Grounds Technician I / Non-Exempt, Represented

Closing Date

April 17th – 5pm

Salary Range

$40,826 – $53,761

New hire to start at $40,826 – $43,734 annually, DOQ, plus benefit/retirement package. The full salary range for the position is $40,826 – $53,761 annually.


The Bellingham Housing Authority (BWCHA), an independent municipal organization, is a high performing leader in affordable housing. BWCHA offers opportunities for people to thrive by ensuring access to quality, affordable homes. Our vision is that every person has the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.

We are recruiting for a talented, detail oriented, and service focused Grounds Technician I. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is committed to the highest standards in public service.


This position performs basic routine grounds maintenance and repair functions to contribute to a safe, healthy, and attractive living environment.


  1. Performs lawn care functions such as mowing, pruning, trimming, fertilizing, aerating, thatching, weed control and watering.
  2. Services and maintains grounds equipment, irrigation systems, rain drain systems, etc. Assures equipment is ready for operation, adjusts and repairs sprinklers, and cleans gutters and roofs.
  3. Performs tree and shrub care such as pruning, shaping and fertilizing.
  4. Performs daily work preparations as assigned.
  5. Performs pesticide applications as needed and/or as directed.
  6. Performs pressure washing, and cleaning of roofs, gutters, storm drains.
  7. Performs repairs to gutters, downspouts, fencing and other areas as needed.

Other Job Functions

  1. Demolishes items to be replaced and removes trash.
  2. Cleans, prepares and paints exterior walls, including removing graffiti as needed.
  3. Picks up garbage, furniture and delivers to refuse location.
  4. Performs snow and ice removal.
  5. Performs other general labor as assigned and may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including weekends as needed.


This position works at various Housing Authority properties. Work is performed both indoors and on the grounds. The incumbent is exposed to grounds/maintenance-related hazards and inclement weather. The incumbent must be able to utilize a wide range of hand and power tools used in grounds and maintenance, including one ton pickup and trailer, commercial lawn mower, edger, weed eater, blower, thatcher, aerator, leaf vacuum, fertilizer applicator, chipper, snow blower, chain saw, hedge trimmer, and pesticide applicator. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs on a routine basis and 75 lbs with assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ability to climb, crawl, and work in tiring positions.
  • Basic knowledge of routine grounds maintenance practices.
  • Knowledge and ability to properly maintain equipment.
  • Knowledge of fall protection/safety practices.
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate trucks, trailers and other grounds equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of grounds maintenance practices.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems.
  • Ability to perform basic construction tasks.
  • Ability to read, write, understand the English language, follow and understand oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret equipment service manuals.
  • Ability to recognize and guard against unsanitary conditions and hazards and perform assigned work in a safe manner.
  • Ability to lift heavy loads, perform strenuous physical labor, and work in tiring positions.
  • Ability to work effectively with and around a wide range of people.
  • Ability to recognize hazards and perform assigned work in a safe manner.
  • Maintain dependable, punctual attendance.
  • Ability to properly perform weed and pest treatments.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Six months of continuous grounds maintenance work experience. Experience using a variety of grounds maintenance equipment.

Licenses or Certificates

  • Must possess valid Washington State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and an acceptable driving record (according to BWCHA standards).
  • Must acquire State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Basic First Aid Card and CPR certification within one year of employment.
  • Must acquire within 6 months of hire a valid WSDA pesticide public operator license.



This position requires the incumbent to drive from site to site. Incumbent must be able to walk, stand, climb, crawl, stoop, lift grounds maintenance equipment, and perform repetitive, heavy labor and skilled grounds maintenance functions.


Ability to recognize various landscaping issues and respond quickly.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.


  • Salary Range: $40,826 – $43,734 plus exc. benefit/retirement package
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
  • 12 Holidays and 2 Personal Holidays
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
  • Employer $85 Monthly Contribution to VEBA Account
  • 36 Hour Work Week




Applications reviewed on receipt – it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as possible. Submit your resume, cover letter and completed application to HR.

Download forms below.


 EMAIL:   [email protected]

FAX:   360-527-4646

MAIL:   P.O. BOX 9701, BELLINGHAM, WA 98227

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 715-7330. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 1-800-833-6388.

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