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Groundskeeper

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus
Facilities

Full Time, Staff

  • Official Title: Groundskeeper
  • Job ID: #19288
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Groundskeeper

A full-time university staff position is available in Facilities Grounds Beginning February 2023. The working and official title for this assignment is Groundskeeper. This position involves the operation of heavy equipment around thousands of University students, employees and visitors.  Work is performed under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor. The regular work shift is 6:00 AM to 2:15 PM, Monday through Friday.  During winter months overtime work on short notice is frequently required, which may involve being placed in call-back and/or standby status. This job involves Heavy Work (lifting 50lbs frequently and occasionally up to 100lbs). This is an expected-to-continue assignment which requires a six-month probationary period. The expected hourly hiring salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • This position requires knowledge of horticultural, arboricultural and landscape construction practices.  The ability to work with the public is important. 
  • A valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and a good driving record which meets Wisconsin’s minimum driving standards necessary to operate University vehicles is required. A Commercial Driver’s License may be required if heavier vehicles are needed in the future. 
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicators Certification is required. 

DUTIES:

50%   A. Maintenance of designated landscaped areas.

  • Mow, trim, rake, edge, aerate and water lawn areas.
  • Daily, pick up litter and other debris.
  • Top dress, seed, and sod lawn areas.
  • Apply fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides as required.
  • Weed, till, edge, and mulch shrub beds.
  • Plant, prune, transplant and remove trees and shrubs as directed.
  • Assist in planting and maintenance of flower beds.
  • Operate and maintain underground irrigation systems.
  • Guide student and Limited Term employees in implementation of maintenance activities.

20%      B. Removal of snow and ice.

  • Plow, brush, and blow snow from roads, walks and lots with articulating tractors.
  • Plow, load and haul snow with wheel loaders and dump trucks.
  • Shovel steps, ramps, and walks.
  • Spread sand and salt as required.

15%      C. Operation and maintenance of grounds equipment.

  • Operate wheel and skid loaders and articulating tractors with specialized attachments for maintenance and construction projects (i.e: backhoe, trencher, landscape rake, tiller, augers, forks, brooms, various buckets, and snowplow)
  • Drive dump and pickup trucks with trailer for hauling construction materials and trash.
  • Operate other special equipment including aerial bucket, tree spade, brush chipper, trenchers, air compressor, sod cutter, lawn edger, jack hammer, etc.
  • Inspect, clean, grease, gas up, change oil and perform minor adjustments on      mowers and all small equipment and tools.
  • Sharpen blades on mowers and chain saws.
  • Assist Grounds Mechanic as required.
  • Observe and execute safety practices and procedures.

15%      D. Other maintenance and development projects.

  • Assist Grounds Crew Lead on Project Crew and other shops on various construction projects, including excavation, grading, demolition, and concrete work.
  • Clean and perform minor repairs on roads, parking lots and sidewalks.
  • Install and repair benches, waste containers, bike racks, signs, posts, fencing and barricades.
  • Maintain hiking trails, gravel drives, stream bank and flood control structure in Putnam Park.
  • Complete special projects on athletic and recreation fields.
  • Assist other shops on preventative maintenance projects during winter months.
  • Move and transfer furniture and equipment.
  • Clean and organize Grounds Shop and storage areas.
  • Accurately maintain on-line work logs, time sheets and other records.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Grounds Supervisor.

THE UNIT: The unit of Grounds consists of nine staff members and is responsible for the maintenance of all grounds owned by UW-Eau Claire. https://www.uwec.edu/facilities/grounds-services/

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about UWEC, visit https://www.uwec.edu/human- resources/employment-opportunities/why-uwec/ .

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: https://www.uwec.edu/job-postings/. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Facilities Grounds: Groundskeeper position (Job ID # 19288) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references.

 To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by February 1, 2023. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report. Also visit our Campus Security Authority(CSA) policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).