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M - F; 6:55am - 3:25pm
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Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington's mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM).
Maintenance & Construction has an outstanding opportunity for a Gardener Lead.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Grounds Maintenance Program Execution:
Perform and lead personnel in specialized horticulture and arboriculture tasks requiring experience and knowledge of tree removal, and tree pruning, planting, protection, staking, cabling, bracing, inspection and other general maintenance.
Perform aerial operations using lift and rope and saddle equipment, and provide ground crew assistance during cooperative tree management operations with UW Arboretum and/or Seattle Parks and Recreation staff.
Prepare grounds for lawns, shrubs, tree plantings and transplanting; including container, bareroot and balled & burlapped trees.
Maintain plants through accepted horticultural standards including raking and removing leaves and litter and removing snow and ice from assigned pathways and stairs during inclement weather events.
Monitor and adjust irrigation systems and write work orders for irrigation repair.
Order materials to accomplish the work.
Inspect projects to ensure compliance with design, local standards and codes, and capture updated as-built records to reflect actual field installation
Use computer programs to accomplish tasks, including the work management and project scheduling systems, e-mail, calendars and spreadsheets; maintain work records and write reports as needed. Enter in computerized database and GIS map, new tree plantings and removals.
Operate commercial motorized equipment such as automobiles and trucks - including dump trucks, high rangers, forklifts, scissor-lifts, tractors, front-end loaders, brush chippers, stump grinders, mowers, tillers, sweepers and trailers.
Operate small engine equipment such as chain saws, compressed air spade, string-line trimmers, sprayers and backpack blowers.
Use a variety of hand implements and tools.
Load and unload materials and supplies.
Perform Gardener 2 work as necessary to meet production demands and assure proper service to campus clients. May instruct temporary workers.
Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Organizational Leadership and Engagement:
Positively support all management directives and actively promote the purpose and foundational values of FMC.
Provide information for employee performance reviews to supervisor.
Participate in the recruitment process.
Communicate and collaborate with other Facilities Services shops and other business partners such as Capital Planning & Development to facilitate work.
Comply with all UW and Facilities Services policies and procedures, FMC protocols, i.e., Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP). Support all management directives and the vision and values of FMC.
Participate in and follow through with FMC process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.
Keep supervisors informed of project status, work progress, required project materials and equipment.
Work and coordinate with skilled trades as required to maintain campus buildings, utilities and grounds.
Participate in project meetings when scheduled.
With shop supervisor, develop weekly work schedules and priority projects.
Provide input to shop supervisor regarding timecard accuracy.
Actively participate in meetings and trainings as scheduled.
Know and ensure that assigned personnel comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to performance of the work. This will include Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. Report all safety issues to the shop supervisor.
Maintain professional knowledge of industry standards to ensure the best products at the best prices.
Physical ability to do required work AND two years of experience as a Gardener or equivalent work involving grounds maintenance, plant care and landscape construction
OR physical ability to do required work AND one year of experience as stated above AND one year of college level training in arboriculture, botany, horticulture, forestry, landscape or allied field
OR equivalent education/experience.
Additional requirements include:
Experience as a Gardener performing tree care, including tree removal, and tree pruning, planting, protection, staking, cabling, bracing, inspection and other general maintenance.
Experience climbing trees with a rope and saddle to perform arboricultural tasks.
Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and a proven ability to work successfully with people at all levels throughout the organization and with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Sustain professional behavior and composure in a fast paced, dynamic, customer service-driven environment.
Excellent problem-solving skills. Anticipate and recognize problems, and develop and implement creative, cost-effective solutions. Function within a complex regulatory environment. Effectively interpret and apply standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Excellent organizational skills. Work independently or as a member of a team to successfully prioritize and coordinate multiple programs and assigned tasks. Flexibility to meet changing and unforeseen requirements.
Proven ability to lead by example in both performance and behavior and to hold employees accountable to established expectations.
Demonstrated positive, optimistic, success-oriented attitude and support of the organization, policies, and management decisions.
Strong personal integrity, trustworthiness and professional work ethic, leading by example in both performance and behavior, holding employees accountable to established expectations.
Proven ability to take direction, meet expectations, and work cohesively as a member of a team.
Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations.
Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Demonstrated successful experience as a lead or supervisor.
Demonstrated successful experience working with computerized maintenance management systems.
Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products.
Possession of a valid Pacific NW Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Arborist or equivalent certification.
ISA Tree Risk Assessor Certification (TRAQ)
Conditions of Employment:
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License or a license recognized as valid by the State of Washington. May be required to obtain a Commercial Driver's License.
Possession of a valid Washington State Public Pesticide Operator's License or obtain license within 120 days of employment.
Must be willing and able to climb trees with a rope and saddle.
Work may require access to confined spaces and will require working at heights using appropriate safety precautions.
Regular and predictable attendance is required. May be required to accept variable work shift.
Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment.
Ability to lift and move heavy materials is required.
Must be able to work outside under all weather conditions.
Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
A tuberculosis (TB) test is required for work assignments in nonhuman primate areas and in the UW Medical Center.
Approved footwear must be provided at the employee's expense and worn on the job.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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