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Groundskeeper 1

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 30, 2024

Groundskeeper 1

Posting Number: R0005571
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
The Groundskeeper 1 will be responsible for inspecting and maintaining University grounds to assure a healthy growing and well landscaped grounds. Provides and maintains a safe environment for all University property and its users. Performs skilled and non-skilled work in cleaning and maintaining landscaped areas, trees, turf, paved surfaces, streams, ponds, and fountains. Responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining new landscape plantings and irrigation systems.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Inspects and monitors University grounds areas to determine levels of maintenance required and performs the needed grounds maintenance tasks using industry recognized practices.
  • Must possess a basic knowledge of industry accepted horticultural practices, procedures, and methods such as planting, transplanting, pruning, trimming, watering, fertilizing, and/or applying pesticides.
  • Performs a wide variety of turf and athletic field maintenance duties.
  • Assists other grounds staff in performing irrigation system tests, adjustments, repairs and modifications.
  • Operates and maintains all hand and/or powered equipment in accordance with State and Federal OSHA rules and regulations.
  • Assists special event activities or emergency situations as directed.
  • Practices integrated pest management procedures at all times.
  • Dresses appropriately, wearing University-provided uniform articles.
  • Performs grounds snow and/or ice control activities as needed and as directed by the Grounds Manager.
  • Subject to after-hour call back for emergencies as assigned.
  • Performs other Facilities related duties as assigned.
  • Must possess knowledge of hazards and safety precautions related to grounds maintenance, or landscape construction and the use of power tools and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Two years of grounds, turf, or tree maintenance experience and/or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of this position.
  • Possession of a valid Oregon driver's license and a satisfactory driving record or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of date of hire.
  • Carry out written and verbal instructions in English with minimal supervision.​
  • Set job and task priorities, prepare pesticide reports, maintain brief job records, and keep inventory records.
  • Apply horticultural practices, procedures, and methods such as planting, transplanting, pruning, trimming, watering, fertilizing, and applying pesticides to a wide variety of trees, shrubs, ground covers, bedding plants and turf grasses.
  • Operate various hand and power tools and equipment involving dexterous use of both hands and feet simultaneously.
  • Operate automobiles, tractors, trenchers, aerial platforms, brush chippers, top dresser, aerators, and riding and walk-behind mowers on and off the public highway/street systems and university properties.
  • Have the knowledge and training in the safety hazards and precautions associate with this position and other grounds maintenance functions.
  • Must have knowledge of and be able to use the appropriate PPE (Personal protective equipment) as needed.
  • Identify plant and turf pests.
  • Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty and students.
  • Must have the ability to effectively interact with a variety of people in a manner that emphasizes strong customer service and portrays the University's programs, personnel and philosophies in a positive manner.

Preferred Qualifications

High school education preferred.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Safely lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds from ground level to four foot heights; exert physical force in excess of 50 to 100 pounds.
  • Safely carry a 40-pound backpack blower continuously for two hours each work shift.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions for extended periods of time in an environment containing dust, odors, pesticides and high level of noise (>85dB), rain, snow/ice, and wind.
  • Work while bending and stooping for extended periods of time, as well as from above ground areas such as; ladders, aerial platforms and/or scaffolds.
  • An employer-paid pre-placement physical required.

Salary: $19.34/ hour

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received until the position is filled.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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