Senior Farm Maintenance Worker (8148C) - #26763
CNR Office of the Dean
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 7, 2019
The College of Natural Resources serves society by generating and disseminating knowledge in the biological, physical, and social sciences in order to provide the tools both to protect the Earth's natural resources and ensure economic and ecological sustainability for future generations.
The Senior Farm Maintenance Worker serves the Oxford Facilities Unit (OFU), which is part of the College of Natural Resources on the Berkeley campus. The OFU consists of three research/ teaching greenhouses located at Oxford Tract/Berkeley, and teaching/research fields located at both Oxford Tract (1 acre) and Gill Tract/Albany (5 acres). Incumbent will be an integral part of a 6-member OFU staff team serving the researchers using the Oxford Tract greenhouses and Oxford Tract/Gill Tract research fields.
Under the general supervision of the greenhouse manager, the Senior Farm Maintenance Worker is responsible for independently prioritizing the day's activities, with capacity to reprioritize assignments should equipment or operational problems occur. The incumbent is responsible for independently assessing and troubleshooting field and greenhouse problems and/or suggesting possible solutions to the manager.
- Under general supervision of facility manager, perform specialized farming practices in research fields.
- Accurate use of tractor and tractor-powered implements (including but not limited to rototiller, disc, bed former, mower, mulch lifter, seeder)
- Accurate use of hand- and small-motor-powered tools such as rototiller, mower, string trimmer, hoe, shovel, and various hand tools.
- Source, set up, repair, and clean up irrigation lines, including drip tape.
- Knowledge of field operations timing: what needs to happen when - then do it without delay.
- Guide and assist unit staff with installation of plastic mulch, drip tape, and other experimental setups.
- Follow phytosanitary and biosafety procedures to ensure compliance with permit and experimental requirements.
- Assist in a seven day per week greenhouse operation at Oxford Tract:
- Assist in watering on weekdays, weekends, and holidays as necessary
- Assist in planting, cleaning, and/or daily greenhouse maintenance operations as necessary
Equipment Maintenance and Operations:
- Under general supervision of facility manager, independently, accurately, and safely operate, transport, attach/detach, and maintain equipment.
- 35, 50 and 82 HP tractors with PTO and front loaders
- Forklift and electric pallet jack
- Full-size pickup truck with lift gate and tow hitch, and trailer
- PTO-powered rototiller, plow, disc, bed former, and mulch lifter
- Responsible for safe operation of hand tools and machinery when repairing field equipment
- Log use and repairs of vehicles and equipment per University standards
- Responsible for maintaining safety and business records.
- Required postings and documentation for Gill Tract.
- Field assignment maps with guidance from supervisor.
- Monthly recharge records for fields with guidance from supervisor
- Weekly recharge record for greenhouse
- Forklift and pallet jack monthly inspection and documentation
- Monthly pesticide use reporting to County Ag Commissioner
- Annual chemical inventory and shop safety inspection
- Purchasing with university credit card; compliance with documentation and purchasing policies.
- Work in a safe and responsible manner at all times, including compliance with all applicable policies and regulations, using all necessary personal protective equipment, observing all warning signs, learning about potential hazards, and immediately reporting unsafe conditions.
- Actively participate in pesticide safety program
- Building Coordinator for the Gill Tract
- Participate in annual chemical inventory, shop, and lab self-inspection programs.
- Alert supervisor of any safety issues at Oxford and Gill tracts.
- Maintain campus certification for forklift, tractor, and pallet jack operation
- Use respirator as needed for pesticide, dust mitigation, and painting operations
- Annual physical exam including hearing conservation program and respirator fit-testing
- Participate in quarterly safety committee quarterly meeting
- Responsible for identifying ongoing safety hazards or building deficiencies as they arise at Oxford/Gill Tract, alerting Building Coordinator of problem, and repairing when possible.
- Communicate/coordinate with Building Coordinator and Facilities Services as needed to facilitate repairs.
- Fix if possible, relocate, or remove equipment/supplies as requested by faculty and staff
- Landscape maintenance
- Perform and supervise grass/weed mowing, string trimming, or pesticide application for weed control at Oxford/Gill Tract
- Litter control as necessary at both facilities
- Ability to wear a respirator when necessary while working in the greenhouses
- Ability to independently lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to drive a full-size automatic transmission pick-up truck with loaded and unloaded trailer.
- Ability to drive a manual transmission mid-size tractor and front loader.
- Ability to load and unload vehicles and equipment from a truck and trailer.
- Ability to perform routine work independently and in a team.
- Ability to prioritize assignments under pressure.
- Effective communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to commute to both the Oxford Tract in Berkeley and Gill Tract in Albany.
- Ability to work in a physically demanding environment.
- Ability to work weekend/holiday rotational hours.
- High school diploma; ability to read, write, and perform basic math calculations.
- Two years of training and/or farm, greenhouse, nursery, or horticulture experience.
- Previous farming and field work experience on research or small production farm.
- Knowledge of research practices, biosafety and plot isolation requirements.
- Knowledge of organic production practices.
Salary & Benefits
Hourly range: $23.05 - $24.45, commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
A valid driver's license (basic class C) and DMV check for driving record is required.
This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical and/or UC spirometry exam.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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