Grounds Supervisor, Facilities Operations, Vancouver Campus

Updated: about 1 year ago
Location: Vancouver, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Available Title(s):

591L-YN_CS_NPS - Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist 4

Business Title:

Grounds Supervisor, Facilities Operations, Vancouver Campus

Employee Type:


Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

Position Details:

Grounds Supervisor, Facilities Operations, Vancouver Campus

Be a part of keeping the WSU Vancouver campus grounds beautiful! If you enjoy project and people management, as well as hands on working with your team, apply online for our Grounds Supervisor position.

Summary of Duties

WSU Vancouver campus is set within 350 acres of manicured, semi-manicured and natural grounds consisting of turf, forest, pollinator habitat, hardscape and six miles of Cougar Trails in a Salmon Safe habitat. The Grounds Supervisor is responsible for leading and supervising the WSU Vancouver Grounds maintenance team.

This position will perform, assign, instruct, and check the work of other grounds personnel in a variety of skilled duties in landscape construction and grounds maintenance to maintain safe, clean, and attractive grounds on the WSU Vancouver campus. Those duties include but are not limited to turf maintenance, plant bedding installation and maintenance, tree planting, pruning and removal, trail, walkway and road surface maintenance, irrigation system operation, maintenance, repair and snow and ice control operations.

Required Qualifications

Two to three years of experience in gardening, plant care, landscape construction and grounds maintenance OR equivalent education/experience.

Additional Requirements

High School Diploma, GED, or higher education.

One (1) year of lead or supervisory experience.

Demonstrated experience working with equipment required for grounds maintenance activities; variety of hand and motorized tools such as: pruners, loppers, shovels, rakes, hoes, mowers, tractors, blowers, edgers, litter picker, chainsaw, trimmers, string trimmer and sprayers.

Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed and work in all weather conditions.

Must have or ability to obtain at the time of hire, a valid, driver’s license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire, a valid, Washington State Pesticide Applicators License.

Ability to work collaboratively across work groups in order to deliver positive outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience leading a team with computers working with Microsoft Office suite and computerized irrigation software programs.

A professionally recognized certification in grounds maintenance (National Association for Landscape Professionals, Professional Grounds Maintenance Society, International Society of Arboriculture, etc.)

Completion of WSU Master Gardener Program.

Additional Information:


Washington State University Vancouver

Department Name:

Facilities Operations

City, State, Zip:

Vancouver, WA 98686

Department Link:

Work Location and Schedule: 

This position is primarily on campus and not eligible for remote/hybrid work assignments unless an exception is approved.

Monthly Salary:

$3,024/month-$3,401/month ($36,288/year-$40,812/year) Range R037 Step A-F. The full range of this classification is $3,024 to $4,013/month, Step A-M. Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases in accordance with WAC 357-28.


WSU offers full-time employees a competitive benefits package including up to 49 days off per year through paid holidays/sick leave/annual leave, a choice of retirement plans, medical/dental/vision, basic life and long-term disability insurance, and an employee tuition waiver program. For information including a summary of benefits offered by WSU for classified staff visit: .

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Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by April 23, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Background Check

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.   

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. 

Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application::

  • Resume

  • A cover letter.

  • A Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (see additional information and link below).


Please include a statement on contributions to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Provide examples from your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. Include examples such as any of the following: Programming, events, and initiatives; Committee, council, or board service; Student and/or staff outreach, recruitment, and retention; Community engagement and volunteerism. WSU Vancouver's strategic plan embeds equity in all 5 goals, including a specific goal for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (Goal 4). Please see our Strategic Plan, Goal 4 for more information on what WSU Vancouver is doing in this space, .

About WSU Vancouver 

As one of six campuses in the Washington state University system, WSU Vancouver provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.  

As the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is dedicated to its land-grant tradition for openness, accessibility and service to people. WSU Vancouver enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs.  

Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homelands of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Employees and students alike value the beauty of campus.  

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in all that it does.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected] .

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