Groundskeeper/project Custodian

Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Apr 30, 2021
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Posting Details

Recruitment Number

1034

Working Title

Groundskeeper/project Custodian

Position Type

Staff/Administrative

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

Administration and Finance Division

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Administration and Finance is committed to providing quality campus services to faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies to support the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. The division includes Facilities Planning & Management, Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and Police & Parking Services.

Position Summary

The Groundskeeper/Project Custodian is responsible for the maintenance of grounds and landscaping. This position performs a variety of tasks, including the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and bulbs, application of herbicides and pesticides, and tree and shrub pruning. This position also supports the overall grounds keeping the operation of the University including grounds maintenance tasks such as; snow removal, athletic field maintenance, and litter and trash removal. This position will also, from approximately November 15th through March 31st, assist UW-La Crosse Custodial Services with custodial project work which could include general cleaning and sanitation, floor maintenance, and event set-up and moving projects. Overtime work will be required for snow removal and for Special Events including but not limited to the WIAA State Track Meet. The normal work schedule for this position will be Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This position reports to the Grounds Services Manager, the Custodial Services Program Supervisor, or other supervisors as directed by the Director of Facilities Management.

Required Qualifications

• The ability to hold and maintain a valid driver’s license meeting the criteria for driving a state vehicle.
• Individuals must have or have the ability to obtain State of Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator License Category 3.0 Turf and Landscape within 6 month of hire and must maintain certification throughout employment.
• Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
• Physically be able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.
• Physically be able to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction, e.g.; within extreme temperature ranges; in hot, noisy, dirty or dust-filled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
• Ability to wear protective equipment, i.e. respirator, breathing apparatus, hearing, or eye protection, etc.
• Knowledge of safe, efficient operation of heavy equipment.
• Ability to identify different varieties of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.
• Ability to work overtime hours for snow removal or for other special events as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

• Associates degree or professional certification in a directly related field.
• Knowledge of preventative maintenance of heavy equipment.
• Ability to safely operate equipment in areas with high levels of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle activity.
• Knowledge of essential job functions and ability to safely perform the duties with minimal supervision.
• Knowledge or ability to learn relevant software and/or computer languages in order to operate preventive maintenance, work order, time reporting and inventory control programs.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally or in writing, using the English language, in various situations, i.e. face to face, via phone or two-way radio, correspondence, taking messages, email, etc.
• Ability to comply with all University of Wisconsin Systems work place expectations including safe work practices.

Physical Demands

• Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
• Physically be able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.

Working conditions and environment

• Physically be able to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction, e.g.; within extreme temperature ranges; in hot, noisy, dirty or dust-filled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
• Ability to wear protective equipment, i.e. respirator, breathing apparatus, hearing, or eye protection, etc.
• Ability to work overtime hours for snow removal or for other special events as needed

Miscellaneous Information

Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
• paid vacation for 12-month positions.
• excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
• paid holidays and sick days.
• after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
• benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/univstaff21.pdf
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

The University of Wisconsin System and the University of Wisconsin–Madison are engaged in a redesign of job title and compensation structures. The Title and Total Compensation Project will result in relevant and market-informed titles to help us keep and grow our outstanding workforce. If you are the successful candidate, your title is subject to change in November 2021. For more information, visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Gardening duties and Landscape Maintenance

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Maintain landscape beds, including; soil preparation, soil amendment, planting, herbicide applications, fertilizer applications, weeding, removing of dead or diseased plants, dividing and moving plants, mulching, litter control, and watering.
• Prune woody plants for shape relative to species or location.
• Remove annual floral displays after frost, dig and store tubers and bulbs, and mulch perennials.
• Tree pruning to remove damaged, dying or dead wood or for structure and function or removal of entire trees either from the ground or using lifts.
• Apply pesticides and herbicides for maintenance of turfgrass, flowers, trees and shrubs in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and maintain accurate records for all pesticide and herbicide applications.
• Plant seeds, seedlings, bulbs, trees shrubs, annuals and perennials according to plans.
• Assist Supervisor in the selection of plants, tools, and equipment.
• Maintain and place boulders, benches, tables, trash receptacles, bike posts, and other site amenities.
• Minor irrigation system maintenance.
• Direct students, limited term employees, and others assisting with tasks.

Percentage Of Time

40

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Operation and maintenance of grounds maintenance equipment.

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Operate and maintain various equipment, e.g., dump trucks, sky workers/high-lifts, end loaders, backhoes, forklifts, stump grinders, tractors, mowers, tillers, trailers, etc. to maintain and develop the site.
• Operate and maintain snow removal equipment to clear walks, streets, and parking lots of ice and snow. Complete handwork to remove snow and ice from walks, ramps, and steps.
• Operate and maintain turf grass maintenance equipment including; aerifiers, fertilizer spreaders, seeders, and sprayers.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

General groundskeeping, maintenance for special events.

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Empty outdoor trash and recycling containers and pick litter throughout campus.
• Assist with installation of fencing, bleachers, and other site work.
• Move supplies and equipment to various campus locations and assist with other physical plant operations.
• Prepare playing fields and facilities for athletic events, practices, and teaching stations, including painting lines for athletic fields and set up, tear down and cleanup of site including emptying trash containers.
• Prepare various sites on campus for student or community events, including set up, tear down and clean-up of site, including emptying trash containers.
• Accurately and thoroughly complete work orders.
• Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Custodial Project Work

Duties to Support Responsibility

• General Cleaning and Sanitation
• Floor Maintenance
• Set-ups/tear downs for events
• Custodial Services Snow Removal
• Moving Projects

Percentage Of Time

30

Essential

Yes

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

Posting Date

04/30/2021

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

Position Contact Name

Anthony Meidl

Position Contact Email

ameidl@uwlax.edu
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  3. Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  5. After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/life-events/empcha/ra/). Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
  7. Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  9. Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  10. Describe your experience with herbicide and pesticide applications including details about products used, setting of applications (residential, commercial, agricultural etc.), and types of equipment used for applications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. Overtime work will be required for snow removal and for Special Events. Do you have the ability to work overtime as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. Do you have a State of Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator License Category 3.0 Turf and Landscape OR have the ability to obtain one in the first 6 months of employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. Describe your experience with fertilizer applications including details about products used, setting of applications (residential, commercial, agricultural, etc.) and types of equipment used for applications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. Describe your experience operating heavy equipment (i.e. wheel loaders, tractors, dump trucks, etc.).

    (Open Ended Question)



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