The ability to lift 50 pounds and move 100 pounds or more is required.
  • Position requires the ability to bend; stoop and twist at the waist frequently; reach from knees to shoulder-level frequently and above shoulder level occasionally; perform repetitive arm/hand motion constantly; constant handling and/or grasping; climbing stairs and ladders occasionally; and tolerate frequent carrying, constant pushing and/or pulling, frequent vibration from equipment, and occasional above or below temperatures; constant exposure to dust, chemicals, and equipment noise can be expected; hearing should be within normal limits to be able to communicate with students and staff; and must have clear vision, with or without correction to constantly notice details.
  • Exposure to risks such as noise, electricity, lifting, hand and power tools, rotating and reciprocating machinery, welding, extreme temperatures, working at heights, using ladders, confined spaces, compressed gas, pressure vessels, airborne contaminates, hazardous materials and waste, blood-borne pathogens.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, MSDS, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, First Aid – CPR – AED certification, RCW and WAC compliance.
  • Scheduled hours will vary based on needs of the college.
  • Must be available to respond to emergency situations during the work week, after hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Considered essential personnel.
  • During inclement weather situations; must be available to report to campus and assist with snow removal/deicing of campus grounds.
  • Scheduled hours may vary to accommodate daily operations.
  • Occasional travel between campuses/sites.
  • This work requires regular and consistent attendance.
Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity:

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to to the following:

Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator
(253) 840- 8472

Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229

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