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at Hillsides

Posted: 12/20/2018
Job Status: Full Time
Categories: General Labor, Green

Job Description

Hillsides is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy.

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical insurance  with a $10 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit  
  • 401 k with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule
  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.

The essential functions include:

  • Perform grounds keeping on properties
  • Mow turf using various mowers
  • Line trimming and edging
  • Sweeping and blowing leaves and clippings
  • Clean site and watch for trash, limbs, and rocks and dirt
  • Operate powered equipment such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters and pruning saws
  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, removing thatch, trimming, edging around flower beds, walks, and walls
  • Prune and trim trees, shrubs and hedges using hand tools such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, hedge/brush trimmers, axes, shears, pruners or chain saws.
  • Seeding, including the preparation and application of erosion control blanket, application of fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, fungicide; aquatic applications, raking, watering of trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs, seeds and sod; grooming; dividing plants
  • Mixing and spraying or spreading fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders
  • Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, and other grounds features
  • Plantings and flower Installation
  • Prep soil uniformly for flower or groundcover installation, cultivating beds; mulch application; bed preparation using soil amendments; core aeration
  • Maintain and repair tools, equipment, and structures such as, but not limited to, fences, benches, and minor out building maintenance using hand and power tools
  • Holiday light and seasonal decoration installation and removal (excluding the electrical connections, if any)
  • Keeps all ground equipment in good working order and stores all equipment and chemicals safety
  • Ability to Power Wash sidewalks and driveways and use of degreasers if needed
  • Maintain and install sprinklers and irrigation systems, set timers
  • Act as a backup agency driver for staff
  • Other duties as assigned


Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients,  office personnel, and other employees
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred

Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather and transcribe information, classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others - including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, bend, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift branches and limbs
  • Push, pull, grip and squeeze various tools, products and/or items (e.g., pruning)
  • Ability to climb and work on ladders
  • Walk up to 10 miles a day, sometimes uphill and on uneven terrain, often with equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 75 pounds

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, or other equipment as required
  • Able to use tools of the trade in performing repairs and replacement of broken or damaged items


  • Available to work in an on-call capacity as required


  • Regularly work indoors & outdoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens
  • Noise level may be loud at times and use of ear plugs may be required (e.g., outdoor conditions, backpack blowers, running mowers, weed-wackers)


  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with SED children and/or other experience working with children in a related capacity
  • Interest in working with children
  • Feel comfortable with children and be responsive to them
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier


Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.


This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer