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Colorado State University Grounds & Nursery II in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Grounds & Nursery II

Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title Grounds & Nursery II

Posting Number 202100146P

Position Type State Classified

Open Date 06/10/2021

Close Date 06/21/2021

Salary $3,510/Month + Full Benefits

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-sc.pdf.

Full/Part Time Full-time

State Classified Hourly No

Overtime Eligible

Description of Work Unit

Provides landscaping services, care, renovation, repair and maintenance of all grounds at Colorado State University.

Position Summary

Position performs landscape maintenance services, plant material maintenance to provide a safe and clean environment in assigned areas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years (24 months) of progressively responsible grounds care and maintenance experience on a large scale assignment (golf course, campus, parks, etc.) which must have included fixing, repairing, and replacing sprinkler components and irrigation systems.

  • Current, valid Driver’s License (Regular)


    Preferred Qualifications

A very strong candidate will offer creative vision for an award-winning campus landscape and a flexible, helpful approach to the team and customers across campus. Additionally, a strong candidate will offer several of the following preferred qualifications:

  • An Associate’s Degree or higher in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant or Soil Sciences, Arboriculture, or closely related field of study.

  • Certification or Licensure in pesticide application, landscape technician (ornamental, irrigation, turf, arboriculture), or closely related technical training. Please attach any related certifications/licenses with your application in the Applicant Documents section

  • Prior experience supervising crews.

  • A demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships with teammates and customers through strong communication.

  • Knowledge of a wide variety of plant species and landscape principles.

  • Prior experience operating and maintaining landscape equipment.

    Essential Job Duties

    Job Duty Category Landscape Maintenance


Performs landscape maintenance of grass, trees, shrubs, other plant material and beds, including hand mowing, string trimming, shrub pruning, planting bed maintenance. Performs landscape clean up including litter removal, hard surface cleaning, leaf raking and removal.

Percentage Of Time 30

Job Duty Category Identification


Identifies disease, insect infestation, and need for pruning or thinning of plant material. Recommends and carries out remedies to include mixing and applying herbicide/insecticide, ensuring proper pruning or removal of plant material. Identifies problem areas in landscape design of past practices and recommends design changes or proper steps to rejuvenate.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Sprinklers and Irrigation


Operate, maintain, and repair sprinkler and irrigation systems in assigned areas, including programming controllers, adjusting and repairing sprinkler heads and valves.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Snow Removal


Performs snow removal with broom tractors, truck mounted snow plows, snow blowers, and hand shoveling.

Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Equipment Maintenance


Performs routine maintenance and repair of Grounds equipment.

Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Events Support


Provides preparation and support for University events and other events on campus. (i.e. graduation, athletic events, etc.)

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.

  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.

  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.

  • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.

  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.

    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.

  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from human.resources@colostate.edu, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.

  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources – Employment Office, at hrservicecenter@mail.colostate.edu or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).


  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical, Valid Driver’s License - Colorado, Essential Services Designation - Required to be on duty to perform essential and/or emergency services of the agency without delay or interruption, Shift Work - Snow Removal - position will respond before/after hours for snow removal duties.

    EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?
  • Yes

  • No

    • If you have a current and valid driver's license, please list 1) the number, 2) the expiration date, and 3) the issuing state. Otherwise, state "N/A".

(Open Ended Question)

    • Are you willing and able to report to work as directed to perform essential and/or emergency services without delay or interruption?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Please describe the different types of landscaping, maintenance, and/or snow removal equipment that you have safely operated, repaired, or maintained.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Please give a specific example of a time when you recognized that disease or infestation was threatening the turf, plants, beds, or trees in your care. How did you go about identifying the problem, and what did you do to solve it?

(Open Ended Question)

    • Please describe a time when your team was faced with a challenge, heavy workload, or deadline, which required members of the team to use good communication and flexibility to get the job done. How did your good communication and flexibility contribute to the team’s success?

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Optional Documents

  • Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)

  • License/Certification