Gardener (Brightwater)

King County   Woodinville, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on January 6, 2022
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Summary

This position will perform a wide variety of routine manual work in the maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment buildings and grounds at the Brightwater and East Section offsite facilities.  


The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint


WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925 internal members.  This posting may be used to create a list of eligible candidates to fill career service and/or TLT vacancies that may occur during the following six months at either of the three treatment plants (South Plant, Brightwater, West Point).
 
WORK LOCATION: Brightwater Treatment Plant - 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072.
 

WORK SCHEDULE:  This position works a 4 day/10 hours per day schedule. Candidates must be available to work any assigned schedule. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. 

Job Duties

  • Perform landscape maintenance of turf, ornamental plants, soil, wetlands, and retention/detention ponds; install new turf and repair damaged areas. 
  • Maintain, modify, and repair irrigations systems and program system controllers. 
  • Work with the unit supervisor on establishing an irrigation system schedule and/or updating system blueprints as needed.
  • Operate and maintain all landscape gardening equipment; perform preventative maintenance and repair as necessary.
  • Mix and apply pesticides and herbicides for pest and plant control; maintaining up-to-date pesticide records as required by the State Department of Agriculture.
  • Inspect and provide feedback on work performed by external contractors for landscape and other related projects.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of landscape planting principles and techniques 
  • Knowledge of landscape gardening materials and operating equipment
  • Knowledge of basic hand and gas-powered tools
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems principles and techniques including design, installation, and maintenance of non-potable water systems
  • Knowledge of working with pesticides and herbicides
  • Ability to perform field work, use ladders, and work around noxious odors and high noise levels
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds 
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite

Education and Experience Requirements
  • And any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position 

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements
  • Washington State Driver’s License
  • Washington State Public Pesticide Public Operator’s license (within six months of employment)

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County Application
  • Responses to supplemental questions

UNION MEMBERSHIP: 
This position is represented by S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst
rdungo@kingcounty.gov   

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
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Are you a current Wastewater Treatment SEIU 925 Member?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question