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Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

The Mission of the Stanford University Grounds Services Department is to provide a beautiful and safe outdoor experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

We pride ourselves in being the in-house service of choice since the University began. We provide a stewardship role in the proper care of all outdoor facilities. We are prompt, efficient, and professional in appearance and duties. We "tailor make" our services and are immediately responsive to our diverse clientele.

Job Title: Sprinkler/Landscape Specialist  (Tuesday-Saturday Schedule)
Department: Grounds
Job Code: 8067
Range: A26
Exemption: Non- Exempt, Bargaining Union 
Location: Stanford University Main Campus
This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

What you will do in this role:

You will be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • Employees in this classification work under the direct supervision of the supervisor or a higher-level employee or Lead.
  • Employees in this classification independently maintain, repair, and install sprinkler systems and landscape elements throughout the campus. They also maintain decorative and landscape fountains while monitoring the fountain water levels, circulation, and clarity.
  • Sprinkler/Landscape Specialists receive minimal supervision; they must be able to identify issues and determine corrections for significant repairs or installations. Systems are both technical and manual; employees must understand, and problem solve within both. Consults with lead and/or supervisor to implement corrective actions.
  • May assume the lead’s role during the lead’s absence.
  • Estimate types of materials and quantities needed daily; assist with estimates for projects including the take-offs of materials and labor hours.
  • Install complete irrigation systems.
  • Install filters, concrete pads, enclosures, and controller pedestals.
  • Perform maintenance duties on the weather station (including cleaning of the gauges) and take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or concerns.
  • Respond to emergency calls regarding irrigation related problems.
  • Troubleshoot centralized computer control systems.
  • May perform any of the duties described in the Sprinkler/Landscape Tech II specification or other duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to safety rules.
  • * - Other duties may also be assigned


To be successful in this role you must bring:

  • High School diploma or GED or equivalent required
  • Three-years sprinkler/irrigation and landscaping experience preferred. 
  • Valid California Non-commercial Class C Driver's license. 
  • Basic horticultural knowledge and understanding of plants, planting, and maintenance.
  • Basic understanding of centralized computerized irrigation control systems required.
  • Ability to understand and follow job-related instructions, either verbally or in writing.
  • Proficient computer skills and use of smart phone required.
  • Ability to work with pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Ability to work with chemicals required for fountain work such as acids, alkalis, disinfectants, algaecides, etc.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Proficiency in the operation of pipe tunneling/mole equipment and other tools required for this work.
  • Ability to install, maintain and repair sprinkler systems.
  • Must have practical knowledge of the growth requirements and characteristics of the plant materials with which they work. Demonstrated strong communications skills (both verbal and written). Ability to understand and follow job-related instructions either verbally or in writing.
  • Ability to install, design and maintain landscape and irrigation projects from plan development to completion with little or no guidance.
  • Ability to read project plans and estimate materials from plans as needed.
  • Working knowledge of water pressure, hydraulics, high and low flow systems, and basic electricity.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair controller, valves, wiring and other computer components involved in irrigation systems and fountains.
  • Detailed knowledge of the design of irrigation systems in use at Stanford and the capabilities of the components used in these systems.
  • Ability to operate current computer program to obtain work orders.
  • Ability to use various equipment to prepare and recover sites
  • Horticultural industry related certification is preferred
  • Computerized central control system training certification preferred. 
  • Confined space certification or obtain certification within 30 days of placement preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong communications skills (both verbal and written). Ability to understand and follow job-related instructions either verbally or in writing.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

Additional Information:

Physical Requirements*:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class C Driver’s License.
  • Frequently stand/walk, twist/bend/stop/squat, grasp forcefully, shovel/rake/sweep, operate hand and/or foot controls and/or lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 10-40 pounds and 100 pounds with assistance. 
  • Occasionally perform seated work, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other) reach/work above shoulders, perform work which require light/fine grasping
  • Rarely, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, write by hand and/or sort/file paperwork or parts.

Working Conditions

  • Required to wear appropriate issued uniform. 
  • Required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Ability to work safely in all types of outside weather conditions. 
  • May be required to work overtime, evenings, and weekends, including holidays. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, twist/bend/stop/squat, kneel/crawl, grasp forcefully and/or lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 10-20 pounds, 
  • Occasionally perform seated work, use a telephone, reach/work above shoulders, perform work which require light/fine grasping, and/or lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 10-40 pounds and 100 pounds with assistance. 
  • Rarely climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), perform desk-based computer tasks, operate hand and/or foot controls, write by hand and/or sort/file paperwork or parts. 
  • May rarely use a jackhammer or trenching machine. 
  • Maybe exposed to noise greater than 80db TWA. 
  • May be exposed to allergens, pollens, dust, fertilizers, and pesticides

Work Standards

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/ and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement at https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/working-stanford/policies/labor-relations-collective-bargaining.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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