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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 21, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Job no: 236383-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Facilities, Skilled Trades, Maintenance, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for maintaining the trees and shrubs on the Madison campus and off campus properties. This includes care of existing trees and shrubs, knowledge and application of chemical and cultural controls, and installation of new landscaping. This requires skillful operation of all related vehicles and power equipment, ability to safely perform physical work under adverse conditions, to work independently and direct the work of temporaries, and to carry out experimental work for research using new techniques and materials.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Plant is committed to the highest standards of customer relations principles for its customers, fellow staff members, students, and visitors. Staff will serve as role models by practicing exemplary behaviors when working with customers and fellow staff members.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

No Degree Required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

No minimum years of experience required

Additional Information:

Must be available for snow removal and overtime work as necessary.
Class B CDL with air brakes and tanker required within six months of hire.
Physical work requiring lifting, bending, stooping and kneeling for extended periods of time.

Knowledge and Skills

- Knowledge of proper methods and differing techniques for transplanting container, bareroot and B&B trees and shrubs; care of newly planted trees, shrubs and hedges.
- Knowledge of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and their compatibility and calibration.
- Knowledge of horticultural tools and their proper uses; pruning saws, knives, pruners, loppers, pole saws, hedge trimmers, etc.
- Knowledge of safety hazards, safety precautions and practices. Use all equipment, chemicals, etc. with entire population of campus in mind.
- Knowledge of Wisconsin driving laws and motor vehicle operating procedures.
- Knowledge of common operator maintenance procedures for motor vehicles and other motorized equipment.
- Skill in communicating, including interpersonal skills.
- Ability to exercise a strong sense of priority and time management.
- Ability to identify common trees and shrubs both in and out of leaf.
- Ability to detect common insect and disease problems.
- Ability to calibrate equipment used in chemical applications.
- Ability to skillfully operate tree spade in all conditions.
- Ability to identify weeds.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and direct temporary help.
- Ability to read drawings or simple blueprints.
- Ability to operate all types of vehicles and equipment necessary for landscaping and grounds maintenance.
- Ability to maintain a professional and service oriented relationship with customers and co-workers.
- Ability to be creative, flexible, self-motivated, and quality oriented.
- Ability to work hours in excess of the normal work shift to include weekends and nights.
- Ability to apply various pesticides/herbicides.
- Ability to perform heavy tasks including lifting up to 50 lbs, standing, stooping, bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, and other motions for extended periods of time.
- Ability to work in and with a team.
- Ability to present a neat, clean appearance at all times.



Work Schedule:

Monday- Friday: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $17.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, applications must be submitted online. Applicants must upload a resume and cover letter.

We will also require contact information for three professional references, one of which must be your current supervisor. We will not contact your current supervisor without advance notice.

In your cover letter, please describe your experience with:
1. Working outdoors
2. Motorized equipment
3. Any landscaping and snow removal experience.

A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists.

In the event you are required to work in or around animal facilities, you will be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.


Dawn Bierman
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding 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. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jun 21 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 7 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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