Under the direction of the Manager of Campus Services, Groundskeeper duties involve the responsibility for the appearance and general care of grounds including all phases of lawn, shrub, athletic field, turf-grass and flower bed maintenance. Snow removal and assigned moves and set ups throughout campus are also required when necessary. This position is listed as “essential” and will require candidates to work when the campus is closed due to facility conditions.
One year experience in grounds keeping work and completion of eighth grade or any equivalent combination of experience and training; and completion of a successful interview.
Knowledge of grounds keeping and basic horticultural practices; knowledge of the care of lawns, flowers, trees and common shrubs; knowledge of the potential hazards of chemical pesticides and herbicides and the safety precautions required to minimize these hazards; ability to interpret pesticide and herbicide label directions and related literature; have the ability to lay out and participate in planting, watering, sodding, spraying, snow shoveling , trimming, raking, and all phases of general landscape maintenance. Must be reliable, prompt, and work without close supervision; must have the ability to follow simple oral and/or written instructions; and demonstration, through past accomplishments and actions, the ability to support Mansfield University’s principles and values of Character, Scholarship, Culture, Service (http://www1.mansfield.edu/mansfield-creed) and the University’s strong student-centered vision and mission.
Completion of High School/ GED ; advanced formal training in horticultural practices; previous groundskeeper experience (especially landscaper, grounds/landscaping supervisor, and athletic field/golf course maintenance); experience using a push mower, riding mower, weed eater, tractors, sprayers, and snow blowers.
Other Conditions of Employment
Verification of all earned degrees through the receipt of original transcripts and an acceptable background check report.
Work in all weather conditions; manually dig; lift and carry over 50 pounds; rake; shovel snow; climb ladders; manually load sand, gravel, etc. onto trucks; use push mowers, weed eater, and edger; operate riding mowers, tractors, and snow blowers; bend and pick up garbage, rubbish, etc.; paint fields and roadways; use pressurized tanks and spray equipment; prune, plant & fertilize shrubbery; and take/follow verbal and/or written directions. Required to lift, stand, walk, reach with arms, stoop, kneel, etc.
Monday through Friday 7am – 3pm.
Salary is in accordance with the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement for a Groundskeeper, $12.37/hour (pay range 02).