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Groundskeeper I, Facilities Services - Maintenance

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Facilities Services - Maintenance department invites applications for two (2) Groundskeeper I’s to join their team on campus. The position of Groundskeeper I for the Grounds Maintenance Department within Facilities Services is responsible for general landscape maintenance, horticulture/floriculture, landscape installations, turf maintenance operations, basic arborist tasks, and hardscape maintenance.

General Maintenance Operations Duties:

  • Performing turf maintenance operations including: mowing, dethatching, line trimming, aerating, topdressing, and fertilizing.
  • Performing landscape maintenance, i.e., assisting with landscape installation, mulching, weeding, assisting with tree planting, digging and trenching, and general clean-up of trash and litter.
  • Performing turf establishment, sod installations, horticultural procedures, flower planting, and snow removal.

Equipment Operation Duties:

  • Operating the following equipment: various riding mowers, tractors with various implements, dump trucks, side by side utility vehicles, and snow removal equipment.
  • Performing preventative and minor maintenance on small landscape equipment and hand tools.
  • Operating walk-behind mowers, rototillers, leaf blowers, chain saws, sod cutlers, chippers, snowthrowers, etc., and miscellaneous hand tools is required.

Arborist Operations Duties:

  • Ability to learn and perform the functions of a grounds person in arboricultural operations. This includes: chipping brush, basic rigging, jobsite clean-up, and assisting arborists as needed

Required Skills
  • Ability to establish multilevel, verbal and written, communication with co-workers, contractors, student organizations, trades workers, faculty, staff, and visitor as necessary.
  • Must possess fundamental computer literacy - required to log data on general office systems format.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment Functional Capacity Exam to demonstrate ability to lift, twist, crouch, push, pull, ascend and descend ladders, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in any and all-weather conditions.
  • Individual must be a punctual and motivated self-starter with an eye for detail.

Physical Requirements

(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.) (FROM FJD, “Critical Physical Demands”)

  • Lifting: Ground to 60 inches, up to 50 lbs. Ground to 30 inches, 80 lbs.
  • Carrying: Front carry up to 75 lbs. for 10 feet or less.
  • Pushing and pulling forces required (pushing and pulling materials, and during the use of tools): 100 lbs. sustained.
  • Repetitive squatting on both even and uneven surfaces.
  • 3-minute overhead work from various positions (standing, crouching, or kneeling).
  • Static forward bending from a standing, crouching or kneeling position while using tools.
  • Trunk rotation from a standing or kneeling position.
  • Balancing when climbing and working on a ladder.
  • Walking various distances, continuously, throughout the day on even and uneven surfaces.
  • Use of various grip circumferences and strengths as well as static grip positions during the use of various tools (4 1/2" to 5 1/2" circumference needing an average of 50 lbs. of grip force) and while manipulating various work materials (maximum 100 lbs.).

Physical Screen will be administered prior to a final offer of employment .

Minimum Required Experience
  • High School diploma and two (2) years’ experience in landscaping, turf maintenance, or arboriculture or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and experience in utilizing hand and power tools associated with landscape maintenance
  • Snow removal and ice mitigation experience
  • Experience in landscape maintenance equipment operation e.g., Mowers, Tractors, aerator etc.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to identify a variety of landscape plant

About Facilities Services and UM

The mission of the Grounds Maintenance Department of Facilities Services is to provide complete landscape services, arboricultural services, facilitate campus landscape installations/renovations, and to perform maintenance services that enhance the entire University of Montana experience. Our Department is responsible for providing a safe environment, while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic quality, and providing for the functional use of the external campus environment for visitors, and the entire campus community.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Nestled in at the base of Mount Sentinel and on the banks of the Clark Fork River, UM campus is described as one of the most beautiful in the US. The region boasts unparalleled year around recreational opportunities and a vibrant arts and culture community. UM offers a unique opportunity for professional growth in a magnificent environment. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

UM provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking, and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally. Located in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM attracts first rate teachers, researchers, and students from around the world. A city within a city – with its own eateries, stores, medical facilities, banking and postal services, and zip code – UM has an increasingly diverse population and rich culture.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title: Groundskeeper I

Position Number: 087110; 087010

Department: Facilities Services - Maintenance

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 3:00 pm (Summer hours 6 am – 2:30 pm), 12 months/year.

Salary: $13.75/hr

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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